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Will Jeff Carter set the world record for longest-held pained smile that looks like it’s being kept in place by invisible Keebler elves?

-Adam Proteau of The Hockey News from an article where he asks a question about every NHL team.

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Blackhawks Walk Away From Chris Campoli

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday the Chicago Blackhawks chose to walk away from the $2.5 million arbitration award given to Chris Campoli.  This makes Campoli and unrestricted free agent.  Chicago is still rather close to the $64.3 million salary cap.  These cap problems remain from their 2010 Stanley Cup run.  Chicago had to offload a significant number of talented players including Antti Niemi, Kris Versteeg, Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, Cristobal Huet and John Madden.  This summer has salary dumps continuing.  Brian Campbell, Tomas Kopecky, Troy Brouwer and now Chris Campoli are gone.  Chicago has kept together most of their Stanley Cup core, but their depth has taken a significant hit.

It seems clear that Chicago still requires a backup goalie for next season.  They may re-sign free agent Marty Turco or look elsewhere.  I doubt that Alexander Salak, a 24 year old with two NHL games played will be their second most experienced goalie next season.  With Campoli signed at $2.5 million it would be hard to find room to add this goalie.

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That’s It - Back To Winnipeg!

Blog: KK Hockey By BMS

Well what do you know, KK has a Jets blogger quicker than the official Jets logo has been released.

Help me welcome Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson to the KK family.


Well, hi there – my name’s Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, and I’m thrilled to be your newly-appointed Winnipeg Jets blogger here at Kukla’s Korner. Yes, the NHL is back in Winnipeg, with a new arena and owners, but with the old team’s name. Should I take my Hawerchuk jersey in and have his name replaced with Bryan Little’s? I’m a bit confused here.

For better or for worse (probably worse), I’ve decided to call my little corner of the Kukla’s Korner blogosphere Benny and the Jets. It’s horribly corny, I know – especially if, like me, you have memories/nightmares of Benny, the old Jets mascot. What was Benny anyways? Expect a similarly corny banner graphic to go with my corny blog title in due time. Hopefully I’ll be able to incorporate the new Jets logo/colours in there somehow.


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Why Offer Sheets Won’t Work

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Would 29 other teams love to have Doughty, one of the most promising defenders of the next generation of NHL stars, on their roster?

Of course.

Will you see any team present an offer sheet in an effort to make it happen?



Well, the answer is pretty obvious—because it’s futile.

It has been that way throughout the history of the offer sheet, and it remains so even though the salary cap and internal budgets suggest these are fertile times for plundering other teams’ players.

“For me, offer sheets as a way of acquiring players has never proven fruitful,” former Calgary GM Craig Button, now a national analyst, told ESPN.com this week.

Since the mid-1990s, Button noted, “no star player has come close to moving.”

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Washington May Get Some Cap Relief

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

As the Capitals added one free agent after another this offseason and inched over the salary cap ceiling of $64.3 million for the 2011-12 season, General Manager George McPhee has remained confident that the team won’t have problems complying with the limit.

Part of Washington’s flexibility comes from the team’s expectation that veteran defenseman Tom Poti, 34, won’t be ready for the start of the season. McPhee has stated numerous times that Poti, who was limited to 21 games in 2010-11 because of a lingering groin injury, may be fighting for his career and could start the season on the long-term injury list. If that’s the case, it would free up Poti’s $2.875 million cap-hit and make it easier for Washington to comply with the salary cap.

While the Capitals are preparing for Poti to be unavailable, Paul Krepelka, the defenseman’s agent, said Poti is still hoping to be ready for training camp in September.


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  Tags: tom+poti

Bouillon Has Post-Concussion Symptoms

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Diamond of the Examiner,

Some tough news out of Montreal Thursday, as Cyberpresse’s Richard Labbe caught up with Nashville Predators defenseman Francis Bouillon at a charity golf tournament. Bouillon told Labbe that after working out for the last few weeks, the symptoms of his post-concussion syndrome have returned and he has had to discontinue his workouts as a result.

In recent weeks, Predators President of Hockey Operations and General Manager David Poile as well as Head Coach Barry Trotz had been encouraged by Bouillon’s return to physical activity, but this most recent setback will throw even more questions into who will man the blue line for the Predators this season.

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  Tags: francis+bouillon

Don’t Confuse Sabres Depth With A Logjam

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

“The Sabres have a logjam on their defense position.” - WIVB.com

“I would say [AHL Rochester] is [Ales Kotalik’s] likely destination based on the logjam Buffalo has on the wing.” - 2InTheBox blog

“I saw [Steve Sullivan] was a pending UFA…but we have a serious logjam at wing” - DieByTheBlade.com reader willgarr15

The Sabres signed another piece of their potential Stanley Cup puzzle Tuesday in Andrej Sekera, which means that once again we were fed an unhealthy dose of local media and fan pondering over how to deal with Buffalo’s alleged oversupply of good players and its inevitable sentencing to salary cap jail.

Not to seem cranky after watching my favorite team commit $11M over four years to a guy who right now is a third pair defenseman on this team, but aren’t some of you folks the same Sabres fans and writers who seemingly yesterday were whining about the lack of depth on this club?

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Another #9 In Winnipeg?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Some might call it a bold move for Evander Kane.

As it stands right now, the Winnipeg Jets winger is planning to wear the No. 9 made famous by The Golden Jet, Bobby Hull — provided he can get his permission.

“It’s almost like asking a father for his daughter’s hand in marriage,” Kane told The Vancouver Province. “I’ve read somewhere on Twitter that he had done an interview and said that he wanted me to wear it proudly. I don’t know if that’s true or not. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to speak to him soon. If he doesn’t have an issue with me wearing it, I’ll do my best on and off to live up to wearing that number. If I have to change, I’ll change.”


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  Tags: bobby+hull, evander+kane

Emrick Leaving The Devils, Now Exclusive With Versus/NBC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick at Devils.com,

To the marvelous fans of the New Jersey Devils:
A good friend advised me several years ago that before any major decision, you should look in the mirror and look at your birth certificate.
Since my contracts with MSG, VERSUS, and NBC all expired late this spring, this was another of those times. I discovered that the birth certificate couldn’t be changed and it showed me to be 65 in a few days.
I’ve been extremely fortunate to have been able to spend 23 incredible years with the MSG Network channels and 21 equally enjoyable years—including 3 Stanley Cup championships—with the New Jersey Devils.  However, considering the long-term significance of this decision, I was able to construct a lighter regular season-schedule and the usual complement of Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final games for NBC and VERSUS.
But that assurance of less travel and fewer games has regrettably led me to end my association with the MSG Network channels and the Devils.


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  Tags: mike+emrick, nbc

Brandon Dubinsky Settles With Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Rangers Brandon Dubinsky has settled with the club on a 4 year deal believed to be worth 16.8M. His AAV for cap is 4.2M

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