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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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Bill Guerin to the Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The New York Islanders today signed veteran forward Bill Guerin to a two-year contract worth $4.5 million a year.
Guerin played in 77 games with the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks in 2006-07, recording 36 goals and 56 points with 66 penalty minutes.

continued…

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Two Capitals Signings: Pollock and Wilson

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via Yahoo! Sports,

The Washington Capitals signed free agent defenseman Jame Pollock and center Kyle Wilson on Thursday.
Pollock, 28, has spent the past three seasons in Europe, where he led the Sunipret Ice Tigers of the German Elite League with 22 goals and 32 assists in 46 games in 2006-07. He tied the league record for goals by a defenseman.
He played nine games for the St. Louis Blues in 2003-04.

continued…

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Canadiens Sign Tomas Plekanec

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens continued to lock up players for their 2007-08 roster on Thursday, re-signing centre Tomas Plekanec to a two-year contract.
No financial terms have been released.

continued…

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Avs Sign Svatos

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Colorado Avalanche,

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today the re-signing of forward Marek Svatos to a one-year deal.
“We are looking for Marek to regain his rookie season scoring touch and heroics,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “He has tremendous skills and is part of a group of young players ready to make a significant impact on the success of our team.”


Updated 3:36pm ET:Avalanche Press Release

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NHL Commish Biased Against Canada?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From AM570 News,

It was a very frank discussion in an exclusive interview with Jim Balsillie’s lawyer Richard Rodier on 570’s Prime Time Sports last night.
Rodier says Commissioner Gary Bettman is against having more teams in Canada, and believes his client Jim Balisille is being treated differently because of his desire to move the Nashville Predators to Hamilton.
During the interview Rodier says he believes a gag order has been put into place, covering the NHL’s Board of Governors regarding the deal.

continued…

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Big Market Muscle Flex

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,

Sorry, Sabres fans. Tough luck, ye followers of the benighted Fishsticks. I probably can’t stop you from draping yourselves in sackcloth and a thick coating of ashes while you curse the cruel fate of your underprivileged franchises. But I’m here to tell you that hockey fans should be rejoicing, no matter what their team affiliation.
Say what you want about the merits of competitive balance. It’s the presence of teams that are as rich in tradition as they are in talent that makes a sport compelling. And if these spending sprees allow another dynasty to rise up in a well-established market—New York or Philadelphia or Detroit or Toronto, for instance—then so much the better for the NHL.

more

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Calm Down There Philly!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Based on the tornado of hype that’s been rolling through the Philadelphia area the last couple weeks, one presumes the Philadelphia Flyers have been pre-approved to hoist the Stanley Cup next spring.
Hate to bear bleak news, but for as well as GM Paul Holmgren has done in quickly rebuilding the franchise from the Corey Haim-like depths it sunk to this past season, the Flyers still have a ways to go before they can be deemed a genuine championship contender.

continued

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Oilers and Islanders Do a Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NYIslanders.com,

The Islanders have acquired Edmonton’s second round pick in the 2008 NHL draft by trading depth defenseman Allan Rourke and a 2008 third round pick to the Oilers. The Islanders now have two second round picks in what is expected to be a deep draft in June, 2008.
“Although it may seem a relatively small deal from a players’ standpoint, this is very good news for us,” said Islanders assistant GM/Director of Amateur Scouting Ryan Jankowski. “Next year is expected to be a stronger and deeper draft than the past few years. In this draft, you can never have enough early picks.”

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