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The Tough Northeast

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

I’m officially dubbing it the NorthBeast Division.

True, we’re only looking at one serious Stanley Cup contender coming out of the section (that being the Boston Bruins), while even a third playoff entry is a dicey proposition. But oh, we’ll have a lot of fun watching the carnage nonetheless.

Think about it: Boston will trot out Milan Lucic, Zdeno Chara, Mark Stuart and Shawn Thornton for every NorthBeast matchup. Toronto will counter with Luke Schenn and new bruisers Colton Orr, Garnet Exelby, Francois Beauchemin and transplanted Hab Mike Komisarek, thus preserving the Lucic-Komisarek storyline.

read on

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Rangers Sign Brian Boyle

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

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

Brian Boyle, a first-round pick in the very deep 2003 NHL Entry Draft, has recorded eight goals in only 36 career NHL games.

Boyle, 24, was acquired by the Rangers on June 27 from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a third round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.  Boyle appeared in 28 games with the Kings last season, registering four goals and one assist for five points, along with 42 penalty minutes.  He established career-highs in games played (28) and penalty minutes (42).

The 6-7, 252-pounder has skated in 36 career NHL games with Los Angeles, recording eight goals and two assists for 10 points, along with 46 penalty minutes.

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Blues Sign Ian Schultz

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues’ President John Davidson announced today the club has signed forward Ian Schultz.

Schultz, 19, played for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL last season, notching 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists) along with 127 penalty minutes in 58 games played. The 6-2, 200-pound forward was selected in the third round, 87th overall by the Blues in the 2008 Entry Draft.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Back in my playing days scouts used to say I reminded them of Michael Jackson and I was flattered by that, thinking they were referring to our agility, ability to perform and to entertain. Some time later, over a couple of wobbly pops, one of those scouts broke the bad news to me. He said they called me the “Michael Jackson of Goaltending” because we both seemed to have a glove on our left hand for no apparent reason.

-Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge.  More from Daryl…

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Home Again, Home Again

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Back in Michigan for a week’s vacation…which is why I’ve avoided each of you for more than five days.  Consider this a brief interruption before I get back to remaining unshaven and 12 ounces heavier.

Two guys. Two “snipers”.  And a couple issues.

Continue Reading »

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Claude Lemieux Retires Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SAN JOSE – Forward Claude Lemieux today formally announced his retirement from the game of hockey at the age of 44.  One of the most successful NHL players in the history of the League, Lemieux won four Stanley Cups and is one of only eight players to win hockey’s greatest prize with three different teams (Montreal, 1986; New Jersey, 1995 and 2000; Colorado, 1996).

“I want to thank my former teammates from my entire career for all of their support,” said Lemieux.  “I feel very fortunate that I was able to have a career like I had.  There have been many great NHL players who did not get the opportunities to win that I had.  I played for a long time but it went by so very fast.”

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  Tags: claude+lemieux

Who’s Calling So Late At Night?

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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

If Tuesday night you received a recorded phone call from Lightning center Steven Stamkos promoting this week’s “Young Guns” camp and Saturday’s scrimmage and skills competition, you were not alone, and the organization, through spokesman Bill Wickett, apologized for the inconvenience.

The problem was with the timing as calls went out between 10:30 and 11 p.m., a little late for what was basically an advertisement.

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Hudler To KHL Talk

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via Hikej.Sport (translated),

Czech hockey attacker Jiri Hudler apparently heading to Continental League. Pětadvacetiletý player has agreed a new contract terms with Detroit and, according to unofficial information should still be on Wednesday to sign a new contract with the Moscow dynamo. Hudler called the evening press conference.

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added 9:36am, It is my understanding the press conference will be at noon ET.  I will try to update when more information becomes available.

added 9:49am, Nothing on the Dynamo (translated) website about Hudler.

added 10:04am, from Hokej (translated)

“Jirka’s all a long time considered. On the one hand, the NHL field difficult, is not written anywhere that they can not return in two years,” responds Maršoun. Czech representative admits that the Hudlera was really strong interest in Russia.

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added 11:46am, via the Dynamo website (translated),

Czech striker Jiři Gudler signed two-year agreement with Moscow’s Dinamo. Holder and Stanley Cup finalist the last two seasons had a contract offer from the Detroit, but eventually chose to pursue a career in the Moscow club.

added 11:50am, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“It’s a real possibility he’s going to take this (Russian) offer,’’ Holland said. “He’d be taking a lot less money to stay in the NHL.’‘

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added 12:09pm, via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

There’s a report out there that Red Wings forward Jiri Hudler has signed a one-year deal for $2 million with Moscow Dynamo of the Kontinental Hockey League, but this shouldn’t be viewed as anything other than a negotiating ploy by Hudler’s camp.

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  Tags: jiri+hudler, khl

KHL Claims NHL Broke Agreement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via RussiaToday,

A major row over transfers has erupted between the two biggest ice hockey leagues in the world. The KHL claims the NHL has reneged on an agreement not to poach players.

Canadian Joel Kwiatkowski has agreed to join the Atlanta Thrashers next season despite having already signed a two-year deal to play for SKA St Petersburg.

This is the first such precedent after the International Ice Hockey Federation introduced its new rules concerning player transfers. The move was dubbed “a non-aggression to Northern America pact” as it banned clubs in Europe from signing North American players on contract. In return, the NHL promised not to poach European players under contract.

The KHL says that breaks a gentleman’s agreement between the two leagues.

KHL president Alexander Medvedev says he’ll now call on the International Ice Hockey Federation to act.

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  Tags: joel+kwiatkowski, khl

Could Kovalev Convince Heatley To Stay In Ottawa?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

A Senators team with both Alex Kovalev and Dany Heatley in the lineup could be a reality.

Kovalev said he would be willing to talk to Heatley about his request to be traded and try and get the two-time 50-goal scorer to change his mind.

“He’s a hell of a player. It would definitely be nice for him to stay on the team,” said Kovalev, whose two-year, $10 million contract (all terms US) signed Monday pushed the Senators over the salary cap by about $1.5 million. Keeping both Kovalev and Heatley would necessitate Senators GM Bryan Murray moving some contracts.

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  Tags: alexei+kovalev, dany+heatley

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