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Report- Radulov Will Play In Russia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from AllHockey.ru (rough translation),

As it became known to web portal AllHockey. Ru from authentic sources, the Russian forward Alexander Radulov having the operating contract with “Nashville”, has agreed on the solid offer from the champion of Russia - “Salavat Yulaev” - and the following season will spend in club from Ufa.

On January, 9th, 2006 Radulov has signed the contract for 3 years with “Nashville”, and before its expiration there is a half a year. The given transition in “Salavat Yulaev” can become serious blow on NHL positions from outside new Russian league.

Take it however you wish…

added 6:10pm, from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NYT,

News organizations across North America are playing today’s IIHF announcement that the NHL and KHL have agreed to honor each other’s player contracts as if it’s some kind of peace accord, but it sure doesn’t seem that way.

All the two leagues agreed to in Zurich today (Thursday) was to continue the de facto arrangement they made several weeks ago — an arrangement given teeth by IIHF president and International Olympic Committee member Rene Fasel when he said last month that any federation that violated an existing contract would be barred from the Olympics.

continued and Jeff is bang-on…

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  Tags: alexander+radulov

Bolts Will Tweak Their Defense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes, .

..Lawton, the Lightning’s new vice president of hockey operations, said if the season began today, he would not be happy with the state of Tampa Bay’s blue line.

“No, not yet,” he said. “We have some nice depth and some nice pieces I’m very happy about, but I still don’t think we’re there yet. We still have some work to do.”

more on Tampa Bay…

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Technical Difficulties

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

KK went offline briefly and we’re not sure why.  But it seems to be back up and working for now.

Sorry about the interruption.

added 4:55pm (Paul), from our hosting company and sorry for the tech terms- you may understand it better than I did…

Staff is still investigating along with the data centers Sr. engineers and CTO on the root cause of the issues, so far the conclusion is that a line card in one of the Cisco switches at the data center providers core that feeds our own network was the initial cause of the problems.

The actual initial cause of that issue we are still looking into as we have never had trouble with that connection/switch connection to the data center before.  Sorry for the slow loadings, or inability to access our systems for approx. 10 to 15 minutes depending on which of our monitoring systems we review and what they test for.

 

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Devils Sign Clemmensen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN Tracker,

New Jersey Devils sign G Scott Clemmensen to a one-year deal.

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  Tags: scott+clemmensen

Bad Signings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Although there are a number of recognizable, veteran NHL names still available for purchase this off-season, it’s unlikely any yet-to-be-finalized contracts will surpass the ones already signed, either for total bucks or term. Which means it’s time for Screen Shots’ annual list of the five worst contract signings of the year. (Please note: the incensed e-mailer line forms to the left.)

Dishonorable Mentions: Jose Theodore, Washington, (Two years, $9 million), Jeff Finger, Toronto (Four years, $14 million)

read on for the Top 5…

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Khabibulin Could End Up With Colorado

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,.

I wouldn’t be shocked to see Nikolai Khabibulin become an Av at some point. No, probably not before the season. But come trade deadline time - if Huet is playing well in Chicago and Peter Budaj isn’t here - I think it will be an easy call that the Avs would be among the highest bidders for his services.

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  Tags: nikolai+khabibulin

Economic Roadblock

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan of Fox Sports,

Three years down the road into economic paradise, the National Hockey League has hit a roadblock.

To some, this comes as no surprise. The Collective Bargaining Agreement that was hammered out after the lockout was clearly headed for trouble. For starters, no matter how many times commissioner Gary Bettman repeated his mantra for the gullible — “We’re doing it for the fans.” — there were three reasons for that lockout, and not one of them involved the well-being of fans.

Bettman wanted (a) to consolidate his power base; (b) to solidify his game plan of expanding the league into regions not familiar with hockey; and (c) to get rid of Bob Goodenow as head of the NHL Players’ Association.

continued

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  Tags: cba, collective+bargaining+agreement, gary+bettman

Strudwick Signs With Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via 630 CHED,

630 CHED Sports has learned that the Edmonton Oilers have made a minor free agent splash by signing hard-nosed, stay-at-home defenseman Jason Strudwick.

Strudwick, who spent the last 3 seasons with the New York Rangers, is an Edmonton native and lives here in the off season. He has accumulated 678 penalty minutes in 488 games and will replace some of the toughness and physical edge the team lost in dealing Matt Greene and Raffi Torres.

Terms of the deal are not yet known. The Oilers are expected to officially announce the signing later today.

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  Tags: jason+strudwick

Vancouver Sign Demitra

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Canucks,

Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis today announced that the team has signed free agent forward Pavol Demitra. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Throughout his NHL career, Pavol has proven himself to be an offensive contributor where ever he has played,” said Gillis. “Pavol is a strong two-way hockey player with excellent quickness and finish. His play making abilities will be an asset on our power-play and make him a great addition to our top six forwards.”

continued

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  Tags: pavol+demitra

Respect For The Contracts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The IIHF, the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association met in Zurich on Thursday to discuss issues relating to player transfers and the international hockey agenda, including the Olympic Winter Games, the IIHF World Championships, the Victoria Cup and the World Cup of Hockey.

Continue Reading »

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