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Canes Appear To Be Set

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

The trade that brought Matt Cullen back to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday also may have wrapped up the team’s offseason business with less than two months left before training camp.
Cullen’s arrival completed Carolina’s lineup at forward, with 13 players under contract, and Andrew Hutchinson’s departure leaves the Hurricanes with seven defensemen under contract, a number Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford considers acceptable.

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“Garcia had long hair and makeup and was wearing an Avalanche jersey…”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

My only concern is that it’s early in the morning and I may not be prepared to give this story the treatment it deserves.  I’m going to try, but I have to tell you that I’m a little nervous right now.  Tooling around the Wing blogs and I just be-bopped over to Behind the Jersey.  What do I find?  A frigging goldmine.  Gather the kids.  Warm the milk.  Find that John Denver cd you keep handy for special occasions and pop it in.  Because we have, that’s right, fun for the whole family.

It seems that I was born to write these two sentences:  a cross-dressing male prostitute was arrested yesterday in Denver.  According to various reports uncovered by Deadspin, Police described Darren Garcia as being 27, having long hair, significant amounts of makeup and wearing…

...a Colorado Avalanche jersey.

Thank you god.

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Fischler: For Devils, Losing Rafalski Was Addition By Subtraction

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

At least one New York-based writer is thinking Ken Holland overpaid for Brian Rafalski.

I know one Devils season ticket holder who told me straight out that she wouldn’t be back next season if Rafalski was still wearing a New Jersey uniform. I know another regular at Devils’ games who liked to kid that Brian had a day job as a baker; “He specialized in turnovers.” Personally I was a Rafalski fan but only at a reasonable price. Rachunek is 27 and is getting paid $1.4 million. Rafalski is going to be 34 in September; he’s getting $6 million a year. Who’s nuts? Not Lou.

More from Stan Fischler.

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NHLPA Starting To Heat Up Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Some NHL players, including those who are now running the NHL Players’ Association, are supportive of Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie’s plans to put a team in Hamilton and unhappy with the league’s apparent unwillingness to back Balsillie’s bid.
The divide is shaping up as the latest indication that paint is peeling on the so-called partnership struck between the players and the league, codified in the collective agreement that ended the 2004-05 lockout.

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The Fireman Returns

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at his Fox Sports,

This is the time of year when wild trade rumors abound, as some hockey-starved fans seize on the latest Internet gossip they’d ordinarily dismiss during the regular season.
One doozy making the rounds since late June has the Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils planning a blockbuster deal that would ship center Brendan Morrison, defenseman Mattias Ohlund and prospect goalie Cory Schneider to the Devils for winger Patrik Elias.

continued and watch Spector put out some “trade” fires started by folks who think they are fooling people…

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Boogaard signs With Minnesota

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Minnesota Wild,

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed left wing Derek Boogaard to a multi-year contract.
“Derek’s development is a testament to his dedication, discipline and the emphasis he places on team above individual,” said Risebrough.  “Through his style of play and his personality he has made himself a valued player and person in the organization.”

added 7:22pm, via the Star Tribune,

The Wild signed left wing Derek Boogaard to a three-year, $2.63 million contract Wednesday, avoiding an arbitration hearing that was scheduled for Monday.

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Katz Still Trying To Buy Oilers

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from Ryan Rishaug at TSN,

There very well could be a change of ownership on the horizon for the Edmonton Oilers. Sources tell TSN that local billionaire Daryl Katz has submitted an offer to buy the franchise outright from the Edmonton Investors Group.
The exact dollar value of the offer is unknown, but this isn’t the first time Katz has taken a run at getting in. Earlier this year on 2 occasions he approached the board of directors with preliminary offers to buy shares in the team and both times he was steered aside. But apparently this time, Katz has bypassed the board of directors and gone straight to the shareholders with the offer to buy the whole thing.

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added 6:41pm, from Dan Barnes at the Edmonton Journal,

It’s a month old and Oiler owners still consider it an informal bid, but
Edmonton billionaire Daryl Katz’s offer to purchase the team now stands at $150 million Cdn, an increase of $5 million on his original gambit.
The Edmonton Investors Group, which owns the National Hockey League franchise, have discussed Katz’s proposal but will not respond to it until they believe it constitutes a formal offer to purchase.

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Settle Down Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Geez, I leave the computer for an hour and have about 30 emails asking me about this from Dwayne…

According to a source, the Preds have entered into a letter of intent with a local group in Nashville to have the negotiation rights to buy the Preds…

Not true folks, could be down the road but not true at this time… One more things folks, you won’t find that written on his blog, because he deleted it.  No, I can’t believe that…ha!

added 5:26pm, from the Tennessean,

The result of today’s meeting is that Nashville has the opportunity to move very quickly to retain the Predators and to do so under local ownership,” said David Freeman, chief executive officer of 36 Venture Capital LLC and one of the coalition leaders.
“While we have not yet signed a purchase agreement, our discussions were very encouraging for Nashville if we can move quickly and decisively to ensure the club’s long-term financial stability.”

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Predators Sign Fiddler

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The Nashville Predators avoided salary arbitration with Vern Fiddler on Wednesday, signing the forward to a US$1.7-million, two-year contract.

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Who’s the Mystery Player?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Inquiring Minds at Kukla’s Korner ask: Is it Bill Ranford?
That was Paul’s best guess based on these clues, and I’d have to agree.

From CBC,

Thieves in New Westminster made away with a bounty of valuable and distinct watches that belong to a retired NHL player.
Police say the player wishes to remain anonymous but is urging local pawn shops to look out for the sentimental items. These include a silver TAG watch with the inscription “Once an Oiler, Always an Oiler,” and a gold face watch with the Stanley Cup and Edmonton Oiler’s logo.
They also made away with a Chicago All-Stars watch, a pair of world Championship watches - one from 1993 and one from 1994-two NHL Players Association watches and a Canada Cup time piece.
The player’s name is not inscribed on any of the watches.

Whoever it is, it’s a terrible loss of some very treasured momentos.

added 7:26pm, from the Edmonton Journal,

Former Oilers goalie Bill Ranford was at a neighbourhood watch party when someone broke into his home and stole his collection of hockey watches.
Ranford, who lives in the posh Queen’s Park area of New Westminster, B.C., discovered the theft after the July 2 party.

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