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Sabres Reach Agreement With Patrick Kaleta

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BUFFALO, NY (July 21, 2010) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with restricted free agent winger Patrick Kaleta. Kaleta was previously scheduled for a club elected arbitration hearing later this month.

Kaleta (6/8/1986, 5’11”, 205 lbs.) set career-highs in goals (10), points (15) and games played (55) during the 2009-2010 season. Kaleta also picked up two points (1+1) in six playoff games. Overall, the Angola, NY native has appeared in 153 NHL games with Buffalo, collecting 31 points (17+14) and 241 penalty minutes.

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Under Pressure In The West

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from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

...here’s a look at a player from each of the 15 teams in the Western Conference who will be under pressure to perform as soon as the puck drops:

Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim—The Ducks already were struggling when Getzlaf injured his ankle just before the Winter Olympics. He wound up missing 16 games, a big reason he dropped from 91 to 69 points—and Anaheim went from the second round of the 2009 playoffs to an unwanted early vacation last season. Getzlaf is an NHL rarity—a power center—and the Ducks aren’t the same team without him in top form.

Jarome Iginla, Calgary —The face of the franchise for the past decade just turned 33—one year older than the number of goals he scored in 2009-10, when he had his lowest scoring season since 2000-01.

read on

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

First, a source told ESPN.com on Wednesday morning that Devils president and GM Lou Lamoriello was aware of the NHL’s plans to reject the deal in advance of a news conference held Tuesday in Newark to announce the contract and still went ahead with the media availability.

Why? Why would Lamoriello endorse the perception that this was a done deal and the Devils were planning a long future with Kovalchuk if he knew the deal was going to be challenged by the league?

It was certainly more than a little disingenuous to fans who might have been prompted to buy season tickets following the news conference. Lamoriello certainly looked uncomfortable answering questions about the structure of the deal.

-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can read more on this.

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Danny Syvret Signs With Ducks

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Danny Syvret to a one-year contract through the 2010-11 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

Syvret, 25 (6/13/85), appeared in 21 games for the Philadelphia Flyers last season, earning 2-2=4 points with a +1 rating and 12 penalty minutes (PIM). Syvret’s first career NHL goal was the opening tally of the 2010 Bridgestone Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at Fenway Park, a 2-1 Flyers loss to the Boston Bruins. Syvret scored his second career goal two games later in a 6-2 win over Toronto on Jan. 6 at Wachovia Center. The 5-11, 203-pound defenseman spent the remainder of the season with Philadelphia’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Adirondack, picking up 5-8=13 points with six PIM in 15 games.

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Blues Sign Perron

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Jeremy Rutherford tweet,

David Perron has signed a two-year, 4.3 million extension with Blues. He will be paid 1.8 and 2.5 next 2 yrs.

added 1:34pm,

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has re-signed forward David Perron to a two-year contract.

“David has proven to be a key forward on our club and we look forward to his continued development with us,” said Armstrong.  “We are expecting David to grow into a complete player at this level.”

“I love playing in St. Louis and if front of our fans,” said Perron.  “For the past three seasons they have treated me great and I can’t wait for the season to start.”

 

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I’m Still Here

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I justed wanted to let you know I am around, but it has been all Kovalchuk news this morning and I do believe most of you have had enough of what is going on with him.

I will be selective when posting any news regarding him and hopefully we get some other hockey topics to talk about in the near future.

Stay tuned…

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Kovalchuk Contract Rejected

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In the off season, any controversy that keeps hockey in the news is a good thing.  At least it keeps people talking about it.  The NHL has its controversy.  They rejected the contract Ilya Kovalchuk signed with the New Jersey Devils as being an attempt to circumvent the salary cap.  Of course they are right that the 17 year term with six years at the end where Kovalchuk is paid less than $1 million is done to keep the average annual salary down.  The $6 million salary cap hit exists only on paper and it is almost a certainty that Kovalchuk will retire long before the contract expires, thus making his average payment higher than the salary cap reported figure.

The problem is that the NHL has accepted several contracts that are set up to reduce the salary cap hit by adding on several low paid years at the end when the player in question is likely retired.  I think the worst one before Kovalchuk is Marian Hossa`s contract with Chicago.

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Hockey In Mexico

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from Bill Meltzer at NHL.com,

The Mexican Hockey Federation has taken significant steps recently to increase the domestic and international visibility of its national program. Earlier this year, Mexico hosted two IIHF-sanctioned international tournaments. At the senior level, the Division II Group A World Championship took place in Mexico City. Several weeks earlier, Monterrey hosted the Under-18 Division III Group B World Championship. In recent years, the country has hosted the men’s Division III World Championship (2005) and the 2008 U-18 Division III Group A Worlds.

Mexico’s men’s national team won one of four games in the Division II Worlds, finishing fifth in the six-team field.

more

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Probert Family Says Thanks

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from Dani Probert at the Windsor Star,

In our time of need, we, the Probert family, were so humbled with the enormous amount of support, kindness and condolences given to our family in Bob’s honour.

Thank you for the outpouring of thoughts and prayers from friends, family, the community, surrounding communities and around the world through our darkest hours. For this, we will always be grateful.

The tremendous actions taken Monday, July 5, on the day of the tragedy by OPP, EMS, firefighters, medical professionals and the residents of Emeryville, especially Pete, Craig, Kai and Wilma, you will never be forgotten.

Many thanks to Brian Parent and the staff at Families First for doing everything in their power to ease our path, the Windsor police, who expertly and magnificently assisted the funeral motorcade, the press who showed great respect on our saddest day, the North Wall Honour guard who powered the way and George, who took such care of Bob on his final ride.

continued

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The Official Word On Kovalchuk Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via NHL.com,

National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly today issued the following statement regarding the free agent contract forward Ilya Kovalchuk signed with the New Jersey Devils:

“The contract has been rejected by the League as a circumvention of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Under the CBA, the contract rejection triggers a number of possible next steps that may be elected by any or each of the NHLPA, the Player and/or the Club. In the interim, the player is not entitled to play under the contract, nor is he entitled to any of the rights and benefits that are provided for thereunder. The League will have no further comment on this matter pending further developments.”

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