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Report- Leafs Place Two On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

According to Fan590 in Toronto, Andrew Raycroft and Kyle Wellwood have been placed on waivers.

added 12:59pm, from TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs took another step toward rebuilding on Tuesday, placing forward Kyle Wellwood and goaltender Andrew Raycroft on waivers.

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  Tags: andrew+raycroft, kyle+wellwood

Canes Sign Tuomo Ruutu

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Tuomo Ruutu (TOO-oh-moh ROO-too) on a one-year contract. Ruutu will be paid $2.25 million during the 2008-09 season.

“We are happy he’ll be back with our team and we hope that he can stay healthy and return to the 20-goal plateau that he reached during his rookie season,” said Rutherford.

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  Tags: tuomo+ruutu

Stoll’s Uncertain Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Robert Tychkowski in the Edmonton Sun, these words from Edmonton Oiler, Jarret Stoll:

“It would be nice to know for sure, one way or another, what’s going to happen,” said the 26-year-old centre, who made it through the draft without being dealt but knows there’s still a long way to go between now and when the Oilers open camp in September.

“You hope a team wants you. If it’s Edmonton, that’s great, that’s what I want. But if it’s not, then you move on.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen and that’s kind of the thing that, if anything, bothers me. Not knowing. It can be a little nerve-racking.”

read on

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Official- Melrose Coach Of The Tampa Bay Lightning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tampa Bay Lightning,

Barry Melrose has been named thesixth head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, it was announced by owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie.

“We are very pleased that Barry signed on to become the next head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning,” Barrie and Koules said in a joint statement. “We believe Barry offers just what this team needs and it starts with his ability to get all 20 players pushing in the same direction and playing at 100 percent night-in, night out. We like his enthusiasm and passion for the game and we know the fans of Tampa Bay will take a liking to him.”


thanks to a KK reader for the pointer!

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A Look At Koules

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Henderson of the Tampa Tribune,

He already has gotten in trouble with the NHL for talking too much, which is a major plus. Outgoing owner Bill Davidson (we think that was his name) did neither of those things - get in trouble, or talk. Or show up here, for that matter.

Koules also has a sense of what people want to hear.

He promises fun at the Forum.

He promises action.

He promises the team won’t move to Vegas, Kansas City, or anywhere else.

All of that - the look, the promises, the cool - are good things. Koules clearly is a hockey guy, too.


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  Tags: oren+koules

The Early Odds

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Spread,

So which team do oddsmakers like to win the Stanley Cup in 2009? Well not surprisingly, the Detroit Red Wings. The Wings are listed as 5-1 favorites to repeat as champions next year, while their 2008 Stanley Cup foe, the Pittsburgh Penguins, are listed as 6-1 favorites.

read on for the odds for every NHL team…

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Roberts Moving On

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from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Rick Curran, who represents Roberts—a veritable folk hero in his season-plus with the Penguins—said yesterday that Roberts will continue playing, but not in Pittsburgh.

“He very much enjoyed his time there,” Curran said. “But he understands that Ray [Shero, the Penguins’ general manager] has a number of items on his agenda that would take priority.”

read on

added 7:59am, from Empty Netters,

We can’t recall any player in Penguins history or even Pittsburgh sports history quite like Gary Roberts. We don’t remember fans falling in love so deeply with a player in such a short period of time. Sure people adored Mario Lemieux or Sidney Crosby right off the bat but that was because they were proclaimed saviors of the franchise in one way or another.

continued with numerous videos…

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  Tags: gary+roberts

Brad Stuart May Have A Shoulder Problem

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

But a deal with Brad Stuart, another potential unrestricted free-agent defenseman, might not get done until close to the July 1 deadline—if it gets done at all—and now there’s another hang-up.

Stuart will get his shoulder examined Wednesday after complaining of recent soreness.

General manager Ken Holland said Stuart only recently began having problems with the shoulder, and it wasn’t an issue during the playoffs.

“It’s something that came out of the blue,” Holland said.

more on possible signings for the Wings…

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  Tags: brad+stuart

The Other Ovechkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Harlan Goode of the Washington Times,

He stands just outside the entrance to Verizon Center, Marlboro in one hand, iPhone in the other. He stares straight ahead, exchanging brief glances with passers-by.

Do they recognize him? Do they see the similarity - the wide face, the way his eyebrows run together? Do they know that this short, soft-bellied man with the tousled hair and the 5 o’clock shadow is but a few strands of DNA removedfrom the greatest hockey player on the planet?...

“Time to go,” Mikhail Ovechkin says through a thick Russian accent. “Game starts soon.”

He walks back into the arena’s atrium, where giant posters proclaim his younger sibling a hero.

read on

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  Tags: mikhail+ovechkin

Sakic Delays Decision

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Joe Sakic has further extended the time he needs to decide whether to return to the Avalanche — and it could hamper the team’s free-agency spending plans.

Sakic “definitely will not decide by July 1,” Avalanche vice president Jean Martineau said Monday night. That is the date when NHL players can become free agents.

The Avalanche is maintaining public support for Sakic, but his indecision could hamstring the team and take it out as a possible player in the free-agent market.


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  Tags: joe+sakic

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