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Best B.C. Born Hockey Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Salmon Arm Observer,

And while I’m on the subject of Mr. Niedermayer, who hails from Cranbrook and is likely to retire, I’ll go out on a limb right now and declare him the best B.C.-born hockey player ever.
I know that list includes the likes of Steve Yzerman, Joe Sakic, Cam Neely and many, many others, but I believe his resumé matches up against any of those other players and his skills make him a unique and special player.
I also include the fact he excelled in that stifling, albeit successful, system in New Jersey for so many years. It was not the ideal place for an offensive defenceman but he made it work. Imagine if he was with Detroit during those same years. His numbers would be scary.

Any comments?

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Dominik Hasek Re-Signs in Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ted Kulfan at the Detroit News,

The Red Wings have signed goalie Dominik Hasek to a one-year contract.
Hasek, 42, told the team back in mid-June he would be returning for one more season, beginning several weeks of contract negotiations between Wings general manager Ken Holland and Hasek’s agent Ritch Winter.
Terms of the contract weren’t immediately released, although it’s expected Hasek will earn a base salary slightly over $2 million with bonuses.

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added 9:49pm
, from Ansar Khan at Mlive, ...it’s in the $2 million range with a bonus structure valued at another $2 million, based on team playoff success.

added 10:13pm, from the Detroit Free Press,

“It appears I’ve got a deal,” Holland said.
Holland said he expected to wrap things up Friday morning with Hasek’s agent, Ritch Winter.
“I haven’t talked to Dom, and he hasn’t signed it,” Holland said. “My expectation is we’re either done or we’re very close.”

 

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Sabres Announce Deals with Peters, Ryan & Thibault

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms with forwards Andrew Peters (two-year deal), Michael Ryan (one-year deal) and Unrestricted Free Agent goaltender Jocelyn Thibault (one-year deal) . The terms of each contract were not disclosed.

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Comrie To Long Island

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Islanders,

On the heels of adding four-time NHL Star-Bill Guerin, the Islanders have signed center MIKE COMRIE to a one-year contract. The 26-year old Comrie had 20 goals and 25 assists for 45 points in 65 games last season with Phoenix and Ottawa. In the Senators’ run to the Stanley Cup Final in June, the Edmonton native had four goals and two assists in 20 games.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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