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All Daryl Reaugh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Hunt of FOXSportsSouthwest,

Do you see the Stars’ sale getting done before the season?

Reaugh: Well, you think about it. Everybody that says well, we’re just going to concentrate on what we concentrate on is lying because it affects so many things. It affects how much money gets spent in a lot of areas. There is a ton of uncertainty and a sense that you’re semi in limbo. Yet at the same time, if you look at what the Rangers have been able to do with it sort of hanging over their head, it gives belief to everybody, especially the people involved with the Stars that it can be business as normal and you’ve got to overcome maybe some deficiencies in other areas. Best case scenario, we open the paper, the sale is done and there’s new ownership. You start marching forward with that leadership in that group….

What kind of impact do you think newcomer Adam Burish will have?

Reaugh: I always liked him when he was in Chicago. Every team I’ve ever been on or been associated with has to have a bit of a swagger to it and has to back that swagger up. He’s one of those individuals. He’s mouthy but he backs it up. He’s pretty intelligent with his mouthiness. He can play the game….

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Kovalchuk Ordeal Could Be Over Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Will the Ilya Kovalchuk saga finally come to an end today or will it move on to yet another stage?

The answer to that question is in the hands of system arbitrator Richard Bloch, who is due to issue his decision on Kovlachuk’s rejected contract by the end of business today.

The Devils signed Kovlachuk to a 17-year, $102 million contract three weeks ago, but the NHL rejected it the next day, contending that it circumvents the salary cap and the collective bargaining agreement, That started a process in which the NHL Players’ Association filed a grievance on Kovlachuk’s behalf two weeks ago and the sides squared off in a hearing last Wednesday and Thursday in Boston.

All that is left is for Bloch to rule whether the NHL was justified in rejecting the contract.

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Wings Welcome Back Chris Chelios.  First Order of Business? STFU

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Malik points us to Red Fisher this morning and it sounds like Chris Chelios will be taking a low-key approach to his new job as a Wing exec.

Montreal Gazette

“What I know for sure is that I’m going to work with some of the organization’s kids on defence,” Chelios was saying yesterday.  “More than anything, I’m going to do a lot of listening. That’s something new for me.”

Sound. Sensible. Short-lived.

... he admitted he’d “like to see some better work from Jimmy Howard in the playoffs.”

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Southeast Division Statistical Previews by Position: Forwards

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

As the new season approaches, I’ll be making an effort to preview the Southeast Division in a slow and steady, comprehensive manner. To kick things off, I thought I’d take a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. (In other words, for example, we’ll group Dustin Byfuglien’s 2009-10 statistics with Chicago alongside his new Atlanta Thrashers teammates and their performances from last year.)

In short, we’ll look at last year’s stats with this year’s rosters, both by division as a whole and by individual teams, broken down by position… Because a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come. (Often… Not always. See: Cheechoo, Jonathan.) And, besides, I don’t know that you’ll find a list like this in too many places (at least I hope you won’t… Cause that would mean I spent too much time on all of this!)

To get things started, we’ll start tonight with the forwards.

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Trading Kaberle is a Difficult Decision

Blog: KK Members Blog By KatsHockey

It’s a decision that deserves a lot careful assessment. At worst, it could potentially cost a Championship.

Amongst the fury to be rid of Czech native, Tomas Kaberle for potential booty - with the general perception that it’s the smart/right thing to do - trading him is fraught with a future hole that the Maple Leafs will have to pay for dearly at a later time.

If there’s a chance he could be retained and resigned, it’s an avenue that has to be examined.

The skills generating his value are unique and rare. Patience at the point , quarter back of the power play, silky smooth rushing ability with vision and creativity to lead the attack, while also capable of launching long-range passes up the middle for players streaking behind the defense, these are the same skills that a Championship club needs for success. That’s even with the softness in the Leafs zone.

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  Tags: beauchemin, gunnarsson, kaberle, schenn

It’s been a strange off-season, what caught you off-guard? I bet these four things are on your list.

Blog: KK Members Blog By The Upper Canadien

It’s August 8th, sunny and warm. But is hockey ever really that far off? Here are a few things I bet you didn’t expect to be the case this late in the summer of 2010:

1) Annti Niemi is a free agent: The fact he won the Stanley Cup was shocking enough, considering he was on few radars at the beginning of the 2009-2010 season. More shocking? His release from Chicago. Walking away from a $2.75 million arbitration ruling may have surprised the hockey world, but I have a feeling it will continue to reverberate with Niemi for years. Why? Well, look at his options.

Didn’t take long, did it? There’s Philadelphia, if they stray from Leighton and Boucher, and create some room (seems unlikely); there’s Washington, if they opt not to go with Varlamov (no word this is a possibility, so unlikely); there’s Montreal, if they can’t sign Carey Price (not going to happen; and then there’s Atlanta, the Chicago-East of the NHL, there’s the Islanders, and, well, that’s about it. 

So from Stanley Cup winner to, likely, a Thrasher or an Islander. That’s gotta hurt. Neither team has a shot at winning anything in the near future, and even these potential starting opportunities are questionable. Atlanta already has two goalies, with the newly signed Chris Mason as the starter, but given Rick Dudley’s penchant for adding former Blackhawks, Niemi has to be a possibility. As for the Islanders, Niemi’s chances rest with the health of one man, Rick DiPietro.

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Future Hall Of Famer Chris Chelios Retires

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

With the announcement that Chris Chelios has accepted a job in the Detroit Red Wings front office, comes his retirement announcement.  Chelios is a future Hall of Fame player and here is his career retrospective.

Chris Chelios was born on January 25th, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois.  His desire to be a professional hockey player was strong.  As a teenager, he went to Canada to play for the Moose Jaw Canucks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.  He spent two years in Saskatchewan before being drafted in the second round, 40th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1981.  Chelios scored 87 points in his final 54 game season from defence, but was seen as a big fish in a small pond and thus not drafted earlier.

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How Modano Chose the Red Wings

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Note To Khan(!): Don’t You Ever Try To Speak For My Willie

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s been too long since we last took a hard look at the hustling, hungry crew of Detroit beat writers and columnists.  I’ve been saving a few ditties and another just popped up.  Ready?  I know you are.

Just stop.  Stop it.  Ansar Khan(!), after all these years of only writing exactly what the Wings tell you to, doing little more than paraphrasing Uncle Mike and Tick Tock, don’t you go and try pretending that you have an opinion. 

MLive

And consider this, too: In Detroit, Mitchell would have no chance of cracking the top four (Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski, Brad Stuart, Niklas Kronwall) this season, barring an injury. Would he want to go somewhere knowing he’s cemented as the No. 5 or No. 6 defenseman and won’t get as much playing time? It’s doubtful.

Awww.  Well that’s just cute. 

 

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Expect A Big Year From Bogosian

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

No doubt that Drew Doughty, a Norris Trophy finalist, has established himself as the premier defenseman from the 2008 draft. But look for Zach Bogosian, picked right after Doughty, to make a significant jump this season under the watch of Craig Ramsay in Atlanta. The 6-foot-3-inch, 205-pound Bogosian (10-13—23 in 81 games last season, 21:24 average ice time) might even be more gifted physically than Doughty. The defensive-minded Ramsay was instrumental in the development of Dennis Wideman and Johnny Boychuk, among other Boston defensemen. Bogosian, the former Cushing Academy star, should thrive under Ramsay’s patient and player-friendly approach.

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