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Random Offseason Musings on the Eve of July 1st…

Blog: KK Members Blog By Hippy Dave

What can I say, I go away for four days to spend my time floating down a river on an innertube drinking as many Modelos as the clock has hours on it and I come back and all hell has broken loose.

Oh right, it’s the draft…


Pronger To Philly
I have to say, happy to see Pronger leave Anaheim; they almost went all the way last postseason and anything that weakens them makes me feel warm and fuzzy.  Also happy to see the Penguins have one more thorn in their side.  Enoy him, you bastards, we’ve dealt with him long enough.

And then I check the calendar this morning, sipping my PBR at 2am PST because I’ve gotten sucked into watching a TiVo’ed goddamn 3 hour draft, and realize that July 1st is a Day Away.

Jesus, and I thought I was going to get a break from all this.

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Rangers/Canadiens Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Kevin Allen’s Twitter,

Canadiens’ Higgins just traded to the Rangers, details to follow shortly as I get them.

Plus Fan590 in Toronto reports RDS say Gomez going the other way.

added 5:03pm, via TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens have acquired centre Scott Gomez from the New York Rangers in exchange for winger Chris Higgins.

added 5:24pm, Secondary names were included in the trade, follow the TSN link for all the names.

added 5:30pm, via the Montreal Canadiens,

“We are extremely pleased to have acquired an impact centreman in Scott Gomez. He is an outstanding playmaker and an excellent skater. Having won the Stanley Cup twice with the New Jersey Devils, he brings a lot of playoff experience to our team. Scott is an elite player who will certainly contribute to the success of our team for years to come,” said Bob Gainey.

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  Tags: chris+higgins, scott+gomez

Bruins Don’t Plan On Being Active Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

GM Peter Chiarelli has concluded a conference call regarding tomorrow’s opening of free agency. And as expected, given the club’s cap situation, Chiarelli said not to expect much movement today or tomorrow.

“We’re going to sit back,” Chiarelli said. “Unless there are certain players we like and we feel there are good fits for those players.”

Chiarelli said the Bruins will not sign any of their free agents, restricted or unrestricted, before tomorrow’s noon opening. P.J. Axelsson, Mark Recchi, Stephane Yelle, Manny Fernandez, Shane Hnidy, and Steve Montador will become UFAs. Phil Kessel, Matt Hunwick, and Byron Bitz will become RFAs.

* Chiarelli has said previously that he will match any offer sheets. But he tempered that statement today, hinting that he would not match any offer sheets he terms beyond reason.

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Komisarek Going UFA Route

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via MaxHockey,

MaxHockey has confirmed from sources in Montreal that Mike Komisarek will no longer be negotiating with the Canadiens and will become a free agent on July 1. Komisarek may still resign with the Canadiens, but will test the free agent market tomorrow.

TSN confirms,

The Montreal Canadiens will have one more challenge in an already busy offseason, as the sgent for defenceman Mike Komisarek announced that his client will test the free agent market on Wednesday.

“After much discussion and thought, Mike Komisarek has decided to enter the free agent market tomorrow at noon,” said agent Matt Keator in a statement.

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How The Rangers Can Get Heatley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Obernauer of The Blueshirts Blog at the NY Daily News,

What’s it going to take for the Rangers to get a deal done for the two-time 50-goal scorer? For one thing, they need to move some money the other way, but they can still afford to come out a little behind because acquiring Heatley would go a long way toward addressing one of their most dire needs. If Michal Rozsival ($5 million cap hit) is included in an offer with either Brandon Dubinsky or Ryan Callahan plus a draft pick, the Sens can bellyache all they want about not wanting Rozsival, but we’ll see then how desperate they are to be rid of Heatley ($7.5 million cap hit). If the Sens prefer to substitute Scott Gomez (7.35 cap hit) for Rozsival in that offer, with five more years on his deal to Rozsival’s three? That might get it done too.

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Flyers Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files at the Courier Post,

With Wednesday’s free agency period looming, the Flyers and Mike Knuble continue contract talks today.

The Flyers are believed to be offering an incentive-based one-year dea with a base salary in the $1 million range. Knuble likely is seeking a two-year agreement with a higher base salary, probably in the $2 million range.

Look for the Flyers to land a goalie on Wednesday, perhaps veteran Brian Boucher or Scott Clemmenson or Ty Conklin and wait until later to sign a veteran free-agent center for the NHL minimum.

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The Talk Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pierre LeBrun is doing mutiple updaes in a blog at ESPN.  His latest…

Martin Biron is less than 24 hours from hitting the free-agent market.

“I’m excited,” Biron told ESPN.com on Tuesday. “I think, like anybody else, it’s a little bit of the unknown that may unfold tomorrow or Thursday or whatnot. I’m just enjoying today, and tomorrow is going to be pretty interesting to say the least. I’m not going in there like a nervous wreck. I’m going to let my agents do the work, and I’ll go with that.”

His time in Philadelphia appears over after two-plus seasons.

continued with more topics and probably a good blog to check out throughout the day

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Blue Jackets Start Talking Nash Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Rich Nash’s agent states they will be listening to the Jackets offer and hopefully a deal can be worked out.

Read the AP story via USA TODAY.

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34 Players Invited To Team USA Orientation Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced that 34 players, representing 22 National Hockey League teams, have been invited to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp from Aug. 17-19, at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, Ill.

Of the 34 players invited to the camp, five have previous Olympic experience, led by three-time Olympian Mike Modano (Livonia, Mich./Dallas Stars/1998, 2002, 2006). Additional Olympians include Chris Drury (Trumbull, Conn./New York Rangers/2002, 2006), Brian Rafalski (Dearborn, Mich./Detroit Red Wings/2002, 2006), Scott Gomez (Anchorage, Alaska/New York Rangers/2006) and Jamie Langenbrunner (Cloquet, Minn./New Jersey Devils/1998).

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Only 48 More Tuesdays Without The Cup…Better Hurry Hoss

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The longer this thing with Marian Hossa drags on, the greater the chance that the Hasek may burn to the ground.  Angry readers.  Frustrated and irritable. Sniping and spitting.  I blame myself.  I don’t give you guys fodder for conversation and all of a sudden the knives come out. 

So we’ll address that because we have to.  We must.  Break time is over. Ikea sucked.

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