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Van Ryan Comfortable In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

...But there were still concerns about Van Ryn’s play in his own end. He answered those concerns with a plus-15 season in 2005-06, only to be beset by wrist problems.

“The wrist problems are behind me,” he said. “It’s partly my fault because [in 2006-07] I kept playing because I wanted to try and help us get into the playoffs.”

Glancing down the Leafs’ roster brings a reflective smile to Van Ryn’s face. The road he has travelled in hockey has crossed paths with a handful of people in the Leafs’ organization. He played with Jamal Mayers in St. Louis. In Florida, he also skated with Joe Nieuwendyk, now Toronto’s special assistant to the general manager, and Niklas Hagman, who arrived in Toronto last night. Van Ryn also grew up in Western Ontario playing against Mark Bell and Boyd Devereaux.

“I feel comfortable here already,” Van Ryn said.

more

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  Tags: mike+van+ryn

Maybe He Will Settle Down A Bit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Time to send congratulations to Lightning owner Oren Koules, who is getting married Saturday to Toronto native and Los Angeles nightclub and restaurant owner Shereen Arazm.

continued

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  Tags: oren+koules

It Has Happened Before & Will Happen Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Yes, I received your emails, pointing out the Eklund (Dwayne) situation.

Yes, I read what Eklund said about it…

I was obviously largely offline from around 5pm on, as a very serious family situation kept me from even seeing the error until a few minutes ago.

Hmmm, but it must have not been too serious, since he was at HF Boards at 6:30pm last night (catch the link early, the time/date will change on his next visit).

People, he has done this stuff in the past and will continue to do so in the future.  Either chose to live in his world or demand some real answers from him.

added 6:33am
, More on this from Kevin Schutlz at AOL Fanhouse and Pension Plan Puppets has it too.

added 1:54pm More at Puck Daddy.

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Praise For Horcoff

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

Shawn Horcoff is under-rated no more in in his own hometown. The majority of Oilers fans have come to see the self-made player as an outstanding first liner, an all star, good enough to compete for a spot as a fourth line energy player on Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

There is no aspect of the game that Horcoff hasn’t mastered: shooting, passing, skating, checking, faceoffs, defensive zone coverage. And the numbers prove it, according to Oilers fans at least.

But others aren’t so sure.

continued

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  Tags: shawn+horcoff

Shanahan Wants To Play For The Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Brendan Shanahan wants to play this season and he wants it to be with the New York Rangers. All that’s missing now is a contract.

The 39-year-old free agent has been skating with members of the Rangers over the past week but remains without a contract. There has been interest from other teams but Shanahan wants to re-sign with the Rangers.

“We’re continuing to have discussions with the Rangers with the hope of Brendan being able to play there,” Shanahan’s agent Rick Curran told ESPN.com on Tuesday evening. “Unless and until that changes we’re not interested in talking to anybody else right now.”

continued... and that should answer a few of the emails I have received from KK readers.  All along I have said Rangers and not to pay any attention to the made-up rumors.

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  Tags: brendan+shanahan

We Want Mats Too

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

The agent for Mats Sundin confirmed Tuesday the Lightning has contacted him about perhaps signing the star free agent, if Sundin decides to play and if Tampa Bay is an appealing situation.

“That’s been essentially their message,” Calgary-based agent J.P. Barry said. “There have been a few teams lately who weren’t initially calling on a regular basis, but said, ‘Look, this is our team. We think this is a good team and, obviously, a player like Mats will make it a Stanley Cup team. So, if we’re someone you’d look at, we would try to find a way.’ “

Barry said Sundin will not talk about specific teams until he decides to play, and that may not come until October.

continued

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Brad Boyes Ready For The Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

He feels at home in St. Louis now and is ready to assume a leadership role with a young Blues team that has parted ways with veterans Jamal Mayers, Mike Johnson, Ryan Johnson and Bryce Salvador since last season’s trade deadline.

“I’ve always felt comfortable in junior in (a leadership) role and in the minors after a couple years,” said (Brad) Boyes. “I think that I’m getting to that point now where I’ve learned from some great players and I’ve sat and watched a lot.

“We’ve got our leaders, our head guys, but there’s no reason why I can’t help out too.”

read on

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  Tags: brad+boyes

Report: Fetisov Heading into Russian Politics

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Moscow Times,

Hockey legend Vyacheslav Fetisov could become a Federation Council senator as early as next week, while the federal agency he heads could be dissolved, Vedomosti reported Tuesday, citing senior government officials.

Pro-Kremlin party United Russia on Monday nominated Fetisov, head of the Federal Sports Agency, to represent the Primorye region in the Far East in the upper house of the parliament, an unidentified senior party official told Vedomosti.

Primorye regional legislature would likely appoint Fetisov to the post on Sept. 17, the newspaper cited an unidentified source close to the presidential administration as saying.

continued…

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  Tags: vyacheslav+fetisov

Panthers Sign Ballard to 6 Year Extension

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From George Richards at On Frozen Pond

The Panthers just called to tell me that defenseman Keith Ballard has signed a six-year contract extension. Ballard, the key part of the Olli Jokinen deal, was set to become a restricted free agent after the coming season.

continued…

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  Tags: keith+ballard

Canes Hope To Lock-up Staal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chip Alexander of Lord Stanley’s Blog,

Carolina Hurricanes general Jim Rutherford said today that the team hoped to sign star forward Eric Staal to a long-term contract in the next week to 10 days.

Rutherford would not disclose the financial figures being discussed, but it is believed Staal could receive a seven- or eight-year contract that will pay him between $7 million and $10 million a year.

“We’re continuing to talk and have talked more of late,” Rutherford said. “I would expect us to get a deal done soon. We’re getting to the point we’re just trying to fine-tune it.”

continued

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  Tags: eric+staal

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