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Leafs Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

As for Toronto, last week an NHL GM told me that he figured his Leafs’ counterpart, Brian Burke, would have both Chris Neil and Travis Moen locked up within the first 24 hours of free agency – and that they would be two-thirds of Toronto’s third line next year. Let’s see if he turns out to be right.

read on for some Hossa/Edmonton thoughts. 

Regarding Hossa, Dreger reporting Chiccago showing interest but I wonder, why not just sign Havlat?

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Ohlund A Bolt

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Kevin Allen’s Twittter,

Tampa Bay signed Mattias Ohlund

added 12:19pm, via Tampa Bay Lightning official Twitter,

USA Today’s Kevin Allen is reporting the Lightning have signed defenseman Mattias Ohlund. No confirmation from the team.

added 12:22pm, Bob McKenzie of TSN confimed deal. 7yr deal $3.75M cap hit.

added 12:24pm, TSN link.

added 12:56pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Last year, the Tampa Bay Lightning were the stars of the opening day of the free-agent season – and ended up signing so many new players that they had ultimately had 18 forwards on one-way contracts by the time training camp opened.

This year, the Lightning were also first off the mark, signing ex-Canucks’ defenceman Mattias Ohlund to a new contract. The move was done strictly to help fellow Swede Victor Hedman, their 18-year-old first-round draft choice, adapt more easily to the NHL.


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  Tags: mattias+ohlund

Nolan Named VP of Operations In Rochester

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from ROCnow,

Ted Nolan is back with the Rochester Americans as the vice president of hockey operations.


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  Tags: ted+nolan

Here’s What We Do: Live Blogging A Day That Will Probably Be Uneventful For The Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And we can start with this biotch.

Not sure if Sportsnet is referring to last night’s rebuttal or if another has taken place this morning.  Kenny, you stubborn bastard you.

Marian Hossa has turned down yet another long-term deal to try his luck as a mercenary on the free agent market. The Red Wings were prepared to keep Hossa in Hockeytown for 10 years.

Anyway, it’s a Live Blog.  And we’ll even open it up to you Pens fans who want to take a break from peeking around the corner to see who’s going to steal your Cup.

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Sedin’s Re-Sign

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

After being drafted together in 1999, and playing their entire careers on the same club, the Sedin brothers Daniel and Henrik will continue that trend now in Vancouver.

The brothers have signed a pair of five-year contacts, averaging $6.1 million a season.

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  Tags: daniel+sedin, henrik+sedin

The Best Dman Available

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun or ESPN,

Now that Jay Bouwmeester is off the market, it’s nice to be Mike Komisarek, right?

For my money, he’s the best blueliner available, although more of a defensive banger than an offensive force like Bouwmeester.

“It certainly gives a little more clarity to the market place having him there [Bouwmeester sign in Calgary],” Komisarek’s agent, Matt Keator, told ESPN.com Wednesday morning. “But there’s still other good defensemen out there like [Mattias] Ohlund and others. So Mike isn’t the only one out there.”


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  Tags: mike+komisarek

Havlat Wants To Stay In Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Don’t assume Martin Havlat is going to hit the open market just yet.

Havlat’s agent, Allan Walsh, and Chicago GM Dale Tallon were hard at it first thing this morning, trying to see if there was some common ground between the skilled forward and the Blackhawks….

If the two sides can’t reach a deal, Havlat will be coveted by a number of teams looking to add an impact forward, teams like Montreal, which brought in skilled playmaking center Scott Gomez from New York on Tuesday.


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What Are You Doing Today?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

First off, Happy Canada Day for all the Canadian residents who visit KK.  I do hope you have a wonderful day and can kick back a bit and relax.

So, what are your plans for the day?  Have any of you taken the day off of work to keep track of all the signings that may happen today?  Or are you at work, maybe paying special attention to the web and have your right finger on the refresh button?

Don’t forget…  NEW YORK  – NHL Network in the U.S. will have six hours of live coverage to celebrate the opening of the NHL’s free agency period at Noon ET on July 1. The hockey experts from NHL Live! will get things started with two hours of news, analysis, interviews and viewer phone calls beginning at Noon ET. Next, NHL Network for U.S. viewers is presenting a live airing of TSN’s third annual NHL on TSN: Free Agent Frenzy special from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET. Hosted by James Duthie, the show features TSN’s team of reporters and correspondents providing news of the day’s transactions.

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Bouwmeester Arrives With A Decent Price Tag

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

Astonishing at it might seem, Sutter probably even underpaid.

In the hockey market, understand, Jay Bouwmeester’s a Picasso or a Rodin. These types of players don’t simply drop out of the sky and into your lap: A 25-year-old stud defenceman stuck in the bright and balmy, but still deadened hockey market of south Florida, who, you get the feeling, has yet to unearth the full might of his vast potential. A star who, in a nurturing environment, could be a super-duper-star.

Why, they’re rarer than photos of Darryl Sutter smiling.

The addition of Bouwmeester now provides the Flames with a Big Three—including Robyn Regehr and Dion Phaneuf—the envy of any organization around. This acquisition undoubtedly means adios to UFA Adrian Aucoin, and leaves the Flames’ blueline also manned by battle-scarred old warrior Cory Sarich and the handy Mark Giordano. If Sutter can get the young and improving Adam Pardy re-signed, it’s a very solid group.


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  Tags: jay+bouwmeester

If Only It Were That Easy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Headline today at Portage Online... Free Agency Draft Gets Underway Today

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