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A New President For The Buffalo Sabres

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 27, 2015) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced Russ Brandon will become President and Alternate Governor of the Buffalo Sabres effective immediately while continuing as Managing Partner/President of the Buffalo Bills. Brandon will oversee all aspects of the business operations for both the Sabres and Bills organizations and report directly to Terry and Kim Pegula. Former team President Ted Black has mutually agreed to part ways from the organization.

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Red Wings to host Hockeyfest at the Joe on September 13th

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

FYI, from the Red Wings:

… Autographs, Interactive Games & Locker Room Tours Highlight Fun-Filled Event Scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13 at Joe Louis Arena …

DETROIT – The Red Wings today announced that tickets for the 2015 HockeyFest at Joe Louis Arena set for Sunday, Sept. 13 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) will go on sale Thursday, July 30 at 10:00 a.m. This year’s HockeyFest, presented by Coke Zero and Meijer, features an unforgettable day of hockey-related activities, including a chance to meet current players and Red Wings Alumni. General admission adult tickets for this family-friendly event are priced at $20 apiece, while kids tickets (12 & under) are available for $10 each.

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Colin Wilson Signs A Four-Year Contract With The Nashville Predators

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Nashville, Tenn. (July 27, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has signed restricted free agent Colin Wilson to a four-year, $15.75 million contract. Wilson will be paid $3.75 million in 2015-16, then $4 million in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 for an average annual value of $3.9375 million.

Wilson, 25 (10/20/89), set career highs in goals (20) and points (42), while tying a personal best in assists (22) in 2014-15. The Greenwich, Conn., native also led the team and set a career high in plus/minus rating (+19), and tied a career high and ranked third on the Predators in game-winning goals (5). During the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the 6-1, 216-pounder set franchise records for goals (5) and power-play goals (4) in a playoff series during the Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Chicago. In 368 career NHL contests since 2009-10, Wilson has 178 points (77g-101a).

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Agreement Reached Between Derek Stepan And The New York Rangers

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added 10:00am,



New York Rangers release is below...

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Derek Stepan Goes To Arbitration Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

So it’s going to come down to the wire with Derek Stepan and the Rangers, as the first-line center had not yet reached a contract agreement as of Sunday evening and his arbitration hearing is set for Monday in Toronto.

The Post has learned the 25-year-old restricted free agent is going into the hearing asking for $7.25 million and the club is offering $5.2 million, both on a one-year deal. With the independent arbiter able to pick any value of his choosing — a different process than the “pick-one” used in other sports — that would leave the middle ground of $6.225 million, a seemingly reasonable evaluation. The one-year deal and manageable salary would also make Stepan easy to trade if the Rangers find themselves as sellers come the deadline.

The team is pressed up near the $71.4 million ceiling of the salary cap, with 21 players signed and about $7.35 million remaining without Stepan.


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‘Roughly Translated’: Nicklas Lidstrom discusses entry into world of finance, more with Expressen

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Nicklas Lidstrom spoke with Expressen's Linus Sunnervik about his decision to join a financial asset management company recently (Lidstrom is already part of a real estate firm in Vasteras and helps out with his youngest son's youth team, and he scouts for the Wings as well, so he's very busy!). Here's a rough translation of his interview:

"Lidas" about the deaths: "The NHL could do more."

Bastad, Sweden. Despite all his great awards, Nicklas Lidstrom feels like a rookie again.

Sportexpressen met the 45-year-old for a conversation about his new life in the financial world, his similarities with partner Stefan Edberg, the deaths in the NHL--and a possible job with the Tre Kronor [Swedish National Team].

"It might come into my thoughts in a few years, but at the moment I don't feel up to it," says Lidstrom.

Tennis week in Bastad has been taken over by Swedish NHL players. At the beach, Hampus Lindholm, Gustav Nyquist and Andre Burakowsky are taking part in a volleyball game. On center court's honorary bleachers, Henrik Lundqvist's tennis games will follow.

And in the sponsor's stands, in the barn with the "pressure case," stands Nicklas Lidstrom.

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‘Roughly Translated’: Jurco discusses his new contract; Datsyuk visits soccer teams’ locker rooms

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Among foreign-language-Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. Tomas Jurco spoke with Sport.sme.sk's Marian Korbel about his new contract with Detroit (and what follows is very, very roughly translated)...

The Slovak hockey player was the last free agent on Detroit's team, and the team finally agreed on further cooperation. "Although the agreement didn't come until now, I wasn't nervous at all. I knew that the team was interested in my services, and that ultimately we'd sign a new contract," said the forward Tomas Jurco to Novy CAS, who will earn 1.65 million Euros over the course of two years. "Moreover I couldn't get much more, this is a maximum deal, so I'm happy. I have a one-way contract, meaning that the team won't send me to the farm and lower competition of the AHL," said the Kosice natigve who's played in 99 games with the Red Wings. In the new year he'll be wearing a Detroit jersey together with his compatriot Tomas Tatar. "We haven't spoken [to each other yet], but I'm glad I have a contract and now I can concentrate on summer training. I hope to fly to America in late August," added Jurco.

2. And both Sports.ru's Cyril Novokschenov and Sport-Express report that Pavel Datsyuk visited the locker rooms of the soccer teams Ural Yekaterinburg and Zeint St. Petersburg after the teams played in Yekaterinburg today, swapping jerseys/sweaters with Zenit's Oleg Shatov and "Hulk."

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Alex Chiasson Arbitration Ruling Has Been Made

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


Chiasson was asking for $2.475M while the team offered $1M.

added 7:31am, Ottawa press release is below...

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Can The Arizona Coyotes Afford To Move To Phoenix If Need Be?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Bickley of azcentral,

Robert Sarver believes in the future of basketball and soccer. He's not so certain about hockey in Arizona. His viewpoint will be very important in the coming years.

Don't get him wrong. He's not against the idea. The Suns majority owner says he'd have no problems sharing a multipurpose facility with the Coyotes somewhere down the road. But he's a very successful businessman who didn't get rich buying into pipe dreams, and there are some numbers you might not know.

Sarver says his Suns pay $23 million a year just to play at US Airways Center: $12 million in debt service, $8 million in arena management costs and $3 million in rent. A new arena capable of housing a NBA team and a NHL franchise starts at $500 million, and that's being conservative.

There will be contentious fighting over the levels of public subsidy, guaranteed. Sarver and his people have already studied that subject extensively, from construction tabs to political costs to emotional scars left behind. At the end of it all, it's going to take a partnership and a lot of upfront money to make any new stadium a reality.

After living under sweetheart terms in Glendale, can the Coyotes afford that kind of high-rent neighborhood?


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The Big-Spending Columbus Blue Jackets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets are the chic midsummer pick to leap the pack in the Eastern Conference. They ought to be. Expensive teams that are not the Philadelphia Flyers look good on paper, especially in July. And the Jackets are expensive.

The salary-cap ceiling for 2015-16 is $71.4 million. According to NHLnumbers.com, the Jackets have but $3.6 million in remaining cap space — and most of that is set aside as a “bonus cushion” (in case, say, Ryan Murray activates some bonus clauses in his entry-level contract).

In fact, the Jackets are one of the seven most expensive teams in the league. That might change as other teams fill out their rosters, but the bottom line is the Jackets’ bottom line. They are no longer a budget team. They have spent just about as much as any team can spend. We are not accustomed to this, not in our market.

So, Jackets fans ought to doff their cap to majority owner John P. McConnell. Whatever else one might say about the man, he has been willing to spend on talent. That is all one can ask of an owner. The rest is on management and on the players.


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