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Looking for Hockey in the Summer

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,

Here we are smack-dab in the middle of July and I have a hockey itch that needs to be scratched. I catch some classic games on the NHL Network, I pop in a DVD and watch Slap Shot and I hit the play button on the DVR to watch Mystery Alaska over and over again.

But I need more, much more. I drive by the local ice arena and peek in. The ice is gone, instead a dog & cat show is in progress. I head over to one of the outdoor roller hockey rinks and I catch a group of kids racing their remote control cars on the smooth surface.

I am about to leave the roller hockey rink, dejected, when a caravan of cars pull up.

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Penguins Sign Kris Beech, Bill Thomas, Ryan Stone

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Kris Beech to a one-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero. 

Beech posted 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 25 NHL games during the 2007-08 season.

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Dallas Drake Announces Retirement

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Free Press:

Red Wings forward Dallas Drake will retire after raising the Stanley Cup last month for the first time in his 16-year career.

Drake announced his retirement today.

Last month’s victory over Pittsburgh was Drake’s first championship in 15 seasons in the NHL.

Update 2:35pm ET: From Craig Custance at The Sporting News:

“I couldn’t imagine finishing out on a better note,” said Drake who will pick up the Stanley Cup for his time with it today.

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How to Save the Nashville Predators

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy has five unconventional ideas:

Ever since the latest Del Biaggio story broke, I’ve been noodling through ways to solidify the NHL in Nashville. There are certain obvious fixes, like continuing to rally local fans and businesses to buy into the franchise. The following five ideas are less obvious, more long-shot and are submitted for your approval. Or inevitable disapproval.

1. Move the Predators to the Southeast Division.  This idea comes from a conversation I had with Predators blogger Paul Nicholson of Geek Thoughts. The abridged version: Sports fans in Nashville relate more to college sports rivalries than anything else. So naturally, teams in Georgia, Florida and perhaps Carolina are going to stoke fan passions more than teams in Chicago and St. Louis.

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Rangers Agree to Terms with Dan Fritsche

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Blue Seats at the NY Post:

The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Dan Fritsche.

Fritsche, 23, appeared in 69 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets this season, registering 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points, along with 22 penalty minutes.

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Wild Prepare Long Term Contract Offer For Gaborik

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Russo’s Rants,

Wild is busy working on its restricted free agents and getting ready to make Marian Gaborik a long-term extension offer, probably in the neighborhood of $8.5 million per season.

more on Minnesota…

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Blue Jackets Trade Lindstrom to the Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Blue Jackets press release—

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired a conditional draft pick from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Joakim Lindstrom, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.

Aaron Portzline at Puck-rakers notes:

The pick will be determined by how many games Lindstrom plays with the Ducks during the 2008-09 season. It could be as high as a fourth-round pick or as low as a seventh-round pick.

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David Frost Set to Stand Trial

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC,

A judge in Napanee, Ont., on Monday dismissed a bid by former hockey coach and player agent David Frost to have sex-related charges against him dropped.

Frost faces six charges of sexual exploitation involving four teenagers dating from his days as a hockey coach in neighbouring Deseronto, in the early 1990s.

Frost, 40, will next appear in court on Aug. 25, and his trial is scheduled to begin in Napanee on Oct. 14. He is also facing trial next April on fraud charges over the alleged illegal use of a credit card belonging to jailed St. Louis player Mike Danton.

Danton, a Brampton, Ont., native and former St. Louis Blues forward, was sentenced to seven and a half years in a U.S. federal prison in November 2004 for plotting to have Frost killed.

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Note:  David Frost’s history is well-documented at CBC’s Fifth Estate

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The Truth Please

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,

Hockey is a humble sport by most accounts. The players don’t do much bragging, teams rarely tinker with classic logos and the league prefers Americans don’t get over-stimulated by showing them games on TV stations they could watch at bars or even their homes.

But to say hockey people are honest is a stretch sometimes. There’s something lacking in several recent NHL stories that needs to be rectified. Let’s just call it The Realness. As in, “Get real, you don’t actually think we believe what you just told us, do you?”

The best recent example of this came when Jay Feaster “resigned” as GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Blues Building From Within

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Red Wings added explosive scorer Maria Hossa via free agency. The Blackhawks added offensive defenseman Brian Campbell and goaltender Cristobal Huet.

The Blues have countered by signing two depth players—defenseman Mike Weaver and forward Matt Foy, Ho and Hum—as free agents….

Instead of adding a lot more this summer, the Blues are planning to get a lot more from what they already have. Everybody has to do a much better job.

Watching the players and coaches respond to this challenge this fall will be fascinating.

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