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Wild sign Kuemper, suspend Harding

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the Minneapoils Star-Tribune's Michael Russo:

Thanks to Josh Harding’s broken foot, Darcy Kuemper got his one-way contract. On the eve of players taking the ice for the first time, the Wild conceded in its standoff with its young goalie by signing Kuemper to a two-year, $2.5 million contract.

“I’m super excited to continue this journey with the Wild and can’t wait to see and get back on the ice with my teammates,” Kuemper said in a text message.

The move comes a day after veteran Ilya Bryzgalov agreed to a tryout and hours after General Manager Chuck Fletcher met with Harding to try to establish how he got injured in an off-ice incident Sunday involving an altercation with a teammate.

Soon after the meeting, Fletcher made the decision to suspend Harding. During the time he recovers, Harding won’t be paid a prorated portion of his $2.1 million salary and he won’t count against the Wild’s salary cap. The paperwork was filed and all parties were notified late Thursday.

In the meantime, Fletcher said Thursday night that Kuemper’s signing won’t affect Bryzgalov’s tryout. If Kuemper’s not one of the top-2 goalies in training camp, the Wild can sign Bryzgalov and assign Kuemper to Iowa of the American Hockey League without waivers.

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Centre Ice Arena releases Red Wings training camp schedule with some tweaks

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings released their training camp schedule and roster on Wednesday, and Centre Ice Arena has posted a companion schedule for those of you who weren't aware of the last-minute tweaks in terms of practices before and after the Red vs. White game on Sunday, as well as some of the practice drills' topics:

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Evening Line - Jon Cooper

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"He's an investment for us.  isn't just, 'Well, he was a high draft pick, let's throw  him into the lineup and he's going to come in here and be our MVP.' That's not how he should be looked at by everybody. He's a 19-year old junior hockey player that's trying to work his way into the National Hockey League. We want him to not only perform this year, but 10-15 years down the road. For me, there's no rush on Jonathan Drouin. Let's see where he fits in, if he makes the team. We're very confident in his abilities."

-Jon Cooper, head coach of the Tamap Bay Lightning on Jonathan Drouin.  A bit more from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.

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More Fans Needed At Avalanche Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of The Denver Post,

Unlike recent years, the Avalanche is a "cap team" again, one with a payroll coming close to the NHL's $69 million cap ceiling for the 2014-15 season. Under the ownership of the Kroenke family, led by Stan and son Josh, the Avs' cap-averaged payroll entering Wednesday was $67,279,762 — up about $15 million from the highest it got last season.

What might surprise fans is that the Kroenkes agreed to substantially increase payroll despite the Avs being in the bottom five of the NHL in ticket revenues last season, at about $26 million. The Avs' ticket revenue was low enough that it qualified for the NHL's revenue-sharing plan, a complicated formula that helps buffer teams whose revenues dip for whatever reason. Several years of losing teams saw Avs attendance slide, and while the team is a winner again and season-ticket sales have improved from last year, some of the financial aftereffects of the losing years are still being felt.

That is why Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic is both thankful to the Kroenkes and hoping fans will reciprocate by coming out to games more often this season.

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Stan Bowman Will Play The Waiting Game Before Making A Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Powers of ESPN,

The Blackhawks are around $1.3 million over the $69 million cap and would have to shed more cap payroll if they wanted to include Teuvo Teravainen or any of their other prospects on the NHL roster.

Bowman believed the Blackhawks would be able to locate a trade partner in the coming weeks.

“I think leading into training camp most guys want to get going,” Bowman said Thursday before the Blackhawks open training camp at Notre Dame. “Like I said, everyone sort of has a plan that they like how things go. Then a week from now, your plan might have to be changed because players you expected to do something [don’t do something.]

“A lot of teams have some high hopes for some of the young players and then you get them in games and you realize, well, they’re a young player, they’re not going to be able to do what I thought they might. It’s a bit of a waiting game at this point. We’ve had a lot of discussions over the last weeks or months, but until guys get on the ice not a lot changes from July until now. I think we’ll see that play itself out over the next couple weeks here.” 

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Peter Chiarelli On Trading A Defenseman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Caryn Switaj of BostonBruins.com,

 "... you don’t wish one of these d-men to be traded, but we just have too many d-men. So at some point I’m going to have to do it, and most of the teams in the League will like one of these defensemen. And I know everybody’s wondering 'will he make a move?' 'will he make a move?' but I’m going to see what’s going to happen, see who fits well with whom."

The trade market right now is "pretty good," according to Chiarelli, and has been that way all summer.

"I've said that I'm looking to trade a defenseman, but I'm very eager to see the competition," he said. "There's spots, there are no restrictions - if I have to open with eight D, I can, so there's no real pressing need to do it, other than it's not ideal."

The Bruins nearly opened last season with eight defensemen, before Kevan Miller was the final cut.

"Seven spots ideally, but I could carry eight."

more on the Bruins...

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Video- Bruce Boudreau On The Recent Comments Made By Teemu Selanne

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Today was media day in Anaheim and head coach Bruce Boudreau addressed the recent comments Teemu Selanne made in his book about Boudreau.

 

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Blood Clots May Force Kimmo Timonen To Retire

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen will attempt to play during the 2014-15 season but admitted Thursday that the chances of that happening are "slim" due to blood clots that were found in his lower right leg and in both lungs in early August.

"My desire is I want to play but [the] chance of me playing is really slim," Timonen said. "That's the fact. But I'm ready to wait for that chance and see how I feel.

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Red Wings Plan To Be A Bit More Proactive When It Comes To Soft Tissue Injuries

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Nothing can be done to prevent broken bones, sprained ligaments, concussions and the like, but as the club prepares to take the ice for the start of training camp on Friday, general manager Ken Holland said the organization has discussed ways of reducing "soft tissue injuries," the most common being groin pulls.

"Certainly in the month of September and into early October you expect hip flexors, you expect tender groins," Holland said. "I'm talking more when you get past the middle of October and into November; last year we seemed to have too many people down with soft tissue (injuries).

"Again, we don't know. I don't have any answer for you. That's what we talked about. When you have people down with concussions or back surgery and things like that there's nothing you can do. That's the nature of the game, how hard the game is. So that (soft tissue injuries) is the one thing we've talked about. We're going to try to be a little bit more proactive and we'll see what happens."

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Ultimate Team Standings According To ESPN The Magazine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from ESPN,

First: Consulting firm Maddock Douglas surveyed 1,002 North American fans to form 25 criteria for what you want most in return for the emotion, money and time you invest in the 122 MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL teams.

Second: Teaming with NetReflector, an opinion research firm, ESPN.com asked fans to rate their home teams in each area; more than 101,000 of you did! We grouped grades into the categories below. Royals fans, for example, ranked Kauffman Stadium much higher (29) than owner David Glass (112).

Third: Our final measure, bang for the buck, uses calculations developed with Oregon's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center to figure how well teams turn fans' money into wins. FINALLY We combined each team's score across all categories into a weighted average. For example, since fans ranked players as more important than ownership, the former counted for 13.9 percent of a team's final score versus 11.3 percent for the latter. The result? Fan opinion combined with an objective gauge of the cost of winning. Ultimately, everything counts.

Affordability
Price of tickets, parking and concessions
1. Grizzlies
122. Maple Leafs

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Ouch to the Toronto Maple Leafs

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