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Will Teams Re-Think Playing 18 Year Olds

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,

It’ll soon become known as the Scott Hartnell theory.
When NHL teams are faced with the decision of keeping an 18-year-old draftee on the roster or send him back to the development ranks, they’ll consider what happened regarding Hartnell.
Hartnell cracked the Nashville lineup as an 18-year-old rookie in 2000-01 even though he had two more seasons of junior eligibility remaining with the Western League’s Prince Albert Raiders.
He had just two goals and 16 points in 75 games that season, but has since evolved into a top-six forward who, according to TSN, signed a six-year, $25.2-million contract with the Flyers Monday.

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Bochenski Signs With Bruins

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via the Hockey Journal,

During a press conference at the TD Banknorth Garden to talk about the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced the re-signing of winger Brandon Bochenski.
Bochenski, acquired last season in a trade with Chicago, was scheduled to be a Group 2 free agent July 1. In 31 games, Bochenski, 25, scored 11 goals and added 11 assists.

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Preds/Flyers Trade

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from Bob McKenzie at TSN,

The Philadelphia Flyers have dipped into the free agent market a little early, thanks to the Nashville Predators.
Because of Nashville’s uncertain ownership future and an expected tight budget in the coming year, sources tell TSN the Predators arranged with the Flyers to give them exclusive negotiating rights to two coveted free agents - defenceman Kimmo Timonen and forward Scott Hartnell.
Sources tell TSN the Flyers have now signed both Hartnell and Timonen to long-term contracts.

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Do the NHL’s Quick Fixes Cost the Fans?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Two Minutes for Blogging,

So I’ve been doing some research about the NHL’s CBA and how the salary cap is attached to league revenues. From a fan’s perspective, I must say that there is a lot of unreliable information about there about the CBA. And along the same lines, and more interestingly, there is mixed information about what comprises league revenue.

So when I start putting together an Excel sheet of “% increase/decrease in NHL revenues from the previous season,” and I see that the NHL just experienced the highest percentage of growth (approximately 6.7%) since 01/02 (then 11.5%), I can’t help but wonder how the NHL is growing and how it plans to sustain its growth.

continued… (*deals with some interesting issues like “What does the league consider revenue?” and “How will the league sustain the revenue growth?”)

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Let’s Help Sergei Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

There has been some talk Fedorov may be bought out… via the Edmonton Journal,

There’s a possibility the Jackets might buy out centre Sergei Fedorov’s last year (two thirds of $6 million, spread over two years for cap purposes), but they’ll probably bring back captain Adam Foote ($4 million) on the back-end, even though his best days are behind him.

Do you want him and what would you pay him?

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Ottawa Management Changes

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Bryan Murray will be the GM, John Muckler will pursue other opportunities…
More as news beaks…

added 1:06pm, Murray hopes to have a coach with 1-2 weeks.

added 1:32pm, from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

Now no one will admit this, but Muckler’s age also has a hand in this. Reports are he’s 73, but there’s no record of that given that the hall of records in the town he was born, Paris, Ontario, burned down many years ago and anyone officially checking on Muckler’s true age was simply out of luck. There are reasons to believe he’s considerably older than 73 and though that shouldn’t matter, it’s likely that it does….
Though Murray left open the possibility that he might remain as coach, the betting is that he will find his replacement before the start of next season.
That’s the way it goes in the hockey business. It’s ruthless, cutthroat and, at times, even unfair, but before you shed a tear for a longtime hockey man who was shown the door because he didn’t win the big prize even though there are NHL franchise who haven’t been to the Cup final in most people’s lifetime, understand this.

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Strong Sales At Shop.NHL.Com

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New York (June 18, 2007) ­– The 2007 Stanley Cup Hot Market sales period, beginning at the culmination of the Stanley Cup Final and including the seven days following it, produced a 48% increase from last year’s Stanley Cup Hot Market period and the highest sales numbers on Shop.NHL.com since the Detroit Red Wings won the Cup in 2002. The “Locker Room Hat” and “Locker Room Tee,” the two top-selling items on Shop.NHL.com, generated sales increases of 32% and 84%, respectively, over last year’s models.

Sales of NHL-licensed product increased on Shop.NHL.com for the ninth consecutive month, creating 22% sales growth for May 2007 compared to the same period last year. Fourteen NHL teams increased online merchandise sales for May 2007; the Ottawa Senators led the pack with an increase of 459% in comparison to May 2006. Other teams who more than doubled their May sales year-over-year: the Detroit Red Wings (135%), Anaheim Ducks (119%) and Buffalo Sabres (115%).

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Sens Will Address Front Office Situation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators’ cloudy front-office situation should be cleared up early this afternoon. Amid rampant speculation about major changes coming to the front office of the Stanley Cup finalists, the Senators have announced a 1 p.m. press conference at Scotiabank Place. It’s expected the team will lay out the new structure of its front office and coaching staff, and the changes are expected to be significant.
Not only is the future of GM John Muckler in doubt, sources also say president Roy Mlakar’s position is being examined by owner Eugene Melnyk.
Mlakar likely doesn’t agree with the decision to remove Muckler from the GM’s job. If he’s let go, chief operating officer Cyril Leeder is considered a top candidate for the job.

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Devils Coach Will Be Announced Soon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Maven,

This is the time of year when Lou Lamoriello completes his head-coach search. With the Entry Draft coming up, it would not surprise if Double L announces his new bench leader any day now….
I’m guessing it’ll be Brian Sutter, who has experience, savvy and toughness. I was tempted to call this coaching scenario “The Meadowlands Melodrama” until I realized that Lou just moved his offices from East Rutherford to Newark.

more hockey talk, including the Bruins, the Senators and the Predators situation…

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Youth Hockey Booming In Nashville But Will It Continue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

Youth hockey is a key grass-roots element to generating and growing interest in the sport as well as support for the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators. The question is whether the Predators will be around Nashville long enough to reap the benefits.
Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie has submitted an application to buy the Predators. He’s also laying the groundwork to move them to Ontario. If the Predators depart Nashville, it would take away the most visible source of motivation for youngsters to start playing hockey in the first place.

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