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T.J. Galiardi Reaches Contract Agreement With Colorado

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward T.J. Galiardi to a one-year contract through the 2011-12 season.

Galiardi, 23, was limited to 35 games this past season due to two separate injuries.  He missed 17 games due to a wrist injury from Nov. 12 to Dec. 15 and missed the final 28 games of the season due to a forearm injury suffered on Feb. 9 at Minnesota.  The Calgary, Alberta native finished with seven goals and eight assists for a total of 15 points.

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Red Wings GM Ken Holand’s discussion with Chris Osgood set for Thursday evening…or Friday…

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated with a bit more from Holland at 7:46 PM: Red Wings GM Ken Holland became a U.S. citizen today, but he did so with one foot out the door. With Jim Nill watching over the prospects in Traverse City, Holland headed to his off-season home in Vernon, British Columbia, where the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness reports that Holland will meet with fellow Vernon off-season resident Chris Osgood to discuss Osgood’s future with the team:

“His initial reaction was he wants to play,” Holland said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. “Now he’s gone to Europe and had more time to think. I think the biggest thing is, time has gone by and you really start to decide what your priorities in life really are. I think it’s a good time now to sit down with him and talk about it.”

The two will meet Thursday night in British Columbia, Canada. Osgood, 38, returned Tuesday from a golf trip in Scotland with a number of his teammates. The trip was a gift they got him for recording his 400th career win last year. Holland said he has been texting back and forth with Osgood since he returned.

“We’re going to have a conversation face-to-face,” Holland said. “Sometime on Friday or Saturday, after talking to him, I’ll probably have a decision on what we’re doing.”

As we found out on Monday, the Wings decided to bring back Joey MacDonald as the team’s #3 goaltender, and as we found out this morning, Tomas Vokoun apparently approached the team before choosing to become the Capitals’ #1 goaltender. We know that the Wings have been talking to Ty Conklin as well, but what we don’t know—and what Holland doesn’t know—is what Osgood wants to do:

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Stars Sign Godard

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Frisco, Tex.—The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has agreed to terms with right wing Eric Godard on a two-year contract. The first year of the contract is a two-way deal worth $750,000/$105,000 while the second year is a one-way agreement worth $700,000.

Godard, 31, spent the 2010-11 season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, appearing in 19 games with three assists, a +4 rating, and 105 penalty minutes.

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John Anderson Named Assistant Coach In Phoenix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed John Anderson to a multi-year contract to serve as the team’s assistant coach. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to have John join our coaching staff,” said Maloney. “John has experience as an NHL head coach in addition to having won several championships as a head coach in the American Hockey League. He sees the game from an offensive perspective and he will be counted on to help improve our offensive performance. Both he and Jim Playfair will be great additions to Dave Tippett’s staff.”

Prior to joining the Coyotes, Anderson spent 13 seasons in the Atlanta Thrashers organization as a head coach. On June 20, 2008, Anderson was named the fourth head coach of the Thrashers. Over those two seasons, he compiled a record of 70-75-19 and 159 points in the Southeast Division.

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Ken Holland had a very important appointment today

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

According to the Free Press’s Helene St. James, a certain Red Wings general manager was busy doing something not directly related to hockey this afternoon:

Time to send him a voter registration card: Canadian Ken Holland, gainfully employed in the U.S. by the Detroit Red Wings for nearly three decades, is taking the oath to become an American citizen this afternoon. Holland, 55, was born in Vernon, British Columbia. He just finished up his 15th season as general manager of the Wings, a promotion he received in July 1997. Before that, he spent 15 years working his way up from scout to director of amateur scouting to assistant general manager.

Holland will hold dual citizenship, just like former Wings captain Steve Yzerman and longtime goalie Chris Osgood, both of whom also were born in Canada. And Swedish-born forward Tomas Holmstrom is seeking a green card.

Update: Here’s MLive’s Ansar Khan’s report, if you will..

