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Start Spreading The News, Richards Headed To NYC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Deal not signed, but Richards chooses Rangers

Also via Dreger tweet,

9 years at $6.5 AaV for Richards and Rangers.

added 11:14am, via Nick Kypreoset tweet,

Front loaded money Richards should make 50M in first 5 yrs in New York

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added 12:05pm via TSN’s Darren Dreger tweet,

Our numbers for Richards are slighly off. It’s 9 years at $60 million. What’s that…$6.7 aav?

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Rob Niedermayer Will Play In Switzerland Next Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Rob Niedermayer leaving NHL. Signs with Lugano, Switzerland.

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Is Michael Yormark Giving Ted Leonsis A Run For His Money?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Yormark is the President and COO for the Florida Panthers and has been tweeting on a regular basis the last few days.

Highlights of those tweets from oldest to newest…

PanthersYormark Michael Yormark Big day tomorrow for the cats! Let’s get it on! 30 Jun

Great day to be a panthers fan!!! Go dale!!! 18 hours ago

Coming out with a new ticket sales campaign tonight. Time to buy season tickets!!!!! 18 hours ago

@Bob1321 @dshoalts you are so negative about sunbelt teams. give it a rest. enough already 18 hours ago

Dale does it again!! Versteeg welcome to the cats!!! Its our time!!! 17 hours ago

@Bob1321 @bcmikejetsfan @dshoalts you should give us credit on a great day and don’t compare us to Phoenix. We have a great owner 17 hours ago

Best day for cats fans in the past ten years?? Without a doubt!!! 14 hours ago

Hard to sleep after a day like yesterday. Opening night can’t get here soon enough! 6 hours ago

 

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Burke Should Have Stayed Home Or Maybe Not

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

There is nothing wrong with the president and general manager of the Maple Leafs taking a public relations trip to Afghanistan. But there is everything wrong with his timing in this case.

You don’t, if you’re running the Leafs, if you’re struggling to make a lousy team better, if you haven’t been in the playoffs yet under your watch — even if it is a Canada Day trip for the Canadian troops — go to Kandahar on July 1. You just don’t.

You find another time to make the trip. You do it next week or next month. You do it when it doesn’t affect anything about the building of your hockey team.

continued

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Senior vice-president David Nonis was at the Air Canada Centre as point man Friday, but insisted Burke was in constant communication despite the time difference and took a swipe at critics of his superior’s trip.

“There was no issue at all getting hold of Brian, whether it was by text or on his cell,” Nonis said. “In fact the cell service in Kandahar is better than it is in most parts of this city.

“I know there were some comments made that there was a handicap not having Brian here today. First of all, unless you guys reported he wasn’t here, there wasn’t an agent in the world who would have known. It had absolutely no bearing on what we did or didn’t do.

more

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  Tags: brian+burke

Could Richards Be Signed By Noon Today?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger tweet earlier this morning,

No guarantees, but there’s a sense Brad Richards will make his decision before noon et

If he indeed does sign by noon, many “watchers of the web” will be delighted.

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Red Wings overnight report: ridiculous overspending does not compute

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings made a calculated move in choosing to watch in Friday’s free agent frenzy from the sidelines, and they did so for good reason—by 3 PM on Friday, Wings GM Ken Holland’s decision to sign Jonathan Ericsson to a 3-year contract extension at $3.25 million dollars per season (as it turns out, per Capgeek.com, there’s a modified no-trade clause in there) seemed downright sane, if not cautious, given the marketplace values established by GM’s who spent money like it had an expiration date and/or was on fire.

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Woody Paige weighs in on the Avs’ new goaltenders

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Denver Post pulled Woody Paige out of mothballs or wherever they keep him to have Paige weigh in on the Avalanche’s signing of Jean-Sebastien Giguere and trade for Semyon Varlamov, and he doesn’t disappoint:

It is 2011, and Patrick Roy is not coming back. Since the game’s greatest goalie retired at the end of the 2003 season, the Avalanche has been searching in Switzerland, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Canada and the United States for another saint to replace Patrick.

In reality, the Avs have been searching in vain. David Aebischer, Craig Anderson, Peter Budaj, Andrew Raycroft, Jose Theodore, Tommy Sale, Philippe Sauve and Brian Elliott couldn’t carry Roy’s stick, glove or championship rings.

It was like following such tough acts as Thomas Jefferson in the White House, Walter Cronkite on the “CBS Evening News,” Nicolai Fadeyechev in the Bolshoi Ballet, Michael Crawford as the “Phantom of the Opera” and John Elway as The Duke.

Now come two more to try. All you got to do, guys, is fill the arena and make hockey relevant in Denver again, beat the Red Wings, win two Stanley Cups and be voted to the Hall of Fame. Good luck, Semyon Varlamov and Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Continued

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One Wings fan’s take on the Jaromir Jagr soap opera

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Blink. Paul, Alanah and I worked like a well-oiled machine on Friday, coordinating our schedules down to the, “I’m going to get food” or, “Restroom break, boss?” minute, grinding out what looks like…somewhere north of 80 signings and/or entries over the course of about ten hours on the first day of UFA day, with a good forty of those entries coming over the first three hours thereof. I can’t say that it was delightful waking up after four hours of sleep to pull that kind of marathon, and Saturday will see at least another 20 guys sign, so this is definitely a working weekend, but it was fun to be part of a blogging machine.

I’ve already been pulling long days due to the Jaromir Jagr saga, and in all honesty, as soon as I read that his agent had approached the Penguins—never mind the rest of the dramatics—I didn’t want him to come to Detroit. I figured that his heart really was set on finishing his career with the Penguins, and, well, good for him. Trying to cover the Wings’ and Pens’ takes and the Czech press’s interviews after that point, about a week-and-a-half ago, was just about being thorough. But through those translations, I met someone who I can now best describe as a character from Dr. Strangelove made real in his agent, Petr Svoboda.

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Brad Richards provides a play-by-play recap of his feting

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Per the LA Kings’ Rich Hammond, Brad Richards gave a nearly-five-minute-long interview to Sportsnet, recapping the various presentations made to him and his decision-making process. This is borderline hilarious:

Update: And TSN has responded, of course! (but it’s not embeddable).

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A Busy Day Comes To An End

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I want to thank everyone who visited KK today on this very busy first day of free agency.

Also, thanks to both George and Alanah for keeping the posts flowing throughout the day.

There was once a time a few years ago when one person could handle a day like today, but not anymore.

We are all beat and going to get some rest, but I have a feeling George may pop up shortly for his overnight reports.

One more thing, we will be around the whole holiday weekend, so make sure to stop by again.

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