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Campoli a Hab for $1.75 million

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

GM PG dips into his cap space to shore up the defence.

But is it a reaction to the status of Andrei Markov, or the underwhelming camp of Yanick Weber?

We’ll know soon enough.

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Habs Sign Campoli, 1 Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

With Andrei Markov’s status to start the season up in the air, the Montreal Canadiens added some blue line depth on Monday by signing Chris Campoli to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.


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Notable Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bob McKenzie Tweet:

Notables amongst today’s waivers: Mikkelson (CGY), Cheechoo, Hensick, Syvret (STL), McLean (CHI), Bell and Sexton (ANA), Reinprecht (FLA)

For a complete list of today’s waivers, go to TSN.

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Ray Bourque Is A Close Second By Point Shares

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday I listed the top 20 players by career point shares.  This is a system created by Justin Kubatko of hockey-reference.com to try to credit team points to their individual players.

It is no big surprise that Wayne Gretzky has the top career of all time.  The surprise is that Ray Bourque is second.  He is slightly less than ten point shares behind Gretzky and more than 25 point shares above any other player.  Bourque is considered one of the best defencemen of all time, but not the best one.  He is never considered in the race to be the best player in hockey history by any serious listing of players.  So why does he appear this high on the point shares list?

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Fighting Back Against Racism

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Debora Van Brenk at the London Free Press:

London police are investigating the banana-throwing incident at the John Labatt Centre after witnesses have come forward.

Police weren’t initially planning to investigate the incident but changed their minds Monday afternoon after receiving “multiple” tips, said Const. Amanda Van Dooren.

She said a suspect could be charged under the Trespass to Property Act under a section of “engaging in a prohibited activity”—namely, throwing something on the ice, she said.

At the very least, that could result in that person’s being banned from the John Labatt Centre she said.

continued…  And a couple of London’s citizens are offering rewards for info to help identify the offender:

One London resident, Tracey Nola, was so disturbed she started collecting donations [via Twitter] to create a reward for anyone who can provide the identity of the culprit. She’s raised $1,000 and believes more will follow.

“I know it’s going to keep coming,” Nola said. “London, Ontario is a fantastic city and we had a lot of people that came forward and anonymously wanted to donate money to find this person.”


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Scott Niedermayer Gets His Day In New Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Newark, NJ – The National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils will honor defenseman Scott Niedermayer, one of their all-time greatest players, by raising his no. 27 to Prudential Center’s rafters on Friday, December 16, when the club hosts the Dallas Stars at 7:00 PM. The announcement was made by Devils’ President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello.

“Scott Niedermayer’s talent and leadership played significant roles in each of our three Stanley Cup Championships,” said Lamoriello. “We look forward to welcoming the Niedermayer family back to New Jersey as we retire Scott’s no. 27.”

“You don’t really think about it, but then when you do get that call and you do have the time to think about it, it means a lot,” added Niedermayer. “I was in New Jersey for a long time and had a lot of great things happen to me there. It’s a special honor, for sure.”

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Babcock Will Present Ace Bailey Award Of Courage To Family Of Earl Cook

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

Shortly after Monday morning’s practice, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was off to catch a flight to Toronto, where he was scheduled to be a presenter at tonight’s NHL Alumni Awards dinner.

Babcock will present the Ace Bailey Award of Courage to the family of Earl Cook, who lost his long battle with cancer earlier this month.

Cook, 23, had become more than a friend and fan of the Red Wings and Babcock, the coach said. Cook often made the trip from his home in Winnipeg to Detroit, where he was always a welcome guest in the Wings’ dressing room at Joe Louis Arena.

continued and watch below a small feature on Earl Cook CBC did last week.

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Wings Have Options To Replace Mursak

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, providing an update today on Jan Mursak, said the speedy, young forward will be out closer to three months after suffering a fractured left ankle in Sunday’s preseason game against Chicago.

Doctors will wait 2-3 days for the swelling to go down and re-assess his condition, but Holland does not believe surgery is required.

“He’s got some other broken bones, stretched ligaments,’’ Holland said. “Nothing’s displaced, everything seems to be in place. They’re going to see if they need to put pins in. We’ll know more in a week.

“Obviously, it’s disappointing. He’s a young kid that played (19) games last year (with Detroit) and played well. Love his speed. We thought he was going to bring some energy, give us some good depth, but with Ryan Johnson and (Cory) Emmerton, (Fabian) Brunnstrom, (Tomas) Tatar, we’ve got some guys that can continue to push and give us depth.’‘

a bit more...

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Winter Classic Announcement From Philadelphia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The press conference announcing Rangers vs. Flyers is scheduled for 1:00pm ET today.

“The Rangers-Flyers rivalry is one of our very best,” said Gary Bettman, NHL Commissioner.  “It is only a short distance from Broadway to Broad Street, and over the years, these not-so-neighborly teams have provided an assortment of memorable games. I have every expectation that the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will provide more great moments to remember.”

Full text of the press release, plus video of the press conference, are down below.

Also, HBO’s 24/7 will be taking part in the event as well, documenting behind-the-scenes action.  More on that can be found at NHL.com.


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Remember It is The Pre-Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• Before every team’s fans go loopy over their young players, remember one thing: the veterans don’t start trying until this second week of exhibition play. Now, we separate the men from the boys.

• A few tweeters laughed at Brad Boyes’ two exhibition-game suspension for the shot to Joe Colborne’s head. On the surface, it seems useless, but there’s another factor. It creates “repeat-offender” status for Boyes, and it’s pretty clear those are the guys the league is going to hammer.

• One of the reasons Columbus went after James Wisniewski is that it wanted to add some edge (alongside R.J. Umberger) to a team with a lot of “nice guys.” But Wisniewski’s going to have to dial it back. The Blue Jackets need him in the lineup, not getting baited into suspensions.


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