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Lightning Hire Steve Thomas As Consultant

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning hired NHL veteran Steve Thomas as player development consultant today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

“Steve will be a great addition to the Lightning organization and we are happy he has elected to join the team,” said Yzerman upon making the announcement. “His long and successful career combine with tremendous character and personality, meaning he will be a great asset as we look to better develop our young players. He will be a big part of the long term success of the Tampa Bay Lightning.”

Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, | Hockey News Wire | Permalink
  Tags: steve+thomas

Can You Believe It?  A Kovalchuk Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger tweet,

TSN says a deal between the NHL and the PA has been reached and they’re working on paper work for 5pm.

added 2:37pm, via E.J. Hradek tweet,

The NHL and NHLPA are finalize details for an announcement at or before 5 pm, according to the source

added 2:50pm, via Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN that the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association have reached an agreement on an amendment to the rules that govern long term contracts.

The two sides are now working on getting the paperwork done in time for the 5pm et deadline both sides agreed upon to render a verdict on the Ilya Kovalchuk contract situation.

The agreement means that Kovalchuk’s contract with the New Jersey Devils will also get approved as part of a new global settlement.

Filed in: NHL Teams, New Jersey Devils, NHL Talk, NHLPA, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Top Gun Burke

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN Video,

Leafs GM Brian Burke took a ride in an CF-18 and talks about the once in a lifetime experience.

Watch it here.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brian+burke

Coyotes ‘Up The Ante’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Jim Gintonio of Ice Chips,

Fans were thrilled a year ago when the Coyotes reached the playoffs for the first time since 2002, but Tippett did not view the season as a success. By “upping the ante,” he’s imparting the message that merely advancing to the postseason is not enough.

  Meanwhile, the last remaining Coyotes free agent is center Martin Hanzal, who is restricted. General Manager Don Maloney full expects him to be signed before training camp opens in mid-September.

Filed in: NHL Teams, d, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“You can’t predict how big of a window you’re going to have before you have to blow it apart and the salary cap gets in the way.  You don’t want to be on a team where you look back in 15 years and say, ‘Damn, why’d we screw that up?’ That’s my big fear. I’ve been on teams and you look back and realize, wow, that was a good team. Why didn’t we do better? This is a team with superstar-caliber players. You have to strike when they’re all there.”

-Mike Knuble of the Washington Capitals.  More on Knuble from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mike+knuble

Why Don’t I…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

•For the majority of posts I do, why don’t I include some commentary?

KK was built for readers to respond, not me.  On occasion I will put my two cents worth in, but I try not to influence the readers with my opinion, because that is all it is, an opinion.

• Why don’t I get rid of Abel to Yzerman or some of the other blogs?

First off, it is a Detroit Red Wings blog for the fans and is heavily slanted towards the Red Wings.  Bill (IwoCPO go way back) and he has done a great job of attracting readers and maintaining those readers.  When a blog gets between 500-1200 posts in a game day blog, you know he is doing something right.

I’ve never been the type of person who even looks at numbers, I prefer content to bulk and Bill has been able to both.

Remember, it is a Wings blog and also, in the near future, KK Members will have the ability to block any KK blog they so desire from the KK Homepage.  They will also have the ability to block and comments from any KK Member if they so desire.

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Filed in: KK Website Business, | KK Hockey | Permalink

MSM/Blogging Thoughts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Adam Proteau of The Hockey News answers some email,

Hey Adam, what do you think of media coverage of the NHL? I know the news business is in a terrible spot these days and many of the biggies have scaled back. Has the blogosphere sufficiently started covering the game or are we running the risk of too many empty, poorly reported rumors?

This is a hot topic, isn’t it? For the most part, I think Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes said all that needed to be said about bloggers vs. mainstream media in a terrific column this week. There’s a lot of crap stinking up the web landscape, but there are many great writers who have come to the fore thanks to the opportunities the blogosphere opened up.

To that, I’d add just one thing: while I know it’s nice and in keeping with etiquette to reference the original source of any report, the fact of the matter is that this is a cut-throat, competitive business we’re in. As such, there have been many times THN has been first to report a story, only to have the story referenced later as a “published report” that didn’t acknowledge our brand.

That’s not ideal, but that never became an issue worth drawing much attention to. And I think the same attitude should be adopted by reputable bloggers.

continued and more Q& A too…

Filed in: NHL Media, Hockey Bloggers, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Kozlov Still Looking For Work In The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Kozlov’s North American agent still hasn’t closed the door on another season in the NHL for the veteran forward.

“He has not ruled out the NHL,” agent Scott Lites told Sporting News on Friday morning. “That’s for sure.”

Kozlov is in Russia visiting his father and has been extended a couple tryout offers by NHL teams, although it’s unlikely he’d accept that option.

But there’s certainly some interest in a player who is just one season removed from a 26-goal, 76-point year with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2008-09.


Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: slava+kozlov

Lilja Regrets Not Signing With Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings offered Lilja a one-year deal for $1 million to return for a sixth season. He continued seeking a better deal on the market. When Detroit signed Ruslan Salei on Aug. 9 to a one-year, $750,000 contract (with another $350,000 in potential bonuses), the door was closed on Lilja’s return….

Lilja and his family on Thursday returned to Detroit from their summer home in Sweden. The kids will start the school year here, but Lilja has put his house up for sale while he continues seeking an NHL contract.

“Of course, I regret it (not signing with Detroit),’’ Lilja said. “Now that we got here yesterday, got into my house—we’ve been here five years, it feels like home. The kids like it here. I think I was looking for something else, I guess.’’


Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: andreas+lilja

Comrie To The Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ryan Rishaug tweet,

Comrie signs with pens. 1 year

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mike+comrie

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