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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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Sirius XM News—Updated

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Twice.com,

Sirius XM said it will begin offering a la carte programming on Oct. 6, allowing consumers to pick and choose which stations they would like to hear.

The a la carte programming will let users choose from 50 stations at a fee of $6.99/month but will require new radios.

Sirius XM will also offer its full slate of new program plans on Oct. 6 including “Best of Both” programs where XM listeners can receive Howard Stern and NFL football and Sirius listeners can receive Oprah, NBA and NHL programming, in each case for an extra $4/month (or $16.99) without requiring new radios.

continued

I have heard through the grapevine that NHL Live will start again on September 22nd.  Not official, but that is the word as of today.

Also, I am scheduled to appear on the Power Play Show today right around the 5pm ET.  Power Play is hosted by Mike Ross and Mick Kern on NHL Home Ice XM204.

Update 6:13pm ET (alanah): Paul’s interview on NHL Home Ice can be downloaded here or heard on the player below.

Continue Reading »

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KK- You Know It Is Getting Close

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Dummy me.  I just pointed to a Stan Fischler story that was a week old and and one I had pointed to last week.

I deleted it and I am sorry for posting it.  Too many things on my mind right now, we are getting very close to the 3rd Edition of Kukla’s Korner and along with Alanah, we are juggling numerous items right now.

Stay tuned folks, this one will be a major surprise for all KK members and guests.

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Defensive Help For The Kings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

Lombardi and Hextall made it clear at the GM breakfast that the Kings are still actively pursuing a veteran defenseman. From what I’m hearing, those talks could get particularly intense this week, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a deal get done.

The names? Anaheim’s Mathieu Schneider is one the Kings are seriously considering. Other names under consideration would be San Jose’s Kyle McLaren, Florida’s Karlis Skrastins, Nashville’s Greg de Vries, St. Louis’ Jay McKee and Pittsburgh’s Darryl Sydor.

added 6:44pm, This also from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

The Kings are still looking at a trade as their best option to add a defenseman, but should they shift their focus to the free-agent route, the names they’re looking at would include Jassen Cullimore, Bret Hedican, Keith Carney, Marek Malik and Nolan Pratt.

continued

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Nylander Not Going Anywhere

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider:

I also asked Nylander about all of the trade rumors (Vancouver, New York, New Jersey, etc.) that surfaced over the summer. He acknowledged that he heard them, but he said he’s not worried. And for good reason:

“I have a no move clause in my contract,” he said. “So it’s really up to me if I want to move. I want to stay here and I’m looking forward to the season. There’s lots of rumors about lots of players all the time.”

read on

*emphasis added

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  Tags: hockey+rumors, michael+nylander, no+trade+clause

Ready for the Unknown

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

I have had enough of preview, reviews, I want to express my views and the only way to do that is to see how the players look - on the ice. Will new players mesh with new line mates, will new coaches gain the attention of his players, will the players respond to new coaching techniques?

You can read all about it, but until the players hit the ice, all we have is one big question mark. Sure, I can tell you the Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens will be good, but I want to know about the unknown.

read on

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Video Game Wars

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dan Rosen at NHL.com:

image[Rick] Nash and I went head-to-head on NHL 2K9, which was sold for the first time anywhere at the NHL Store Monday. He, of course, took the Blue Jackets. Since I didn’t believe him when he told me he only played the game once, I took the Red Wings.

I figured with Marian Hossa, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Brian Rafalski and Nicklas Lidstrom on the ice, I could handle Nash and his squad. 

I was wrong.

read on

As everyone knows by now, NHL 2K9 and NHL 09 have both just been released this week. Will you buy one?

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  Tags: nhl+09, nhl+2k9

Pre-Season Questions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

With NHL training camps getting under way next week, ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun answer these 10 Burning Questions as we count down to the Oct. 4 season opener:

Will there be a Stanley Cup hangover in Detroit?

Burnside: Yes. As good and deep as the Red Wings are, there is always a little hitch in the step of the defending Cup champions. Watch for Marian Hossa to take some time to fit into the Red Wings’ lineup, and there will be a ripple effect in terms of who gets power-play time and prime minutes among the team’s forwards with Hossa’s arrival.

LeBrun: No. Too much is being made about the post-lockout Cup-hangover effect. Carolina got hammered by injuries, and that’s why the Hurricanes plummeted after their Cup win in 2006. Anaheim began its title defense without its most important player, Scott Niedermayer, and top goal scorer, Teemu Selanne.

much more

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Looking At Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Eleven days until the Blue Jackets take the ice for the start of training camp in Nationwide Arena. The coming season is even more in focus now, so I got to thinking. It won’t surprise me if ...

—Kristian Huselius (No. 1 unit) and Jakub Voracek (No. 2) are on the point of the power play

—R.J. Umberger has 50-plus assists

—Raffi Torres isn’t his old self again until December or January

—the Blue Jackets trade a defenseman (or two) before the start of the regular season

more

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Interested In Fighting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,

Coming off a week that put me in a fighting mood, I figured it was a good time to have some fun and look at 10 of the NHL’s top pugilists.

Milan Lucic, Boston (13 fights in ’07-08)
He probably can’t throw with the heavyweights, but watching the young buck prior to concussion problems last season was still a true treat…oh, and he has the potential to develop into a top power forward, too.

continue for the other nine…

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