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Sports Songs - The Top 10

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from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

2. Hockey Night in Canada theme
Is there a melody more instantly recognizable to your average Canuck than this one? O Canada, maybe.
Someone (Stompin’ Tom?) should add lyrics to this thing. Then again, maybe it’s fine just the way it is.
Never heard a rock version of it, but it’s probably out there, somewhere.

a few more “hockey” songs made the Top 10.

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Best Defense For The $$$

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Ice Chat - NHL News, one of the newer hockey blogs, breaks down the defensive side of every NHL team, lists the cap hit for the “D” and comes out with a best squad for the buck.
Pretty interesting and I am pointing to the homepage, since it is broken down in numerous parts.

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Fans- Prepare To Spend

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from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,

We’re still nearly a month away from the opening of the NHL pre-season and it’s obvious that everyone’s desperate for a bit of something they can grab onto and discuss.
Right now, a team like the Senators is hoping that something is a bit of fabric manufactured by Reebok.
All NHL teams are in the process of unveiling their new RBK EDGE jerseys to the masses. The lighter, sleeker sweaters made their debut during last season’s all-star game in Dallas to mixed reviews from fans. Granted, it was difficult to make a firm assessment until everyone was able to see the uniforms presented in their preferred team’s colours.

continued

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Salaries Increase And So Does Revenue

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from the News & Observer,

This season, the third under the salary-cap system the league adopted to end the lockout, the average salary will fly beyond that mark and approach $2.2 million.
The league isn’t concerned about that, because salaries are tied to revenue. If more money is going out, it can only mean more money is coming in.
“I don’t think this year’s free-agency period suggests a return to days when high-revenue clubs had a competitive advantage in the players marketplace,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. “Aside from a couple of high-profile signings, the distribution of signings is significantly more diverse than under the CBA

read on

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Columbus In Shopping Mode

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson left Columbus yesterday to meet his family for a vacation in Calgary, Alberta. But it won’t be relaxing right away. The Jackets are intent on using Svitov’s money to add another player, and they will either shore up the roster at center or on defense before training camp opens Sept. 14.
Other centers the Jackets likely will consider if they can’t sign Peca are Jason Allison and Mike Johnson. The top target among defensemen is Danny Markov.

more

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Every Teams Should Have Interest In Forsberg

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via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• If anyone in the NHL truly believes Andrew Raycroft is a No. 1 goalie, they’d make a pitch to the Leafs for him. At $2 million a year, the price is cheap for a starting netminder. But to date, no real offers of consequence.
• Why is it news when an NHL general manager contacts Peter Forsberg’s agent to inquire about the player? Shouldn’t it be news if a GM doesn’t contact Don Baizley to ask about the most talented free agent left in the pool?

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Islanders Ice Girls Can Handle Anything

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from Newsweek,

It’s that kind of grace under fire - not to mention the ability to wear a midriff crop top with pride (hey, every job has its dress requirements) - that Beach no doubt was looking for at the tryouts, held at Islanders’ Iceworks, the team’s practice facility in Syosset.
“We have nothing but fun,” says Kelli, 24, of Manhasset, who had the well-publicized showdown with Lundqvist. (For privacy, the Islanders do not release last names.)
She just rolls her eyes when asked about the incident. “It’s all behind me,” she said. “I’m moving on, starting fresh.”

more (with video)...

Read more on the new squad at the Islanders website…

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Martin Straka Had Knee Surgery For Meniscus Problem

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from the Czech News Agency, translated below…

Knee injury stopped Martin Straka’s training for upcoming NHL season. 34-years-old NY Rangers player had surgery at doctor’s Petr Nepras office on Thursday. Nepras is the only Czech doctor with NHL licence to do surgery for NHLers. This information comes from the daily newspapers Blesk and Aha!
Straka should be okay in three weeks. After surgery he will not attend tonight’s Golden hockey stick (which is Czech player of the Year).

Thanks to KK friend Roman of eNHL.cz for the pointer and translation…

added 3:34pm, update from Roman… Straka was at the awards show tonight for the Golden Stick Awards.  Jagr was named the best Czech player (8th time), followed by Hasek and Straka.

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Edmonton Looks At Nationwide Arena Development

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from the Edmonton Journal,

Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, could be the model for a multipurpose facility to create jobs, housing and tax revenue in downtown Edmonton, says Lyle Best, chairman of the Arena Feasibility Committee.
He and five other committee members visited Columbus recently to see the benefits of thinking big.
In Edmonton, with about the same population as Columbus, “just an arena would not have much economic impact,” Best says. “It’s unlikely that just hockey and concerts could generate enough revenue.”

continued

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Mid-August UFA Talk

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Peca in Columbus, Belfour In Sweden, Forsberg in Edmonton- See Spector’s for all of the UFA signing talk…

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