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Bobby Hull Takes A Shot At Tippett

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

He’s (Brett Hull) done a wonderful job and I knew that he wanted to be involved in putting a team together, but he had just been retired two years and all of a sudden he’s general manager in Dallas and doing a masterful job of putting his team into the third round. I think if they had maybe a little more astute coaching, they might have beat Detroit. I said before the playoffs started that it would be Pittsburgh and Dallas in the finals and I wasn’t far astray.

more from Bobby Hull in a Q & A at the the Daily Gleaner…

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Wayne’s Most Impressive Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ron MacLean has been doing a little blogging for the CBC Olympics site and since we are in “Gretzky mode” these days, I thought you might enjoy this…

Two stories owned the games in Salt Lake City in 2002. The figure skating judging scandal and the twin wins for Canada in hockey. My highlight was Wayne Gretzky’s outburst following a 3-3 tie with the Czech’s. Gretzky’s tirade lasted nearly 10 minutes. The top moments: “To a man, every one of our guys will say how great (Dominik) Hasek or (Mats) Sundin is. I don’t think we dislike the other countries nearly as much as they hate us….”

And more: “They want to see us lose. We’re the biggest story down here and they love it when we’re not doing well. Now they have two Canadian stories - the figure skating and the hockey team. It’s all a crock of bull. It turns my stomach to hear some of the things being said about us. No one wants us to win except the guys on this team and our fans, but we’re a proud team and we’re still standing…”

It’s by far the most impressive thing I’ve seen Wayne do.

more Olympics talk from Ron…

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Risebrough Plans To Meet With Gaborik

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Risebrough said he planned to call Gaborik this weekend to set up the meeting.

“I haven’t arranged it yet, but obviously I want to sit down with Marian while I’m over there,” Risebrough said Friday from his offseason home in Banff, Alberta. “I just want to make sure we’re on the same page.”

Gaborik will make $7.5 million in the final year of his contract this season. His average salary cap hit is $6.33 million.

The Wild plans to make an offer averaging in the $8.5 million cap-hit range. As of today, if Gaborik signed any contract averaging more than $7.8 million and less than $8.7 million, he would have the fourth-largest average contract in the NHL after superstars Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and right above Brad Richards and Vincent Lecavalier.

more

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Leafs Await McCabe’s List

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

The Toronto Maple Leafs are one step closer to getting rid of Bryan McCabe.

According to general manager Cliff Fletcher, the high-paid defenceman has “softened his stance” in regards to waiving his no-trade clause. With six weeks remaining until training camp opens, the Leafs are now waiting for McCabe to provide a list of teams he would be willing to play for next season.

“That’s controlled by Bryan,” Fletcher said. “I’m not going to start talking to teams until he tells me what teams he is willing to go to.”

continued

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Scratch Tortorella Off Islanders List

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

Former Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella, who was viewed by many as the most high-profile and possibly most high-priced candidate for the Islanders’ head-coaching vacancy, apparently is out of the mix. Money isn’t a major issue for Isles owner Charles Wang, but there always was a question whether Tortorella and a team committed to long-term development plan were the right fit for each other.

Islanders general manager Garth Snow is expected to sharply narrow his long list of candidates over the weekend and reach a decision on a successor to Ted Nolan early next week, an NHL source said. When contacted by Newsday, Tortorella politely declined to comment on his role in the Isles’ search process.

continued

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Why No Joe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

I knew some of you wouldn’t take it very well. But honestly, I was surprised by how many of you did.

“It’s about time someone recognized that Team Canada should steer clear of Joe Thornton,” wrote Ron Godin of Etobicoke, Ontario. “He’d be gangbusters against Latvia and France, but he lacks the heart and the will to compete against the Americans and Russians.”

That pretty much mirrors the thought process that went into the decision to leave Thornton off my proposed 2010 Team Canada lineup…

And while Yzerman was willing to play a checking role for the Canadians, he already was accustomed to that style of play after having his game reshaped in Detroit by Scotty Bowman. Remember, Yzerman won the Selke in 2000, so that was part of his game.

You can’t say that for Thornton. And it’s not that I think he’s incapable of checking. It’s just that Canada’s depth gives it more appealing options.

more

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Tampering Charges Still Alive

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dan Wood at Ducks Blog,

Just because we haven’t heard anything about it lately doesn’t mean that something couldn’t still come from the Ducks’ formal tampering charge against the Edmonton Oilers.

The NHL gave Edmonton until Friday to respond to the charge filed last month by Ducks general manager Brian Burke after comments made by then-Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe during a July 4 interview with Edmonton’s Team 1260 radio.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who is on vacation this week, is expected to have something to say on the matter after receiving and processing the Oilers’ response.

continued…

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  Tags: bill+daly, brian+burke, corey+perry, kevin+lowe

Report- Sabres Sign Numminen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via WGR 550,

WGR 550 has learned that the Sabres have signed veteran defenseman Teppo Numminen to a contract today. Numminen missed all but one game last season with a heart ailment. The 40-year old underwent successful heart surgery in September of 2007. Terms of the deal were not given.

Update 3:35pm ET: From the Buffalo Sabres, Numminen’s deal has been confirmed—

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Teppo Numminen to a one-year contract.

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NHL Endorses Fighting

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News,

Daniel Carcillo, Jared Boll and Zach Stortini are just a few tough guys who made names for themselves in the NHL last season and the war machine ain’t stopping anytime soon.

And do you know why?

Because the NHL endorses fighting.

Yup, you heard me, folks. And I have no problem with that. How does the league endorse fighting? It’s simple: The NHL tacitly approves of fisticuffs because players are not suspended or fined for them. Sure, you can get suspended or fined for fighting in the last five minutes of a game if you’ve been red-flagged as a “goon,” but that’s a pretty simple rule to get around: Send your message at the six-minute mark. It’s not rocket science.

read on

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  Tags: hockey+fights

All Ron Francis

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

NHL.com: What do you think is the greatest challenge for the NHL today?

RF: “Oh, well, I think the on-ice portion has made some great strides in opening up the game since the lockout season. I have always felt going way back that our League has the best players not only from North America, but from the world. To allow these guys to show off their talents and display what they can do on thin blades with the puck, and force other players in the League to emulate them and elevate their level will make our game better. I have never been a fan of allowing the other players to pull down the more skilled guys, and in the last few years the game has gotten faster and there are plays that people are just shaking their heads at.

On the other side, the challenge will always be keeping that financial balance. The players deserve to make a good living at what they do and the franchises and owners deserve to make money for their investment and risk.

much more

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