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Wild Re-Sign Schultz

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed defenseman Nick Schultz to a 2007-08 contract.
“Nick’s continued improvement and durability make him the consummate team player,” Risebrough said. “He’s established himself as an important presence on our blue line, and we’re very happy that we could reach a contract agreement.”

more at MinnesotaWild.com...

 

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Toivonen Goes To The Blues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Stl. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has acquired goaltender Hannu Toivonen from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Carl Soderberg.
“Hannu is a former 1st round draft choice who gives our club depth in the goaltending position,” said Davidson.  “Our scouts feel he has tremendous upside and a bright future in the National Hockey League.”

added 4:20pm, Blues Release...

 

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Would Hamilton Win The Cup Before The Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of the CBC,

I always read the comments posted underneath this blog, and a couple of you have brought up the Maple Leafs. I can understand why Toronto would not want Nashville moving to Hamilton.
Because the Predators would win the Stanley Cup first.
Think about it: Look what David Poile has done under a limited budget. Even in the great summer sell-off of 2007, you can’t help but look at that roster and say, “Geez, this guy does an unbelievable job of drafting and identifying talent.”
Now, imagine him working for Jim Balsillie, someone who will not be afraid to spend money, someone whose ego will demand an immediate contender.

continued... and some other sports bits too…

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NYR Make Changes in Head Office

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The New York Rangers restructured their front office Monday, promoting Jim Schoenfeld and Cameron Hope to key positions.
Schoenfeld was named assistant general manager, player personnel, while Hope was named assistant general manager, hockey administration.
The moves helped fill the void left by former assistant GM Don Maloney, who left to become GM in Phoenix. Schoenfeld was coach and GM of the Rangers’ AHL affiliate in Hartford the past four seasons and he will keep the AHL GM duties in addition to his promotion.

continued…

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Breaking Down Arbitration

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

The most intriguing case may be goalie Ray Emery, whose team has already dumped Peter Schaefer in an effort to clear some cap space. After taking the Senators to the Stanley Cup Final with four rounds worth of excellent goaltending, Emery’s aiming for something in the same neighborhood as New York’s Henrik Lundqvist ($4.25 million for one year) while the Sens are hoping for something closer to the $2.333 million that Carolina’s Cam Ward averages over the three-year deal that he signed last summer.

read on for more arbitration cases…

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Guerin A Better Captain Than Smyth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Maven at MSG Network,

MOST OVERRRATED STORY OF THE SUMMER—The Isles losing Ryan Smyth:
Smyth072307No matter how you shake it, Ryan is a good—NOT SUPERIOR—hockey player. When he came to Long Island—at a pretty steep price—Smyth displayed virtually no signs of greatness simply because he is what he is; a solid veteran who was deified beyond all reason in Canada.

continued

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A Very Important Year For Yashin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Yashin’s agent Mark Gandler answers a few questions in Sovsport and basically said this will be Yashin’s most important year of hockey.
They are hoping Yashin has a year on the ice that will attract NHL teams again.
Read on for the very rough translation of the Q & A…

Continue Reading »

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The Malibu Mob

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A2Y pointed to a great story on the "Life of Chelios" today. In case you missed it, I suggest you take a few minutes out of your day and read it.

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Jovo Plays The Veteran Role

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Arizona Republic,

Ed Jovanovski admits it can be difficult going into a season with rebuilding on the front burner, but the Coyotes veteran defenseman is optimistic that things can turn around.
“Last year (last place in the Western Conference) was tough on everyone,” he said. “We had a couple of key injuries at the beginning of the year, and when you get down in a hole that quick in your division, it’s tough to catch up . . . I think this is going to be a hard-working team….”

continued... It sure doesn’t sound like Jovo is about to waive his NTC as some rumors suggest…

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Best “tag” Ever

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

July is the perfect time for this. Hockey stories are slim. News is relegated to the Darren Garcias of the world and all we can do is wait for September. But, Phil Randolph has made my day. He's tagged me with one of those top five deals. The topic, I think, is your five favorite songs. Oh, I've got songs brother. I've got opinions and I've got songs, opinions about songs, songs about my opinion of songs. The A2Y top 5: 5. Night Moves. Bob Seger's best and the anthem for every middle aged man who spent his formative, pathetically awkward teenage years in Michigan. 4. Blinded By The Light. Manfred Mann's remake of the Springsteen tune. Every time I listen to it I hear something better about that song. It could very well be the greatest classic rock song of all time. OF ALL TIME (Rocky reference). 3. Tuesday's Gone. Skynyrd's finest and a constant reminder that Ronnie Van Zant died way too young. Speaking of which, if you ever get the chance (and you're a Skynyrd fan), find the song "Brickyard Road" from Ronnie's little brother, Johnny. Great tribute. 2. Little Guitars. Diver Down, in my opinion, is Van Halen's best effort. Every song is great, but this one will always stand out for me. 1. Overplayed, a cliche of a song, and I'm embarrassed that it's in my top fifty much less my top ten. But, "I Want You To Want Me" holds the top spot. Cheap Trick is a horrible reminder of what can go wrong when a good rock band sells out. But that didn't happen until later. Sentimental choice. My wife would kill me if it wasn't my publicly professed number 1. Feel free to list your own top five below if you'd like, and here are the bloggers I'll return the favor to: Acid Queen Peklund Truth Serum Cason DC Sports Chick

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