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Beauchemin A Leaf

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have brought in another defenceman, signing free agent Francois Beauchemin to a three-year deal believed to be in the range of $10 million.

added 3:23pm, If only Daren Millard would have included a name in his Twitter…

Sportsnet has learned. Sources say. 3 year deal believed to be in the range of 10M.11 minutes ago from mobile web

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  Tags: francois+beauchemin

Trying To Keep Kovalchuk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

It’s an odd task. Don Waddell is making moves with the goal of improving his hockey club, which ordinarily would be a general manager’s highest priority. But this GM has something more in mind:

He’s trying to impress Ilya Kovalchuk.

The best player in Thrashers history is scheduled to become a free agent next summer. He has given indications he’d like to stay here, but his desire is conditional: The Thrashers must first get better. “I know for sure we need some more players,” Kovalchuk told reporters after the final game of last season, and that’s where Waddell comes in.

Known as the Teflon Don in some circles for his ability to avoid blame — and to stick like Krazy Glue to his GM’s chair — Waddell has had an impressive fortnight. The Thrashers appeared to do well in the NHL draft, picking a power forward in Round 1 who might soon be with the big club. (Waddell to Evander Kane on draft night: “You’re going to look good next to Ilya Kovalchuk.”)

And then, scarcely having returned from Montreal, Waddell authored two more big moves: A trade with Toronto that yielded defenseman Pavel Kubina, and the free-agent signing of right wing Nik Antropov, who has two things going for him: He’s a good player who’s an F.O.I. (friend of Ilya’s).


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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuck

Sharks Finally Announce The Signing Of Clowe

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has re-signed Group II restricted free agent forward Ryane Clowe to a four-year contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

        After missing most of the 2007-08 regular season due to a knee injury, Clowe, 26, bounced back with a career best NHL season. In 71 games, he registered career highs in goals (22), assists (30) and points (52). He ranked sixth on the team in goals and tied first on the team in power play goals (11). He registered his first career Gordie Howe Hat Trick (a goal, assist, and fighting major) vs. Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

“We believe Ryane is entering the prime of his career and can be a dominant player in this League for years to come,” said Wilson.  “We feel he is an important piece to this team as his hard-nosed play, passion for the game and commitment to succeed are all part of his make-up.”

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  Tags: ryan+clowe

Leafs Sign First Round Pick Kadri

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Monday that 2009 first-round draft choice Nazem Kadri has signed a three year Entry Level contract with the hockey club. Kadri, 18, was selected seventh overall in the NHL Entry Draft by the Maple Leafs on June 26.

The London, Ontario native placed ninth in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with 53 assists and 15th with 78 points in 2008-09. He was the OHL leader in shorthanded points (10) and he ranked second in shorthanded goals (5) this past season. The forward finished ninth in 2009 OHL playoff points with 21 (9g, 21a) in 14 games.

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  Tags: nazem+kadri

Raycroft Signed By Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Michael DiLorenzo’s Twitter,

Canucks ink Raycroft

added 3:48pm, from Ben Kuzma of The White Towel at the Vancouver Province,

Free-agent goaltender Andrew Raycroft has signed a contract with the Vancouver Canucks. But just where the keeper fits into this crease conundrum will probably play out at training camp, unless general manager Mike Gillis plans on trading prize prospect Cory Schneider.

With backup Jason LaBarbera accepting a two-year, $2 million US free-agent offer last week from the Phoenix Coyotes, the obviously plan was to add franchise depth because Schneider seems ready make a permanent leap to the NHL. The Manitoba Moose goalie was named the AHL’s top stopper last season and told The Province last week he has nothing left to prove at that level.

The Canucks know Schneider’s trade value will only increase next season as the backup to Roberto Luongo — who’s expected to soon sign a long-term contract extension — especially if he gets enough starts behind the Canucks workhorse.


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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you’re an L.A. Kings fan, there are a lot of good reasons to be pleased with the trade that brings former Avalanche and Oilers left winger Ryan Smyth to California. He’s someone who every player on that roster would be smart to emulate – in all areas except for hairstyling.

That brings me to an important question: How long is Smyth’s world-renowned mullet going to last in Southern California? Don’t they have laws there punishing crimes against hair? Isn’t he going to get tired of having scripts for Joe Dirt sequels offered to him day in and day out?

-Adam Proteau of The Hockey News.  More hockey talk from Adam…

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  Tags: ryan+smyth

Higgins Agrees To Deal With Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via NewYorkRangers.com,

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Christopher Higgins.

No terms mentioned yet.

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Wings Sitting Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“We’ll look at the unrestricted free-agent market later in the summer and see if there’s a player or two there, cheaper guys that can maybe give us a little bit of depth,” said Holland.

Either way, as much as it might be a little boring to sit back and watch other teams get busy in the opening days of July, Holland isn’t dealing with any bouts of anxiety.

“Our core is locked in,” said Holland. “No matter what happens with the cap next year, we’ve got over $10 million in expiring contracts. We’re positioned going forward that no matter what happens with the economy and no matter what happens with the cap ... I believe we’re OK.”

But Holland is also realistic. He’s not going to pretend that losing a star like Hossa and a valuable two-way guy like Samuelsson isn’t going to hurt.

“On paper, I don’t know that we’re as good as last year,” said Holland. “I don’t believe we’re going to score as much next season, but I’d like to think we’ll be better defensively….


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Will Remaining UFAs Be Forced To Take A Discount?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at Fox Sports,

Among the notable are Saku Koivu, Sergei Zubov, Alex Tanguay, Francois Beauchemin, Martin Biron, Derek Morris, Alex Kovalev, Paul Mara and Mike Comrie….

Of the remaining teams with $10 million or more in available cap space, the Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators, Atlanta Thrashers, New York Islanders and Phoenix Coyotes are expected to keep their respective payrolls for next season between the mandated salary cap floor of $40.8 million and $50 million.

That could force most of the top available free agents into accepting less than their perceived market value.

For example, it’s been reported Beauchemin and Biron were seeking salaries worth $4.5 million and $5 million respectively but given how the market slowed in recent days, it’s possible they could be forced to accept considerably less.


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Selanne Has Not Made A Decision About His Career After This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Teemu Selanne wants Ducks fans to know that he has yet to make any decision about possibly ending his NHL career after next season.

Through a Ducks spokesman, Selanne sent word from Finland that a newspaper report in his homeland picked up last week by Canadian media outlets is incorrect.

The report had quoted Selanne as saying that the 2009-10 season would definitely be his last.

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  Tags: teemu+selanne

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