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Kings Sign Juraj Mikus

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a two-year entry-level contract with unrestricted free agent center Juraj Mikus, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. 

Mikus, 22, recently participated in the Kings annual Development Camp.  The 6-1, 200-pound native of Skalica, Slovakia, recorded 90 points (31-59=90), 52 penalty minutes and a plus-58 rating while appearing in all 56 regular season games with Skalica HK 36 of the Slovak Extraliga this past season.  Mikus led his team in assists and finished second to teammate and former King Ziggy Palffy in both goals and total points. 

Originally selected by Montreal in the fourth-round (121st overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Mikus recorded 43 points (21-22=43) and 52 penalty minutes in 54 regular season games with HK 36 during the 2007-08 season.  In 2006-07, he skated with Chicoutimi of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), totaling 71 points (29-42=71) and 36 penalty minutes in 60 regular season games. 

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Don’t Even Think Of The NHL Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Harry Glinberg of Harry C. Glinberg Jewlers (as told to Alyson McNutt English) of ESPN Page 2,

“We customize a lot of pieces. Deron Williams liked a diamond- encrusted Cartier watch he saw somewhere, so I bought a plain one and did the diamond work myself. It saved him tens of thousands. Marquis Daniels had the most unusual request: He wanted a necklace that looked like an Orlando Interstate 4 sign. It’s 120 carats of diamonds on three massive chains. That got me a lot of business.”...

“NBA players go for the flashiest pieces. Not more expensive or better quality necessarily, just flashier. In football, receivers and safeties like loud items. Baseball players are more conservative. I don’t work with NHL guys, but I’d love to. I could make diamond teeth.”

more if you wish but no hockey talk…

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Sykora May Be A Better Fit In Tampa Than Tanguay

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

It’s not the worst thing in the world for one’s career to play with Lecavalier, especially when you are trying to revive your career, which both Tanguay and Sykora have to do. Much of the talk the past few weeks is about how much Tanguay would help the Lightning. But I say Sykora, who has 53 goals, including 28 on the power play the past two seasons for the Penguins, offers more. And he has more to prove after his playoff flop, though he also had a second-degree shoulder separation.

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added 4:13, also from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

The Lightning was able to rid itself of $6 million in payroll the next two seasons by trading disappointing right wing Radim Vrbata to the Coyotes, the team he left to sign with the Lightning as a free agent. The names of the two players coming back were not immediately available.

added 4:49pm, Regarding the trade, the Lightning get Todd Fedoruk and David Hale in return.

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  Tags: alex+tanguay, petr+sykora, radim+vrbata

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“It was a very testing year [last year]. Obviously, it didn’t go the way I expected it to go, but it’s in the past now. You try to learn from that. I’m actually very, very excited about our team going into this season. That’s what has been pushing me to work out even harder now.

“I’m starting to feel strong again. I’m trying to find that explosion that I used to have two years ago. Health-wise I feel great, and I’m ready for a big year.”

-Daniel Briere of the Philadelphia Flyers.  More on Briere from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com.

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  Tags: daniel+briere

What Players Can San Jose Really Trade?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

...But at the top of everyone’s What Will Happen list: San Jose and the long-awaited changes after yet another post-season paroxysm. Teams around the league will be waiting for the first fin to drop before signing or trading further players. But what, really, do the Sharks and GM Doug Wilson have of value?

Patrick Marleau pops to mind immediately, but his trade value is limited.

read on

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Blues Re-Sign Wagner

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has re-signed defenseman Steve Wagner.

Wagner, 25, skated in 22 games for the Blues last season, collecting four points (two goals, two assists) along with 18 penalty minutes.

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Always Thinking Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Today at NHL.com, I am thinking hockey out loud.

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Sabres Season Tickets Are Sold-Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from BuffaloSabres.com,

The Buffalo Sabres today announced they have capped their full season tickets for the 2009-10 season at 14,825, an increase of 500 tickets from last year. After renewing 95% of their season tickets this summer, the club was able to issue over 1,200 new season tickets to members of their Blue & Gold Club.

“Season ticket holders are very important to the business success of the organization,” said Chief Operating Officer, Dan DiPofi. “Our fans have been very loyal over the years and we are extremely grateful they have continued to support the team. We take great pride in the partnership we have nurtured with our fans over the last several years.”

continued

I wonder how some of the other teams are doing in season ticket sales?  If you know, feel free to leave a comment.

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Oilers Sign RFA Grebeshkov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Edmonton Oilers have signed restricted free agent defenceman Denis Grebeshkov to a one-year contract worth $3.15 million.

The signing avoids salary arbitration between the Russian defender and the club.

Last season the 25-year-old scored seven goals and 32 assists for 39 points in 72 games.

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  Tags: denis+grebeshkov

Plekanec Signs One Year Deal With Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens have re-signed restricted free agent forward Tomas Plekanec to a one-year contract worth $2.75 million. By agreeing to a deal, the team and player avoided a salary arbitration hearing that had been scheduled for July 30.

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  Tags: tomas+plekanec

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