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Crosby named top athlete under 25 by Sporting News

Blog: KK Hockey By Tony

From the Penguins:

The Penguins’ Sidney Crosby has been named the top athlete under the age of 25 by Sporting News magazine.

“25 Under 25: SN’s List of Best Young Athletes” appears in the June 21 edition of the magazine.

The Sporting News panel considered 100 accomplished young athletes from seven different sports before trimming the list to 50 and then the final 25.

Athletes were judged on major stats; championships to which they’d made major contributions; buzz factor; and age.


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What Happens In Vegas…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

.... will mostly stay in Vegas while I am there, but I will be reporting on occasion.

I am signing off for now, have some last minute shopping and packing to do before my flight leaves for Las Vegas later today.

I will be posting on occasion and some of the KK bloggers may be increasing their workload while I am on vacation.

I do plan to do some updates and I will be using Twitter a bit more too.

I will be back in the KK compound on Saturday, June 26th so until that time, stay safe.

See you in 8 days.


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St Louis Open The Off-Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

There are few periods in the year when teams can make significant roster moves.  This is largely because the salary cap removes a lot of team’s possible flexibility.  In order to make a move it must make sense in terms of the players involved, the contracts involved and the salary cap.  That is a lot of variables that must be considered.  The one time when significant moves are often necessary is the off-season, when teams have expiring contracts.  This allows them the flexibility to make changes for next year.

The first team to make significant moves this off-season is the St Louis Blues.  Yesterday they acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for prospects Lars Eller and Ian Schultz and then acquired TJ Hensick from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for prospect Julian Talbot.  The first trade is obviously the bigger one and could pay huge dividends for the Blues next season and into the future.

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Oilers Have Shown No Interest In Keeping Pisani

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Fernando Pisani wouldn’t mind an offer he can even refuse, but so far none has come across his agent’s desk, so the 2006 NHL playoff scoring hero is in limbo with the unrestricted free-agent market doors swinging open in 15 days.

If the Edmonton Oilers wanted the right-winger back, certainly at a major pay cut from his current $2.5-million salary, they likely would have sent agent Mark Witken a proposal by now, or at least talked, but there hasn’t been any of that.

“If you know anything, let me know,” said Witken.


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Sakic Wants To Get Back In The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Joe Sakic seems to have made up his mind that he wants to work for the Avalanche in a management capacity. The questions are when and in what role.

When it happens, Sakic isn’t expecting any big-timer treatment. He expects to pay his dues.

“You can’t just jump in and start at the top. I would go in knowing I’d have to learn all parts of the business for a few years,” said Sakic, the Avs’ all-time leading scorer who retired last summer.

Sakic, who turns 41 next month, spent his first year of retirement taking it easy with his family and coaching his sons’ hockey teams part-time. He said he has not talked with the Avs about a management job and probably won’t for at least a couple more weeks.


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What Was Gauthier Thinking?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

How do you erase the Canadiens’ stunning postseason victories over the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins? Easy.

What you do, if you’re Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier, is trade the guy who got them there in what for now must stand as the mother-of-all brain-dead decisions in recent memory.

What was this guy thinking of ?

Where was Gauthier on those nights when Jaroslav Halak was winning regular-season and playoff games with more than 40 shots to handle? Downtown Minsk? Where was Gauthier on the night Halak wasn’t beaten until Washington’s 52nd shot in another astonishing winning performance?


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Fedorov Facing Foreclosure On Two Detroit Area Homes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Wilkinson and Robert Snell of The Detroit News,

Sergei Fedorov’s hockey career has taken him from Russia to Detroit, California, Ohio and Washington, but he can’t seem to skate away from his money problems.

They continued for the Detroit Red Wings great Thursday, when a bank filed notices of foreclosure against him for two sprawling million-dollar homes in Bloomfield Hills.

The PrivateBank and Trust Co. says Fedorov owes more than $2 million on both. He also owes more than $51,000 in property taxes on them, according to the Oakland County Treasurer’s Office.


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Have The Blues Found Their “Money” Goaltender?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bernie Miklasz of theSt. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Yes, the Blues really do have a new general manager taking office on July 1. As if to announce that to the hockey world, Doug Armstrong pulled off the first blockbuster of the NHL’s offseason, trading former Blues No. 1 draft choice Lars Eller and another prospect to Montreal for goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

Armstrong hasn’t officially taken over ... but he’s definitely taken over. As first moves go, this one got the Blue Note bouncing.

The Blues have been looking in rinks in North America, around the globe and all but scanning the services-offered section on Craig’s List in a frustrating search for a money goaltender since ... well, take your pick. You could say Curtis Joseph, or Mike Luit, or go into the way-back machine to cite Glenn Hall. Mike Keenan would nominate Grant Fuhr.

The Blues think they’ve found their man in Halak, 25.


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Goodbye Leafs Lunch

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Globe and Mail,

Leafs Lunch is no longer being served at AM640 in Toronto. The daily hockey program, with Bill Watters and Darren Dreger, has been cancelled by the Toronto Maple Leafs’ host broadcaster after making a concerted challenge to the Fan 590 in the noon-to-1 p.m. time slot. The station will instead go with a syndicated talk format with Charles Adler from noon to 4 p.m., followed by the Bill Watters Show from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The station will apparently direct its sports resources to the Watters show.


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Surprise! Price Staying In Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Hard to tell who was more surprised about Thursday’s Montreal-St. Louis trade - the goaltenders involved, the agents, the media or the teams’ fans. Aside from the two organizations themselves, no one seemed to know it was coming.

Carey Price’s representative almost dropped the phone when we spoke. Jaroslav Halak is stunned that Montreal never contacted him after the season, meaning the Blues didn’t even try to talk contract before making the deal. Tom Laidlaw, who represents Chris Mason, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “They gave us every indication they wanted Chris to be the guy.”

This is the money quote from Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier: “When we discuss players, we discuss what they are going to do in the future. ... We made this decision based on our projections, and we’re very comfortable with [Price] as the future.”


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