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Boyle Asked to Waive NTC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

Things all of a sudden seem to be moving fast with the Lightning and Dan Boyle as the Lightning defenseman confirmed the team has asked him to waive his no-trade clause.

“They have asked me to waive my no-trade clause,” Boyle said, “but that’s all I can say right now.”

It was unclear if the Lightning gave Boyle a destination.

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Update 2:11pm ET (alanah): Erik Erlendsson at his Tampa Tribune blog, notes this:

Here’s an indicator as to what the Lightning has in mind of what they fully intend to do with Dan Boyle. If you go to the Lightning homepage during the introduction of the new faces (and a couple of familiar ones), Boyle is not among those listed, which also includes Gary Roberts, Ryan Malone along with the likes of Vinny Lecavalier and Marty St. Louis. But no mention of Boyle.

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  Tags: dan+boyle

Penguins Sign Satan and Fedotenko

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

RDS (French) is reporting that both Miroslav Satan and Ruslan Fedotenko have been signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins—Satan for $3.5 million and Fedotenko for $2.25 million. 

Update 1:51pm ET: TSN confirms with the same details.

Update 2:38pm ET: Press release from the Penguins, re. Fedotenko, is below.

Update 3:15pm ET: Press release on Satan, also now added below.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: miroslav+satan, ruslan+fedotenko

Fleury Signs 7-Year, $35 Million Contract with Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

TSN:

Sources tell TSN Marc-Andre Fleury has signed a 7 year, 35 million dollar extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Update 3:39pm ET: Press release from the Penguins is below…

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  Tags: marc-andre+fleury

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Habs Inside/Out:

To a suggestion that the NHL might need another lockout to restore salary sanity, Gazette Travel Editor and Canadiens super fan David Walker quips:

“Yes, and this time they should lock out the general managers.”

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: free+agency

An Honest Mistake

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

By George James Malik
—of Snapshots at MLive

It was one of those 5 AM, running-on-no-sleep entries, where you’re actually surprised that nobody’s signed Marian Hossa at 3:30, so you go poking around the far corners of the internet, essentially shaking the tree to see if there are any nuts left.

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Filed in: NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: fedor+fedorov, media, sergei+fedorov

Leafs Trade with Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Toronto announced Thursday that the club has acquired forward Mikhail Grabovski from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for the rights to Greg Pateryn and a second-round draft pick in the 2010 draft.

“Mikhail had tremendous success at the most recent World Hockey Championships,” said Fletcher in a statement. “He has great upside and we will look for him to contribute for us right away at the centre position.”

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: greg+pateryn, mikhail+grabovski

Blackhawks Wisniewski to Undergo Knee Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

via press release from the Chicago Blackhawks:

James Wisniewski to Undergo Knee Surgery

The following statement was issued today by Chicago Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry of University of Chicago Medical Center:

“James reinjured his right knee while training for the upcoming season. He has torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and will undergo surgery this week. We anticipate full recovery and his return during the 2008-09 season.”

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: james+wisniewski

Teams With Money To Spend

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Mirtle,

By my count, half the NHL’s teams aren’t likely to buy significantly into the free agent market at this point — which has to be just a wee bit troubling for those still waiting and available. There are not enough homes, and there will be bargains to be had.

So, who will spend?

Vancouver: The Canucks are a “have” team in terms of cap space, with roughly $17-million to use and an owner willing to spend.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Thank You!

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Finally getting some time to catch a breath, we checked out the KK traffic stats for the last two days:

  • page views for July 1—1,472,578

  • page views for July 2—1,077,107

A huge thanks to our readers for their visits and comments, to the mainstream media and others who regularly send us tips to ensure we don’t miss anything, and to the many blogs and websites for their referrals. 

Some of those sites include: James Mirtle, The Pens Blog, Seth Rorabaugh at Empty Netters, WDFN in Detroit (and numerous other radio stations), Spector’s Hockey, Japers Rink, HF Boards, NHL.com, Lets Go Wings, NHL Live! on the NHL Network (loved that close-up of us on TV yesterday!), Gorilla Crouch... and so on.  (This list isn’t comprehensive—there are many others—but our appreciation is.)

Anyway, back to work.  Sooner or later someone’s gotta sign the rest of these guys, right? smile

Filed in: KK Website Business, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: free+agency, kk+website

Burke Does It Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Gotta love that Brian Burke. Just when you think the war of words between the Anaheim Ducks general manager and his Edmonton Oilers counterpart, Kevin Lowe, is dying down, Burke re-ignites the controversy by blaming the rise in player salaries among the NHL’s youngest players on Lowe. In an interview published by the Los Angeles Times, Burke said: “You go right now from entry-level to what used to be the third contract, thanks to two offer sheets from Kevin Lowe. Most managers don’t’ like starting fights with any other managers. Thanks to the Edmonton Oilers, the second contract has disappeared.”

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As Mike Brophy of the Hockey News said on Fan590 this morning about this topic, he basically stated, “getting a little tired of the Burke talk.”  I agree!

Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brian+burke

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