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NHL All Star Teams

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TORONTO (June 14, 2007)—
Crosby, 19, is the youngest player named to the First Team since All-Star selections began in 1930-31. The youngest prior recipients were Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr, who were 20 in 1980-81 and 1967-68, respectively.
Ovechkin has earned First Team honors in each of his first two full NHL seasons, the first player to do so since Detroit Red Wings goaltender Terry Sawchuk in 1950-51 and 1951-52.
Lidstrom earned his eighth career berth on the First Team, the most among active defensemen and tied with Bobby Orr for third all-time. Ray Bourque is the all-time leader with 13, followed by Doug Harvey’s 10.

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Versus Does It Again - NHL Award Winners

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The NHL Awards show was scheduled for 7pm ET tonight.  Nada… 7:30pm, Nada…
8:00pm, just learned it will be shown at 11pm ET tonight.  It is on CBC at 8pm as scheduled.
Versus drops the ball again, even their website listed the show at 7pm.

You can refer to an earlier post on KK on this topic too…

added 9:23pm, from the NHLPA,

NHLPA MEMBERS SELECT SIDNEY CROSBY AS THE 2006-07 LESTER B. PEARSON AWARD RECIPIENT
…at 19 years of age, becomes the youngest player ever to win the Pearson, surpassing 21-year-old Wayne Gretzky in 1982.

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I will be posting the winners, so if you want to know….

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Flyers Sign Niittymaki

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from the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have signed 6’1”, 195-pound restricted free agent goaltender Antero Niittymaki to a new two-year contract, according General Manager Paul Holmgren. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.
“We believe that Antero is a very good young goalie. He is only 26 years old and we feel that he is still on the upswing,” said Holmgren in making the announcement. “We realize that last year was a down year for everybody, including Antero. We feel that our goaltending, along with Marty Biron, is strong, and we are excited to have both of them under contract.”

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Keenan Wants To End Career In Calgary

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from the CP via TSN,

The Calgary Flames have officially announced that he’ll replace Jim Playfair as head coach. Playfair is now an associate coach with the team.
“Together, they will do remarkable things for this team,” Flames GM Darryl Sutter said at a news conference Thursday.
Keenan joins his eighth NHL team as either a coach or general manager. He last worked in the league for the Florida Panthers before leaving under suspicious circumstances last season.
“I’d love to stay here and end my career here,” Keenan said.

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added 5:40pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

According to Keenan, their past working relationship was a big part of the reason he took on the Flames’ job. At one point, Keenan has either coached or worked with all six of the Sutter brothers who played in the NHL.
Keenan said Sutter contacted him about 10 days ago, “to see if I was interested in coaching again. We talked for a bit and then talked for a few days after that.
“I was a little surprised, but pleasantly so, because I know Darryl so well. Once we had discussed it for awhile, I started to get the feeling that I’d like to get the opportunity to help this team. It evolved from there.”

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Our Game

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

“Sorry, Canada!” Samueli told the assembled throng at Anaheim’s Stanley Cup celebration. “Welcome to the new Hockeytown: Anaheim, California!”
However, in the larger context of what always happens in the NHL playoffs, Samueli’s soft, playful jab represented another instance of the misdirected nationalism that never fails to inject itself into hockey circles.
Frankly, I’m as sick and tired of that kind of nonsense as I am of the ceaseless debate about officiating. I certainly don’t blame Samueli for getting swept up in the emotion of a championship party, but it’s high time hockey people got over their fixation about citizenship and its relation to the game.

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Right To Play

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Two disabled players want the right to play organized hockey due to the fact there are no sled hockey leagues available.
The story is from late May but I could not find any follow up on the story…
Tough decision all around.
Watcht the video…

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The “Other” Awards

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from the Toronto Star,

But here are a few awards we’d like to see – some serious, some not. Sid the Kid would win at least one of them as well.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER FOR THE MONEY
Sidney Crosby, Penguins $850,000 (all figures U.S.), leads league in scoring.
Milan Michalek, Sharks $475,000, 57th in scoring, 26 goals, 40 assists.
Dominik Hasek, Wings $750,000, 38 wins, 2.05 GAA, eight shutouts.

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Sabres Continue To Reach For The Cup

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from the Buffalo News,

After sitting through the rough times, the Sabres’ coach and general manager had no plans to leave with the franchise peaking. They finally made it official this morning with a news conference in HSBC Arena.
Ruff, who is up for NHL coach of the year tonight, agreed to a three-year deal with an option for a fourth season. Regier, who took over as GM in 1997 and hired Ruff later that summer, signed a two-year contract. Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn did not give salaries, but he said both signed for below their market value to stay in Buffalo.
“We obviously went through some real tough times,” said Ruff, who coached during a franchise-high three-year stretch without a playoff appearance that ended last season. “We’ve got the team to a level of play that is very exciting….”

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NHL Awards Video

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Check out the video highlights for the Vezina, Norris, Hart, Calder and Pearson Awards…

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No Basis For Ohlund Rumor

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from the Vancouver Province,

A Swedish-based rumour has Ohlund retiring from the NHL and moving his family so his children can be schooled back home. The report also suggested Ohlund would play in the Swedish Elite League with Skelleftea.
Ohlund couldn’t be reached for comment, but Nonis was stunned at a suggestion that the blueliner would bolt.
“It’s beyond far-fetched,” the Canucks general manager said Wednesday from Toronto where he’s attending the league’s awards gala. “I think there’s a good chance Ohlund will be leaving Sweden and living in Vancouver.
“Mattias and his family really enjoy the city and province. Like most things that come out of Sweden, there’s nothing to that as far as I know.”

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