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Bad Decision By Bettman

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from Elliotte Friedman of the CBC,

I don’t know if that Bettman was kidnapped by aliens or was the greatest living actor not named Edward Norton. But, that commissioner is gone. In his place is a guy standing in the middle of a Nashville street, staring northward with his middle finger up in the air. Yes, this obscene gesture is directed at the hockey fans driving revenue growth since the lockout….
You have to wonder, though, if there is any chance Bettman’s power base is eroding. Not only is he killing a bad that will inflate the value of other teams, but salaries are reaching/surpassing pre-lockout levels. The new minimum of $34.3 million is higher than 10 team payrolls from 2004-05. All-Star and Stanley Cup ratings set all-time lows in the United States. Plus, if he accepts this above-market bid, he can still make the other teams some expansion money by adding Kansas City and Vegas if he wishes.

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As Expected, Russia Doesn’t Sign Transfer Agreement

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from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

The Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Slovakia, and Switzerland ratified a four-year transfer agreement between the International Ice Hockey Federation member associations and the NHL on Thursday.
As with the last four-year agreement, Russia refused to sign.

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added 11:15am, from the AP via the Globe and Mail,

The IIHF intends to proceed with a proposed new European hockey league after receiving a positive feasibility study.
The plan was originally floated in April and IIHF president Rene Fasel announced during the World Hockey Championships in Moscow a month later that an agency had been hired to conduct a feasibility study.

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Everybody Is Happy In Edmonton

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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

If you think nobody wants to be associated with Edmonton anymore, believe me here’s the one guy who wants to be associated!
“Coming to Edmonton is a dream come true. To come home and put on that jersey ... I’m getting more excited every time I think about putting on that uniform,” he said on a conference call yesterday.
And wife Angelica is good with this?
“She’s happy,” said Souray.
“She’s familiar with the city. It’s good.
“Everybody is happy. Everybody is thrilled,” he said, including his dad, an Oilers fans even while Souray played for the Canadiens.
He said everybody back home was screaming into the phone when he told them the news.

read on

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Trade Request By Cullen Is News To Him

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The story sweeping the hockey underground is that Matt Cullen has told the Rangers he would welcome a trade after spending one year on Broadway.
“I haven’t said anything of the sort to anyone,” Cullen told The Post by phone yesterday from Nashville, Tenn., where he is appearing at an NHL charity event. “I haven’t asked to be traded, I haven’t said that I’d like to be traded, and I don’t want to be traded.
“I guess like everyone else, when we signed [Scott Gomez and Chris Drury], I wondered about the (salary) cap situation and whether there’d be room to keep everyone, but from what I’m told, there is space.
“I’ve been hearing my name lately in rumors, but none of it is coming from me. I’m excited about the team. I want to be a part of it.”

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Outdoor Game May Be In February

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from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

A proposed outdoor hockey game involving the Penguins and Buffalo Sabres could be played Feb. 17, 2008, rather than New Year’s Day….
Logistics, notably climate concerns, could prevent an “Ice Bowl” from being played in early January. Also, NBC might be re-evaluating airing an outdoor hockey game opposite popular college bowl games.

read on

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Sharks Happy With What They Have

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from the Mercury News,

Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson knows that a segment of the fan base is frustrated because he hasn’t signed any free agents this month.
He can live with that.
“I love it when people are talking hockey. They should,” Wilson said this week. “And I think that it’s wonderful that they care about their team.”
Does he share their frustration, often vented on the Sharks’ Web site?
“No, not at all,” he said. “This hockey team is poised to be a very good hockey team for a long period of time.”

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Brent Sutter Will Be Named Devils Coach On Friday

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from Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice,

The Devils have scheduled a 1 p.m. news conference in Newark on Friday to introduce Brent Sutter as their next head coach.

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Dallas Signs Two Of Their Own

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from the Dallas Stars,

Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has signed center Mike Ribeiro to a one-year contract worth $2,800,000 for the 2007-08 season, and center Joel Lundqvist to a two-year, $1,450,000 contract ($700,000 this season and $750,000 for 2008-09).
“We are very pleased to have reached agreements on new contracts with Mike Ribeiro and Joel Lundqvist,” said Armstrong. “Mike brought a great deal of playmaking and offensive ability in his first year with our club and we look forward to his continued contributions. Joel’s rookie season was a positive one and we envision his role increasing as he gains more experience in the NHL.”

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Sheldon Souray Signs With Edmonton

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Sportsnet.ca’s Livetracker is reporting that Sheldon Souray has signed with the Edmonton Oilers.

More soon.

Update 4:08pm ET:
Linked on Sportsnet.ca,

Sportsnet has learned that free agent defenceman Montreal Sheldon Souray has signed with the Edmonton Oilers.

Update 4:15pm ET:
From TSN,

Sheldon Souray is on his way to Edmonton as the Oilers and the free agent blueliner agreed on a contract.
The Elk Point, Alberta native appeared in 81 games with the Montreal Canadiens in 2006-07 and had a career year with 26 goals and 64 points. Nineteen of his 26 goals came on the power play, which set an NHL record for defencemen.

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Update 5:08pm ET: From RDS (link is in French), the terms are a 5 year deal for $27 million.

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Briere Puts On His Flyer Sweater

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fromm Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com,

Daniel Briere was handed his new No. 48 Philadelphia Flyers jersey late in Thursday’s press conference at the Flyers Skate Zone practice facility here. Smiling proudly, he held it up for the obligatory welcome-to-your-new-team press-conference photo.
“Finally,” he said with a heartfelt sigh before pulling it over his head for the first time to officially begin life as the centerpiece of the Philadelphia Flyers’ latest renaissance.
Briere, one of the most coveted prizes in this summer’s free-agency class, signed a big-money, eight-year deal with the Flyers just hours after the free-agent market opened 11 days ago. Since agreeing to that deal, he has been waiting eagerly to pull on his new franchise’s cherished black-and-orange sweater.

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