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Devils Go Backwards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Past is prelude and we’ve seen this movie before. The Devils aren’t simply going back to Jacques Lemaire to coach the team that Brent Sutter walked out on. They are going to be going backwards—backwards into the neutral zone, backwards in the standings.

Lou Lamoriello’s decision to hire Lemaire 11 years after the end of a first five-year term that put the Devils on the NHL map but ultimately ended in underachievement is a misplaced reach into the past.

The future belongs to coaches who can, have and will adapt to a game that is evolving into a showcase for offensive talent, risk/reward attack, and creative, puck-possession teams. Lemaire, though, is wedded to the past.

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Len Barrie Needs $10M By Friday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

Another chapter in the story of the Lightning’s bickering owners will play out this week, as Len Barrie has a Friday deadline to come up with $10 million to prove he can continue funding the team.

The deadline was imposed by commissioner Gary Bettman, who has ordered the participants to not speak on the issue.

Bettman acted during a June meeting in his New York office when he demanded Barrie and co-owner Oren Koules settle their financial and philosophical differences about how to build the team.

Barrie must come up with cash or an irrevocable letter of credit from a financial institution payable to the NHL. The money is to cover his share of the team’s projected losses for the fiscal year that began July 1 and provide an additional cushion.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, len+barrie

Window Closing On Heatley Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Sources indicated yesterday that while Heatley refused to waive his no-movement clause on June 30 and agree to a deal that would have sent him to the Oilers, he has not “officially” rejected Edmonton as a destination.

But an NHL source indicated yesterday the Oilers’ patience is wearing thin to have Heatley agree to a deal and they could give up and move on perhaps as early as today.

At this point, the Oilers appear to be the only viable trade option. With Edmonton out of the picture, returning to Ottawa and an ugly reception from fans could be the Heatley camp’s only option.

read on

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Report- Tallon Done As GM In Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Josh Mora of CSNChicago,

Late Monday night sources told me the Blackhawks had fired Dale Tallon as GM and replaced him with Assistant GM Stan Bowman.  With Rick Dudley already gone to Atlanta this off-season, it means that the Blackhawks have turned over virtually their entire front office since John McDonough came in as president, with Bowman being the lone exception.

First, some thoughts about Bowman.  Stan is a very sharp guy.  Though his background is the financial side, rather than the player/scouting side, he’s been around hockey all his life.  (He was named after the Stanley Cup for Pete’s sake!)  He’s been involved in the decisions about on-ice personnel since I’ve been around the team.  With Stan, the club is in good hands going forward.

But how Stan ascends to the general manager’s position, and how it became available in the first place, betrays big political maneuverings in the front office.  Those kinds of things are never healthy—not when those conflicts are ongoing, and in the end they aren’t healthy for those who survive the conflict.  These kinds of manifestations of petty jealousies are worrisome for a franchise that has had so much going in the right direction.

continued

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New Jersey Devils Hire Coach Jacques Lemaire

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

While I think it was a mistake for the New Jersey Devils to wait this long before hiring a coach, they got out of that situation in the best possible way by hiring Jacques Lemaire as coach.  Jacques Lemaire is my pick as best coach in the NHL.  Lemaire has had successful stints as coach of the Devils in the 1990’s and the Minnesota Wild.  He won coach of the year in both stops and won the Stanley Cup in his New Jersey stint.  He is one of the few coaches in the NHL who can consistently get results out of his team that are better than their talent level.

New Jersey has not been an organization that is friendly to coaches under Lou Lamoriello’s management.  They cycle through a coach every year or two.  The Devils coach is treated like a disposable part.  On two occasions the coach has been fired at the end of the season, when things appear to be going well, in order to try to shock the team into a big playoff run.  It last happened unsuccessfully when current coach of the year Claude Julien was fired in 2007.

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Rangers/Coyotes Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired left wing Lauri Korpikoski from the New York Rangers in exchange for right wing Enver Lisin.

Korpikoski, 22, appeared in 68 games with the Rangers last season as a rookie, recording 6-8-14 and 14 penalty minutes (PIM). He also collected two assists while appearing in all seven of the Rangers’ playoff games last season.

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  Tags: enver+lisin, lauri+korpikoski

Oilers Sign Pair

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today, the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with forward Chris Minard and defenceman Matt Nickerson.

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Running Into Ryan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Blogger meets Ryan Getzlaf at a local restaurant…

from Suzanne Broughton of The Mom Blog at the OC Register,

He and his girlfriend, Paige, were gracious and obviously used to blathering fans armed with cameras, random Ducks facts, and stupid questions.  I think I managed to get out a “Good luck this season. You’re awesome,” but besides that, I barely acknowledged how grateful I am for his character, for being a good role model to my son, for his sacrifice to the game, for demonstrating to all of us what courage and good leadership looks like in an athlete.

more

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Surprised

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY,

With shock waves now dissipated from the NHL shake-up that always occurs during the free agent signing period, there are situations around the league that surprise me:

    1. The San Jose Sharks have not tweaked their roster. I never believed the team was going to trade Joe Thornton.  But after another playoff collapse, I fully expected the Sharks to make a trade to change their look and placate fans Given their cap situation, a trade was their best option. But GM Doug Wilson hasn’t yet made a move.

continue for four more situations…

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Callahan Comes To Terms With Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Ryan Callahan.

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