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Kronwall Had Knee Surgery This Morning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall had athroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday morning. Doctors discovered a lateral meniscus tear.

Kronwall is expected to be idled for two weeks but should be ready to skate at the start of training camp Sept. 18 in Traverse City.

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NHL Appoints Charles Coplin Executive VP of Content

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

The National Hockey League today announced that it has appointed Charles Coplin to the new position of executive vice president of content. Coplin had been with the NFL since 2001, most recently as the NFL’s vice president of programming, where he shared Emmy Awards for his work on the America’s Game documentary series, and where his Super Bowl halftime productions were among the most acclaimed in NFL history.

In his new role at the NHL, Coplin will integrate and focus the efforts of all League media and content, including NHL.com; oversee and optimize programming and production for NHL Network; manage all television broadcast and rights-holder relationships; and direct the NHL Digital Studios and original broadband productions.

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Ducks, Ryan Will Talk This Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

Don Meehan, one of Ryan’s Newport Sports Management agents, told the Register in an e-mail that there are plans to meet with Ducks management as the club’s reigning top goal scorer remains unsigned with training camp less than three weeks away.

Previous discussions have been fruitless until now with the Ducks trying to get their 23-year-old sniper signed to a long-term deal and Ryan hesitant to commit to anything more than three years. Ryan, whose 35 goals ranked 10th in the NHL last season, turned down a five-year, $25-million offer at the end of June.

Perhaps the specter of camp looming around the corner is getting some other notable restricted free agents to come to terms with their teams.

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Lightning Name New CEO

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

TAMPA BAY - Steve Griggs has been named chief operating officer of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Pete Times Forum, Chief Executive Officer Tod Leiweke announced today. Griggs joins the Lightning from the Orlando Magic, where he has served as executive vice president of sales and marketing since October, 2007. He will become the organization’s day-to-day operations leader, with an emphasis on revenue generation and brand management. Griggs will begin with the Lightning in November.

“Steve is one of the rising stars in the sports industry,” said Leiweke upon making the announcement. “His experience in the NHL, and most recently, with the NBA’s Orlando Magic and the new Amway Center, will serve us well as we work to transform the Lightning and the Times Forum under the leadership of owner Jeff Vinik.”

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Pass Or Fail

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

The outcome of the New Jersey Devils latest attempt to sign star forward Ilya Kovalchuk has many NHL executives anxiously waiting.

Without knowing the specifics of the contract rival managers are left to consider the speculation that reports Kovalchuk’s latest contract offer to be in the range of 15 years and $100 million.

One NHL general manager doesn’t believe for a second the league will allow this one to pass either, stating Lou Lamoriello, the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk are simply trying to “disguise circumvention,” adding,  “trying to hide the crime, makes this even worse.”

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Weight Officially Back With The Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Islanders.com,

The New York Islanders have agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with team captain Doug Weight.

A veteran of 19 NHL seasons and 1,220 career games, Weight returns for his third year with the Islanders. In 36 games last season, the Detroit, Michigan native scored seventeen points (1 goal and 16 assists).

“Doug has played an important role in helping to develop our young players over the past two seasons and we’re excited to see him continue his historic career on Long Island,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said.

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Chelios Press Conference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ken Holland and Chris Chelios will hold a press conference at noon ET today.  Chelios will officially retire from hockey and Holland will announce the new position the Wings have created for Chelios.

Watch below, the feed should start around noon.

added 12:45pm, Official title for Chelios- Advisor to Hockey Operations.

added 1:00pm, Press conference is complete.

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The Current State Of The Los Angeles Kings

Blog: KK Members Blog By Paul From Cali

I’m going to avoid calling this a “season preview” as I think I share the belief of most Kings fans that Dean Lombardi will make at least one more move this offseason that will alter the starting lineup.  Instead I’ll take a look at the current team to try to identify what I believe are the strengths and weaknesses.

Forwards:

Top 6:  Right now the top 6 forwards of the Kings appears to be Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar, Ryan Smyth, Wayne Simmonds, Jarret Stoll, and Justin Williams.  Micheal Handzus and newly signed Alexei Ponikarovsky could also push for playing time on the top 2 lines, depending on their production.  Last year the Kings were tied for 9th in 5 on 5 goal scoring ratio at 1.07, tied with Pittsburgh.  They were 7th in the league on the power play scoring the 5th most PP goals in the league with 64.

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Going Streaking?

Blog: KK Members Blog By Darrenworldwide

There are a lot of very good reasons to peg the Ottawa Senators at 10th in the East this year.  Can the geritocracy of Alfredsson, Gonchar, and Kovalev be dominant over the full course of an 82-game schedule? Is Peter Regin for real? Have Michalek and Kovalev’s injuries fully healed? Will anyone on Ottawa’s defense corps hit anything this year?

Does Ottawa need to buy Pascal Leclaire a Popemobile to ensure his safety off-ice?

Also casting a long shadow over Ottawa’s chances at making the playoffs is the improvement of other teams in the East. While I may have my doubts about the various alchemies being employed in the Southeast Division and New Jersey, I think it is fair to say that the East is now beginning to resemble the West in that the distance between the eighth seed and those on the outside looking in will be much closer than at any time in recent memory.

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Are You Ready For The Season?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If not, check out my NHL.com blog today.  Even if you are ready, you may have missed a few things.

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