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Report: Pro Scout Craig Button Leaves Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

According to Leafs Lunch, Chief Pro Scout Craig Button has left the organization to sign on with the Boston Bruins.

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Thornton Re-Signs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the San Jose Sharks,

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed Center Joe Thornton to a three-year contract extension, which will keep the 2006 Hart Trophy winner in San Jose through the 2011 season.
“Joe Thornton is among the top group of elite players in the National Hockey League,” said Wilson. “In addition to his play on the ice, Joe leads by example and has as much love for the game as anyone I have seen. Making sure Joe remained in San Jose was a top priority and he will be an integral part of our franchise as we march towards our goal of competing for the Stanley Cup next year and for years to come.”

Update 12:29pm ET:
From TSN,

The San Jose Sharks announced Sunday that the club has signed centre Joe Thornton to a three-year contract extension, which will keep the 2006 Hart Trophy winner in San Jose through the 2011 season.
The deal will pay Thornton $7.2 million a season.

continued…

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Gomez Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bill Watters on Leafs Lunch reporting Gomez will sign for 7 years at $7M per- Rangers or Flyers are the two teams he is hearing.

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The Complete FA List

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TSN has them all, RFAs and UFAs…

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Remembering Souray

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ah, Habs Inide/Out reflecting on Souray. 
Make sure to check out the video Dave Stubbs points to.
I am sure as the day progresses, this blog will be receiving numerous comments on the Habs situation.  Keep an eye on it.

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Gomez Wants A Chance To Win The Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Anchorage Daily News,

“The money is going to be the money, (but) there’s a lot more to it,’’ Gomez said by telephone Saturday. “I want to win. I want to bring the Stanley Cup to Anchorage again.
“I’ve been a little spoiled in New Jersey—you knew you always had a chance to win. I still want that chance.’‘
Gomez and his father, Carlos, on Saturday flew to Chicago, where they set up camp with agent Ian Pulver.

read on

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Flames Hard To Figure Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

It sure is a funky coincidence the display of hockey’s stupidity is launched on Canada Day.
Today marks the start of Christmas in July. The presents—really truckloads of cash—begin being handed out all over the place
Smyth is going to be given big bucks and a long-term deal from some team. So will Drury, Daniel Briere, Brad Stuart and Sheldon Souray.
It’s a good bet the Los Angeles Kings are going to dive into the market like they never have before. Likewise, Colorado will be a player and Edmonton intends to.
What about the Flames?
Well, good luck figuring it out. General manager Darryl Sutter will never tip his hand.

read on

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Will Oilers Spend Their Money

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Lowe is in an interesting position here.
He’s under the gun, not just from the fans but likely from his own coach, to get somebody to make up for the goals he lost with the departure of Smyth, to get a top talent for Ales Hemsky to play with and a first-rate 25-minute man to play defence.
And the money is there.
He doesn’t have handcuffs.
Lowe, I believe, is prepared to break all the Oiler principles on overspending to bag Briere or a Gomez. Probably not Drury.
Sometimes what looks like bad business can be good business.

read on

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No Barriers On Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Mas-Su Valley Frontiersman,

As part of that mission, O’Ree and former NHL Rookie of the Year Henry Boucha (a full-blooded Ojibwa Chippewa) helped found a hockey camp in Wasilla whose goal is to expose Alaskans from all walks of life to the game of hockey.
O’Ree said Friday that the idea behind the camp is to get kids to understand that barriers between races and classes are meaningless out on the ice.
“There’s just one common goal,” he said. “To play together and have fun.”

more

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Where Did It Go Wrong

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason at the Buffalo News,

Apparently, the Sabres didn’t agree that Briere’s 32 goals and 95 points last season made him worthy of a raise. It’s why they offered
him a five-year deal worth $25 million, hardly chump change for most of us but not even close to what they should have presented with a clear and honest assessment of the market.
Just so you know, Briere would have jumped on the $25 million offer had it been sent across the table on Jan. 1, the day the Sabres could officially negotiate with him, rather than 72 hours before today’s deadline. Reports had Drury being offered some $30 million over five years, yet another lowball effort that would have looked better months ago.
Even now, Drury could stomach making less than full market value if it meant keeping Briere because keeping Briere meant making the Sabres better.

read on

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