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Eric Fehr Shocked at Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dan Steinberg at DC Sports Blog:

“It was actually a shock to me,” he told Toronto’s 590 The Fan on Tuesday. “I didn’t really know I was really being shopped around or anything like that. I just got a call from the Caps GM George McPhee, one day, and he told me I had been dealt, and he told me I’d been dealt to Winnipeg.

“Obviously I was sad when I heard I was being traded — I have a lot of friends in Washington and I’ve been there a lot of years and I really enjoyed my time there. But when he said Winnipeg ,that made it feel better pretty quick. This was just something that I think they ran out of room under the salary cap in Washington, and then some players were gonna get squeezed out and I was one of them. It’s not like I was specifically saying I wanted to come to Winnipeg or whether I wanted to be moved at all. It was just something that they felt needed to be done, and it ended up working out for me.”


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Life After Bryzgalov

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Emily Kaplan at NHL.com:

“Bryz is not exactly replaceable. We know that,” [Sean] Burke, Phoenix’s goaltending coach, told NHL.com. “So for us, this offseason was about trying to search for the type of goaltending that gives the opportunity to win every night.”

In Burke’s eyes, the Coyotes found that.

On July 1, Phoenix signed former Tampa Bay goalie Mike Smith to a two-year, $4 million contract. Burke describes Smith as “very big and very athletic”—and exactly what the Coyotes were looking for.

“I think we get a guy that has a lot of upside, but he also has a fair amount of experience and a lot of confidence,” Burke said. “Basically, I think we’re getting the perfect guy at the perfect time.”


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  Tags: mike+smith, phoenix+coyotes, sean+burke

Penguins Re-Sign Forward Dustin Jeffrey to Two-Year Deal

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Dustin Jeffrey to a two-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Jeffrey’s contract is a two-way deal in 2011-12 and a one-way deal in 2012-13.  The contract has an average annual value of $575,000 at the NHL level.

Jeffrey, 23, is coming off a season where he saw the most extensive NHL action of his professional career. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound forward established NHL career highs across the board in games played (25), goals (7), assists (5) and points (12) before his season was cut short due to a torn ACL March 24 at Philadelphia.

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  Tags: nhl-hockey, pittsburgh+penguins

Is There Room for Ethics in Sport?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

In light of the heat Brian Burke took for his stand against front-end loaded contracts recently, Drew Remeda at the San Jose Sharks blog, states he can see both sides of the argument and outlines his thoughts on the topic.  But then he goes on to look at the issue on a different level.

I find a deeper philosophical question evolves from this argument. Is there room in professional sports for ethics? Can you win with a moral compass that always points in the right direction? Can a pro team win with integrity?

Cynically, I say no. No because we accept cheating or creating an edge. In fact, we even endorse it, we being the fans and media. We equate success with championships. We celebrate teams or players that will do anything to win, as long as it’s the team or athlete we’re cheering for. We at least tacitly endorse or support winning over fair play and integrity.


Bobby Clarke breaking the ankle of Valeri Kharlamov with a slash in the ‘72 Summit Series;

Diego Maradonna and the “Hand of God” goal in the 1986 World Cup;


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Chasing Contracts in the Summer

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Justin Bourne at Puck Daddy:

After July 1, there’s a slow and steady trickledown effect in pro hockey, and it’s not as simple as “sign the best available player, then the next best available player, then the….”

“Next best available player” gets a little blurry when one guy is 26 and played for El Mira and the other is 23 and skated with Victoria. Sometimes you need to get them on the same ice to compare.

NHL teams are set in stone (well, 97 percent anyway) before a single player shows up to camp, but at the AHL and ECHL levels, it can work a little differently.

Lower down in the system, you have a better chance of actually taking someone’s spot, especially if they aren’t some prized prospect.

more about job hunting for the “free-agent stragglers”

*I accidentally credited this story to “Jason Bourne” when this first went online. Apologies. The blame belongs fully to Robert Ludlum…

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  Tags: ahl, contracts, echl

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