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Lamoriello On Sutter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

So, instead of insisting that Sutter sit out a year while still under contract, Lamoriello decided to move on. He granted Flames GM Darryl Sutter permission to sign Brent with no strings attached.

“You know once you give consent, because of the new rules in the NHL there is no recourse and no compensation,” Lamoriello told me Tuesday afternoon. “I certainly believe there should be compensation in situations like this for all the obvious reasons, but there isn’t. That’s a league rule and you accept it.”

Lamoriello doesn’t believe Brent Sutter had this type of a defection in mind during last season.

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  Tags: brent+sutter, lou+lamoriello

Flames Announce Coaching Staff

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Calgary, AB - General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today Brent Sutter has been named as the head coach of the Calgary Flames. Additionally, Ryan McGill, Dave Lowry and Jamie McLennan have been named as assistant coaches

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Koules Has The Final Say

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erik Elrlendsson of Bolts Report,

Lightning co-owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie held a meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman at the league offices in New York on Tuesday to determine who has the final say in team related decisions. A source close to the situation said this afternoon that everything remains on par, with Tampa Bay general manager Brian Lawton in control of the team decisions and Koules, who also serves as the team’s governor, having the final say in what direction the team takes for this weekend’s draft and the start of free agency next week.

The decision by Bettman, who has intervened in Lightning ownership disputes twice in the past 18 months, may have an immediate impact on the future of captain Vinny Lecavalier.

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added 8:26pm, via Bob McKenzie of TSN,

In terms of the longer-term reationship between Koules and Barrie, who are at odds, it is believed Koules and Barrie have a few weeks to sort out their differences and either find a way to work together or buy one or the other out.

In any case, the situation is expected to be resolved one way or another by mid July.

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  Tags: len+barrie, oren+koules

Hey 19….He’s In

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

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As if there was ever any doubt. 

No doubt he’d get in.  No doubt as to the greatest Captain in hockey history.  No doubt regarding his status as one of the top 2 Detroit Red Wings of all time.

Legends of Hockey

“I truly had chills down my spine when I got the news.”

We know the feeling. 

 

 

 

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2009 HHOF Inductees

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Legends of Hockey,

TORONTO (June 23, 2009)— Bill Hay, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors, Jim Gregory and Pat Quinn, Co-Chairmen of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee, announced today that Brett Hull, Brian Leetch, Luc Robitaille and Steve Yzerman have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category and Lou Lamoriello has been elected in the Builder Category. The vote took place today at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto.

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  Tags: hhof

Lightning Goaltender Karri Ramo Bolts To KHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Mark Gandler, the agent for goaltender Karri Ramo has signed a two-year deal to play for Avangard Omsk of the Russian Kontinental Hockey League. Gandler said Ramo, a restricted free agent who was to be the backup for Mike Smith, has been told he will be Omsk’s No. 1.

“Of course,” Gandler said. “He wouldn’t go over there otherwise.”

Gandler said Ramo’s contract (he would not divulge the value) has an option that would allow Ramo to opt out after one season.

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  Tags: karri+ramo, khl

Dancing On Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via CBC,

NHL Hall of Famers and Stanley Cup winners like Lanny McDonald, Glenn Anderson and Stéphane Richer are among the sports heroes who’ll exchange hockey for figure skates in an upcoming CBC reality competition series.

CBC-TV announced Tuesday the male contenders for this fall’s Battle of the Blades, which will pair world hockey stars with Canadian female figure skaters for a televised, elimination-style contest.

Joining McDonald, Anderson and Richer as competitors will be Bob Probert, Tie Domi and Craig Simpson. Their female partners are yet to be announced.

Hockey Night in Canada’s Ron MacLean and celebrated Canadian skater Kurt Browning will co-host the seven-week series, which begins in October.

Can’t wait for PuckDaddy to design the attire!

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Can Bouwmeester Be The Man?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Brian Burke can’t admit to the possibility of being intrigued by Bouwmeester because that would constitute tampering eight days before the free agent season officially begins. But he is thinking about it. He is thinking seriously about this 25-year-old defenceman. And the Maple Leafs will be among the bidders on July 1, no matter how silent he remains for now.

Just how high they are willing to go, how much money, how many years—and whether Bouwmeester would have any interest in playing in Toronto for a team on the rebuild—are all questions in need of answers for a player who has yet to define his career.

The Leafs, being where they are, have no choice but to take a shot at Bouwmeester. Because of his age. Because of his size. Because of his skill set. Because of all the possibilities he presents. Look how Zdeno Chara helped turn around a Boston Bruins team in terrible shape. Could Bouwmeester have the same kind of impact where he eventually lands?

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  Tags: jay+bouwmeester

Uncle Mike?  The Line Forms Over Here

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

That would be the line for the Stress Train, if you’re wondering. 

Mike Babcock? Stressed out?  Not possible?  Think again.  Splitting priorities will do that to you, and that’s exactly where he’ll be for the next 8 months. Split right down the middle.

TSN

Mike Babcock will be sworn in as the coach of the 2010 Canadian Olympic men’s hockey team in Montreal this week.

“Sworn in”?  Seriously.  Let me get this straight.  Canada literally swears in their coaching staffs? 

 

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Signing Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector’s Hockey,

The latest on the Blackhawks contract talks with Martin Havlat, the Senators talks with Chris Neil, the Flyers with Mike Knuble, the Hurricanes with Dennis Seidenberg, the Penguins with Rob Scuderi, plus an update on the Buffalo Sabres….

Dave Molinari reports Penguins GM Ray Shero, with roughly $46 million committed to next season’s payroll, won’t be able to re-sign all his free agents. Shero hopes to re-sign defenseman Rob Scuderi, whose strong playoff performance bolstered his stock and could command at least $2.5 million per season on the open market, which could make him a long shot to stay. Molinari reports most indications suggest Scuderi could test the market although he points out Brooks Orpik did the same a year ago before re-signing with the Penguins.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Scuderi gets offers of $2.5 million per season or more that’ll likely price him out of the Penguins price range.

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