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Havlat Wants To Stay In Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Don’t assume Martin Havlat is going to hit the open market just yet.

Havlat’s agent, Allan Walsh, and Chicago GM Dale Tallon were hard at it first thing this morning, trying to see if there was some common ground between the skilled forward and the Blackhawks….

If the two sides can’t reach a deal, Havlat will be coveted by a number of teams looking to add an impact forward, teams like Montreal, which brought in skilled playmaking center Scott Gomez from New York on Tuesday.

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What Are You Doing Today?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

First off, Happy Canada Day for all the Canadian residents who visit KK.  I do hope you have a wonderful day and can kick back a bit and relax.

So, what are your plans for the day?  Have any of you taken the day off of work to keep track of all the signings that may happen today?  Or are you at work, maybe paying special attention to the web and have your right finger on the refresh button?

Don’t forget…  NEW YORK  – NHL Network in the U.S. will have six hours of live coverage to celebrate the opening of the NHL’s free agency period at Noon ET on July 1. The hockey experts from NHL Live! will get things started with two hours of news, analysis, interviews and viewer phone calls beginning at Noon ET. Next, NHL Network for U.S. viewers is presenting a live airing of TSN’s third annual NHL on TSN: Free Agent Frenzy special from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET. Hosted by James Duthie, the show features TSN’s team of reporters and correspondents providing news of the day’s transactions.

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Bouwmeester Arrives With A Decent Price Tag

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

Astonishing at it might seem, Sutter probably even underpaid.

In the hockey market, understand, Jay Bouwmeester’s a Picasso or a Rodin. These types of players don’t simply drop out of the sky and into your lap: A 25-year-old stud defenceman stuck in the bright and balmy, but still deadened hockey market of south Florida, who, you get the feeling, has yet to unearth the full might of his vast potential. A star who, in a nurturing environment, could be a super-duper-star.

Why, they’re rarer than photos of Darryl Sutter smiling.

The addition of Bouwmeester now provides the Flames with a Big Three—including Robyn Regehr and Dion Phaneuf—the envy of any organization around. This acquisition undoubtedly means adios to UFA Adrian Aucoin, and leaves the Flames’ blueline also manned by battle-scarred old warrior Cory Sarich and the handy Mark Giordano. If Sutter can get the young and improving Adam Pardy re-signed, it’s a very solid group.

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If Only It Were That Easy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Headline today at Portage Online... Free Agency Draft Gets Underway Today

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Well Hoss…Catch You On The Flip Side?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As I predicted early and often, it looks as though Marian Hossa isn’t going to sign with the Wings. 

I mean, he turned down a decade from Tick Tock, so obviously a deal’s not in the cards, right?

Not so fast says Craig Custance.

...the possibility of a deal still exists.

An NHL source told SportingNews.com late Tuesday night that discussions between the two sides will continue.

It’s not an issue of either side wanting to get a deal completed, it’s a matter of finding common ground. The Red Wings would like to keep Hossa at a annual salary cap number in the $4 million range, which would be considerably less than he’d earn on the open market.

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Gomez Was Never A Fit In New York

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

His game was gone, his smile was gone, and he was going. The Rangers had been dangling Gomez for months. They needed to clear cap space. They needed to move forward without Gomez.

“If you perform up to expectations, play hard every day, game in and game out and be productive, there’s a chance you’ll never be traded,” Sather said yesterday afternoon after announcing that Gomez had been traded.

Gomez’ heart was in the right place two summers ago. But his eyes exceeded his commitment. New York was too big for him.

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Who May Be Headed To LA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

In terms of the Big Three (Hossa, Havlat, Gaborik), I’ll make the following predictions: Hossa will not be a King, and Havlat and/or Gaborik will be with the Kings only if they agree to short-term deals.

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A Dream Come True For Higgins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,

Christopher Higgins’s mother, Sue, is thrilled beyond words on Long Island, her son soon to be playing much nearer home. His father, Bobby, is another matter. A Canadiens fan “for 50 years,” Higgins says, Bobby Higgins is burying his son’s Canadiens paraphernalia. Or at least putting it behind closed doors in the basement for now….

I reached Higgins at his summer home on Long Island, where the day’s trade to the New York Rangers was still sinking in. He spoke glowingly of his time in Montreal and of the fans in this city, no matter their voice on any particular night.

New York is a dream come true. But leaving Montreal doesn’t happen without many memories being stirred.

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Ducks Re-Sign Erik Christensen

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed center Erik Christensen to a one-year contract extension. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

Christensen, 25 (12/17/83), split the 2008-09 season with Anaheim and Atlanta, combining for 7-21=28 points with 20 penalty minutes (PIM) in 64 games. Christensen also appeared in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Ducks, collecting 0-2=2 points.

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Chicago Trying To Move Huet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

It was clear late Tuesday night that Hawks GM Dale Tallon hoped to re-sign both Martin Havlat and Nikolai Khabibulin before they became unrestricted free agents at noon on Wednesday.

The serious interest in bringing back Khabibulin was a pretty strong indicator that Tallon was actively trying to trade goalie Cristobal Huet and the three years and more than $16 million he has left on his contract.

Two teams that need goaltenders – Edmonton and Colorado – were believed to be at least listening to what Tallon was offering. Could defenseman Cam Barker be part of a package with Huet? The Oilers are believed to have some interest in Barker.

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