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My Guess? It’s Flippin’ Imminent

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1012 EST:  Email from Risto Pakarinen, blogger at NHL.com:  “Hasn’t signed yet, getting closer, likely to sign before fri hearing.”

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Tick Tock generally gets what he wants.  He’s greedy that way.  And so are we.  And right now?  What we’d like is news of a Filppula deal, hopefully one of a long-term variety.

But…the Diggers are disappointing us again.  So, just for fun, I thought I’d pick up the rotary and dial Wally’s agent.  Guy named Bill Zito of Acme Sports.

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Note To Caps Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bruce Boudreau will be a guest host tomorrow on The Morning Show from 6a-9a on Fan590 in Toronto. 

You can find the live stream here in case you want to listen in.

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Need A Smoke

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from PR.com,

The Mobile Cigar Lounge Co. introduces an innovative cigar solution to the no smoking laws. Retired NHL veterans Stan Neckar and Dave Andreychuk were frustrated with the strict no smoking laws and no where to enjoy cigars in style at social events. So they and a partner decided there has to be a better way and The Mobile Cigar Lounge company was born.

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Visit the Mobile Cigar Lounge

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  Tags: dave+andreychuk, stan+neckar

Van Ryn Feeling Healthy Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

The Panthers defenseman has endured four surgeries—three on his right wrist alone—as he has tried to regain the strength and power that fueled his slapshot and helped him become one of Florida’s top players at the position.

Van Ryn missed 62 games last season after having his second surgery on his right wrist in less than a year.

‘‘I feel awesome now,’’ said Van Ryn, who spent last week helping coach a youth camp in Coral Springs. ``I look at other guys around the league. It took [Edmonton Oilers defenseman] Sheldon Souray a while to get his right. It can be a difficult surgery. I’m just excited to play, try and contribute and help the Panthers win some games.’‘

read on including how Van Ryn feels about the trade rumors…

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  Tags: mike+van+ryn

Decision Time For Vermette & Senators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,

The Ottawa Senators and Antoine Vermette are one day away from having their differences over a new contract resolved for them.

Unless they come to an agreement on their own before tomorrow’s arbitration hearing in Toronto, they’ll present their arguments and then nervously wait for the arbitrator’s decision.

If the Senators don’t like the decison, they can exercise their right to “walk away,” but that would allow Vermette, 26, to become an unrestricted free agent. General manager Bryan Murray would be loath to lose such a young, promising player for nothing.

Vermette’s name has also been mentioned in a number of trade rumours, including swaps with Toronto (for Pavel Kubina), Vancouver (Ryan Kesler or Sami Salo), Chicago, Columbus and Florida.

read on

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  Tags: antoine+vermette

Where Could Parrish Land

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Russo’s Rants,

L.A.’s under the cap floor, but Terry Murray’s the coach now. Parrish played for him in Florida, so I’m sure it’ll be like, “been there, done that.”

However, Terry’s older bro, Bryan, is the GM in Ottawa, and Bryan traded for Parrish is Florida.

Maybe he goes back to the Islanders? He’s buddies with GM Garth Snow. Vancouver definitely needs offense and has plenty of cap room, so maybe he reunites with Pav. Atlanta and Phoenix are just above the cap floor.

more on Parrish and the Wild…

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How To Get Bouwmeester To Philly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

They’d have to start with a trade package of forwards Scottie Upshall ($1.225 million) and Steve Downie ($821,000). Downie played briefly under recently hired Panthers coach Peter DeBoer when both were with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario League.

The Panthers would need a defenseman as part of the package and the Flyers could free another $2.75 million of cap space by trading Randy Jones.

That would give the Flyers plenty of cap room to take on Bouwmeester, who almost certainly would negotiate a long-term extension that takes him well past unrestricted free agency next summer.

But the Panthers would need more for Bouwmeester than Upshall, Downie and an overpriced Jones. A deal maker would be James van Riemsdyk, the second player taken overall in last year’s draft who will play for the University of New Hampshire this season.

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The Del Biaggio Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brad Schrade of the Tennessean,

Two NHL owners who stood to gain if William J. “Boots” Del Biaggio III bought a stake in the Nashville Predators lent the California financier and the team a total of $27 million to help close the deal in December, according to court records, interviews and confidential internal documents obtained by The Tennessean.

The two lenders — sports and entertainment giant AEG, which owns the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, and then-Predators owner Craig Leipold — were in the inner circle of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. However, Bettman says he knew nothing about the loans to Del Biaggio at the time the Predators’ sale was finalized in December.

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Does Sundin Want To Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of the National Post,

Right now, Sundin is like a guy who has paid $29.95 for brunch, but has no room left after a single plate. He sits in Sweden, knowing he is healthy enough to still play, knowing that the Vancouver Canucks two-year, US$20-million offer is something he should snap up, knowing there is a buffet table there for the pillaging.

But there is just one problem. Sundin isn’t hungry anymore.

Judging by the effect a lack of hunger for the game has had on the games of great players like Niedermayer, Selanne and Forsberg, why would a semi-committed Sundin fare any better?

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Predators In The Process Of Signing Koistinen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Nashville Predators,

Predators defenseman Ville Koistinen was awarded a one-year contract at $700,000 as part of the NHL’s arbitration process. Koistinen’s arbitration case was heard by an independent arbitrator on Monday (July 28) in Toronto. Koistinen was a restricted free agent this summer and filed for arbitration prior to the July 5 player deadline.

With the award announced, the contract is in the process of being signed by both Koistinen and the Predators and should be finalized by NHL’s Central Scouting in the coming days.

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