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Hockey Canada Says Insurance Issues Are Cleared Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald via the National Post,

As far as Hockey Canada is concerned, the issue of insurance coverage for the country’s best players has a giant check mark beside it.

“Everything is fine,” Johnny Misley, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations, said regarding the controversy over insurance coverage for NHLplayers attending the upcoming orientation camp for potential 2010 Olympic team members.

“We have secured insurance to help protect the players - given the low risk there is - to give them peace of mind.”

Peace of mind doesn’t describe the mindsets of the NHL or NHL Players’ Association - at least judging by recent public comments regarding the camp.

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added 7:50pm, Icethetics may have the first pictures of what the Team Canada sweater may look like for 2010.

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  Tags: team+canada

Hockey Really Doesn’t Change Much In An Olympic Year

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from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Disregarding last season’s four-team, four-game opening show in Europe that preceded the North American portion of the schedule, and also the five-day All-Star break, the NHL’s 82-game season was stretched out over 181 days in 2008-09. Sticklers can add five days for the Senators, Lightning and Penguins, and four for the Rangers.

This season’s schedule, not counting the 14-day break, will take 179 days. The season-opening European games in Helsinki (Panthers versus Blackhawks) and Stockholm (Red Wings versus Blues) are built into the same period in which all teams are playing.

The two fewer days doesn’t qualify as significant compression.

Actually, schedule compression compared to the previous season hasn’t been much of an issue since the ‘98 and ‘02 Games, and they came in seasons when the NHL also had four-day All-Star Game breaks.

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League Doesn’t Want Balsillie To Talk With Peddie

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from the CP via TSN,

The NHL has agreed to allow depositions from commissioner Gary Bettman, deputy commissioner Bill Daly and two of the league’s owners in the contentious bankruptcy proceedings of the Phoenix Coyotes.

However, the league wants Judge Redfield T. Baum to reject the proposed deposition of Toronto Maples Leafs’ Richard Peddie.

Lawyers for Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie want to question Peddie over what role the Maple Leafs might play in the proposed relocation of the Coyotes to Hamilton.

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Are GM’s Finally Getting The Message?

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province via the National Post,

Well, you don’t have to understand all the intricacies of the collective bargaining agreement to understand the prevailing attitude toward Zherdev and others of his ilk. It’s taken some time but it seems GMs around the league have finally clued in to the great danger of overpaying for offence; of overextending their payroll for players whose promise doesn’t always match their production.

Zherdev is a glittering talent. He was the fourth pick overall in the rich 2003 draft. When he arrived in Columbus, he looked for all the world like a 35-goal, 85-point man. But four seasons later, and after an ongoing battle with Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock, he was traded away to the Rangers where two more coaches - Tom Renney and John Tortorella - quickly grew tired of his act.

But here’s the thing. Zherdev hardly represents an isolated case. As of this writing, Maxim Afinogenonv, Todd Bertuzzi, Alex Tanguay, Mike Comrie, Miro Satan and Petr Sykora are all unrestricted free agents who’ve been waiting all summer to sign with an NHL team.

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Sharks Sign Two Goaltenders

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SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has re-signed Group II restricted free agent goaltender Thomas Greiss to a two-year contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Greiss, 23, appeared in 57 games for the Worcester Sharks (AHL) during the 2008-09 regular season. He posted club records for wins (30-24-2 record) and goals-against average (2.47) along with a .907 save percentage and one shutout.  He also set a Worcester franchise record making 16 straight starts (1.90 goals against average).

“After a tremendous season in Worcester and an outstanding playoffs, we are excited to have Thomas under contract for the next two seasons,” said Wilson.  “His development towards becoming an NHL goaltender has continued to progress.  We were very impressed with the work ethic and dedication he has put forth and the results have shown in his play.”

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed Group III unrestricted free agent goaltender Henrik Karlsson to a one-year contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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  Tags: henrik+karlsson, thomas+greiss

Bloggers Send The Wrong Message With Kane Stories

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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

The question of whether independent bloggers should have equal status with mainstream media is a hot topic in the industry. But the alleged Patrick Kane robbery and battery of a cabby was not exactly a shining moment for the integrity of bloggers. The release of the police charges Monday morning brought an immediate torrent of abuse in the blogosphere for Kane, who was accused of beating a hapless Buffalo cabby for a 20-cent tip. Before Kane could explain his side, sites were saying “How could Kane be this stupid?...

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Edmonton Signs Trio

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General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with defenceman Ladislav Smid on a two-year contract, and forwards Gilbert Brule and Ryan Stone on one-year, two-way deals.

Smid, 23, established career highs in assists and points with 11 in 2008-09. He also had 57 penalty minutes in 60 games played.

Steve Tambellini commented on today’s signing. “I’m very pleased to have Ladislav signed.  He’s a very competitive young defenceman that has the ability to contribute in all situations.”

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The KK Member Blog - It Is There For You To Use

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Over the course of a normal week at KK, I receive about 30 requests to post something hockey related on KK.

At time I do post and at other times I point them to the KK Member Blog, where KK members can do their own post on anything hockey related.

For instance, a post about the World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships just went up. 

So you can see, you can put it to good use if you so desire.

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Youth World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships coming to Brampton, Ontario

Blog: KK Members Blog By 007devils007

On the weekend of August 28-30, 2009, youth teams will assemble to compete in the first ever Youth World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships! Teams can enter one of three divisions Under 18; Under 15; and Under 12. The entry fee is $450 per team with a minimum deposit of $200 to secure your teams spot. Deposits can be submitted at any Ball Hockey Ontario location (cash, debit, Visa and MasterCard accepted), or you can call in with your Visa or MasterCard number to confirm your entry. All teams are guaranteed a minimum of three games and there will be prizes for the top four teams in each division, including the coveted Champions jackets!

The World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championship, now in its 14th year, is the signature event in the Ball Hockey Ontario calendar. In recent years, the event has expanded from its initial Men’s “A” and “B” divisions to include Over 35, Women’s, and Co-Ed tournaments. Details on all divisions can be found at http://www.ballhockey.com

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Under 18 (U18) this division is open to participants born prior to 1991, and those born after August 30th in 1991. No players will be 18 years of age or older in this event.

Under 15 (U15) this division is open to participants born prior to 1994, and those born after August 30th in 1994. No players will be 15 years of age or older in this event.

Under 12 (U12) this division is open to participants born prior to 1997, and those born after August 30th in 1997. No players will be 12 years of age in this event.

For more details on entering your team, contact Tom Roberts at 905-455-6246 or via email at tomr@ballhockey.com

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  Tags: ball+hockey, dek+hockey, kids, street+hockey, tournaments, youth+hockey

Is Brad Richards A Trade Target?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News responds to a Rangers/Stars trade rumor.

Are we better with Rozsival on defense and Dubinsky as the No. 2 center or are we better with Brad Richards as our No. 2 center and the current defense? They have decided, I believe, they would be better with Richards as the No. 2 center and the current defense.

Now, the Stars are on a very tight budget and would probably listen to offers that allowed them to move Richards for top prospects so that they could shed his $7.8 million salary (for the next two seasons) and possibly acquire a bigger name defenseman. But, the proposed deal with the Rangers doesn’t save them any money, so I believe they are simply looking at this as they would rather have Richards than the other players.

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