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NY Islanders Will Hold Press Conference Tomorrow At 1 PM

Blog: KK Hockey By William Morrison



From the NY Islanders Twitter account:

Press conference tomorrow with John Tavares and Garth Snow.

The press conference is scheduled for 1 PM and is presumably to announce a contract extension for JT.  Reports have been that the deal is either 5 or 6 years for around $5.5 million per season.  Some think that the Isles are also going to be announcing they have named Tavares as captain at this presser, but I don’t think they will.  I think they are going to wait until after training camp to announce their captain and I think it will be Mark Streit.

Update: Per Katie Strang at ESPNNewYork.com, Tavares has agreed to a 6 year extension.

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  Tags: john+tavares, mark+streit

Chicago Goaltender Crawford Continues To Work On His Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

A year ago at this time, Crawford was concentrating on securing the backup job to veteran Marty Turco. This time around, after winning the starting job midway through last season and earning a three-year, $8 million contract, Crawford is developing the mindset needed to be a No. 1.

“I’m just trying to prepare myself mentally for that,” Crawford said. “It almost seems like you have to work harder and be a little readier when you’re in that position. I still have to battle and I still have to work for my ice time.”

When the Hawks hit the ice Saturday for the first official practice of camp, Crawford will head to the crease after a summer spent working on improving his game.

“I feel strong (and) quicker,” said Crawford, who worked for a week on technique with Hawks goalie coach Stephane Waite during August. “I’m eager to go and I’m excited for the season.”

read on

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  Tags: corey+crawford

Drew Doughty and Kings Still Negotiating

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre LeBrun at ESPN:

Drew Doughty and the Kings remained at an impasse Wednesday, but that can change with one phone call. Sources told ESPN.com that the Kings won’t pay Doughty more than the $6.8 million Anze Kopitar makes on average per season.

Further, Bob McKenzie of TSN reported late Tuesday night that the Kings won’t do a deal for less than seven years.

In a nutshell, both term and salary remain an issue. But like I said, it just takes one phone call.

continued with updates on Luke Schenn, Zach Bogosian and others

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  Tags: drew+doughty, luke+schenn, zach+bogosian

Brad Marchand Signs for 2 Years with Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

The Boston Bruins have re-signed forward Brad Marchand to a two-year, $5 million contract. He will make $2 million in 2011-12 and $3 million in 2012-13.


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  Tags: brad+marchand

Auctioning Off the Dallas Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NHL.com:

According to reports, the Dallas Stars will file for bankruptcy and sell the club at an auction.

Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that owner Tom Hicks’ plan to file for bankruptcy—as early as Wednesday—as a means to start the auction process has been approved by the majority of the team’s creditors, according to a source familiar with the plan.

It is expected that once the Stars enter into the auction phase, investor Tom Gaglardi, chairman and chief executive officer of Sandman Hotels, Inns & Suites, would be the lead bidder for the team, according to the story. Other potential buyers could then make bids until a final price is reached.


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NHLers Speaking Up About Headshots

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bill Beacon of the CP via the Globe & Mail:

Montreal Canadiens sniper Michael Cammalleri says having superstar Sidney Crosby speak out about headshots will help other NHL players voice opinions on what used to be a taboo subject.

“What the immediate effect is for me is that it allows other players now to come out and say ‘OK, it’s not uncool to say what I really believe, and that I’m not a soft player because I don’t think we should have headshots. I’m not a player a general manager won’t want on his team. I’m now going to voice that opinion,“’ Cammalleri said Wednesday as the Canadiens gathered for their annual charity golf tournament.

“I think it’s very good of Sid to be able to do that. He’s under a big microscope, the biggest in our game, and I commend him for doing that. I think that it’s important that we don’t be ignorant to what’s going on in our game.”


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  Tags: mike+cammalleri, sidney+crosby

Bruins Talk: Brad Marchand and David Krejci

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News:

How much the Bruins are offering and how much Marchand wants is speculation at this point. Nobody on either side will get into specifics publicly, but Marchand, by all recent accounts, wants to remain a Bruin.

While Marchand had an impressive NHL debut last season (21 goals and 41 points in the regular season, 11 goals and 19 points in 25 playoff games), he hasn’t been in the league long enough to justify $4 million per season.

If that is indeed what he’s seeking, he’s not going to get it from the Bruins, which sets the stage for a possible holdout and further trade speculation.

While talks with Marchand drag on, Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reported the Bruins are believed to have quietly opened contract talks with center David Krejci, who’s in the final year of a contract with a cap hit of $3.75 million.

read on for more negotiations etc from around the league. Also, more news on Marchand today can be found via NHL.com

Update 2:29pm ET: Marchand’s agent Wade Arnott tells ESPN that he anticipates a deal will be done today.

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  Tags: brad+marchand, david+krejci

Role of Enforcers Could Change

Blog: KK Hockey By Lyle Richardson


The recent off-season deaths of Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak has led to a growing chorus of critics calling for the National Hockey League to ban fighting.

That chorus includes former enforcers like Dave Schultz, holder of the single season record for most PIMs with 472, and Chris Nilan, the Montreal Canadiens all-time penalty minutes leader, who believe the role of enforcer has changed since their playing days in the 1970s and 1980s.

Rather than play a regular shift as Schultz and Nilan once did, today’s enforcers usually play less than five minutes per game, and rarely see action in the post-season.  They often engage in “staged fights”, whereby they simply line up with the opposite team’s enforcer during a face-off, agree to drop the gloves, and go at it.


Continue Reading »

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OT- Video- When Sparks Fly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Anyone ever see sparks fly when a foul tip hits a catcher’s mask?

I saw it for the first time last night when sparks flew off the mask of Alex Avila.

Not sure how long the video will last, MLB seems to take these types of videos off of YouTube quickly.

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  Tags: alex+avila, detroit+tigers

All Mike Yeo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Morreale of NHL.com,

NHL.com: Can Dany Heatley return to the player he was in Ottawa, when he produced back-to-back 100-point seasons as the go-to guy?

Yeo: “I’ve had a lot of dialogue with Dany and what I anticipate from him is to bounce back from his so-called down year (64 points in San Jose last season)—at least that’s what everyone keeps saying he had. From what I gather, he still found a way to put a few pucks in the net and I’m expecting him to do the same thing again this season. He’s excited about this opportunity and challenge and I think he’s motivated in terms of the so-called down year and wants to prove he still has a lot of good hockey left in him. More than anything else, he’s really excited to come here and help us take that next step as an organization. I think from management to coaches to players, there’s a lot of optimism to where we think we’re going right now. We have a direction and Dany wants to be a part of that and he wants to help lead us in that direction.”


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  Tags: mike+yeo

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