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Report: Michael Nylander Signed by Edmonton Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

via TSN,

According to the Team 1260 in Edmonton, the Oilers have signed veteran centre Michael Nylander.
The report did not include any contractual details.

more later…

Update 3:14pm ET:
Japer’s Rink has stated that 630 CHED radio in Edmonton “is now reporting that Nylander has agreed to 4 years with Edmonton. Salary was not disclosed.” 
Nothing from the Oilers, just this earlier comment from Allan Watt, the Oilers VP of Communications, who is quoted as saying “The deal is done when [GM] Kevin Lowe tells me it’s done.”

Update: 4:54pm ET:
Capitals have signed Nylander. More here.
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Note: Post originally published at 1:39am ET, July 2.

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MSM- Take (& You Are On) Notice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,

I know yesterday was a frustrating day for Kings fans, but I wanted to again say thanks for the tremendous support. Yesterday, this page got HUGE traffic, so much that the managing editor of the paper e-mailed me to say so. That’s staggering to me, and again I thank you for the continued interest and support.

continued... and I point to this hoping the MSM will realize hockey is alive and well.  You have seen my stats from yesterday and I am sure other bloggers had the same increase.

Now go read what Eric at Off Wing found…

Here’s an idea—why not treat ESPN personalities like Mike Greenburg who run down the sport the same way we ought to treat anybody who has too much power?
Fight the power. Question authority. Think for yourself. Watch hockey.

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What does it feel like to sign for $20 million?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Greg Logan’s Islander’s Beat,

Shortly after Ryan Smyth’s decision to sign with Colorado became official around 11 p.m. Sunday night, my phone rang. It was a player who had been an Islander for six years, not six minutes. It was Jason Blake.
How was he feeling after signing a five-year deal worth $20 million with Toronto? Silly question.
“Awesome,” Blake said with a little laugh.

continued…

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Report- Preissing LA Bound

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Tom Preissing is going to La La Land.
The Senators defenceman has agreed to a four-year, $11-million deal with the Los Angeles Kings which will pay him $2.75 million per season.
Preissing made $600,000 last season.
The deal still has to be finalized before it’s official.

Updated at 2:20pm ET
One line from the story was accidentally omitted. Now fixed.

update 4:09pm, CP has confirmed,

Preissing will earn $2.75 million a season, a huge over the $600,000 he made last season in Ottawa.

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Winners & Losers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Morrison of the CBC,

The likes of New York, Colorado, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia all had their cheque books out on the first day of free-agent shopping. And almost all got goofy with not only the dollars, but the terms in the contracts. Five, six, seven, even an eight-year deal, the values from $6 million to seven and change on average. And two players will earn $10 million next season.
All of which has prompted more than observer of the game to ask aloud: And what exactly was the lockout suppose to accomplish?
Well, the spending is linked to revenues, so there is overall control. That’s what the NHL wanted.

more and who won and lost on day 1 of the UFA signings…

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Jagr Disappointed With Nylander Loss

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Roman at eNHL.cz (not translated) has a quote from Jagr regarding the loss of Nylander…

Jagr: “I am little disappointed the Rangers were not able to keep Nylander on the team. It was really good for me to play with him.
We played together for 2 years with the Rangers and 1 year in Washington. We worked well together and knew what to expect from one another.”

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Right To Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

For the next week, NHL players Steve Montador and Andrew Ference will be in Tanzania, Africa, as athlete-ambassadors for the humanitarian organization Right To Play.

While in Tanzania, Montador and Ference will be able to read your support of their charitable efforts here:

http://fans.nhl.com/right_to_play/home/

In addition, Ference will be writing a journal and posting pictures when he returns home on July 8, and will be able to respond to any questions or comments you post.

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Manny Makes Sense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Patriot Ledger,

There’s that knee injury that pretty much put Fernadez out of action after January. Even though he was scheduled this week to be medically cleared by Wild doctors to resume play, there’s something a little unsettling about hearing a player say he sprained a knee ligament, and then ‘‘tore it three more times.’’
There’s that $4.33 million salary cap figure this year and next, which may knock Boston out of the running for any current free agents of significance.
There’s the thought that Fernandez, 32, has been so insulated by Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire’s defense-themed system, he may not be as good as his statistics.
Risk, of course, is part of every trade, but there’s so much logic built into this deal that general manager Peter Chiarelli couldn’t pass it up.

more

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Sidney Crosby’s Future in Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rob Rossi at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Crosby is entering the final season of a three-year, entry-level contract he signed shortly after the Penguins made him the top pick in the 2005 NHL draft. All he has done since signing that deal—which, with performance incentives, has paid him well (almost $4 million annually) over the past two years—is halt the Penguins’ six-season playoff drought, become the youngest athlete to lead any North American professional league in scoring and win acclaim by both his peers and the hockey media as the league’s most valuable player.
He will turn 20 on Aug. 7. The Penguins can start talking today to his agent, Pat Brisson, about a lengthy contract extension, under terms of the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

more…

*thanks to a KK reader for pointing out this story

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The Old NHL Is Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

Under this CBA the rich get richer AND get to pick off the better players. The less rich will have to raise ticket prices in some markets just to get to the floor and in other markets just to be able to pay for arbitration awards that will be rising because of the new contracts being handed out to players who are jumping to teams with more cash on hand.
Imagine hiking ticket prices after you’ve just seen your best player bolt for a bigger market and you’ve got nothing in return.

much more

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