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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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Increased Purchases Continue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Shop.NHL.com has experienced the biggest sales year in its 11 years of operation, riding exciting on-ice performances and the onset of new merchandise such as St. Patrick’s Day themed items to a 47% increase in sales of NHL-licensed product compared to the 2006 fiscal year. The Buffalo Sabres and Anaheim Ducks were the two biggest gainers for the 2007 fiscal year on Shop.NHL.com, increasing sales 497% and 339%, respectively. Overall, 27 of the 30 NHL clubs showed gains in the fiscal year compared to 2006.

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Zetterberg:  Keep Me In Hockeytown

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Christy Hammond at Behind the Jersey has gone to a variety of sources to translate an article that recently appeared in a Swede paper.  In it, Zetterberg discusses wrist problems, back problems and his wishes to stay a Wing for life.

“If Detroit wants to, I’ll sign a contract for the rest of my career.”

Let me answer that for you Hank.  Detroit wants to.  And you’ll be the league’s highest paid player next fall.

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The Battle Against Autism Continues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Russell Levine at NHL.com,

This is the battle that has been joined by Athletes Against Autism’s founding players: Washington Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig, recently retired Atlanta Thrashers captain Scott Mellanby, and former NHL goaltender Byron Dafoe….
With over 35 athletes in attendance and over 100 golfers on the course Monday, the event raised more than $300,000 for autism research and awareness, bringing the two-year total to over $500,000. In addition to the three founding hockey players, the NHL was also represented by Kolzig’s Washington teammate Matt Pettinger and Brian Willsie of the Los Angeles Kings. They were joined by current and retired players from the NFL, NBA, and MLB, as well as the world of professional volleyball….
At the end of the day, awards were handed out to the winning foursome—a group headed by former NFL player and action star Fred “The Hammer” Williamson—but the real winner on this weekend was the autism community. Thanks to the concerns of a trio of NHL players, a wide spectrum of athletes has lent their voice to this fight. If the growth from Year One to Year Two is any indication, it is a voice that will only gain strength.

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