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Fedorov Wants To Sign With Capitals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

“Yeah, I [want] to re-sign with Caps,” Fedorov added. “But if not, there are other possibilities. I don’t have a strict plan. I had a good time in Washington. But there’s not much I want to say anymore because it’s part of the negotiations.”

GM George McPhee confirmed to me yesterday that talks with Fedorov are ongoing and that he’ll be able to say more on the matter as July 1 approaches.


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Arbitrator Rules On Glen Murray Case

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

LAS VEGAS—The Bruins didn’t come here with the idea of hitting a jackpot, but they found out just after noon here that they won’t have to shell out another $1.4 million to ex-right winger Glen Murray.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli just confirmed that arbitrator Richard Bloch ruled that the Bruins were within their rights last summer to buy out the final year of Murray’s deal, which was to pay the veteran goal scorer $1.45 million.


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Marchant & Ducks Talking Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

It appears increasingly likely that veteran center Todd Marchant, who stands to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, will be back in a Ducks uniform next season.

The team has made a contract offer to Marchant, confirmed Ducks general manager Bob Murray, who plans to talk further with Marchant’s agent, Englewood, N.J.-based Lewis Gross, during next week’s NHL entry draft in Montreal.

“Hopefully, it can get done,” Marchant said.


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  Tags: todd+marchant

Why Hossa Will Stay

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Marian Hossa, from what we’ve seen and read, is a quality guy.  He’s also one of the top ten most talented players in the NHL. 

Good people who also happen to possess huge amounts of skill don’t leave the Detroit Red Wings.  They stay until they win a Cup, then they stay for another and maybe two more after that. They take less money and they sacrifice their personal statistics.  They keep their mouths shut in the media (unless…nevermind…I’ll let you off the hook on this one Pens fans) and they buy into the system.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Next on the agenda was a trip to the Playboy Club back at The Palms for another NHL event. Located on the 56th floor of the Fantasy tower, the Playboy Club showed off the Vegas Strip in all its illuminated glory. The scenery inside the club wasn’t bad either.

-Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com.  Shawn is blogging from Vegas on a pretty regular basis…

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Court Fines Lafleur And Gives Him One-Year Suspended Sentence

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from the CP via TSN,

Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur has been fined $100 and given a one-year suspended sentence for giving contradictory testimony at his son’s bail hearing in 2007.

He will also be required to make a $10,000 charitable contribution to a local rehab centre.

Quebec court Judge Claude Parent handed down the sentence this afternoon in Montreal.


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  Tags: guy+lafleur

This Little Piggy Won A Cup, And He’s STILL Whining.  This Little Piggy’s A Dive Fan, And He’s Mad.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Wow. What a remarkable day in the land of hockey fans.  Over here you have Red Wing fans.  Still upset over our loss to the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.  But recovering, coming to grips and counting the Tuesdays (49, thanks) until sweet adorable 8lb, 6oz baby Jesus decides the joke is over and the Cup comes home.

And on that side over there?  Penguin fans. Up in arms and confused.  I remember last year, when the Wings won…so happy were we.  Parades, summertime joy, puppies, firetrucks, even hookers I’ll bet.  The last thing on our minds?

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Report- Thrashers Hire Rick Dudley As Assoc. GM

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

The Atlanta Thrashers have raided the Chicago Blackhawks to bolster their front office. According to an NHL source, the Thrashers have hired Chicago assistant general manager Rick Dudley to be an associate general manager under executive vice president and current GM Don Waddell.

The source said Dudley wasn’t brought in to replace the longtime Thrashers GM and that it was a Waddell hire. Dudley has been with the Blackhawks since 2004 when he was hired as a hockey ops consultant and was named an assistant GM in July of 2006.


added 3:58pm, The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that Rick Dudley has resigned as assistant general manager, effective immediately.

“Rick has informed me that he has resigned from his position with the Blackhawks to pursue other opportunities,” General Manager Dale Tallon said. “I would like to extend my gratitude to him for his work with our organization and certainly wish him well in the future.”

Dudley served four years in the Blackhawks hockey operations, which includes each of the last three as the club’s assistant general manager.


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If The Yotes Move, Look To Kansas City

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

So if the Yotes aren’t destined to remain in Phoenix and the allure of $400 million expansion fees for future Canadian franchises will prevent them from moving north of the border, let’s return to the question in the opening paragraph – where will they land?

My bet? Kansas City. Kansas City, there they’ll come.

Forget about Las Vegas, Houston and Seattle. For various reasons, none of those towns yet posses the ready-made package of interest and infrastructure the NHL will prefer in a relocation destination.

Kansas City, on the other hand, is about as good as it gets. Its greater metro area has about 2,000,000 people; that may not sound like much in comparison to other NHL cities, but the relatively close proximity K.C. has to St. Louis, Dallas, Detroit, Nashville, Minnesota and Chicago means it would be able to draw from a much larger regional base of hockey fans.

As well, K.C. has The Sprint Center, a new building that (a) has been looking for an anchor tenant for nearly two years; and (b) is run by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) – a.k.a. a massive jewel in the corporate crown of Philip Anschutz, owner of the L.A. Kings and a significant part of commissioner Gary Bettman’s power base.


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Sykora Back Home, Thinking Of Leaving The Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Roman Jedlička and Dusan Volejníka at Nova Sport (not translated) report Petr Sykora feels it is in the best interest of both the Penguins and himself that they part ways.  Sykora still wants to play in the NHL for 2-3 years but since Bylsma took over the team, he has witnessed his ice time diminish drastically.

He is still recovering from a broken right foot and won’t be 100% until mid-July.

Direct quote from Sykora (translated)- “It is possible i could stay in Piitsburgh, but I feel it is better for both the Penguins and me that I go to another NHL team.”

thanks to KK friend Roman for the pointer and translation.

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  Tags: petr+sykora

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