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Hockey Is Close - The Carnival Is Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hockey Rants pulls a surprise on us and kicks-off the 22nd edition of the The Hockey Carnival. The Big Top is back and Jes brings it to us in his own style!

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Report- Svatos Signs 1yr. Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

According to Hojek.sk, Marek Svatos has signed a 1yr deal with the Avs. Thanks to Puckhound61 for posting in the KKF. added 4:30pm, Official release from the Colorado Avalanche.

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Creds Or No Creds- Do You Care?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tom Benjamin asks the question-

"How does the blogoshere benefit if the NHL recognizes the new media? What's in it for the blog reader?"
As a reader, you may want to respond. Interesting conversation going on now.
Now read Continuing The Media Credentials Discussion at Off Wing Opinion.

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Armchair GMs: It’s Your Turn

Blog: KK Hockey By Tuba Guy

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NHL: Eastside Hockey Manager 2007 is an authentic ice hockey management game allowing you to manage your own franchise in leagues from around the world, including the NHL, AHL, DEL and Swedish leagues.
Key Features: • Fantasy draft - build your very own dream team, fantasy-hockey style • Brand new real-time 2D engine for coaching your games and reviewing the crucial highlights • Improved draft recommendations from your staff, allowing you to make the most of your all-important draft selections • New tactical options and the introduction of sliders, allowing you more variations to your tactical settings, giving you more control over your side’s playing style than ever. • More variation and detail from your staff in their scouting reports to help you find the hottest young talent • Additional trade options and feedback now available, allowing you full control at the negotiation table • No excuses for not balancing the books with greater salary cap control and more information on individual cap hits
Visit the Eastside Hockey Manager for more info

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KK- Shop.NHL.com Gift Certificate Winner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The winner of the $25 gift certificate to Shop.NHL.com is Drew. Another winner will be announced after the 400th KK member is registered, then again after the 600th member and so on.

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Ward Still Thinking Carolina

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

Aaron Ward, a big contributor to the Carolina Hurricanes winning the Stanley Cup, was traded (signed as a UFA) to the New York Rangers two months ago. But he's having trouble getting from traded away to gone away. At 10 a.m. most weekdays a handful of Hurricanes skate at their regular practice facility, the RecZone. Most mornings Ward skates with them -- a popular teammate turned lone Ranger. He doesn't wear the Canes colors, and he can't enter their locker room. But he still feels part of the team. "I can't say that this transition is as easy as I thought it was going to be," said Ward, 33. He joined the Hurricanes in 2001 and was part of the team's two runs to the Stanley Cup finals.
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Florida Owner Wasn’t Leaving

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

There are those who believe Elvis Presley is still alive. There are those who believe Mike Keenan resigned as general manager of the Florida Panthers on the weekend. The former group has a better chance of being right. The Panthers, now serious contenders with the New York Islanders and Chicago Blackhawks in the battle to become the National Hockey League's most dysfunctional team, announced Keenan had "resigned" and that Jacques Martin would be assuming double duties as coach/GM. That is what's known as making a bad situation worse.
continued added 7:44am, from Spector at Fox Sports,
Considered the face of the franchise for several seasons, Luongo is almost universally considered one of the game's elite netminders, despite never playing a single NHL playoff game. Keenan's inexplicable hard line approach to contract talks with Luongo, however, created a poisonous atmosphere between the two, ultimately resulting in Luongo's trade to Vancouver in June. I have a feeling that may have led to the beginning of the end for Keenan.

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Here’s Evgeni

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Mr. Malkin, who has spent the past several weeks in Los Angeles after leaving his Russian Super League team during preseason training in Finland, will sign the contract before a 10 a.m. news conference today at Mellon Arena. He arrived at Pittsburgh International Airport last night after flying across the country with one of his agents, Pat Brisson. Speaking through an interpreter, Mr. Malkin told reporters near the baggage-claim area that, "I'm very pleased to arrive here," and said he was looking forward to meeting franchise icon/owner Mario Lemieux.
In accordance with Russian labor law, Mr. Malkin exercised his option to sever ties with an employer by giving two weeks' written notice to Magnitogorsk, but it is not known if those regulations also allow him to ply his trade with the employer of his choice. While there are indications that Magnitogorsk has all but abandoned the idea of trying to have Mr. Malkin forced to play for it this winter, the team is expected to seek monetary compensation for surrendering his rights.
Despite the assertions of various legal experts, legal precidents are stacked against Magnitogorsk. They'll appeal for compensation with the backing of the Russian Hockey Federation. much more

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Malkin To Sign On Tuesday

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the AP via TSN:

Evgeni Malkin is about to become a Pittsburgh Penguins player. Malkin has spent three weeks training in the Los Angeles region, but is expected to sign with the Penguins on Tuesday - two days before the start of rookie training camp. Malkin's agents said last week they would open contract talks early this week, and the Penguins are planning a news conference Tuesday to announce the signing.
Malkin's contract terms are effectively set by the NHL labour agreement, so he is expected to sign a deal identical to that reached by last season's rookie of the year, Alexander Ovechkin. Ovechkin, drafted immediately ahead of Malkin, has a base salary of $984,2000, plus incentives worth $2.85 million a season. Ovechkin's contract includes $850,000 in relatively easy-to-reach incentives and another $2 million in additional bonuses such as winning a major league award.

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Grading Northeast Division Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

The cultural makeover the franchise so desperately needed was almost total. Chiarelli replaced Mike O'Connell. Dave Lewis replaced coach Mike Sullivan. Harry Sinden stepped down. And in a move the value of which should not be underestimated, the B's swiped Jim Benning from the Sabres to be their director of player personnel. Add deals that will keep offensive centerpiece Patrice Bergeron draped in black and gold for the next five years, and Brad Boyes for two, and things simply could not have gone any better for the Bruins this summer. Chiarelli gets an A.
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