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Ziegler Doing Just Fine

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from Treasure Coast Newspapers,

Fourteen years after retiring as NHL commissioner, Sewall's Point resident John Ziegler can't help but think like a lawyer, a commissioner and a hockey fan. The 11-year Treasure Coast resident served as commissioner for 15 years before moving to Sewall's Point. And even amongst the Florida heat he still has a passion for the game on ice. During his stint as commissioner, Ziegler had to deal with the competing World Hockey Association. He did so by adding four WHA teams to the NHL for the 1979-80 season. Ziegler retired after a strike over a collective bargaining agreement led in 1992. "It just didn't have to happen like that," Ziegler said. "After that, I just felt it was a good to retire." For a career that lasted three times as long as he thought it would, Ziegler is pretty satisfied. "I don't regret my choice to stay commissioner for as long as I did," he said. "I was in the great position where my avocation became my vocation."
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Thursday Recap

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In case you missed all of the NHL signings yesterday, the Toronto Star has a nice recap.

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A Few Signings

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A little late, but as I have stated, I am trying to take some time off the next few weeks. I need a bit of a break. via the AP,

The New Jersey Devils re-signed Scott Gomez to a one-year, $5 million contract Thursday, ending speculation that the team would be unable to fit the 26-year-old forward's contract under the NHL's salary cap. The details of the contract were confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the negotiations who requested anonymity because the team had not yet announced the signing. The Devils did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.
The Detroit Red Wings avoided arbitration with Jason Williams on Thursday, re-signing the center to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed for Williams, who was scheduled for arbitration next Monday.

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Dowd Wants To Play In The East

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from the Brick Township Bulletin,

Jim Dowd has been keeping his ear peeled to the phone in recent weeks waiting for a call from his agent, Hugh Gorman of Boston, and from the National Hockey League to see where he may be playing next season. After beating the Dallas Stars, 4-1, in their NHL playoff series opener, the Avalanche was swept out of the next series by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, although Dowd had some very good moments, including a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss. He had five goals and 13 assists on the season. "We didn't make adjustments and they played smart and waited for us to make mistakes," said Dowd. "It was one of the best experiences of my career being on a team that every year expects to be in the playoffs. I've had 14 years in this league. Now I'm looking to play back East."
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Sergei Joins Maltby

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from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

On the ice, Fedorov is used to moving fast...but not this fast. The Blue Jackets' pivot flew with the world-renowned Blue Angels on Wednesday afternoon reaching speeds of up to 760 mph during his 45-minute flight on the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet.
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Celebrating A Career

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Bob Duff at the Hockey News has a fitting tribute to Steve Yzerman,

For much of his speech, Yzerman was even able to smile. The man who first brought Yzerman to Detroit felt that was the way it should be. “I don't look upon this as a sad day,” said Red Wings senior vice-president Jimmy Devellano. “This is the celebration of a tremendous career.” A career that may never be repeated.
continued added 12:19pm, Another tribute from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated...

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Could Nagy Get $5 Million

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from the Arizona Republic,

Daniel Briere hasn't played for the Coyotes in three-plus years, but the one-time Phoenix center may have an impact on his former team this summer nonetheless. An arbitrator recently awarded Briere a $5 million salary for this season after Briere notched 58 points in 48 games for Buffalo in 2005-06. Briere's point and game totals from last season are similar to Coyotes left wing Ladislav Nagy's (56 points, 51 games). Hence, multiple NHL sources are predicting Nagy, who was paid $1.98 million last season, also will be awarded a salary around $5 million for this season.
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Cuban Group Still In The Running

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Penguins Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux, part-owner of the team, was at a golf tournament Tuesday and was asked about Murstein's group, which includes Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino. "I think they still are in the running," Lemieux told the Toronto Sun. Lemieux's comment, coupled with the fact that there is no letter of intent yet, could be an indication that team owners want to see if they can coax the price higher.
more You can also follow along on this subject in the KKF...

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Players Are Winning

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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

"Salary arbitration is an inflationary process," said a different team official. "That's why you don't see it in the National Basketball Association or the National Football League [both of which have salary caps]." So if arbitration is so bad, why did the NHL agree to it after humbling the National Hockey League Players' Association in their labour showdown? Again, the NHL had it carved in stone that it could spend only 54 per cent of its revenue on salaries. It also wanted to build a partnership with the people it had been feuding with before the lockout. The players were insistent on salary arbitration and they got it. Now we know why they wanted it so badly. Salary arbitration is their right. They can request it. They can manipulate it. They can also win at it. And these days, the winnings are sizable.
more added 8:05am, from the Edmonton Journal,
The arbitration results are just the latest in a slew of bad news for hockey fans, who ultimately will be expected to pay more for the privilege of watching games. Indeed, late last month, the NHL and players' association agreed that the new salary cap for the coming year would be $44 million, up 13 per cent. They also announced that the minimum payroll for clubs would rise from $22 million to $28 million, or 27 per cent.
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Some Win, Some Lose

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Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun choses the winners and losers during the off-season....

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING With Brad Richards, Vinny Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis chewing up almost half of the $44-million US cap, the Lightning's roster is undeniably top heavy, creating questions about depth. The departures of Kubina and ex-Leaf Fredrik Modin will sting, but at least Tampa should be more stable in goal with the arrival of Marc Denis from Columbus.
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