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Blues Re-Sign McClement, 1 Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

St. Louis Blues’ President John Davidson announced today the club has re-signed center Jay McClement to a one-year deal. 

“We are excited to have Jay in our core group of young players,” said Davidson.  “He will provide some stability and experience on the penalty kill and we are expecting his offensive numbers to improve with the more ice-time he gets.”

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  Tags: jay+mcclement, john+davidson

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Forget that the people who run Ufa don’t seem to have any regard for the sanctity of a contract, they don’t seem to have a very good grasp on hockey talent, either. In Radulov, they had a player who was disgruntled with his contract and his playing situation and wanted to return home, yet Ufa decided to give him $4.33 million a year for the next three seasons.

Who do these guys think they are, the Toronto Maple Leafs?

-Ken Campbell of the Hockey News and more on Radulov...

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  Tags: alexander+radulov

Stars Extend Tippett

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Dallas Stars,

The Stars announced on Monday that the club has signed Head Coach Dave Tippett to a two-year contract extension through the 2010-11 season. Tippett’s was signed to a one-year contract extension through the 2008-09 season in December.

Recently finishing his sixth year with the club, Tippett has a cumulative record of 235-127-48, the best record of any active coach in the NHL. He has guided the Stars to the playoffs in every season at the helm. He was named as the 19th head coach in Stars franchise history on May 21, 2002.

“Dave Tippett has done an exceptional job as head coach of this hockey club,” said Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “We are looking forward to getting back to work in preparation for the 2008-09 season.”


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Research: Zero Boats Named After Pens This Summer

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Many of you, 19 at last count, have latched on to the idea of helping me name my boat.  Your responses have been heartwarming.  I’ve located a nifty device that should help us in this very serious endeavor.

If you go here, you can test the name out on a boat that actually looks a bit like mine.

Me? I decided to give a little back to our friends at Pensblog.

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Columbus Signs MacDonald and MacKenzie

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed free agent left wing Craig MacDonald to a one-year contract and re-signed center Derek MacKenzie to a two-year contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Both are two-way NHL-American Hockey League contracts and keeping with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

MacDonald, 31, registered two goals and nine assists for 11 points and 16 penalty minutes in 65 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season, setting career highs in assists, points and games played. He was nominated for the Bill Masterton Trophy, awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

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  Tags: craig+macdonald, scott+howson

10 Reasons to Look Forward to the 2008-09 Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Brophy at The Hockey News,

• Can Sidney Crosby wrestle away the scoring title and MVP award from Alex Ovechkin? Sid the Kid was making his move up the scoring charts this season when he suffered a high ankle sprain that ultimately shelved him 29 games. Still, he came back and led his team to the Stanley Cup final.

• Will Chris Chelios play again? Truth is, I hope he does. Although he was a healthy scratch during the final, the 46-year-old Chelios can still be a fine No. 5 defender on the defending champs. I’d love to see him hit his goal of playing until he’s 50.

read on for eight more reasons

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Emery in the Hot Seat on OTR

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN, some must-see TV tonight:

For the first time since the end of the Ottawa Senators’ season, Ray Emery will face the media, as he sits down for a one-on-one in-depth interview with TSN’s Michael Landsberg, airing tonight on Off The Record (OTR) at 6 p.m. ET.

The interview, a special extended two-part Up Front segment, also marks the first time the controversial goaltender has spoken publicly since being bought out by his former NHL club and joining the new Russian Continental Hockey League.

The show can be watched live on TSN in Canada, or on video which will be provided online here after the show has concluded.

added 7:13pm (Paul), Here is the direct link to watch Emery on OTR…

Update 8:09pm ET (alanah): Waiting for Stanley breaks down the high points of the interview.

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  Tags: ray+emery, tsn

Coming This Summer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lyle Richardson at the Hockey News,

Kings fans have grown restless about their club’s inactivity thus far in the off-season, but there’s plenty of time for GM Dean Lombardi to make some moves.

That being said, Lombardi has suggested he’s not about to pursue any expensive signings this summer, preferring instead to build with young, affordable talent.

Internet-based rumors have suggested Lombardi is interested in Chicago Blackhawks netminder Nikolai Khabibulin, whose $6.75 million contract would certainly push the Kings closer to the minimum, but those sources also predicted former Ottawa Senators goalie Ray Emery would be in a Kings uniform.

more NHL talk like the above…

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Ted Nolan Is Gone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

The two-year marriage of inconvenience between Islanders general manager Garth Snow and coach Ted Nolan ended Monday. Irreconcilable differences over the direction of the franchise led to a mutual decision by Snow and Nolan, who met earlier Monday morning at Nassau Coliseum, to part ways.


added 1:05pm, More on this at the Islanders website.


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  Tags: ted+nolan

Bolts Extend Mike Smith

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TampaBay 10,

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Mike Smith to a two-year contact extension today, owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie announced.

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