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Was The Lockout Worth It

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This from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,

The NHL lockout was supposed to restore a degree of fiscal sanity to the NHL, right? And in so doing perhaps restore a little good faith between the league and its players – remember “Thank You Fans” stencilled outside the blue lines? – and the money-gouged if unfailingly loyal spectators.
So since Sunday noon, NHL clubs have spent a half-billion – billion – dollars on salaries, locking up players for as long as eight years with strategies that have defied explanation, common sense and logic on many fronts.

Make sure to read some of the comments left there…

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Tom Kostopoulos To Montreal

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RDS (translated) reporting Tom Kostopoulos signs with the Canadiens.

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Toskala Extended By Leafs

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via TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs and netminder Vesa Toskala have agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract extension.

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Young Blackhawks Impress Savard

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from the Chicago Tribune,

Under the watchful eyes of the Hawks’ hierarchy, 2007 No. 1 overall draft pick Patrick Kane and the team’s top selection in ‘06, Jonathan Toews, hit the ice for the team’s first scrimmage at its prospects camp at The Edge in Bensenville.
Playing on the same line, they didn’t disappoint. Kane made a terrific pass to set up one goal and center Toews later scored an unassisted goal as they displayed some slick moves in front of general manager Dale Tallon and coach Denis Savard.
“I was pretty impressed,” Savard said. “It’s only Day One … but I like what I saw.”

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Flames Secure Iginla & Regehr

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from the Calgary Flames,

The Calgary Flames announced today that the pair, considered to be a big part of the core of the team, have signed new, five-year deals that begin following the 2007-08 season. That means Iginla, the team captain, and Regehr, an assistant captain, chose not to test the unrestricted free agent market next summer.
“There are a lot of great hockey cities. For the fans and the passion, there isn’t a city that beats Calgary,” said Iginla, who turned 30 on July 1.
Regehr, who will marry fiance Christina in his home province of Saskatchewan later this month, agreed.
“Over time I have realized how fortunate I have been to play in Calgary,” said Regehr.

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Back To Reality

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from David Climer of the Tennessean,

It is a slap back to reality. With the franchise up for sale, owner Craig Leipold is playing it close to the vest and tight to the wallet.
All of which means the Predators are back in their comfort zone. This franchise was born as an expansion team with a roster of no-names. Many of its best days came as an underdog overachiever. This was The Little Team That Could.
Perhaps it is the team’s birthright. Some organizations are more comfortable at higher altitudes and with loftier salaries. Not the Preds. They seem best suited to squeezing the most out of every dollar.

read on

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Your 2007-08 Blue Jackets

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from Arace on hockey at the Columbus Dispatch,

You don’t have to be Toe Blake to figure this out, but here’s what I’ve got for the forward lines:
Rick Nash-Sergei Fedorov-David Vyborny.
Fredrik Modin-Jiri Novotny-Nikolai Zherdev.
Jason Chimera-Alexander Svitov-Dan Fritsche
Jody Shelley-Manny Malhotra-Gilbert Brule
There he is, the Blue Jackets’ huge free-agent splash, ladies and gentlemen . . . Jiri Novotny. Yowza.
New GM Scott Howson has been charged with maintaining a budget and he’s playing Moneyball, looking for complimentary players he thinks will have a chance to flourish. In a way, it’s refreshing.

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Signing On A Holiday

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If last year is any indication, many deals were announced on July 4th.

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Buffalo Fans Are Used To This

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from Allen Wilson of the Buffalo News,

Suddenly, that dream has become a nightmare. You are mad. You want to storm the Sabres’ offices and voice your disapproval. I hear some of you are planning to boycott games next year. I’ll believe that when I see it.
You might not want anything to do with the Sabres right now, but you’ll come back to them. You always do. Come October, you will flock to HSBC Arena in droves. You’ll go back to wearing your Sabres jerseys and putting those Sabres flags on your cars.
There are no fans quite like Buffalo fans. Few have experienced the pain and disappointment that you have, given the legacy of postseason failures by your beloved sports teams.

read on

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Wild Lineup Just About Set

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from the Pioneer Press,

“I think we have one more (move) we’re looking at, and we’ll see how it plays out,” general manager Doug Risebrough said, “but for the most part we’re pretty much done.”
The Wild are looking into signing veteran defenseman Sean Hill, but complications surrounding his 20-game suspension have made it a slow process. Hill tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance late last season and still has to sit out 19 games.
An announcement could come today, but in either case, don’t expect a major move in what has been a relatively quiet offseason for the Wild, whose biggest move was to trade goalie Manny Fernandez to Boston for a prospect and a fourth-round draft pick.

more on the Wild…

added 8:11pm, from the Star Tribune,

The contract is stuck in a holding pattern, Wild assistant GM Tom Lynn said Wednesday, because the team is awaiting answers to a number of questions it has posed to the league office regarding the 19 games Hill has left to serve on his 20-game suspension for becoming the first NHL player to violate the league’s drug policy.
“This might take a while,” Lynn said. “It’s a holiday [Wednesday], and I don’t know how long it’ll take to get answers from a league that doesn’t want to prejudge things. So it makes it hard for us to make a decision.

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