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Columbus Signs Filatov

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Nikita Filatov to a standard three-year entry level contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Filatov, 18, was the sixth overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft held at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on June 20-21. He scored 32 goals and added 34 assists for 66 points with 90 penalty minutes in 34 games with CSKA of the Russian Junior League during the 2007-08 season. He also saw action in five games with CSKA’s Russian Elite League team and represented Russia at the 2008 World Junior Championships. He tallied 4-5-9 with 10 penalty minutes and had a +7 plus/minus rating in seven games to help Team Russia capture the bronze medal. Russia’s captain, he led the team in assists, points and plus/minus rating.

“We are very pleased that Nikita has made a strong commitment to play in North America as soon as possible,” said Howson.  “He is a dynamic, talented player with outstanding offensive instincts. We look forward to seeing him in training camp this fall.”

added 2:48pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The tug-of-war over Nikita Filatov’s services officially started Thursday morning, when the Columbus Blue Jackets signed him to a standard, NHL entry-level contract, which for the 2008 draft year, means a salary of $875,000 (U.S.) plus bonuses that could potentially triple his compensation.

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Feaster Talk

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from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

...Feaster has a brilliant mind, his legal background and the way he goes about taking care of his business and those around him are something to be admired. He has a clear and concise understanding of the collective bargaining agreement. And his abilities when it comes to public speaking are second to none, as are his abilities to negotiate contracts.

But, how much pride can he swallow? I was told not too long ago that “Jay would fit in’’, but the question is, where? What can he do for the new ownership? Where would he fit in? And how could Jay be counted on to produce when he would feel unwanted?

I believe that this will be cleared up in the coming days. The word circulating around, and it’s more of just a theory right now, but a buy out could be negotiated with Feaster that would allow both sides to come to an amicable agreement that would see both sides able to walk away from each other.

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Who Am I?

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I went to my first hockey game with my dad when I was 6 years old - Rangers vs. Bruins - at the old Madison Square Garden. I listened to games on my radio with an ear plug in bed as I did homework when I was a kid. I remember that very fondly.

We moved to Boston from NYC when I was 13 years old and I became a Bruins fan and lived through the Bobby Orr Stanley Cup era.

Click for the answer.

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Our Game Is Going Global

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from Nigel Duncan of the Edinburgh News,

Scotty Bowman, one of the most renowned figures in the world of ice hockey, was at Murrayfield yesterday to dispense some of his vast knowledge to youngsters.
The 74-year-old Bowman, who is in Scotland as he attempts to trace his forebears, is the only head coach in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Football League (NFL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) ever to have won championships with three different teams….

Yesterday, Bowman took time out from tracing his Scottish roots to talk to youngsters attending a summer hockey school at Murrayfield. Ice Rink.

And he firmly believes that the world’s fastest team sport will go global in the next three decades.

He said: “It is now played in so many countries. Europe is the next phase. The travel is much different now and that’s why they played two (NHL) games in London last year. This year they’re going to Sweden and I think they’re also going to the Czech Republic.

“We’re going global and it will be a global sport. It won’t happen overnight, but, right now, 35 per cent of the players in the NHL are from Europe, another 15 per cent are from the USA and the Canadians produce the rest.

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The Crazy Team

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from Mike Boone at Habs Inside/Out,

He’s got owners under indictment.

He’s got a TV deal with a U.S. cable network that no one watches.

He’s got fading defencemen signed to six-year contracts, 14-goal scorers making $4 million a season and goaltenders going for $12 million a pair, while supplies last.

Gary Bettman is CRAAAAAZZZZZYYYYYYYY!

This week’s special at Crazy Gary’s: A Conn Smythe Trophy winner who will make almost $1.5 million less this season than Michael Ryder.

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Bouwmeester Talks Continue

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from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

There is a thought the Panthers secretly hoped Bouwmeester would sign an offer sheet with another NHL team this summer, giving the Panthers a chance to match the deal and lock Bouwmeester in long-term.

Since Bouwmeester elected to go to arbitration, he cannot sign with another team; Martin said the Panthers aren’t going to trade him.

‘‘We’re confident we’ll get something done,’’ Martin said. ``That’s our approach right now. That’s the way we’re going. We still are having discussions. It’s been a process that’s been good on both parts. It hasn’t been ugly. It’s been healthy discussions from both sides. We’re just trying to find a meaningful pay scale he’ll be happy with.’‘

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Playing With The Kids

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from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,

To have hockey-playing giants show up in their villages must have been stunning for kids in Mozambique.

Last month’s encounters were no less eye-opening for said giants—Robyn Regehr and Zdeno Chara.

The National Hockey League players’ one-week tour through the nation on Africa’s southeast coast—on behalf of Right To Play (motto: “Creating a healthier and safer world for children through the power of sport and play’‘)—provided more than a few stunning moments.

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Best Sports Logos

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from InventorSpot,

Some sports teams have had logos that have lasted for what seems like an eternity; whether for more than half a century full of glory or a few struggling decades. But no matter what criticisms or financial issues a team has faced, the logo still stands on strong.

The following are 10 great logos that have solidified teams and major league sports.

continued and three NHL teams listed including the Winged Wheel as #1.

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The Most Important Signing

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from Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch,

The biggest offseason signing in Blue Jackets history—the face of the franchise, mind you—doesn’t score goals or play defense, isn’t much of a skater and struggles to move the puck. His weight hovers around 275 pounds, on a 5-foot-10ish frame, and the only time he has worn the C is when jokesters liken him to Captain Kangaroo.

This is the guy the Jackets are pinning their hopes on? Yes, and it’s hard to argue against them. Ken Hitchcock, who signed a threeyear extension yesterday to coach the Blue Jackets through the 2011-12 season, is more important to the team than any recent free-agent signing or draft pick.

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Barry Smith and His Team

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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

“It was a new frontier that I had a new chance to explore,” (Barry) Smith said Wednesday. “I wasn’t going to be a mercenary and go there for the money. I wouldn’t have done that. It is a new frontier in hockey. You’re seeing what happens with the new league and the new process of North Americans.”

The league had its hiccups, but it’s growing. On his first road trip, his team was forced to walk a mile from its plane to catch a bus after a bomb scare at the airport. On his second road trip, the team hotel caught fire and, with no fire department nearby, was extinguished by employees.

“It was like walking into 1950,” he said with a laugh.

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