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Widening Gap

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

How can the National Hockey League, so obviously struggling postlockout in many of its 24 American markets, with all of those empty seats and punchline television ratings, in fact be thriving as a business?
How can a no-loopholes salary cap attached to a percentage of overall revenues be soaring if commissioner Gary Bettman’s vision of the NHL is so clearly headed for the tank?
The answer lies with the almighty dollar — in this case, the Canadian dollar, which continues to ride high against the American greenback.

read on

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Ducks Fans are Split on Bertuzzi Signing

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Stephens at the LA Times,

John Miller owns a small business in the city of Orange and has had experience with workers who make mistakes. Sometimes they are big ones.
So when the subject comes up about Todd Bertuzzi, signed by the Ducks on Monday, Miller’s reaction is tempered by that experience.
“Everybody deserves a second chance,” he said. Miller is not alone.

continued…

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Kevin Lowe Interview

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

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Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe gave an interview to Sportsnet’s Gene Principe on Thursday, dealing with the Michael Nylander issue and various related matters. 

He also talks about the Oilers plan for signings, going forward from this point.

Click here to check out the audio of the interview at the team’s website.
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*photo from oilers.com

 

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Senators to Name New Coach Friday

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Yahoo Sports,

After Bryan Murray led the Ottawa Senators to their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance last season, he’s ready to appoint someone to help get them the championship.
Murray, who gave up his coaching position to become Ottawa’s general manager on June 18, will introduce the team’s new coach at a news conference Friday morning at 11 a.m. EDT.
No mention has been made of who Murray’s successor will be, but many believe assistant coach John Paddock will receive the nod.

continued…

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Best B.C. Born Hockey Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Salmon Arm Observer,

And while I’m on the subject of Mr. Niedermayer, who hails from Cranbrook and is likely to retire, I’ll go out on a limb right now and declare him the best B.C.-born hockey player ever.
I know that list includes the likes of Steve Yzerman, Joe Sakic, Cam Neely and many, many others, but I believe his resumé matches up against any of those other players and his skills make him a unique and special player.
I also include the fact he excelled in that stifling, albeit successful, system in New Jersey for so many years. It was not the ideal place for an offensive defenceman but he made it work. Imagine if he was with Detroit during those same years. His numbers would be scary.

Any comments?

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Dominik Hasek Re-Signs in Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ted Kulfan at the Detroit News,

The Red Wings have signed goalie Dominik Hasek to a one-year contract.
Hasek, 42, told the team back in mid-June he would be returning for one more season, beginning several weeks of contract negotiations between Wings general manager Ken Holland and Hasek’s agent Ritch Winter.
Terms of the contract weren’t immediately released, although it’s expected Hasek will earn a base salary slightly over $2 million with bonuses.

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added 9:49pm
, from Ansar Khan at Mlive, ...it’s in the $2 million range with a bonus structure valued at another $2 million, based on team playoff success.

added 10:13pm, from the Detroit Free Press,

“It appears I’ve got a deal,” Holland said.
Holland said he expected to wrap things up Friday morning with Hasek’s agent, Ritch Winter.
“I haven’t talked to Dom, and he hasn’t signed it,” Holland said. “My expectation is we’re either done or we’re very close.”

 

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Sabres Announce Deals with Peters, Ryan & Thibault

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms with forwards Andrew Peters (two-year deal), Michael Ryan (one-year deal) and Unrestricted Free Agent goaltender Jocelyn Thibault (one-year deal) . The terms of each contract were not disclosed.

continued…

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Comrie To Long Island

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Islanders,

On the heels of adding four-time NHL Star-Bill Guerin, the Islanders have signed center MIKE COMRIE to a one-year contract. The 26-year old Comrie had 20 goals and 25 assists for 45 points in 65 games last season with Phoenix and Ottawa. In the Senators’ run to the Stanley Cup Final in June, the Edmonton native had four goals and two assists in 20 games.

continued

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Wings Still Looking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan at Mlive,

Holland said he has about $7 million to spend under the salary cap. Goaltender Dominik Hasek will apparently be more costly to re-sign than originally anticipated. Holland again said they’re close to a deal and that there’s no reason to believe he won’t return.
The Wings would like to sign a top-six forward, but only to a short-term deal for a reasonable amount.
“To think you’re going to get a top-six forward of any significance (at a low price), you’re dreaming,’’ Holland said. “We might have to start the year with what we got and see what trade deadline does.’‘

more on the Wings, including Hudler trying to get faster and Brad Ference did sign…

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Pierre-Marc Bouchard Stays With Wild

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Minnesota Wild,

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard to a 2007-08 contract.

added 6:55pm, According to Russo’s Rants, $2.6M.

 

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