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A New Four-Year Contract For Antoine Roussel In Dallas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Antoine Roussel on a four-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
 
Roussel, 24, concluded his second season with the Dallas Stars, earning career highs during the regular season in games played (81), goals (14), assists (15), points (29) and penalty minutes (209). The winger finished the 2013-14 campaign third in the NHL with 209 penalty minutes and was the only player in the League to record more than 25 points and 150 penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 200-pound forward made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut in 2014, posting three assists, four shots and 27 penalty minutes in six postseason contests.

 


 

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Carl Gunnarsson On Playing With The Blues

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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

In five NHL seasons, Gunnarsson has produced 15 goals, 86 points and a plus-minus rating of plus-15. In 2013-14, he played in a career-high 80 games and was a plus-13, despite the fact that Toronto ranked No. 26 in the league in goals-against per game (3.07).

“I try to do my best,” Gunnarsson said. “I’m more of a team guy than anything. If guys can play their game when they play next to me, that’s what I’m there for. I’m not a flashy guy who shows off any super skills or anything like that. I just try to come to work every day and make everyone else better — whatever is good for the team.”

The Blues have been searching for a lefthanded shooting defenseman to play with Kevin Shattenkirk and perhaps also take some of the load off Jay Bouwmeester by playing with Alex Pietrangelo.

“We’ll see how that works out during training camp,” Gunnarsson said. “I guess they have a plan with me, but whoever I play with, it’s going to be fun. Shattenkirk and Pietrangelo — two great D-men — if I play with any of those guys, it’s going to be a fun season.”...

Gunnarsson is not skating yet this offseason. After dealing with multiple issues in his left hip the past two seasons, he had surgery in late April to repair a labrum tear and help facilitate a condition which he’s had since birth.

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Fed Up In Denver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I’m getting more and more of these kinds of emails, just so Avalanche management knows:

Adrian:
I am a beyond huge Avs fan, and enjoy your articles on the team. This ongoing war (and sadly, mostly to the Avs fault that it is now a war) between O’Reilly and the team is sickening me, mostly because it was avoidable. Like you mentioned, the Avs could have taken care of this during the season, as they also could have done with Statsny, by signing him then.

There are two kinds of owners in professional sports: Those who are out to make a profit at all costs, or those who are trying to win a championship. Sadly, we clearly know which camp the Kroenke family is in. I can see owners who do not have deep pockets trying to save money because they do not have a lot to spend in the first place (i.e. Kansas City Royals, Buffalo Bills, etc.), but the Kroenke family has untold billions of dollars. Yet, they have this ridiculous cost-containment policy towards the Avs, and this will all but guarantee that they will not be winning a Stanley Cup anytime soon.

continued which includes a note from another fan with the opposite view...

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Not Much Has Changed In Toronto

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from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,

The Leafs are still willing to entertain discussion, but aside from a summertime free agent signing or two, the roster of players assembled now will very likely be the roster the team fields heading into training camp this fall.

“There’s still a couple little pieces there that we may have interest in,” Nonis said. “But we’ll see. There’s a few players where we’ve kicked the tires, and we’ll see if there’s a fit. But by and large, what we have right now is what we’re going to start with.”...

The Leafs still have two restricted free agents left to sign. Defenceman Jake Gardiner is one, and goaltender James Reimer — the one-time starter who had been hoping to move to a different team — is another.

There will be money left to spend beyond those two, which is why Nonis has been able to poke around the remainder bin of the unrestricted free agent market. Largely, though, the roster will look familiar to the one from last year, with most of the changes made to the blue line.

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Red Wings overnight report: editorial(izing) the rink deal, rivals’ moves and a solid ‘repeat read’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

It's not quite feast or famine--the Red Wings summer news cycle has been ridiculously busy--but this morning's crop of Wings-related news is slowly shifting back toward "summertime news."

The Detroit News wasn't lucky enough to reap the "exclusive" scoops Ilitch Holdings provided the Free Press and Crain's Detroit Business on Sunday morning, but they've caught up over the past 36 hours, and today, they've posited an editorial regarding the "District Detroit." Given that the News has a red banner for a reason, they're bullish on the construction jobs, the business and real estate boosts the project could provide to the City:

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One more Russian-language interview from Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk’s summer hockey school

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Pavel Datsyuk's hockey school in the Moscow suburb of Zelenograd wrapped up on Saturday, but AllHockey.ru posted a quintet of post-school articles today. Both Allhockey and Datsyuk partnered with the Russian cell phone comapny Megafon--and Ilya Bryzgalov--to hold a centralized skater and goaltender-blended school.

Allhockey's Alexander Shapiro first discusses the school as a whole, reporting that the KHL's TV network plans on releasing a 7-part series of 7-minute vignettes this fall, and Shapiro states that CSKA Moscow GM Sergei Fedorov visited the school during its second day;

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Thomas Vanek Cooperating In Federal Court Case Against Bar Owners

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from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

WHEC-TV in Rochester, N.Y. is reporting (and has video) that recently-signed Wild winger and former Buffalo Sabre and Rochester Amerk Thomas Vanek was in federal court today in upstate New York as part of an ongoing gambling investigation.

According to the station, Vanek's appearance stems from the June arrest of three owners/managers of the Marina Restaurant and Bar in Charlotte, N.Y. on gambling and money laundering charges. The three men were allegedly conducting an illegal gambling business out of the bar since January 2012 (see above links and this article).

The TV station reports, "Vanek is not charged with any crime and he voluntarily came to the federal court building with his lawyer."

continued including Russo contacting Bill Daly on this subject...

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Tom Wilson weighs in on Wings’ rink project, as do Duggan, Snyder; there’s a sticky wicket, too

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I would generally just update the afternoon rink post to keep things in one place (see: Sunday morning's post about the rink proposal and the overnight report regarding the balance of the "District Detroit" project), but this trio of stories/interviews merit their own "update" entry.

First, Olympia Entertainment CEO Tom Wilson spoke with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Neal Ruhl and Mark Champion on Monday afternoon, and Wilson hasn't really weighed in on the project yet--a project that's "his baby" to some extent--so this is a must-listen...

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Red Wings early evening news: the summer Wings topic song that never ends

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Amongst this evening's Red Wings-related news stories:

Is it a little weird that Fox Sports Detroit's Darren Eliot addressed the Red Wings' free agency strikeouts, the team's lateral re-signings, Jimmy Howard's need to bounce back this upcoming seasonand Mike Babcock and Ken Holland's respective contract situations on July 21st, all over the course of a 14-minute interview with WDFN's Art Regner?

Not this summer. I keep waiting for things to "slow down," and from a personal perspective, I keep waiting to hear which cocah will flank Mike Babcock's left (toward the defense) shoulder, how much money and term the team will end up giving Danny DeKeyser and Tomas Tatar, and whether Daniel Alfredsson will continue playing (sorry, Nashville, he's not coming to Tennessee)...

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Pittsburgh Columnist Going Solo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Schooley of the Pittsburgh Business Times,

Dejan Kovacevic quit as sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in order to launch his own website, DKonPittsburghsports.com.

He said the new website will go live Wednesday, July 23, and expects to announce a corporate sponsor in the coming days. Through the new venture, he’ll continue to travel and cover Pittsburgh's professional sports, with his wife, Dali, managing the business end.

“I believe in the readership that I have,” said Kovacevic. “They’d followed me once from the PG over to the Trib. And I believe that there’s enough of a connection there that the more diehard Pittsburgh sports fan will follow again to this platform.”

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