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The Latest On Bryzgalov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Nick Kyreos tweets,

Hearing #Flyers and Bryzgalov have the basis of agreement in place for new long term deal. May not be announced till af’tr July 1

#NHL tagging rules mean #Flyers would have to move money off cap first before announcing July 1. Heard Bryzgalov was looking for 7 yr/ 50M

plus Elliotte Friedman tweets in,

@RealKyper think you are right, heard AAV will be around $7 million for Bryzgalov

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  Tags: ilya+bryzgalov

Red Wings overnight report: On Jagr, the NHL Awards and Wings roster news

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

While I’ve displayed my professional level of foot-in-mouth-planting abilities over the past few days, both Red Wings fans and NHL fans in general seem to be a little…jittery…as we wait for our teams to finally sign their unrestricted free agents-to-be, draft players this weekend in Minneapolis and get down to business on the unrestricted free agent market. The past three weeks, Stanley Cup Final aside, have involved all talk and bluster and no action, and it’s got us all a bit…itchy.

For Wings fans, while we’ve breathed huge sighs of relief when Nicklas Lidstrom revealed that he’d return, we’re more than a little bit peeved at the way Jaromir Jagr’s agent has started to wax poetic about Jagr reuniting with the Pittsburgh Penguins while claiming that “mystery teams” are also in the running for Jagr’s services, and between finding out that he had a bit of a gambling problem in the Burgh and wondering whether a 39-year-old who hasn’t played on a 200’x85’ rink or had to deal with the physical or mental demands of an 82-game NHL schedule, we’re almost viewing his potential acquisition as more Allen Iverson than Mike Modano, so Lyle “Spector” Richardson places the latest rumors about Jagr’s dalliances with the Penguins in letter-perfect perspective:

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An apology and news about the Red Wings’ interest in Jagr, MacDonald and Salei, and draft stuff

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

After agonizingly waiting for a month and then spending all of Monday and part of Tuesday listening to Nicklas Lidstrom explain to the press that he simply would not return to the Detroit Red Wings unless he felt that, at 41, he could continue to play at a Norris Trophy-finalist’s caliber of play, I kinda lost it and said some very stupid things about Justin Bourne’s suggestion that Lidstrom should retire lest age and a drop-off in play tarnish his legacy.

I’m very sorry for saying what I said and will readily admit that I acted like a moron, especially after asking my own audience to disagree with opinions but not call each other names, and I am sorry for being a moron myself. My vehement disagreement with Bourne’s position, however, will not change.

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Jeff Skinner’s Options In Vegas Are Limited

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at The Hockey News,

Jeff Skinner might not even be able to make it past the Palms Casino Resort food court tomorrow night, so there’s no telling how he will get into the Pearl Theatre where the NHL Awards are taking place.

Since Skinner—the NHL’s youngest player, who led all rookies in scoring with 63 points—isn’t 21, he can’t gamble or drink—but technically he can’t even walk through the casino floor.

“I’m just trying to take it all in. I wish I could just watch everything in slow motion because there is so much to see,” said the 19-year-old Skinner, who is making his first trip to Las Vegas because he was nominated for the Calder Trophy, given each year to the league’s outstanding rookie.

continued plus a few brief words from Nick Lidstrom…

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  Tags: jeff+skinner

A Season Wrap-Up with Terry Mercury of NHL Home Ice

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

Now that the Stanley Cup Playoffs are over, I figured now would be a great time to conduct an e-mail interview with aone of my favorite interviewees, Terry Mercury of NHL Home Ice.

Terry was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to give us his thoughts on the Stanley Cup Final, the season in general and what the league is doing to try and improve the game.

PH: So, did the Stanley Cup Playoffs turn out as you expected them to? Why or why not?
TM: Well…I picked the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup at the start of the season in the XM Staff pre-season poll. I wasn’t sure about them against Vancouver because of their horrible power play..but they pulled it out so all’s well that end’s well. Although I have to say this was one of the weirdest Cup Finals I’ve ever seen. Vancouver could just have easily won this as Boston.

PH: In your opinion, did the Bruins “win the cup” or did the Canucks “lose the cup”? Why?
TM: I think both. The Bruins took advantage of a Vancouver team that went south at the wrong time.

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  Tags: nhl+home+ice, terry+mercury

Habs Markov close to signed

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

As per the Team 990’s Tony Marinaro, and as seen on RDS’s webpage as of a few minutes ago, the Montreal Canadiens and Andrei Markov have agreed on a two year deal worth $11.5 million.

More information available (en Francais) here: Markov returns for two years?

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hypothetically, you’re talking about a guy in his last year in the National Hockey League had 75 points. That’s leading our team last year. That’s an intriguing thing to think about. He’s a power-play guy. What you saw him do in the World Championship against NHL-caliber players was nothing short of outstanding on a bigger ice surface. Those are intriguing things to think about hypothetically. It’s tough not to think about adding 75 points to your roster if it’s something you’re capable of doing.

-Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma.  More from Bylsma on numerous topics at Penguins.com.

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  Tags: dan+bylsma, jaromir+jagr

No Name, No Logo, No Jersey but Hell, They Have a Web Site!

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

Behold, winnipeg.nhl.com.

Now then, who will become the first-ever draft choice of the second-ever go-round for the Winnipeg

Jets

Whatevers this weekend? And what will they wear on stage?

Oh, and officially, R.I.P., Atlanta Thrashers.

Condolences to those whose career paths have now been drastically altered.

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Fleischmann Should be Healthy - With the Avs or Elsewhere?

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

From the Denver Post‘s Adrian Dater:

It’s June 21, 10 days before the start of free agency, and the Avs and Fleischmann have yet to talk at all about a new contract. On July 1, Fleischmann can talk to any team, as an unrestricted free agent.

Fleischmann scored 21 points in 22 games with the Avs after coming over from Washington for Scott Hannnan, but then was sidelined for the rest of the season with pulmonary embolism (blood clots in his leg). Fleischmann has yet to be medically cleared by the Avalanche medical staff.

Question is – is that because the Avs have no interest in signing him, and hence no interest in examining him? The Avalanche has no comment on that issue. Fleischmann’s agent, Richard Evans, seemed to have no idea what the Avs’ intentions are regarding his client. Evans does not want to be quoted for the record on the status of things, which is an unfortunate side effect of the Avs’ extreme paranoia about people talking about anything contract-related.

More…

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  Tags: tomas+fleischmann

Bettman Expects Devils’ Potential Sale Won’t Need His Involvement

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

From Fire & Ice’s Tom Gulitti:

A report in The Hockey News earlier this month said the commissioner would “focus on the situations in New Jersey and Los Angeles” after the Atlanta/Winnipeg sale and Dallas’ sale were resolved.

“I don’t know who wrote that or why, but no,” Bettman said when I asked him if he had any plans to focus on the Devils’ ownership situation or monitor it more closely.

Although Brick City LLC – headed by Mike Gilfillan and Ray Chambers – is looking to sell its 47 percent share, Bettman said that the potential sale is not impacting team business and he expects it to be resolved without need for him to be involved, “to the best of my knowledge in my constant communications with everybody.”

More, including an update on Zach Parise…

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  Tags: gary+bettman, zach+parise

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