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Eminger Signs With Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Steve Eminger to a two-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

“Steve Eminger brings a physical presence to our blueline and is very capable offensively,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “Being only 25 years old, we expect him to continue improving as a player and make a solid contribution this season.”

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  Tags: steve+eminger

Drawing a Line in the Sand

Blog: KK Members Blog By Hippy Dave

Hello fellow readers,

Like many of you, I am a DirecTV customer.  I have been for years.  Most of you are probably aware of DirecTV’s recent removal of Versus from their programming lineup due to a contract dispute.

While I hate to do so, it has become apparent to me that I now have to hold off on my auto-renewal of NHL Center Ice and plan on changing services to another provider such as Comcast (which owns Versus, btw).  I’m not happy about it and I’d rather not do it.  So, what I propose here is a good old-fasioned letter-writing campaign.

You can contact DirecTV through their email form here.

After navigating to the page, enter your account information and select Programming/Sports as your topic and Customer Service/Complaints as your category.

I have provided a form letter below that you can use to encourage DirecTV to have a change of heart.  Hopefully if enough of us write, we won’t have to take any further action.

Dear Sir or Madam:

I have been a loyal DirecTV customer for years, and had been planning on being one for many years to come.  However your recent decision to remove the sports network Versus from your service will soon force me to switch to another provider so I may continue to receive their NHL programming.  I strongly encourage you to reconsider your position regarding renewing Versus’ contract and hope that you begin to understand just how many customers you are about to lose by not doing so.  I hope to remain a customer going forward but will cancel my service at the beginning of the NHL season if this situation is not rectified.


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  Tags: versus+directv+contract+dispute+letter+writing+campaign

Report- Schremp Signs Two-Way Contract With Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Rob Schremp has signed a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers, The Journal has learned.

Schremp’s new contract is a two-way deal, meaning Schremp will command $715,000 if he makes the NHL club, but less than $75,000 if he is sent down to the Oilers’ American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass.

It also means that Schremp will have to clear waivers if he’s sent down to the minors because he has now played three full seasons in the AHL.

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  Tags: rob+schremp

Ducks/Senators Trade

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired left wing Shawn Weller from Ottawa in exchange for right wing Jason Bailey.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’m going to start the season and we’ll see how things go, how I feel, if I make a decision halfway through the year or if I decide to wait until next summer, we’ll have to wait and see.  I’m in no rush really to make a decision on how long I’m going to he playing or what I’m going to be doing after this season.’‘

-Nick Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings discussing his future in hockey.  His contract expires at the end of this season.  Quote is via Ansar Khan of Mlive.

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  Tags: nick+lidstrom

Alfredsson Says Best To Trade Heatley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,

The best resolution to the Dany Heatley saga would be to see the disgruntled left wing traded before the start of training camp on Sept. 12, captain Daniel Alfredsson said on Friday.

That would allow the team to prepare for the 2009-10 without the distraction of having to take back a player who doesn’t want to be here.

But whether that happens is a different question.

“Obviously, it would be the best scenario for everyone,” said Alfredsson. “But if it was that easy, I think something would have already been done.

“We’re ready for whatever happens and we’ll make something good out of it.”


thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson, dany+heatley

Wonder If They Suffered Mood Swings Too?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Suzanne Hoholik of the Columbus Dispatch,

A Columbus Blue Jackets physician used a drug at a dosage approved only to treat menstrual pain on hockey players who had pain from injuries or surgeries.


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Roenick On The NHLPA Situation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Jeremy was on Leafs Lunch, am640 within the last hour and gave his candid views on the NHLPA move to fire Paul Kelly.

Listen here...

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  Tags: jeremy+roenick

You Can Still Dream Of Having Luongo, In About Five Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province via the National Post,

The first comes five years into the extension. If Luongo isn’t pleased with where the team is at, or where it’s heading, he can then trigger a trade. The out clause is timed for what should be an organizational crossroads - one year after the Sedins’ current long-term deal is up. The Canucks have agreed to accommodate the request by moving Luongo at that point.

It’s likely Luongo would be a valuable commodity, coveted by NHL teams even at age 36. If it were to happen, the team which traded for him would owe him US$27.2-million for the final seven years of his deal.

Two years later, after the contract extension’s seventh year, the Canucks have a reciprocal clause. If they want to go in another direction, they will have an opportunity to move Luongo despite his no-trade clause.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: roberto+luongo

Roundtables Galore: Carrying News That Must Get Through

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If the post title confuses you, then you weren’t here yesterday.  Epic discussion and I have no idea who or what Ween is but I’m gonna find out.  I did you all a disservice though, because I didn’t point you to some roundtable ditties.

Triple Deke and Bingo Bango had great stuff yesterday and Wednesday.  Snipe, Snipe, Dangle, Dangle was on the hook today and the topic is one of our favorites: goaltending.

Continue Reading »

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