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Let’s Get This Out Of The Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Johnston of the CP via the Globe and Mail,

The Dany Heatley situation took another strange twist Friday with Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini publicly announcing he’s no longer interested in the disgruntled Ottawa Senators sniper.


This may be a first, a GM gathering the media to say he is NOT interested in a player.  Yes, we all know the story, but why bring it back into the limelight?  I would have just moved on and let the story die.

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Who Has The Ball?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

Though word leaked out this week that Detroit had offered former Wing Jason Williams a one-year deal, neither party seems in a rush to consummate the reunion.

Williams hasn’t gotten back to Detroit about a decision while he checks out the market and the Wings are looking elsewhere in the meantime.

“We made him an offer for one-year awhile back,” Holland said. “It’s in his court now.

more on the Wings and Williams used basically the same quote as Holland a few days ago, ‘The ball is now in the Wings court”, so I guess the ball is somewhere at mid-court with no one touching it.

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  Tags: jason+williams

Note To Tick Tock:  The Kids Are Alright

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Jiri Hudler is gone and good riddance.  Would I have said that one month ago?  No sir.  But now, since he’s decided that skimming Tolstoy and wearing black bear fur suits while attending Ivan Drago comeback fights is better than making a few million playing for the greatest franchise in hockey?  Well now he can just stay gone.

And Hoss is gone too, but at least he took Dale Talon with him.  Sammy?  He’ll be firing pucks at the Sedin sisters.  Tomas Kopecky left too but reports indicate he tore a groin carrying Marian’s stick bag through O’Hare.

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Chicago Denies Any Wrongdoing With Hossa Contract

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from Chris Kruc of the Chicago Tribune,

“The Blackhawks vehemently dispute any implication the team has in any way violated the collective bargaining agreement or had any intention whatsoever to circumvent the salary cap,” a Hawks team spokesman said Friday. “The contract is legitimate and approved by the NHL. We are confident the NHL will conclude that there is absolutely no evidence the Blackhawks intended to circumvent the salary cap.”...

The National Hockey League Players’ Association is not involved in the investigation but NHLPA Director Paul Kelly said in an e-mail Friday that it will fight to allow players to sign such contracts.

“The NHLPA will take whatever steps are necessary to insure that players continue to have the unfettered ability to negotiate contracts that are compliant with existing CBA rules,” Kelly wrote.


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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“The other day I told my wife that I still can’t believe that I’m preparing to run a camp for a team in New York City. I love the people, the building, the pressure of it all. It’s the NEW YORK RANGERS; AN ORIGINAL SIX TEAM IN THE WORLD’S BIGGEST VENUE. For me, coaching this team is a privilege!”

-Rangers coach John Tortorella.  Much more on ‘Torts’ from Stan Fishcler of Game On.

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Bill Daly Talking Contracts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bill Daly was just on The Bill Watters Show on 640am in Toronto and said the league decided to look into the Hossa and Pronger contract.  No other team or person asked that they look into it.

Reading between the lines, there are more contracts the league may be looking at, but Daly only confirmed the above.

Article 26 of the CBA includes numerous penalties if the league finds issues with the contract, including voiding the contract.  Outside counsel would look into the issues if asked by the NHL, report back to the league then both sides would meet in front of an arbitrator who would hand down his decision with consequences if need be.

That is enough legalize from me, although Daly did talk about the Phoenix situation, but most of it we have already heard about.

added 5:12pm, Scott Burnside of ESPN has more on this, how it could play out…

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Wings Trying To Sign A Forward In The Next Few Days

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George Malik of SnapShots at Mlive breaks down an interview Jimmy Devellano did on Fan590, .

..there are players out there that we’re interested in, and, the people like Jason Williams, who have played with us before, Todd Bertuzzi, uh, obviously, if the forwards that left, if they were still playing, these wouldn’t be considerations, but the fact remains now, we have to get some forwards that have some NHL experience, and can play in the league, and are NHL players, and that’s what, certainly, Ken Holland will try to do now, in the next few days, probably.


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Questions And Answers

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

What was the best under-the-radar signing of the summer? Even though he got fired a few days later, Chicago GM Dale Tallon’s acquisition of former Frank J. Selke Trophy winner John Madden more than adequately replaces the departed Samuel Pahlsson and should make the Hawks even more difficult to play against this season. An honorable mention goes to Anaheim and its signing of former Montreal captain Saku Koivu….

OK, then, which big-name signing has the biggest bust potential? Well, we already suggested that Gaborik’s longstanding health issues make him a high risk for the Rangers, but what about Jay Bouwmeester in Calgary? The onetime Panthers franchise player has played in the shadows his entire career; never played in an NHL playoff game; and will now be in the spotlight in Calgary, where once again Cup dreams burn brightly…

much more

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Who Must Be The Most Improved Player…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

... on your team?  This player could have had a very good year last season, but in order for your team to improve this year, this player must step it up a notch.

Or you could name a player who comes out of nowhere and surprises everyone with the season they are about to have.

For the Wings, I say Nick Kronwall must continue to improve and it is time he starts to establish himself as a #1 or 2 dman.  If he does, expect the Wings to have another long post-season run.

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Pronger Contract Under Review Too

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Marian Hossa’ contract isn’t the only one being scrutinized by the NHL. An NHL source told SportingNews.com that the league is investigating Philadelphia’s 7-year deal with Chris Pronger to see if it circumvented the CBA and salary cap.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the investigation of Pronger’s contract in an e-mail to SportingNews.com.

Daly said Pronger’s contract was being investigated for the same reasons as Hossa’s deal.


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  Tags: chris+pronger

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