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Stars In Need Of Backup Goaltender & Sign Woywitka

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The new Stars GM said the upside of getting a goalie like Jonas Gustavsson was worth the gamble. Yes, he would have prefered that Gustavsson made his decision earlier. Yes, the Stars would have been in on talks for other goalies (they were high on Clemmensen) had Gustavsson just made up his mind earlier..

Yes, he is both frustrated and disappointed, but he said he believes the Stars will solve the problem.

He said they have done their homework on several goalies who could be backups, and now have to work the negotiations with the goalie they like best. Again, the team is on a budget, so the negotiations could take a few days. Some goalies are waiting for bigger offers and the Stars want to get a goalie at the right price.

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via TSN,

The Dallas Stars have signed defenceman Jeff Woywitka to a two-year contract worth $1.3 million ($600,000 for the 2009-10 season, and $700,000 for 2010-11).

“We are pleased to welcome Jeff Woywitka to the Stars organization,” said Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk. “He’s gained some solid experience the last few years with St. Louis and we feel he brings valuable depth and stability to our defensive corps.”

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Good For Morley Scott

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Morley is a huge KK supporter and has turned on many of those involved in the NHL to KK.  I am happy to see Morley is back in the game and wish him much success.

VANCOUVER, BC - The Vancouver Giants are pleased to announce the appointment of Morley Scott to the position of Director, Broadcast and Media Relations.

Scott an Edmonton native will officially assume his role on July 20, 2009 and brings with him an extensive history of media and broadcast experience within the National Hockey League,

In his most recent role as the Edmonton Oilers play-by-play analyst,  Scott was charged with broadcasting games on radio and television as both play-by-play and colour analyst for 16 NHL seasons and close to 1500 games.

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Stephane Veilleux Signs With Tampa

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via Michael Russo’s Twitter,

Tampa Bay Lightning sign Wild free-agent Stephane Veilleux

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Marchant Re-Signs With Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fvia the Anaheim Ducks,

The Ducks announced today they have signed veteran center Todd Marchant to a two-year contract through the 2010-11 season.

Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

“We’re pleased that Todd will remain a Duck for the next two seasons,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “His versatility on the ice and presence in the locker room is something this club has deeply valued over the past four seasons.”

via Dan Wood of Ducks Blog,

Marchant, set to turn 36 next month, will receive $1 million this season and $1.25 million in 2010-11.

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Pronger Signs Extension With Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sportsnet,

The agent for Chris Pronger told Sportsnet that his client has signed a seven-year contract extension that will likely see the defenceman finish his career in Philadelphia.

The confirmation will come down later Tuesday.

The extension is front-loaded to lower the salary cap hit, and is rumoured to be worth $35 million, or five million per season.

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Sakic Announcement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Colorado Avalanche, Joe Sakic will make a special announcement regarding his hockey career at 3:00pm ET on Thursday, July 9th.

Numereous speculation traveling around the web right now, but I personally feel Joe deserves and has earned the right to speak for himself.  Therefore, I will not be posting any updates on this unless Sakic himself speaks on this subject.

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Afternoon Line

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“We’re not doing a traditional model here, people should figure that out.  You look at the pre-cap rebuilding jobs, you look at Ottawa and you look at Pittsburgh, and basically the philosophy was, ‘Let’s finish dead last or next to dead last for 4-5 years and get top picks and we’ll turn it around.’ I don’t see any reason to repeat that here. I don’t think our fans here would be that patient. As long as they see a plan, I think they’ll be patient for a retooling, but not a demolition.

“Stripping down to the chassis and rebuilding it is certainly not what ownership has asked me to do. We’re not rebuilding here, we’re retooling.”

-Leafs GM Brian Burke.  More on Burke and the Leafs from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Versteeg Negotiations Progressing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roman Modrowski of ESPN Chicago,

The agent for Kris Versteeg said he is in ongoing negotiations with the Chicago Blackhawks and hopes to get a deal done soon.

Versteeg is the last of the Hawks’ seven restricted free agents who received qualifying offers after the June 29 deadline. The Blackhawks re-signed the other six on Monday.

The National Hockey League Players Association filed a grievance Monday over the Hawks’ handling of the qualifying offers. If the NHL rejects the grievance, the matter will go to an arbitrator. At that point, it would be possible for Versteeg to be declared an unrestricted free agent, and the Hawks could lose the talented, young forward on the open market.

But Versteeg’s agent David Kaye said he doesn’t want it to get to that point.

“We’ve been negotiating with Chicago fairly regularly here, and I expect hopefully something will get done in the next few days,” Kaye said Tuesday.

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Kovalev Has High Hopes For Senators

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from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Say what you want about Alexei Kovalev’s roller-coaster history, Ottawa Senators fans, but you have to admire his optimism.

“Ottawa is a pretty good team that has a chance to win the Stanley Cup,” the flashy Russian star said in a conference call from Russia Tuesday, when asked about why he chose to sign a two-year, $10 million U.S. deal here on Monday.

“I think I can bring something that was missing to help the team be competitive for the Stanley Cup. They have always had one really good line, year after year, but I think, maybe, I can be part of creating two or three good lines (so the team can be more) successful in the playoffs. I’m not a big believer that one line can do all the damage.”

It’s a rather grand dream to think the Senators can go from missing the playoffs altogether last season to winning it all next season, but at the not-so-tender age of 36, Kovalev realizes the clock is ticking on his career and he doesn’t have many more chances to add a second Cup to the one he won with the New York Rangers in 1994.

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Team Tendencies During UFA Period

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Not that there are strict categories that teams fit into based on their activity during free agency, but a few easily came to mind this year. Consider the Montreal Canadiens and their “Blow It All Up” approach in bringing in three skilled yet undersized forwards: Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez. Clearly, GM Bob Gainey believes a fresh start is in order after last season’s bitterly disappointing Centennial Celebration campaign.

Then there’s the “Here We Go Again” feel of the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.

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