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Vorobiev Says Blackhawks Biased Against Russians

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Reuters via the Guardian,

Chicago Blackhawks forward Pavel Vorobiev has accused his NHL club of bias against Russian players. "In America, they don't like the Russians, often hate us, and Chicago is the worst club of all," the 24-year-old right wing was quoted as saying in Saturday's Sport-Express newspaper. "When 11 Russian players showed up at Chicago's pre-season training camp last year, everyone there was in shock," he said. "When I was leading the team in scoring at the start of last season it was irritating a lot of people in our club. "They just couldn't take that a Russian would be the best. For Americans such a thing would be absolutely unacceptable."
continued...and remember, something may have been lost in translation... Discuss in the KKF...

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Howe Fans- Set The DVR To CBC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CBC,

Mr. Hockey: The Life and Times of Gordie Howe Monday, August 7 at 8 p.m. Repeating Sunday, September 17 at 2:30 p.m. Floral Saskatchewan is famous for two things: a grain elevator, built in 1927, that stands to this day, and the birthplace of the greatest hockey player of all time--Gordie Howe. His journey to glory is an epic story of a man whose love for the game is shared by his family. And there is no one else who has the right to the nickname.
continued

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Nagy Decision Due Monday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the East Valley Tribune,

The Coyotes will find out how much Nagy will cost them Monday. The league set Sunday as the deadline for arbitration decisions but the arbitrator was granted an extension. “Both sides conducted themselves very professionally thought the process, and as we’ve indicated all along, we assumed a third party would be needed to decide the case,” said Matt Keator, Nagy’s agent. Sources indicated the Coyotes offered Nagy between $2.5 and $3 million but it is believed he asked for well in excess of $1 million more. Whatever the amount is, Phoenix is expected to accept it.
more...plus some Comrie talk...

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Dancers- Take The Ice!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Arizona Republic,

When it comes to winning your support, the Coyotes have tried everything. They've trotted out new logos, new sweaters, new captains, new owners, new eras and a brand new Jeremy Roenick. After all these years, they've finally gotten smart. Or maybe they've hit rock bottom. Starting this season, the Coyotes will unveil their own dance team. This new unit - expected to feature between 18-20 dancers - will be known as "The Pack." It will become the first NHL dance team to perform directly on the ice.
continued

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MA Fleury Signs New Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from RDS (translated),

Marc-Andre Fleury signed its first contract with single direction in the national League of hockey, pact a two years which will bring back $989,520 to him the next season and $1,6 M in 2007-08.
update 11:26am, from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to a two-year contract, it was announced today by General Manager Ray Shero.

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Move Along, Joe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Detroit News,

The Ilitch family is taking another step closer to deciding the fate of Joe Louis Arena, home to their Detroit Red Wings. This week, the Ilitches -- who own a billion-dollar Detroit empire of sports teams, entertainment venues and downtown property -- moved one of its longtime senior executives into a newly created job to determine whether Joe Louis should be renovated or a new hockey arena should be built for the Red Wings.
continued...I say time to build a new arena. The JLA is outdated and this time, make sure to draw up a press box in the original plans...

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Say Goodbye To The Bookie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Star,

Here's the hypothetical scenario: A rich hockey player with a gambling itch spends this summer losing a pile of cash laying bets on, say, the Blue Jays. When September rolls around, he owes a bookmaker $500,000. The bookmaker calls to collect. The player might have the means to write a cheque, but then his wife and agent might find out it wasn't just J.P. Ricciardi who threw big cake at A.J. Burnett's untapped potential.
continued

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RDS Reporting Calder For Handzus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via RDS (translated),

Our colleague Renaud Lavoie learned that Blackhawks of Chicago exchanged Kyle Calder in Flyers of Philadelphia in return of Michal Handzus.
added 5:45pm, Blackhawks now have it up....

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Work Needs To Be Done On Transfer Agreement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Malkin, the second overall pick in 2004, is a sublimely gifted center who some scouts believe to be the equal of Alexander Ovechkin. If he signs, it'll be one more giant step toward respectability for the Pens. It will also represent a major failure for the league. Despite his stated desire to play in Pittsburgh, Malkin's arrival is not a sure thing, at least not yet. At issue: The absence of a signed player transfer agreement between the Russian Ice Hockey Federation and the NHL.
read on

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Report- Sabres Walk Away From Dumont

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A radio station in Vancouver (see KKF) is reporting Buffalo has walked away from the Dupont contract, making him a UFA. update 3:21pm, Has anyone else heard this report? update 3:31pm, I have been listening to CKNW since the post, and haven't heard a thing in an official sports update. Maybe they were just talking about it, but until I hear something more, I will leave it as a report.

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