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Plans For July 1st- UFA Signing Starts

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With the UFA signing period kicking off at noon EDT on Sunday, July 1st, we just wanted to let you know we will be around to announce signings and all the talk that goes with this time period.
Although KK is very active during the weekday, it should be interesting to see the traffic stats for the weekend.
KK members, don’t forget to use the KK Forum for any breaking news.  We receive notification of any post there and will follow up if need be.

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Yashin Wants To Help A Team Win The Cup

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from the Staten Island Advance,

“I want to help a team be better and win a Stanley Cup,” said Yashin last night in Charleston at a youth hockey clinic operated by old friend and countryman Alexei Kasatonov. “It’s been one of my dreams; that hasn’t changed since I first started playing hockey.”...
“I’m going to prepare for the upcoming season like I have in past years,” said Yashin, who said he hasn’t been contacted yet by another NHL team, though Internet rumors list Detroit and Minnesota as possible suitors. “We’ll see after July 1 (when the free-agency signing period begins). I’m looking forward to the future.”


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Ortmeyer May Be Out Of Rangers Plans

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from the Record,

Tom Renney said Wednesday during the team’s Prospect Development Camp that while he understands the business could force Ortmeyer to sign elsewhere, he’s not ruling him out of his plans just yet.
“I’ll consider him a New York Ranger until he signs somewhere else,” Renney said of Ortmeyer, who played in 50 games, including 9-of-10 in the postseason, after sitting out the first 41 regular-season games while recovering from a pulmonary embolism.
Brendan Shanahan, though, is an unrestricted free agent who figures into the Rangers’ plans. Shanahan, who last year played on a one-year, $4 million contract and turns 39 in January, has said that he intends to return for a 20th NHL season and wants it to be with the Rangers.
“If he’s going to play hockey this year, there isn’t much doubt in anyone’s mind that he wants to play for the New York Rangers,” said Rick Curran, Shanahan’s agent.

more on the Rangers…

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Negotiations Begin In Buffalo

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from News Wire Services via the Buffalo News,

A television station reported Wednesday night that the Buffalo Sabres have begun negotiations with co-captains Daniel Briere and Chris Drury, both of whom are due to become unrestricted free agents at 12:01 p.m. on Sunday.
The Sabres made Briere an offer late Wednesday evening, Buffalo’s WGRZ-TV reported. It’s not clear what the offer is for a player seeking a minimum four-year deal, and expected to command a $6 million-a-year salary.
Briere finished 10th in the NHL with a career-high 95 points (32 goals, 63 assists).
Briere’s agent Pat Brisson declined comment.


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Chris Pronger Day

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from the Chronicle Journal,

Eventually real life – consisting of being one of the NHL‘s biggest names and a new Stanley Cup champion – resumed and enveloped this Northwestern Ontario town on Wednesday as Pronger made a public appearance alongside hockey‘s Holy Grail that culminated with a parade and a photo session involving over 2,000 people at the Dryden Memorial Arena.


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Kansas City Back In The Picture

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from Theresa Tedesco And Matthew Sekeres of the National Post,

According to sources familiar with the events, Craig Leipold, owner of the Predators, informed Mr. Balsillie late Monday—less than a week before their deal was to close on June 30—that he has decided to walk away from the US$238-million offer announced last month. Instead, he plans to pursue a less lucrative bid from California businessman William “Boots” DelBiaggio. It is widely expected that Mr. DelBiaggio will relocate the Predators to Kansas City once Nashville’s lease at the Sommet Center arena expires.

read on

added 10:41am, from the Globe and Mail,

A source familiar with the negotiations confirmed that Predators owner Craig Leopold has told Balsillie’s lawyers that he is considering a bid from William “Boots” Del Biaggio, unless Balsillie meets new conditions.
Mr. Del Biaggio is reported to have offered less than $190-million (US) for the team, compared to Mr. Balsillie’s $240-million offer.

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Ranger Plans Include Gomez & Drury

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Indeed, unless there is a dramatic change in the stances of both parties within the next 48 to 72 hours - there have been no contract offers or requests exchanged - No. 92(Nylander) will go on the open market and the Rangers will plunge into the free-agent pool without either a first- or second-line center on the roster.
Sources have told The Post that under these circumstances, the Blueshirts intend to target both Scott Gomez and Chris Drury to fill the looming holes in the middle. Though both are expected to receive larger offers elsewhere - Gomez from the Kings, Oilers and Flyers; Drury from the Kings and Sharks, with the Avalanche also in play - both have expressed serious interest in coming to Broadway.

read on

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Who Gets In The HHOF Today

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from Terry Frei at ESPN,

There are at least seven men eligible this time around, most of them for the first time, who belong in the Hall and will get the call someday.
The toughest question isn’t always whom do you leave out. This year, it certainly is.
My four-man class would be Glenn Anderson, Ron Francis, Igor Larionov and Mark Messier.
The group represents two no-brainer picks; one acknowledgment that the shrine in lower level of the Toronto office and shopping complex is the Hockey Hall of Fame and not the NHL Hall of Fame; and one long-overdue choice.
The toughest omissions would be Scott Stevens and Al MacInnis, and there are reasonable arguments, whether for this year’s or subsequent classes, to be made for Pavel Bure, Adam Oates, Dino Ciccarelli, Phil Housley, Doug Gilmour, and Claude Lemieux. And maybe even Tom Barrasso, whose cactus-needle demeanor shouldn’t be allowed to diminish his accomplishments.


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Islanders May Offer Smyth 7-8 Year Contract

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

As of Saturday, the New York Islanders depth chart didn’t have Jason Blake’s name on it. However, Ryan Smyth’s name was there in big bold letters.
There is a strong sense the Islanders are about to hit the 31-year-old with an offer he may not be able to refuse.
Speculation suggests the Isles are preparing an offer above $6-million per year over a 7 - 8 year term.


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Blues Offer Contract to Keith Tkachuk

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeremy Rutherford at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues have offered veteran center Keith Tkachuk a two-year contract worth $3.5 million per season, a source has told the Post-Dispatch.
The club will now wait for a decision from Tkachuk, who spent six seasons with the Blues prior to being traded to Atlanta last February.
On Tuesday, the Blues made a deal with the Thrashers to acquire Tkachuk’s rights. The club has the power to negotiate exclusively with the 35-year-old unrestricted agent until Sunday, when the NHL free-agency period opens.


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