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Looking At Dumont

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

WDFN in Detroit had Dumont's agent on yesterday and he stated five teams have shown interest in him. RDS (translated) reports four teams, including Detroit, possibly LAK and also notes Dumont does not plan to make a decision this week.

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Gillett Owns More Of The Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Rocky Mountain News,

Molson Coors has sold part of its interest in the Montreal Canadiens hockey franchise to majority owner George Gillett for $36.1 million. As part of the deal, Molson Coors has been released from an obligation to guarantee the bank loan Gillett took out to buy the hockey team from Molson in 2001. The deal involves a "preferred interest" Molson Coors held in the club since the sale. Molson Coors still owns 19.9 percent of the common shares in the hockey club. NHL spokesman Frank Brown said the league's board of governors has already approved the transaction.
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Welcome To “Prison”

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from MosNews,

Russian hockey star Evgeni Malkin has opened a posh restaurant where visitors can enjoy the cozy atmosphere of a typical Russian jail. Barred windows and ceiling, lamps designed as police flashlights, barbed wire and excerpts from the Russian Penal Code are significant parts of the interior design at VIP Zone, Magnitogorsk. You can have a seat on a plank-bed (there are comfortable chairs for the more delicate) and eat your food with an aluminium fork. When you have finished, waitresses dressed in striped prison wrappers will bring you a bill dotted with fingerprints. “I wanted to open a restaurant that would be something absolutely new, like nothing before it,” Malkin told Komsomolskaya Pravda daily.
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Yes Coach Fedorov

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from the Russian Hockey Digest,

By the end of August, a training camp will take place in Chicago for Russian NHLers. This sort of events will occur first time in Russian hockey history, and will be managed by president of Russian Hockey Federation – Vladislav Tretiak. Since Russian national team still has no head coach announced, the training camp will be set by Viktor Fedorov, father of well-known hockey players Sergei and Fedor. Viktor Fedorov lives in Detroit for many years and was invited by Tretiak to help organizing the training camp.... Most likely, we will not view many of players joined the camp during the World Championship in Moscow next spring, but it is necessary to build a bridge of competent relationships between Russians in NHL and FHR headquartered in Russia, so that next time Russian NHLers will not ask themselves unnecessary questions whether to play for the national team or not.
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The Walkaway

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from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

Over most of the National Hockey League's history, there were two walkaways. Now, within a three-day span, there have been two more. It's a sign not only of the changing times under the new collective bargaining agreement, but also an indication that no matter what some of the pundits try to assert, it's almost impossible to develop a team by drafting well and developing your own players.
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Players Getting Their Piece Of The Pie

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from Spector at Fox Sports,

Revenue growth may not be as significant for 2006-07 compared to last season, but if growth does continue on even a marginal scale, those escrow payments may only be in single digits for not just next season but future ones, with more possibilities of that money returning to the players. It appears now that too many of the players' critics focussed on the wrong issues in their assessment of which side "won" the NHL's contentious labor war, neglecting to closely examine what the PA had negotiated for the players.
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Let’s Go To Skating School

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Grand Traverse Herald,

A poster blitz covered the walls — inspiring, exhorting, educating in large block letters: "Take a hit... Get involved... See the ice... Take charge." The 60 students in last week's Hockey Specific Skating School held at Centre ICE also checked out the longer sayings: "Remember the game is supposed to be FUN!" And "Say little when you win, less when you lose." Not to mention the lists: ten stupid things players do, coaches do and parents do.
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Mike Kitchen Can Coach Now

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from CBS Sportsline,

"It's very exciting around here now with new ownership and certainly it's nice to be their choice because they could have brought in their own people," said Kitchen. "The biggest thing to me is that we have a direction now, which we haven't had for quite a while. "I can't say enough about that. When you have direction from the top, it just trickles down, and you move forward as an organization. Players see that."
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NHL Hard At Work In August

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Can you sharpen skates? If not, don't even think about being an NHL equipment manager!

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Wings Interested In Bondra

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The KKF has the word, according to a foreign story. He could replace some of the goals Shanahan took with him.

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