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Ducks Extend Carlyle

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from the Anaheim Ducks,

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed head coach Randy Carlyle to a one-year contract extension. He is now under contract with the Ducks through the end of the 2008-09 season.
“Randy has been the perfect fit for this organization with his hard-working, aggressive style,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Burke. “He has been a major factor in the success we’ve had the past two seasons.”

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Ducks Have All The Pieces In Place

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from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,

In order to win with consistency in these times, you must have a creative and smart GM (Brian Burke is as good as it gets), a hard, but fair coaching staff (Randy Carlyle and his staff of Dave Farrish and Newell Brown are all of that), and plenty of good young players (Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Dustin Penner, Travis Moen; you can add Bobby Ryan and Brendan Mikkelson to the mix).
It does not hurt that the Ducks also have top defensemen like Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermayer and Francois Beauchemin locked into contracts that make sense.
Maybe the San Jose Sharks or the Detroit Red Wings will be able to challenge them in the West, or maybe the Vancouver Canucks can add some more offense to push the Ducks, or perhaps the Calgary Flames can be more consistent.

more on a possible Ducks dynasty…

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Good Enough For Me Too

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

NORRIS TROPHY (Best Defenseman)
Nominees: Nicklas Lidstrom (Red Wings), Scott Niedermayer (Ducks), Chris Pronger (Ducks)
MY PICK: Lidstrom. Niedermayer and Pronger would’ve been great even if they didn’t play on the same team, but each certainly helped the other this season. Lidstrom, has no comparable teammate, yet still scored 62 points and led all blueliners with a plus-40 rating. That’s good enough for me.

check out Adam’s other picks for the hardware, and yes, before you ask, the Awards Show is Thursday, not tonight…

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Konstantinov: 10 Years Later

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From John Niyo at the Detroit News,

A decade later, it’s still so difficult to separate the two, to recall the triumph without running into the tragedy. It was 10 years ago today that a celebration for the ages ground to a sickening halt in Hockeytown, only six days after it began when the Red Wings ended a 42-year championship drought by hoisting the Stanley Cup.
On June 13, 1997—a Friday the 13th, as fate would have it—a limousine crash that nearly killed defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov and team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov, and seriously injured teammate Slava Fetisov, turned a stretch of Woodward Avenue into a crime scene and sent an entire city into mourning.

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*thanks to Joe for the pointer

added 2:15pm, Joe Pelletier just sent me a link to a Wings 1998 Tribute Video to Vladimir and Sergei.- Paul

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New Jersey Devils Sign 3 Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

The New Jersey Devils signed defenceman Andy Greene, prospect Matthew Corrente and European veteran Jari Viuhkola on Wednesday.
Greene recently completed his first professional season. The 24-year-old split his time between AHL Lowell and New Jersey, making his NHL debut on Jan. 12. He had one goal and five assists for six points in 23 games for the Devils.

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Bryan Allen Signs 5 year Deal with Panthers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From George Richards at the Miami Herald,

The Panthers announced Wednesday morning that they signed defenseman Bryan Allen to a five-year contract.
Allen, acquired last June as part of the Roberto Luongo trade with Vancouver, had a very solid season in 2006-07. Allen, who played in all 82 games, tied a career high in points (25) and had a career high 21 assists.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed; Allen made $1.55 million last season. Had he not resigned, Allen would have been a restricted free agent on July 1 and could have become an unrestricted free agent after next season.

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A Few Appointments Today

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I am heading out the door and should be back at the Kompound by 3pm.
Alanah will be updating today as need be and remember, KK members can always use the KK Forum to keep other readers aware of any hockey news.

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The Blog Box

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from the New York Islanders,

Introducing the NYI BLOG BOX, the first of its kind among pro teams in the New York area.
The Islanders are challenging their fans with a passion for writing to start their own Islanders blog. Fans with existing Islanders blogs are welcome, too.
But here’s the kicker: all chosen bloggers will be given the opportunity to cover select home games and practices with special media accommodations.
We’re setting up a BLOG BOX in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – sort of like a press box, but away from the scribes and broadcasters because we know you want to cheer, shout, have a pretzel and enjoy the game experience on your own terms.

read on and a great first step from the Islanders…

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How Sweet

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from People,

What do Southern belle Kellie Pickler and Canadian hockey player Jordin Tootoo have in common? Says Pickler: “We’re each other’s biggest fans.”
The former American Idol contestant, 20, and the Nashville Predators right wing, 24, met after they bought condos in the same Nashville complex, where Tootoo spotted Pickler and asked for her phone number.
Pickler tells PEOPLE they were friends at first, but the relationship had turned romantic by spring.

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Blue Jackets Looking At Howson Closely

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets have not yet made a contract offer to Scott Howson, who seems to be the favorite to become the club’s new general manager.
Howson, the Edmonton Oilers’ assistant general manager, last spoke to the Blue Jackets on Friday, when he flew to Columbus and had a day’s worth of interviews with club president Mike Priest and majority owner John H. McConnell.
The Blue Jackets spent the past two days taking a hard look into Howson’s past and checking his references.

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