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Komisarek Going UFA Route

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via MaxHockey,

MaxHockey has confirmed from sources in Montreal that Mike Komisarek will no longer be negotiating with the Canadiens and will become a free agent on July 1. Komisarek may still resign with the Canadiens, but will test the free agent market tomorrow.

TSN confirms,

The Montreal Canadiens will have one more challenge in an already busy offseason, as the sgent for defenceman Mike Komisarek announced that his client will test the free agent market on Wednesday.

“After much discussion and thought, Mike Komisarek has decided to enter the free agent market tomorrow at noon,” said agent Matt Keator in a statement.


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How The Rangers Can Get Heatley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Obernauer of The Blueshirts Blog at the NY Daily News,

What’s it going to take for the Rangers to get a deal done for the two-time 50-goal scorer? For one thing, they need to move some money the other way, but they can still afford to come out a little behind because acquiring Heatley would go a long way toward addressing one of their most dire needs. If Michal Rozsival ($5 million cap hit) is included in an offer with either Brandon Dubinsky or Ryan Callahan plus a draft pick, the Sens can bellyache all they want about not wanting Rozsival, but we’ll see then how desperate they are to be rid of Heatley ($7.5 million cap hit). If the Sens prefer to substitute Scott Gomez (7.35 cap hit) for Rozsival in that offer, with five more years on his deal to Rozsival’s three? That might get it done too.


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Flyers Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files at the Courier Post,

With Wednesday’s free agency period looming, the Flyers and Mike Knuble continue contract talks today.

The Flyers are believed to be offering an incentive-based one-year dea with a base salary in the $1 million range. Knuble likely is seeking a two-year agreement with a higher base salary, probably in the $2 million range.

Look for the Flyers to land a goalie on Wednesday, perhaps veteran Brian Boucher or Scott Clemmenson or Ty Conklin and wait until later to sign a veteran free-agent center for the NHL minimum.

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The Talk Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pierre LeBrun is doing mutiple updaes in a blog at ESPN.  His latest…

Martin Biron is less than 24 hours from hitting the free-agent market.

“I’m excited,” Biron told ESPN.com on Tuesday. “I think, like anybody else, it’s a little bit of the unknown that may unfold tomorrow or Thursday or whatnot. I’m just enjoying today, and tomorrow is going to be pretty interesting to say the least. I’m not going in there like a nervous wreck. I’m going to let my agents do the work, and I’ll go with that.”

His time in Philadelphia appears over after two-plus seasons.

continued with more topics and probably a good blog to check out throughout the day

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Blue Jackets Start Talking Nash Contract

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Rich Nash’s agent states they will be listening to the Jackets offer and hopefully a deal can be worked out.

Read the AP story via USA TODAY.

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34 Players Invited To Team USA Orientation Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced that 34 players, representing 22 National Hockey League teams, have been invited to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp from Aug. 17-19, at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, Ill.

Of the 34 players invited to the camp, five have previous Olympic experience, led by three-time Olympian Mike Modano (Livonia, Mich./Dallas Stars/1998, 2002, 2006). Additional Olympians include Chris Drury (Trumbull, Conn./New York Rangers/2002, 2006), Brian Rafalski (Dearborn, Mich./Detroit Red Wings/2002, 2006), Scott Gomez (Anchorage, Alaska/New York Rangers/2006) and Jamie Langenbrunner (Cloquet, Minn./New Jersey Devils/1998).

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Only 48 More Tuesdays Without The Cup…Better Hurry Hoss

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The longer this thing with Marian Hossa drags on, the greater the chance that the Hasek may burn to the ground.  Angry readers.  Frustrated and irritable. Sniping and spitting.  I blame myself.  I don’t give you guys fodder for conversation and all of a sudden the knives come out. 

So we’ll address that because we have to.  We must.  Break time is over. Ikea sucked.

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Recent UFA Busts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

So as a cautionary tale, we present a handful of marquee free-agent disappointments. The list is not all-inclusive and certainly open to interpretation. Was Hossa a bust because Detroit lost Game 7 of the final to the Penguins? Paul Kariya has 80 points in 93 games with St. Louis since signing his three-year, $18 million contract in 2007, but do leadership and assists make up for a paucity of goals and a mostly lost 2008-09 season because of hip surgeries?

Tough calls, like the ones GM will be making at 12:01 pm on July 1.


Jay McKee, defenseman, four years, $16 million

St. Louis needed bodies to fill out its roster at the time president John Davidson overpaid, albeit moderately, for McKee….

Rob Blake, defenseman, two years, $12 million

A Blake homecoming in Los Angeles seemed like a natural, but he was largely ineffectual on a team in deep rebuilding mode….


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Monster Delays His Decision

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Jonas Gustavsson, the free-agent goalie from Sweden is going to wait until after July 1 to announce his decision.

Gustavsson’s agent Joe Resnick told Hockeycentral “It’s highly unlikely we’ll commit before 12 noon Wednesday. With so many teams potentially making major changes to their rosters, maybe it’s best to wait and watch it unfold first.”

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  Tags: jonas+gustavsson

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I thought some guys were tired in the first round of the playoffs — it’s unacceptable.  I think we need to change the look of our club. I think we need to change a little bit of the attitude of our club. It’s wide open and that’s a good thing for a player. So he [had] better be in shape because that’s something he can control.”

-New York Rangers coach John Tortella.  More from the coach by Andrew Gross of NorthJersey.com.

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