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I’m just not convinced another lockout three years down the road – or any other time – would automatically spell the doom and gloom others predict.

-Ken Campbell of The Hockey News.  More from Ken…

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Travel Between Canada & The US Just Got Harder

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from Don Martin of CamWest Services via the National Post,

Canada’s six NHLteams are scrambling to find alternative travel arrangements south of the border after the U.S. Department of Transportation banned Air Canada’s charter fleet from flying between U.S. cities.

In a furious exchange with the Obama administration over the mid-August ruling, Canada has launched its own investigation and will soon close its skies to U.S. sports team charters in retaliation, warns Transport Minister John Baird.

The sticking point is an eight-year-old exemption that had allowed sports and celebrity charters to make several pit stops in American cities. Under existing open skies agreements, regular Canadian airline flights can only visit one U.S. city before returning.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly warns the charter ban will create a complicated “patchwork” of travel that could “wreck havoc” with the oncoming hockey schedule, including early league games in Europe, as teams scramble to book flights under the new rules.

“It’s potentially a very significant impact,” Daly said Friday. “It’s crazy and very destabilizing to our business. We’re operating on a long-standing interpretation and for it to change overnight on the eve of our season is creating a huge problem for us.”

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Hinote Will Be In Sharks Camp

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

Add Dan Hinote’s name to the list of players about to compete for a spot on the Sharks’ revamped third and fourth lines.

The initial phase of training camp gets under way at 2 p.m. Saturday — and, yes, I’m advised the session is open to the public — when rookies skate for the first time. Veterans won’t be out there until a week from Sunday and that’s when the 32-year-old Hinote will begin trying to make San Jose the third stop in his NHL career.

That was the word from a source at Sharks Ice today, though I couldn’t pin down whether Hinote would be coming with a contract in hand or as a tryout, an arrangement along the lines of Jeff Friesen’s unsuccessful effort a year ago.

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Eminger Signs With Ducks

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Steve Eminger to a two-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

“Steve Eminger brings a physical presence to our blueline and is very capable offensively,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “Being only 25 years old, we expect him to continue improving as a player and make a solid contribution this season.”

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Drawing a Line in the Sand

Blog: KK Members Blog By Hippy Dave

Hello fellow readers,

Like many of you, I am a DirecTV customer.  I have been for years.  Most of you are probably aware of DirecTV’s recent removal of Versus from their programming lineup due to a contract dispute.

While I hate to do so, it has become apparent to me that I now have to hold off on my auto-renewal of NHL Center Ice and plan on changing services to another provider such as Comcast (which owns Versus, btw).  I’m not happy about it and I’d rather not do it.  So, what I propose here is a good old-fasioned letter-writing campaign.

You can contact DirecTV through their email form here.

After navigating to the page, enter your account information and select Programming/Sports as your topic and Customer Service/Complaints as your category.

I have provided a form letter below that you can use to encourage DirecTV to have a change of heart.  Hopefully if enough of us write, we won’t have to take any further action.

Dear Sir or Madam:

I have been a loyal DirecTV customer for years, and had been planning on being one for many years to come.  However your recent decision to remove the sports network Versus from your service will soon force me to switch to another provider so I may continue to receive their NHL programming.  I strongly encourage you to reconsider your position regarding renewing Versus’ contract and hope that you begin to understand just how many customers you are about to lose by not doing so.  I hope to remain a customer going forward but will cancel my service at the beginning of the NHL season if this situation is not rectified.

Sincerely,
-

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Report- Schremp Signs Two-Way Contract With Oilers

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via Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Rob Schremp has signed a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers, The Journal has learned.

Schremp’s new contract is a two-way deal, meaning Schremp will command $715,000 if he makes the NHL club, but less than $75,000 if he is sent down to the Oilers’ American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass.

It also means that Schremp will have to clear waivers if he’s sent down to the minors because he has now played three full seasons in the AHL.

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Ducks/Senators Trade

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired left wing Shawn Weller from Ottawa in exchange for right wing Jason Bailey.

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Afternoon Line

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“I’m going to start the season and we’ll see how things go, how I feel, if I make a decision halfway through the year or if I decide to wait until next summer, we’ll have to wait and see.  I’m in no rush really to make a decision on how long I’m going to he playing or what I’m going to be doing after this season.’‘

-Nick Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings discussing his future in hockey.  His contract expires at the end of this season.  Quote is via Ansar Khan of Mlive.

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Alfredsson Says Best To Trade Heatley

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from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,

The best resolution to the Dany Heatley saga would be to see the disgruntled left wing traded before the start of training camp on Sept. 12, captain Daniel Alfredsson said on Friday.

That would allow the team to prepare for the 2009-10 without the distraction of having to take back a player who doesn’t want to be here.

But whether that happens is a different question.

“Obviously, it would be the best scenario for everyone,” said Alfredsson. “But if it was that easy, I think something would have already been done.

“We’re ready for whatever happens and we’ll make something good out of it.”

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thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson, dany+heatley

Wonder If They Suffered Mood Swings Too?

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from Suzanne Hoholik of the Columbus Dispatch,

A Columbus Blue Jackets physician used a drug at a dosage approved only to treat menstrual pain on hockey players who had pain from injuries or surgeries.

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