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Sharks Still Talking Trades

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from SanJoseSharks.com,

The big bomb that some want right away may not have occurred, but there have still been plenty of adjustments taking place.

“We’ve already made some changes,” said Wilson. “There are seven or eight players (notably Mike Grier, Marcel Goc, Travis Moen) that already won’t be coming back, so we’ve made a level of changes there.”

Plus there could still be more to come.

“Are we pursuing some discussions that may lead so some trades, absolutely,” noted Wilson. “I share this with everybody, I think this is a society of instant gratification. ‘Let’s make all these changes right now.’ That’s not really how it works. It’s been busy with a lot of phone calls. We’re entering into another phase of our team building time.”

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added 8:05pm, from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen via the Vancouver Sun,

The Sharks are currently pushing the salary cap limit of $56.8 million US for the 2009-10 season, but their only major long-term commitment is to Boyle, who will make an average of $6.7 million per season until 2014.

If the Senators were willing to take back most of Heatley’s salary in the form of another player or two — Marleau has one year and $6.3 million remaining and Jonathan Cheechoo has two years and $6 million left — there could be room for a deal. (With Heatley and Alex Kovalev currently on the books, the Senators are approximately $2 million over the salary cap, but NHL teams have until September to get under the number).

It all makes a degree of sense and cents. If something was done with the Sharks, Murray would be forced to sell the fans on the merits of an underachieving, overpaid player or two, but that wouldn’t be all that different from the potential Edmonton deal as the Senators would have been taking on Dustin Penner.


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It Appears Weekes Days In New Jersey Are Over

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Kevin Weekes said he’s not closing the door a return to the Devils, but the 34-year-old goaltender admits that he probably won’t be re-signing with the team.

“That’s the way it’s looking,” he said today via telephone from Toronto. “You never know in pro sports, but right now that’s the way it looks.”

So, it appears as if Yann Danis or rookie Jeff Frazee will be the Devils’ backup goaltender in 2009-10. Although Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello left the door open for Weekes to return when he signed Danis on July 10, the sides have not been able to reach an agreement and Weekes is exploring other opportunities.

“There’s other opportunities, but it’s also just looking at a lot of different factors,” he said. “Like Lou always says, free agency is always an interesting thing. It’s an inexact science. You can’t always retain all of your free agents and in my case I fulfilled my obligation. I think I brought a lot of value to the role and I played my role with pride, even though I didn’t get to play as much hockey as I would have liked to have played even when Marty (Brodeur) was injured.


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Evander Kane Signs With Thrashers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ben Wright of Blueland Blog,

The Thrashers have signed Evander Kane to his first pro contract, which shouldn’t surprise anyone given that there has been talk that he might make the team out of training camp.  Tavares, Hedman and Duchene (the top three picks) have all signed with their teams, making Kane the fourth of the top four picks to do so.

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  Tags: evander+kane

Montreal Signs Sanford

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

MONTREAL – Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced Monday the signing of goaltender Curtis Sanford to a one-year, two-way contract for the 2009-10 season. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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Road Hockey Rumble

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Press Release:

Streets, parking lots, and tennis courts across Canada have long played host to the epic, bloodthirsty struggle for blacktop supremacy that is our nation’s most beloved pastime. The hosts of “Road Hockey Rumble,” Calum MacLeod and Mark McGuckin, proudly bring this spirit to the screen, in all its reckless glory.  In each episode of the series, Calum and Mark travel to various Canadian towns where they tap into already festering rivalries (i.e. police versus fire department). After picking players in the community, the respective teams settle their differences on the road hockey court. The winner team gets bragging rights and beer.  The losing host is subject to a hysterical, Jackass-worthy punishment.

Guest stars in the series include NHLers Wade Redden, Jordin Tootoo, Éric Bélanger, Tyler Arnason, Duane Sutter [...]  and many more!

Road Hockey Rumble has been televised in Canada by the Outdoor Life Network for the past 2 years, and they’ve just released the DVDs for their first two seasons.  So if you’re desperate for some hockey entertainment in July, you can check them out at the show’s website, or you can view some of the show’s promo footage on Youtube.


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Tampa Still Looking For Top Six Forward

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report at the Tampa Tribune,

If the Lightning can convince Tanguay it would be in his best interest to try and build his resume back up by playing on a line with Lecavalier for a season (or two) it would be the icing on the cake of what has already been a successful summer.

It’s nothing definite at this point, as Tanguay’s agent said his client is in discussions with several teams, but it is definitely an intriguing thought for the team, the player and Lightning fans alike.

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The Top 40 Still Looking For Work

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

It’s been roughly three weeks since the free-agency market opened, which saw the likes of Marian Hossa and Marian Gaborik sign blockbuster deals with new teams. But with training camp still several weeks away, dozens of quality players remain without an address.

Here’s an updated look at 40 of the top unrestricted free agents still on the market (players unsigned through July 20):

Robert Lang- Lang turns 39 in December and is coming off an Achilles tendon injury, potentially limiting the size and length of his contract. But before he got hurt, he showed he still had something left in the tank.

Alex Tanguay- Like Lang, Tanguay is coming off an injury-ruined season. His point production has dropped from 81 to 58 to 41 in the past three seasons. He may have to take a shorter-term deal to rebuild his value.


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Bruins Sign Hunwick to Multi-Year Extension

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Boston Bruins:

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Matt Hunwick to a multi-year contract extension.  Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.


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Those Hockey Cliches

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Are you like me? Do you cringe and/or grind your teeth any time you hear clichés and done-to-death buzzwords? Well, since the NHL doesn’t have much in the way of news to comment on, I figured we could take another periodical look at the verbal junk that passes for insight both inside and outside the hockey world and break that junk down to its nonsensical essence.

Aren’t particularly fond of that idea for a hockey blog in late July? Hey, it is what it is.

Moving Forward: Far and away the most widely overused cliché of the moment, this phrase usually is employed as utterly superfluous sentence-beginner (or ender). So instead of an NHL GM or coach saying this:

“We want to build a team that competes for the Stanley Cup each year.”

You get this:

“Moving forward, we want to build a team that competes for the Stanley Cup each year.”


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Hockey Stays In The Family

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Jay Leach, the veteran defenseman who did a solid job last season after being recalled from the minors, married Kathryn Tappen this past Saturday in New Hampshire.

Leach, 29, played 24 games for the Devils last season and had no goals and one assist.

Tappen, 28, is the daughter of Richard and Sheila Tappen of Morristown. She is NESN’s in-studio host for Boston Bruins games and is a Rutgers graduate. She will continue to use her maiden name on the air.

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  Tags: jay+leach, kathryn+tappen

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