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Forsberg Still 2-3 Months Away From Making A Decision

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Citzen,

“I talked to (agent) Don Baizley last week and (Forsberg) is still two to three months away from making a decision (on retirement),” Murray said yesterday. “It would be a disservice to us, I would be doing a disservice as a general manager, if I didn’t make a call. I’m calling agents all the time, and I just asked, ‘What’s going on with Peter?’ His foot isn’t 100 per cent and he has a small hernia problem.”
If Forsberg does opt to resume his career, he would be in a position to shop himself to the highest bidder.
While the Senators can sell themselves as Stanley Cup contenders, they aren’t in position to offer a lucrative deal.

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Sharks Ownership - Who Runs The Show

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

Earlier this month, local investor William “Boots” Del Biaggio sealed a deal to purchase a large chunk of the Nashville Predators. He and eight Tennessee businessmen will take over the team next month.
Then came last week’s stock-option backdating fraud conviction of another Sharks owner, Silicon Valley executive Greg Reyes. Barring a successful appeal, Reyes almost certainly will be forced to divest his considerable share of the team. The NHL has taken such action in similar cases, following fraud convictions of former Los Angeles Kings owner Bruce McNall and former New York Islanders co-owner Sanjay Kumar.
Sharks fans, of course, care much more about backchecking than backdating. And they wonder if any of this will affect what they see on the ice this season, or into the future.

read on

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Following Every Peca Step

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Post,

Two-time Selke Trophy winner Mike Peca is two of three steps closer to joining the Rangers, and the final item, finishing up contract negotiations, could be completed as early as today.
The 33-year-old checking center is believed to have undergone a Rangers-requested physical, and was scheduled to meet with Rangers coach Tom Renney to discuss his potential role with the team.
Once both those points are completed to the satisfaction of both sides, contract negotiations for the unrestricted free agent are expected to resume, likely today.

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Report- Selanne’s Ready To Hang ‘Em Up

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Hockey News:

According to reports on two Finnish websites, yle.fi and iltalehti.fi, Ducks right winger Teemu Selanne is leaning towards retiring from the NHL.
“Hockey has been a career of life for me, but there are so many other things in life,” said Selanne. “Winning the Cup crowned that career. What scares me most is if I decide to keep on playing for something else than my motivation and hockey.”
The 37-year-old sniper posted 48 goals and 94 points while playing in all 82 games last season and could clearly demand a hefty raise over the $3.75 million he earned in 2007-08, but Selanne says money will not factor into his decision.
”Many have asked me, ‘why not take those millions?’…but it is not
about that,” said Selanne. “I have never played for money, so I will not play for it now. If hockey is not fun, I will do something else.”

continued...

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Report- Mark Bell Will Serve Time In Jail

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sportsnet,

Newly acquired Toronto Maple Leaf Mark Bell is headed to jail, Sportsnet has learned.
Bell pleaded guilty in a San Jose courtroom Tuesday to charges of drunk driving causing injury and hit and run.
The Leaf forward, picked up in the Vesa Toskala trade with San Jose in June, will be sentenced to six months in a Santa Clara ,California county jail to be served at the end of this upcoming season.
Official sentencing will be in October.

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Leafs Skate!

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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

We interrupt this column for a breaking news story:
Leafs skate! Leafs skate! Leafs skate!
Let’s go live to our reporter at the suburban arena where the Toronto Maple Leafs are staging an informal practice one month before the official opening of NHL training camps.
Reporter: “I am here at the Lakeshore Lions Arena, where the Toronto Maple Leafs are staging an informal practice.”

continued

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Tommy Lasorda- Hockey Fan

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from Randy Schultz at NHL.com,

While Montreal was considered an outstanding baseball city, back in the 1950s, it always has been a Mecca for hockey.
And Lasorda was right in the middle of it.
“The Montreal Canadiens had a great, great team at that time, especially in the mid-50s,” recalled Lasorda, who managed the Los Angeles Dodgers for 20 seasons, leading them to eight divisional championships, four National League pennants and two World Series Championships. “I got to know a lot of the players who played for the Canadiens during that era.
“In fact, Butch Bouchard was the president of our baseball team during that time. I got to know Toe Blake, Doug Harvey, Rocket Richard, Boom Boom Geoffrion and Jacques Plante, among others.”

read on

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Numbers & Women

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hockey fans should always check the cap numbers before thinking of a trade or a signing.
I discuss a place to go for those numbers at my NHL.com blog today and also encourage women to take up the game!

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Better Or Worse

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

E.J. Hradek of ESPN is doing a “Better or Worse” feature on all NHL teams.  Today he features Atlanta…

This season will be a critical one for the Thrashers, who want to remain among the playoff class in the East. I get the sense that will be tough. If they get off to a bad start, Waddell might have to make an early decision about coach Bob Hartley.
At this point, I think they fall into the “worse” category.

read on and if you choose the month “August”, you will see his preview of the Ducks too.  Something to keep an eye on all month long….

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Peca’ Worth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

As Spector points out today, will Peca play for less than $1.5M and sign with the Rangers?
My feelings are Peca is shooting for a higher dollar amount than what teams have been offering him.  Will he finally come down on his asking price or continue to shop for a team that will meet his $$$ demands?

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