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Heatley Contract May Top Them All

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger at TSN,

Ottawa’s Dany Heatley, Atlanta’s Marian Hossa, and San Jose’s Patrick Marleau headline the list of potential 2008 unrestricted free agents.
Of the three, Heatley’s numbers over the past two years have been staggering. Back-to-back 50-goals seasons, one hundred plus points, comparitively he blows Briere, Gomez and Drury out of the water….
Heatley’s agent J.P. Barry is expected to meet with Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray this week to discuss Ray Emery’s extension with the Senators. Heatley’s future is likely to come up, but unless Eugene Melnyk has the money truck parked outside Scotiabank Place, this negotiation isn’t even close to being finalized.

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Quick Decision

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Riksman said Monday that he had just one day to opt out of his contract in Europe and notify the Blues he would sign a deal with them and try out for the club in training camp.
“Jarmo Kekalainen sent me a text message, asking if I’m hungry to play in North America,” Riksman said. “I said, ‘Of course I want to take the chance.’”
The signing went a little under the radar because at the time it wasn’t clear what the plans were for the 30-year-old Riksman, whose pro career has bounced around from Sweden to Italy to Finland. But with the Blues deciding not to offer Curtis Sanford a contract — he has since signed with Vancouver — it appears that Riksman will challenge Jason Bacashihua for the Blues’ backup goalie job in September.

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Cost Of Game: Free - Cost Of Jersey: Not Free

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

The first chance to see the Carolina Hurricanes in their new uniforms won’t cost a thing—although buying one for yourself won’t be cheap.
The NHL is switching to new, high-tech uniforms designed by Reebok this fall. The Hurricanes will wear them for the first time in their exhibition-season opener against the Washington Capitals on Sept. 16. Admission to the game will be free.
The jerseys also will be on sale that day as part of the annual “Caniac Carnival” fan festivities. The prototypes used at this past winter’s All-Star Game retail for $350, with replica models going for $110.

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Shanahan Close To Returning To Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers and Brendan Shanahan are on the verge of completing a one-year deal, with the club seeking league approval on the structure of the bonuses that will be included in the 38-year-old winger’s contract, The Post has learned.
It is believed that Shanahan, who told The Post on June 20 he would work with the Blueshirts in order to grant the team as much cap maneuverability as possible, will sign for a base of approximately $2.5M with an additional $1.5-2.5M in readily attainable bonuses.

more on Shanahan and Guerin wearing the “C”...

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Khan(!) Discusses Drake Then Drops F Bomb

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Our boy (and DD Captain) Ansar Khan(!) likes to stick his fist in the hornets’ nest from time to time.  He typically picks and chooses his spots, waiting for a lull in conversation…then he’ll throw a nugget out there just to see if anyone’s reading.  Today, he’s mentioned an item being lightheartedly discussed on a few blogs and message boards, one that—on the surface—doesn’t make much economic sense but would be interesting to consider:  the return of Sergei Fedorov.

We’ll get to that. Have patience.

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Hate The Drake?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Udpated 0315: added Pete’s analysis of the Drake deal, as seen over at Yzerman is God.

Seinfeld reference.  Sorry.  I deliberately held off on this post because I had a hunch Dave from Gorilla Crouch would make the wait worthwhile.  He didn’t disappoint, and he’s hating the move.

Whatever mystical presence Dallas Drake brings with his physical/gritty play, it sure doesn’t seem to do much as far as helping his team kill penalties, draw penalties, or just outscore their opponent. And I haven’t even really touched on the fact he’s one of the biggest cheapshot hitters in the league. That doesn’t concern me if you can actually bring something else to the table. Right now I highly doubt Drake can.

Dave makes a concrete argument, several actually, as to why this shouldn’t have happened.  He’s eloquent, on the money and well-researched.  All fine qualities I admire, but rarely replicate.

In other words, I disagree.  I think the 550k was a steal for what Drake could bring this team.  I think the role he could play is one of leadership and violence.  And I think Ken Holland has an idea of what he’s doing.  It almost reminds me of last August when Hasek was signed.  On the surface, it appeared a desperation move.  But we know it turned out better than any of us expected.  Holland seems to have a plan, and I’m going to go with it for now.  He’s earned the benefit of the doubt.

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Fischler on Hasek, Yzerman, Markov

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Stan Fischler, writing for the New England Hockey Journal, offers a few Wing-related observations in his latest column for one of the twenty three publications he seems to be affiliated with.

On The Captain

Any doubts that Steve Yzerman was serious about his front-office role were dispelled when he was a featured member of the Detroit Red Wings’ high command at the owners’ last conference in Manhattan.

Speaking of…I wouldn’t be surprised if there wasn’t more than a little Yzer-influence on today’s Drake signing. 

 

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Stars Sign Fedoruk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Dallas Stars,

Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has signed left wing Todd Fedoruk to a one-year deal ($875,000) for the 2007-08 season.
“Todd adds the elements of size and toughness to our hockey club,” said Armstrong. “We expect our fans to enjoy his style of play and we look forward to his contributions to the Dallas Stars in 2007-08.”

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Vancouver Canucks Sign Aaron Miller

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Canucks.com,

Vancouver Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced today that the Canucks have signed free agent defenceman Aaron Miller.  In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Miller, 35, joins the Canucks from the Los Angeles Kings where he played 82 games in the 2006-07 season recording eight points (0-8-8) and 60 penalty minutes.

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Update 5:43pm ET:
TSN:  “It is a 1-year contract worth $1.5 million.”

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Captain Guerin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Bill Guerin, a veteran of 15 NHL seasons and 1,026 NHL games, was named the Islanders 11th team captain in franchise history.
“This is an absolute honor and a responsibility I will not take lightly,” said Guerin. “Coming to a team with such a rich tradition and history is special in itself, but wearing the ‘C’ is something much greater. I’ll do everything I can to make the Islanders organization and our fans proud.”
Added Snow: “Bill is the epitome of what being a captain stands for, so this was an easy choice. Ted and I discussed it at length over the weekend and felt it was a fairly easy decision.”

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