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Yzerman, Karmanos & Ullman Head To The Michigan Sports Hall Of Fame

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via the Detroit News,

Add another accomplishment to Steve Yzerman’s resume as he was one of 11 announced Tuesday as inductees in the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
The former Red Wing captain, who retired last year ago after 22 seasons, is currently a team vice president.
Other inductees were Olympic kayaker Greg Barton, announcer Frank Beckmann, Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard, Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, former Michigan basketball star Glen Rice, Olympic swimmer Clark Scholes, former Pistons player and coach Ray Scott, Negro League star Turkey Stearns, St. Cecilia’s Sam Washington and former Wing Norm Ullman.

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Ruff & Regier Will Be Back

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from the AP via TSN,

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff and general manager Darcy Regier have agreed to new contracts, allowing Buffalo to retain the architects of a team coming off consecutive Eastern Conference finals appearances.
The deals will be announced later this week, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres have not yet announced the signings.

continued... no shock here, this has been known for weeks…

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Stand Up And Be Proud

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

John Buccigross at ESPN signs off until the fall and when asked about the NHL TV contract, this was his response…

“Both ESPN and ABC saw major viewer erosion during the postseason (NBA); both networks drew over a million fewer viewers than last year.”
The NHL is not alone. So, when you read these numbers, don’t let them affect your self-esteem. Imagine the television ratings if the Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies met in the NBA Finals. That was what we had with the Senators and Ducks in the States.
You have to take Canada’s viewers in account when you talk about NHL interest—20 percent of the NHL’s teams are based north of the border. Whether it’s ratings or money, you have to combine the two. It’s a North America game and it is healthy.

Great job Bucci!!!

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All Waddell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Atlanata Journal-Constitution,

Q: The salary cap was created in part to level the playing field between big market and small market teams. With the rise in league revenues, the cap keeps rising. Doesn’t that defeat the original purpose?
A: It’s a good question, and I like how you put that because revenues are growing in the league, the cap is going up. But our team revenues are not growing as fast as the league revenues are. Your question is, are we headed into a dangerous thing as the league cap continues to go up? If our revenues don’t meet or exceed that, it’s going to start putting us, and many teams in a very difficult position.

much more from Waddell, covering all the bases…

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Ducks Fans Have Bucks

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from the AP via the Santa Barbara News,

Fans snapped up Anaheim Ducks merchandise at an NHL-record rate during the team’s Game 5 clinching Stanley Cup victory over the Ottawa Senators.
Fans spent an average of $24.70 each buying souvenirs during Game 5 last week.
That was up 45.3 percent or $9.70 over the previous record of $17 set during Game 5 of the 2002 finals between Detroit and Carolina.

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Judge Henri Richard Rules In Favor Of Cut Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

A teenage hockey goalie has won $7,500 in a lawsuit that was filed after he was cut from his his midget AAA team.
Henri Richard — a Quebec court judge and not the former Montreal Canadiens star — says the Montreal Predateurs’ decision to cut Alexandre Di Ruocco was a serious blow to the teenager’s hopes of making it to the big leagues.

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Cheli Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mlve,

Chris Chelios will return for his 24th NHL season after re-signing with the Wings today, according to a Wings press release.
Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland today announced the team has re-signed defenseman Chris Chelios to a one-year contract. In keeping with club policy, additional terms of the deal are not available.
“Chris is coming off another outstanding season and was one of the best defensemen on any team through three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs,” said Holland.

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Hockey Blogger Hit With Lawsuit

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from the CP via the Fort Frances Times,

The president of Steelback Brewery, based in Tiverton, Ont., has filed a $2-million lawsuit against an Ottawa-based blogger he claims repeatedly libeled him on his popular sports website.
Filed late last week in court in Newmarket, Ont., Frank D’Angelo alleges Neate Sager damaged his reputation and his image in comments posted on Sager’s blog between August, 2006 and January of this year.

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The NHL Fanhouse has more information on this topic…

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Will San Jose Move A Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Yahoo,

Some of the buzz around the hockey world right now is whether the San Jose Sharks are finally willing to move one of their two top-notch netminders -
Evgeni Nabokov (who has a no-trade clause) or Vesa Toskala.
“It’s not up to us. It’s nothing we can control,” Toskala told CP from his off-season home in Tampere, Finland. “Of course I’d like to stay in San Jose, it’s a great organization to play. But I really don’t know what’s going to happen.
“We both can play as a No. 1 and I know we both want to play. But neither of us can control the situation. We just have to wait and see what’s going to happen.”

more on UFAs…

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Leafs Get Sundin For A Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to a one-year deal with captain Mats Sundin for $5.5 million. It includes a no-trade clause.
An announcement is expected later today.

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