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Watching The HHOF Induction Announcement & UFA Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via NHL.com,

It’s a big week coming up for potential inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame and free agents waiting for the July 1 signing period to start, and NHL Network is once again the place to tune in for all your coverage of these exciting events.

In the U.S., NHL Network will carry the Hockey Hall of Fame inductee announcement live Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET. The program will be rebroadcast twice later in the evening beginning at 8 p.m., and again the following morning beginning at 11 a.m.

Free agency begins at noon on Friday, and NHL Network will have five full hours of coverage, the “Free Agent Frenzy” beginning at 12 p.m., followed by a one-hour edition of NHL Live at 5 p.m. and a special two-hour live edition of NHL On The Fly at 6 p.m.

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Putting The Pen Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Chen at Battle Of California,

And in 2004, I started my own freelance writing business. My web designer at the time suggested I start a blog for my new business site, simply for helping out with my site’s search engine score. Several weeks in and I got bored writing about small business topics, but that NHL lockout sure provided plenty of fodder. Someway, somehow, people actually found my site and what was once my small business blog experiment became “Mike Chen’s Hockey Blog.”

Fast-forward some seven years and some ungodly number of posts and articles, and all of this is coming to a close. 13 years is a long time to commit to anything, let alone several posts/articles a week, and I think it’s time to hang up my blogging skates.

It’s been a very strange and pretty cool journey for me. From the eponymous hockey blog, Lyle “Spector” Richardson recommended me for Fox Sports contributions. Then I somehow stumbled into the madhouse known as Battle of California and soon after, I had a run at Kukla’s Korner; at the same time, I contributed to Versus.com and had other one-off contributions appear at The New York Times Slap Shot Blog, NHL.com, and other random spots.


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Why The Penguins Need Jagr

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Madden at the Beaver County Times,

Jagr offers an intangible no other potential acquisition does: He may be 39, but still thinks like a superstar, sees the game like a superstar.

Too many passes made by Crosby and Malkin slide harmlessly past teammates of lesser mentality. Too many opportunities go wasted because of mismatched hockey sense. Jagr thinks hockey like Crosby and Malkin.

Crosby is a free agent in 2013, Malkin in 2014. Are those two willing to be indefinitely flanked by sub-par wingers?

The ineptitude of the Penguins’ power play contributed mightily to their first-round playoff loss to Tampa Bay. Neither Crosby nor Malkin is particularly gifted on the man-advantage, so their absences mattered little in that regard. The Penguins’ PP lacks (and has, for three seasons) confidence, creativity and structure.

Jagr brings all three. He can operate with equal efficiency on either half-wall. Jagr would help the power play like none of the other options could.


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Will Toronto Sign Brad Richards?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

Will the Maple Leafs be in on the Brad Richards sweepstakes? Should they be?

It is a complicated scenario made even more vague by the fact that for all sorts of reasons, Toronto general manager Brian Burke and his management team have no interest in discussing the matter publicly in advance of the July 1 free-agency period.

The Leafs got burned, you will remember, on the foiled pursuit of the Sedin twins a couple of years ago and, to add to that frustration, were charged by the NHL with tampering because of seemingly innocent comments made by coach Ron Wilson while the Sedins were still under contract with the Canucks.

Given the fact that Richards is the standalone big-name in this year’s pool and the list of suitors has some heavy hitters, nothing can be gained by Burke tipping his hand.


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Richards Is The Next Wants To Play In New York Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

If I heard it once, I heard it a dozen times during this Entry Draft weekend in Minnesota: “[Brad] Richards told [X] he wants to come to New York.”

And this, too: “Slats [general manager Glen Sather] is going to blow his brains out to sign Richards.”

To which I respond: If Richards “wants to come to New York,” $32.5 million over five years—starting at $11 million this year to protect against a potential future rollback—should be enough money and enough of a commitment for him to achieve his dream.

And this: If Sather does indeed “blow his brains out to sign Richards,” to borrow from the vernacular, then the GM truly will have lost his mind.


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Red Wings overnight report: Rabbit season, more on draft picks and the Probert Ride

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Now that the NHL Entry Draft’s over and it appears that Jonathan Ericsson will be re-signed, Ken Holland and the Red Wings’ front office will prepare for the start of unrestricted free agency on Friday, July 1st. The Wings’ top priority, as the Free Press’s Helene St. James suggests, is replacing Brian Rafalski, but the Wings will be competing for a limited number of players, and aren’t sure whether they’re willing to toss out a high-dollar-amount deal to snag a good defenseman:

The Wings have some players in mind but expect a few to be signed by their own teams by Friday. Andrei Markov was on Detroit’s list, but the Canadiens locked him up. James Wisniewski, also with Montreal, also is on the list, but he could ultimately command a price higher than what the Wings are willing to pay, as could other higher-profile defensemen who are inching closer to free agency.

“That’s the biggest thing,” Holland said. “First all, if you’re going to get involved in unrestricted free agency, the high-end guys, you have to pay premium dollars. That’s why they’re hitting the market. We’re going to sign somebody, but I don’t know if it’s going to be a more expensive guy or a cheaper one—we’re going to debate.”

Continue Reading »

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Home Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

First and foremost, it’s a love story. It always was with Ryan Smyth.

“I didn’t ever want to leave in the first place,” said the repatriated Edmonton Oiler.

“I feel like Edmonton is home.”

Finally it became official Sunday. Captain Canada is coming home.

“We wanted to come back to Canada. Our kids are starting out in school. Two of our three kids were born in Edmonton.”

That’s it. No seriously ill parents or grandparents. The end of the big homesick.


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Regehr Leaves Calgary Memories Behind

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

From Scott Cruickshank of The Calgary Herald,

“They [Jordan Leopold, Rhett Warrener, Steve Montador] said how much they real­ly enjoyed the city, the people, raising a family in Buffalo,” says Regehr, who, with wife Kristina, has one young son and another child due next month. “These are guys that I trust. There’s no reason for them to lie. They didn’t say anything bad whatsoever. That says a lot.

“It’s not a great downtown, I know that. It’s what you compare it to. I grew up in a town in the middle of Saskatchewan (Ros­thern), 1,500 or 1,600 people. Anything — well, almost anything — is better than that.”

The Sabres had heavily courted Regehr. Lengthy talks were initiated by owner Terry Pegula, by general manager Darcy Regier, by coach Lindy Ruff.

“You could just tell that they were extremely committed.”

read on

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Hopefully This Is Good News For NHL Fans In Europe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL is expected to announce its new European TV package in the next two weeks. The league has moved away from a single carrier in ESPN Europe to individual carriers in the dozen or so European nations. The idea is to better design and implement wireless, portable and custom services for those countries. This would make possible a package whereby Finnish fans could subscribe to a package that delivers highlights of all the Finnish players in the league on a daily or weekly basis.

continue for other hockey topics, including how long the NHL may wait to decide on Sochi 2014…

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How The Flyers May Spend Their Money

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

...That puts them a shade over $10 million under the salary cap and there is rampant speculation general manager Paul Holmgren will make a play for Tampa Bay Lightning restricted free agent Steven Stamkos if the Lightning cannot re-sign the mega-star before July 1.

With the Flyers still needing to sign restricted free agents Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds, Darroll Powe, Andreas Nodl and possibly Dan Carcillo — not to mention UFA Ville Leino — I just don’t see there being enough money to satisfy Stamkos’ request for $7 million a year.

I can, however, see the Flyers pursuing Bruins winger Michael Ryder on July 1. The hard-edged right wing was rock solid in the playoffs with 17 points in 25 games and at 31 there is still plenty of tread left on those tires.

read on

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