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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And we can start with this biotch.

Not sure if Sportsnet is referring to last night’s rebuttal or if another has taken place this morning.  Kenny, you stubborn bastard you.

Marian Hossa has turned down yet another long-term deal to try his luck as a mercenary on the free agent market. The Red Wings were prepared to keep Hossa in Hockeytown for 10 years.

Anyway, it’s a Live Blog.  And we’ll even open it up to you Pens fans who want to take a break from peeking around the corner to see who’s going to steal your Cup.

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Sedin’s Re-Sign

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

After being drafted together in 1999, and playing their entire careers on the same club, the Sedin brothers Daniel and Henrik will continue that trend now in Vancouver.

The brothers have signed a pair of five-year contacts, averaging $6.1 million a season.

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  Tags: daniel+sedin, henrik+sedin

The Best Dman Available

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun or ESPN,

Now that Jay Bouwmeester is off the market, it’s nice to be Mike Komisarek, right?

For my money, he’s the best blueliner available, although more of a defensive banger than an offensive force like Bouwmeester.

“It certainly gives a little more clarity to the market place having him there [Bouwmeester sign in Calgary],” Komisarek’s agent, Matt Keator, told ESPN.com Wednesday morning. “But there’s still other good defensemen out there like [Mattias] Ohlund and others. So Mike isn’t the only one out there.”

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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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  Tags: martin+havlat

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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  Tags: jay+bouwmeester

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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  Tags: scott+gomez

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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