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Predators Sign Fiddler

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The Nashville Predators avoided salary arbitration with Vern Fiddler on Wednesday, signing the forward to a US$1.7-million, two-year contract.

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Who’s the Mystery Player?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Inquiring Minds at Kukla’s Korner ask: Is it Bill Ranford?
That was Paul’s best guess based on these clues, and I’d have to agree.

From CBC,

Thieves in New Westminster made away with a bounty of valuable and distinct watches that belong to a retired NHL player.
Police say the player wishes to remain anonymous but is urging local pawn shops to look out for the sentimental items. These include a silver TAG watch with the inscription “Once an Oiler, Always an Oiler,” and a gold face watch with the Stanley Cup and Edmonton Oiler’s logo.
They also made away with a Chicago All-Stars watch, a pair of world Championship watches - one from 1993 and one from 1994-two NHL Players Association watches and a Canada Cup time piece.
The player’s name is not inscribed on any of the watches.

Whoever it is, it’s a terrible loss of some very treasured momentos.

added 7:26pm, from the Edmonton Journal,

Former Oilers goalie Bill Ranford was at a neighbourhood watch party when someone broke into his home and stole his collection of hockey watches.
Ranford, who lives in the posh Queen’s Park area of New Westminster, B.C., discovered the theft after the July 2 party.

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Tucker The Actor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

For those of you who don't travel beyond the hockey section of Kukla's Korner, I suggest you make a quick trip to Canucks and Beyond. Darcy Tucker appears on the CBC hit, "Little Mosque on the Prairie".

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Lindros Too Busy With NHLPA To Think About His Next Step

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

Eric Lindros is so concentrated on his work with the NHL Players’ Association these days that his actual NHL playing career has been put on hold.
As in, will he play again next season?
“Right now my focus is the ‘PA work,” Lindros told The Canadian Press on Wednesday. “I’m not really concerned about the rest of it. But the last couple of years have been pretty frustrating in terms of not getting through without being injury-free. .. It’s just frustrating.”

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Dater Thinks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from All Things Avs by Adrian Dater,

• Ryan Smyth will score 40-50 goals for the Avalanche IF he plays on a line with Paul Stastny, not Joe Sakic.
• Patrick Roy will be a coach in the NHL within two years.
• Dominik Hasek will spend part of much of the season on the injured list with Detroit.
• Sheldon Souray will be the biggest free-agent bust, for Edmonton.
• Milan Hejduk will NOT be traded anywhere.

much more, some Foppa talk too…

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Dallas Stars Face The Lack Of UFA Movement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fromm Jim Lites, President of the Dallas Stars,

Over 15,000 people read the unfiltered letter that we sent out to the fans via e-mail. I’ve received over 750 response e-mails and we’d like to thank everyone for their feedback. I have been reading every one of them. We were very pleased to see that most of the responses (literally 95%) supported the team and our decisions thus far in the free agent market and trusts that we will do a good job in putting a quality product on the ice once again in 2007-08.
Most of the e-mails voiced appreciation for sending the letter, thanking us for staying connected to our fans and letting everyone know where we stand. Our policy has always been to keep an open line of communication with our fans and that will continue.

continued... and you have to give the Stars credit for addressing this issue with their fans…

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Washington Signs Clark To 3yr Extension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Washington Capitals have signed right wing and team captain Chris Clark to a three-year contract extension through the 2010-11 season, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Chris is a consummate professional and a terrific leader,” said vice president and general manager George McPhee. “He has been an integral part of our team’s growth in the past two seasons, both on and off the ice. We are excited that he will be a Washington Capital for many years to come.”

more on the signing at the Caps site…

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Hockey Loses An Institution With The Passing Of Dave Fay

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Long-time Washington Times hockey writer Dave Fay has died after a lengthy battle with cancer. Dave recently was named winner of the Elmer Ferguson Award for his years of service covering the Capitals since their infancy.
The Hockey Hall of Fame will honor Fay’s memory with the official presentation of the Ferguson award to Fay’s family in November.

“He was one of the most beloved characters in our association,” said Professional Hockey Writers Association president Kevin Allen. “He was the loveable curmudgeon, an old-school reporter who played the journalism game with his elbows up. He had a biting humor that has entertained his colleagues for many, many years. We have lost a hockey institution.”

You can read more about Dave from this press release from the Hockey Hall of Fame (scroll down).

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added 9:25pm, Nice write up on Dave at the Caps website...

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Schaefer Will Help Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Boston Herald,

Schaefer’s 46 points would have ranked him third on the B’s behind only Marc Savard and Patrice Bergeron. This year he’ll likely be lined up alongside one of them on one of the top two lines.
“He played some second line and some third line in Ottawa,” said Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning. “We think he can be one of our top six forwards. He’s got a chance to play on one of our top two lines. He’ll kill penalties and can play some power play.
“He gives everything he has every shift of every game. He’s good along the wall and at getting in on the forecheck. He has the opportunity to be a 20-goal guy, maybe more.”

more

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He Keeps Skating

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News Journal,

Frank Costa’s life seems pretty normal on the surface. He owns a small business, has a couple of kids, loves his new girlfriend.
But a closer look shows that he’s got a $70-a-week habit.
Frank Costa is a hockey junkie.
Costa can’t not play, not even for a day. Today will mark 730 consecutive days he has skated, stickhandled and shot a vulcanized rubber puck.
That’s two years without a single day off. Rink owners throughout the region open on Easter Sunday and Christmas Day, so Costa can keep his streak alive.

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