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NHL Live

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"NHL Live" re-launches on Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 123) and NHL.com tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. with hosts Don LeGreca , EJ Hradek , Zig Fracassi and Joe Tolleson. update 10:31am, Tuesday Sept. 26th, Sirius is not streaming their signal, therefore, no link available. When I get more information, I will update.

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Pens Off To West Point

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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins will trade their black and gold for camouflage this week. Starting Monday, the Penguins begin a four-day team-building trip to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. The squad will continue on-ice and off-ice hockey workouts, but most of their time will be spent building team chemistry through unique military-based situations. “I think it’s going to be a good time. I think it’s going to be a good opportunity for the guys to get to know each other a little better. I am sure we’ll do a lot of team building,” Penguins defenseman Mark Eaton said. “Anytime you get that kind of an opportunity away from the rink, where you can get to know guys better and work together with guys in different situations, I think it’s going to be fun and beneficial for the team.”
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VP Title For Yzerman

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from the Detroit News,

Steve Yzerman, captain for the Red Wings for 20 seasons before retiring in July, was named a team vice president Monday. Yzerman is expected to work with senior vice president Jim Devellano, general manager Ken Holland and assistant general manager Jim Nill on all aspects of the organization.
added 3:40pm, via Mlive,
“Initially, it’s going to be almost an education in how the business works and the management side of running a team works,'' Yzerman said. "What I’ll be doing is spending time with Kenny (general manager Holland) and (assistant GM) Jim Nill and Jimmy D (senior VP Devellano) in the hockey department and observing how they operate, whether it be contract negotiations or player analysis, just sitting in, listening in and watching. I think I have some freedom as far as the business side of the organization, spend some time with them as well.’’

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B’s & Leetch- Nothing Going On

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Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli was on Hockey This Morning on Home Ice XM 204 and told (will open wmp audio) Scott Laughlin and Cam Stewart the Bruins have had talks regarding Leetch but there is nothing going on. thanks to the guys at Home Ice for the audio.

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Monitoring Spending

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from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said he thinks the rise in spending on players this year is a one-time occurrence, and that he doesn’t think double-digit percentage increases will happen in subsequent years.... As of last week, only four of the 30 NHL clubs had spent less money than they did the year before, and four teams had year-over-year payroll increases of more than 40 percent. “I can’t say I am necessarily surprised where payrolls are,” Daly said. “It’s the nature of the cap system that teams tend to migrate towards the cap.” Coming out of the longest work stoppage in the history of professional sports, the NHL last season set its revenue projections conservatively — $350 million too conservatively, as it turned out. The league had predicted revenue of about $1.8 billion, but the final number was about $2.1 billion. As a result, the upper limit on payrolls was too low, Daly said. This year, it is $5 million, or 12.8 percent, higher. “The reason [spending] grew by a double-digit percentage is we had a payroll range last summer that didn’t reflect what our leaguewide economics were,” Daly said. “I don’t anticipate that we will continue to see double-digit increases in the payroll range on a going-forward basis.” Daly said that although he is not concerned about the market on a leaguewide basis, the league is monitoring the way certain teams are spending on certain players. “It’s clearly something we have to monitor … to make sure the right dollars are going in the right pockets,” he said.

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Metallurg Says Goodbye To Kingup

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from the CP via TSN,

Former Canadian national team coach Dave King was fired by Metallurg Magnitogorsk on Monday. Despite leading the club to a Russian league regular-season title last year, King was let go after back-to-back losses this weekend dropped the team to 3-4-1 on the early season. King was immediately replaced by his assistant coach Fedor Kanareikin.
update 11:07am, from Reuters via the Guardian Unlimited,
Canadian Dave King has quit as coach of Metallurg Magnitogorsk following a string of poor results, the Russian Superleague club said on Monday. "Today, we came to a mutual decision to part company with head coach Dave King," Metallurg said on their Web site.
update 12:34pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
"I was caught completely off guard this morning because, geez, it was only eight games," said King. "I was playing the young kids the way they wanted me to. But this is Russia and everything over here is just so volatile. A lot of people would like to come over because financially, it's such a great pay day, but you really earn your money. It can be there and it can be gone so quickly."
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Keeping The Faith

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from the Daily News,

Will 'til next year. It's a phrase that began with supporters of baseball's Brooklyn Dodgers, who always had trouble beating those big-shot New York Yankees across town. For the last four decades, fans of another team in blue and white have taken up the call - could this be the year the Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup? The ones at Halifax Metro Centre for last night's exhibition game against the Ottawa Senators thought so. They packed the building with jerseys, painted their faces, and weren't too upset that their squad came to town without stars like Mats Sundin, Thomas Kaberle, Michael Peca and Darcy Tucker.
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End The Hamilton Talk

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from the Hamilton Spectator,

In case there's anyone out there who still believes the NHL could work in Hamilton, Saturday's game ought to end the lunacy once and for all. At a time when stories are flying around that a prospective new owner is vying to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins and move them to Copps Coliseum, those same Penguins come here for an exhibition game and barely half the seats are sold. Honestly, how does anyone think this game doesn't answer every question about our interest in the product and our ability to sustain a team? The NHL comes here maybe once a year, and when it does, this city lets out a collective yawn and finds something else to do.
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Rangers In Prague

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from the Czech Business Weekly,

Next season, the New York Rangers could kick off their National Hockey League (NHL) campaign in Prague, the Czech sports marketing company Česká sportovní announced last week “It’s quite realistic that Prague will host a regular NHL game early next season,” said company owner, Tomáš Petera. “Given the Rangers’ Czech-studded lineup, led by Jaromír Jágr, we’re primarily eyeing the opportunity to bring the Rangers to a game here.” So far, the NHL has staged hockey games outside of North America only three times, in Japan. The last time that the NHL faced off overseas was in 2000, when the Pittsburgh Penguins took on the Nashville Predators at the Saitama Super Arena outside Tokyo.
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All Manny Fernandez

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from the Pioneer Press,

· My mom's side of the family had a lot of influence on me when it came to hockey. (Wild coach) Jacques (Lemaire) is my mother's brother. I've never called him Uncle Jacques. I call him Jacques. He wasn't my only uncle. There are nine brothers and sisters. It's a vast family. · I want the people of Minnesota to know that I owe my whole career to them. Each and every game, I'm going to do whatever it takes to make them proud and help the team win. I'm a guy that's really thankful for anybody who's ever helped me. It doesn't go unnoticed with me. For the fans who've stuck by me from the very beginning, that really counts for something.
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