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Iginla Talks Flames

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Peter Zuubrier of CalgaryFlames.com,

“It’s very exciting to get Jay (Bouwmeester) to join us… that’s a great defence group that we have, it’s definitely the strength of our club,” said Iginla.

“They’re guys that can play all different ways, move the puck, skate, play defensively, chip in and help out offensively; they’re very well rounded… If you look at our team we have very good defensemen, but they’ll also contribute offensively. You look at some of the top offensive teams in the league and the defence is a big part of it

The bitter taste leftover from the ending of last season seemed to linger briefly for Iginla, who took responsibility as team captain for the coaching turnover.

“It’s always hard as players when there’s a coaching change. We didn’t achieve the results we were hoping for (last season) and the responsibility is definitely on us… We can improve, we need to improve, and we will improve,” said Iginla who is nonetheless anxious to play for his new coaches.

“It’s very exciting. As a player (Brent Sutter) was very successful and coaching at every level he’s been very successful… I’ve talked to Brent and he’s definitely talked about the defensive side of the puck. Starting there and working out… That can be a strength of our team, we want it to be, and we need to get back there, but we also know it can’t end there and we need to do better on both sides.”

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  Tags: jarome+iginla

Lightning Sign Kurtis Foster

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Tampa Bay Lightning,

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent defenseman Kurtis Foster today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.

“We are extremely excited about adding Kurtis as we continue to strengthen our blue line,” Lawton said. “He is a big, mobile defenseman that gives us a heavy shot for the power play.”

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  Tags: kurtis+foster

Koivu Would Not Have Felt Comfortable In Minnesota

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“It was an interesting choice,” said Koivu. “We spoke to Minnesota a few times. All the talks went well, but it was more for personal reasons that I didn’t feel comfortable ... I felt that Minnesota was Mikko’s place at this point. I wanted him to have his own privacy in a way, make his own name and his own career. I just felt there were too many risks for us as brothers and as family members to join the same team and compete for the same ice time. I felt we were better off playing somewhere else.”

more from Koivu plus Zubov is up to a new challenge and has talked to 6-7 teams…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: saku+koivu, sergei+zubov

Any Penguins Fans Vacationing In Alberta?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via The Record,

STRATHMORE, Alta. - An autographed limited-edition photo print of NHL star Sidney Crosby was just too difficult to resist for a brazen thief in a small town east of Calgary.

RCMP Sgt. Kevin Reilly says a man in his 20s walked into the Tim Hortons in Strathmore, waited until staff weren’t looking and took off with the picture of the Pittsburgh Penguins captain from the wall.

Reilly says it was obvious that the suspect had planned the heist carefully.

The photo is emblazoned with the Tim Hortons logo, shows Crosby in his Penguins uniform and includes a 1993 Timbits hockey card with Crosby as a youth.

Reilly won’t reveal how much the print is worth except to say it was over $1,000 and was valuable.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: sidney+crosby

Fistric Re-Signs With Stars

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

FRISCO, Tex. – Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced today that the club has re-signed defenseman Mark Fistric to a three-year, $3 million contract through the 2011-12 NHL season.

“Mark made some great strides with his game last season, both here in Dallas as well as with the Manitoba Moose,” said Nieuwendyk. “He is a big, physical presence with a great deal of potential, and he’ll be counted upon to solidify our blue line for the next three seasons.”

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The Better Player- Sakic Or Yzerman?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I’ll weigh in with my choice later, but let’s hear it from you all first.

A couple of stats:

Yzerman 3 Cups, Sakic 2.
Yzerman 1,755 points, Sakic 1,641.
Career playoff points: Sakic 188, Yzerman 185.
Postseason goals: Sakic 84, Yzerman 70.
Conn Smythe trophies: Sakic 1, Yzerman 1.
Olympic MVP awards: Sakic 1, Yzerman 0.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: joe+sakic, steve+yzerman

Stars Trade For Auld

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

FRISCO, Tex. – Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced today that the club has acquired goaltender Alex Auld from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for San Jose’s sixth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (previously acquired).

“Alex is a proven NHL veteran with a track record of success in this league,” said Nieuwendyk. “He has size and ability, and we expect him to be an excellent goaltender for us.”

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  Tags: alex+auld

Atlanta Re-Signs Slater

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Atlanta—The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed restricted free agent forward Jim Slater, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.  Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Slater, 26, has recorded 70 points (31 goals, 39 assists) in 274 career NHL games over four seasons with the Thrashers.  He also appeared in four Stanley Cup Playoff games with Atlanta during the 2006-07 post-season.

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Tallon Admits Mistake & Says Players Were Signed At Fair Market Value

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald, Blackhawks GM Dale

Tallon admitted Wednesday the team made a mistake getting qualifying contract offers to his restricted free agents on time but claimed the goof did not force them to overpay for Kris Versteeg and Cam Barker.

Versteeg and Barker signed three-year, $9.25 million contract extensions after earning $984,000 and $490,000 last season, respectively.

“I think that we got them at fair market value,” Tallon said. “When you compare the comparables, looking at the point production of Barker and Versteeg and all the other players, those numbers are right in line with what they possibly would have gotten in arbitration. We’re happy to get them long term.”

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: dale+tallon

Gaborik Says The New Wild Management Never Offered Him A Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press, “

Obviously, there was no decision for me because the Wild decided to go a different route,” Gaborik said. “Obviously, I would consider any offer, but I didn’t get any from the new era. I’m a Ranger now, and I’m very excited about that and looking forward to that new opportunity.”

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

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