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Martin Rucinsky Leaves NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Martin Rucinsky will be playing for Sparta Prague next season according to a report from the AP via the International Herald Tribune.

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Flames Veterans Will Compete For A Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald via the National Post,

“Look at our team now,” Sutter said Tuesday afternoon at the Pengrowth Saddledome. “We’ve got 15 or 16 forwards, eight or nine defencemen, who are legitimate NHL players. They’re not all going to play here. So it’s a different mindset . . . there are veterans who are going to have to make our team.”

Incoming forwards include the pro-seasoned likes of Michael Cammalleri, Todd Bertuzzi, Rene Bourque, Curtis Glencross, Andre Roy, Jamie Lundmark and Kyle Greentree. Factor in knocking-on-the-door prospects such as Brandon Prust, Mikael Backlund and Dustin Boyd, and Sutter’s correct - incumbents should be nervous.

“It’s a competition thing,” said Sutter. “These veterans . . . they don’t have jobs on our team. We have a good team, but we want to be more than good.”

read on

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Griffins Hire Curt Fraser

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Grand Rapids Press,

The Grand Rapids Griffins have found their next leading man.

Curt Fraser will be introduced as the Griffins’ eighth coach in franchise history during a Wednesday morning news conference at Van Andel Arena.

Fraser, 50, was the first head coach in the history of the Atlanta Thrashers, who joined the NHL in 1999. He spent three and a half seasons there, compiling a 64-169-31-15 record before being fired in 2003.

read on

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Numminen Close To Signing With Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,

Darcy Regier told me today the Sabres are negotiating with Teppo Numminen to bring the veteran back and it appears the parties are getting close to a deal that I imagine would be for one year and at quite a bit less than last year’s $2.6 million. Hmmmm. Here’s what I see:

continued

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’ve lost some good friends in the last couple of months,” he told reporters on the course. “I think we expected it. Any time you lose out early you expect it.”

-Jason Spezza

more from Spezza at TSN...

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Phoenix Signs Carcillo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have re-signed left wing Daniel Carcillo to a two-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to have signed Daniel Carcillo to a new contract,” said Maloney. “He is a key member of our team who brings a unique combination of toughness, speed and skill to the lineup.”

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Former Blues Owner Pleads Guilty

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Michael Shanahan Sr., a former owner of the St. Louis Blues, pleads guilty for backdating stock options. 

more from the AP via the Globe and Mail...

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Who Am I?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

634- Total NHL games played to date, the 13th highest total of any player chosen at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

50- Percent of his goals last season were game winners.

53- Career playoff games played, including 32 since the lockout ended in 2005-06.

click for the answer...

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Hurricanes Will Retire Wesley’s Sweater

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team will honor longtime defenseman Glen Wesley prior to and during its game on Tuesday, Feb. 17 against the Boston Bruins. The team will formally retire Wesley’s No. 2 jersey during a pre-game ceremony, and honor the Hurricanes’ all-time games-played leader throughout the evening.

“Glen played the most games as a Hurricanes player, and did so at a high level,” said Rutherford. “We are honored to have been a part of his distinguished playing career and look forward to paying tribute to his accomplishments.”

continued

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League Office: Fans Not Allowed To Attend Winter Classic

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Little Gary is nailing this one. I mean he’s drilling it.  Drilling down and drilling deep as only Mini-Stern can. 

I wasn’t at the presser today, but here’s the one I held in my noggin.

Will there be a Winter Classic Gary? “Yes.”
Where? “Chicago.”

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