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Burke & Leafs Reach Agreement

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail:

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Brian Burke have reached an agreement on a contract, which is still not official because he has not signed it, and he could be presented to the hockey public as the team’s new president and general manager on Friday.

A source familiar with the negotiations indicated that the only thing that remains to be done is to get Burke’s signature on the contract, which is expected to happen on Friday. Burke has been in Boston all week with his family to celebrate the U.S. Thanksgiving and did not plan to travel to Toronto until Friday.

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Update 6:00pm ET: From TSN, the deal is signed—

The Brian Burke saga has finally reached it’s conclusion as Burke has officially signed his contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs and will become the team’s President and general manager.

The Toronto Sun is reporting that Burke signed the papers at his home in Boston prior to his Thanksgiving dinner.

Update 6:17pm ET: TSN has changed their report at the same link. It now states the deal is not signed:

Burke says he’s been told the deal is done, however he hasn’t reviewed or signed the contract as of yet.

Nothing is expected to be finalized until Friday.

Sportsnet.ca reports it’s a 6 year deal but that the announcement isn’t expected till Saturday.

 

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Panthers Trade Belak to Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From George Richards at the Miami Herald:

Wade Belak was back on the ice for the Panthers on Wednesday night, two days after clearing waivers.

His return was short lived.

The Panthers sent Belak to Nashville on Thursday afternoon, bringing back center Nick Tarnasky. Belak, 32, signed a two-year deal with the Panthers during the offseason and makes $650,000 per year. The 24-year-old Tarnasky is also signed through the 2009-10 season, but the Panthers will see a savings as Tarnasky makes $525,000.

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  Tags: hockey+trades, nick+tarnasky, wade+belak

Senators Waive Luke Richardson

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC:

The Ottawa Senators waived Luke Richardson on Thursday, a move that could end the big defenceman’s lengthy NHL career.

If Richardson, 39, isn’t claimed by another club by noon ET on Friday, he can be sent down to the Senators’ AHL affiliate in Binghamton. But at his age, the six-foot-three, 214-pound blue-liner isn’t expected to accept a minor-league assignment.

One of the oldest players in the NHL, Richardson has been a healthy scratch for most of this season.

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Tampa Makes Moves Due To Injuries

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erik Erlendsson of the Bolts Report,

David Koci apparently broke his hand during his fight with Colton Orr Wednesday night and is out 2-4 weeks with what the team is calling an upper-body injury (does it become lower body when his hands are at his side?). Also, Matt Pettinger has been listed as out 2-4 weeks which suggests he suffered a sprained ligament in his knee.

Marek Malik is questionable after suffering a lower-body injury (he wasn’t limping around from what I could tell) so it looks like he’s out for Friday.

Lukas Krajicek didn’t practice but is expected to play this weekend. Chris Gratton did not practice today, but Gary Roberts did.

With the injuries taking their toll, the Lightning recalled defenseman Matt Smaby and left wing Steve Downie from Norfolk…

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In The Opinion Of The Fans…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Boone at the Hockey News,

The NHLFA recently surveyed its members, but kept Canadian- and U.S.-based fan responses separate. Some of the findings were predictable. Half of the hockey citizens of both nations think the competition committee should continue, but agree it is far from a success. Seven out of 10 hockey fans in both countries agree the NHL and its broadcast partners should work on creating better camera angles for television coverage.

Slightly more Canadian fans think the NHL should strive to make improvements to the game to attract more fans (58 percent versus 47 percent by U.S. fans) and more U.S. fans are against the idea of NHL expansion to Europe (87 percent versus 78 percent by Canadian fans).

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Introducing Taylor Hall

Blog: KK Members Blog By www.thegoodpoint.com

Taylor Hall may be less than two weeks removed from his 17th birthday, but he is already turning hockey heads as the projected first overall pick in his NHL Draft year. The amazing thing about this is that, because of his late birthday, Hall won’t be eligible to be drafted until 2010.

What this means for Hall is one more year playing for the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL and one more year for NHL scouts to salivate over the slick center.

While talk about being the projected first overall NHL pick may be stressful for some 17-year-olds, Hall is taking it one stride at a time and is modelling himself after this year’s projected first overall pick, John Tavares.

“A player like me can see what [Tavares] is going through and how he handles it and you can see on the ice what he’s doing and how he has matured as a player. Hopefully I can do that,” said Hall. “I listen to a lot of his interviews and he has become a really mature man and hopefully I can do the same.”

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  Tags: john+tavares, ohl, taylor+hall, thegoodpoint.com, windsor+spitfires

Tallackson Thankful For His Health

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of the Record,

“It’s been good,” he said. “I feel good. I thought I played pretty well. I didn’t make any mistakes, which is good. Everything physically-wise was good.”

That is what (Barry) Tallackson, 25, is most thankful for on this Thanksgiving.

He had an extra electrical pathway in his heart that would cause it to race to 300 beats per minute during “incidents.” Tallackson said the incidents started about four years ago and would occur “a couple of times a month,” sometimes during games.

“Three hundred beats a minute is not normal,” he said. “So, I would feel tightness in my chest and eventually it would kick back into place and go right back down. It’s scary.

“When your heart is racing that fast, you don’t know what’s going on. Plus, you start to feel a little lightheaded. And then it goes away. It was a little nerve-racking, but I dealt with it.”

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A New MVP

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In October, I picked Alexander Semin of the Washington Capitals as the early season MVP.  However, Semin has not played a game since November 14th due to a back injury.  As a result, it is time to pick a new leader in the 2008/09 Hart Trophy race.  That leader is Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Malkin leads the NHL in scoring with 35 points.  His 25 assists are also a league leading total.

The NHL has tried to maintain the narrative that the best player in the league is a battle between Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, but that does not appear true.  Malkin is at least as good as they are and beginning to show that he may be the better player.

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Huddle Up Refs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,

Even with two referees, penalties are often witnessed by only one or go unnoticed altogether. Equally as often, a penalty is called by one referee, but not by the other, even if he had a better view of the play.

Why then, if the ultimate goal is to get the call right, does the NHL not allow a post-penalty discussion, with the two referees coming together to talk about marginal or questionable calls?

They should. And if after the consultation it’s decided the wrong call was made, refs should be allowed to “pick up the flag,” so to speak.

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Bring Reebok Back To Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

MONTREAL, Nov. 27 /CNW/ - Labour union, UNITE HERE announced today it has launched a cross country campaign to persuade Reebok to bring back to Canada its production of hockey equipment and jerseys. Over the past six years, Reebok-CCM Hockey, Inc., the official makers of NHL apparel, has shut many of its Canadian plants and outsourced its production of NHL jersey replicas and other hockey equipment to Asia.

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