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Hard To Figure Out

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from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Friday afternoon, Andrew Murstein had lunch with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Neither knew that within hours, Sam Fingold's bid would be accepted by the Penguins and he would sign a letter of intent to buy the club. "[Bettman] told me point blank he would like the team to stay in Pittsburgh," Murstein said yesterday. That makes Murstein, president of Medallion Corp. in New York and one of four active bidders until Fingold got the nod, wonder why his group wasn't given more consideration. Murstein repeatedly insisted he was committed to keeping the Penguins here. "We asked for the number we had to be at [to get a letter of intent]," Murstein said. "They gave us a number. We met that. And we still didn't get the team."
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Young Faces In Nashville

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from the Tennessean,

"The guys we have are very capable of playing,'' Vokoun said. "Marek Zidlicky is a guy who hasn't been in the NHL for long, but he's been a pro for many years and played in a lot of big games. "Whether guys are in their first year or their 10th year, you have to give them a chance and see what they can do. If our guys grab their chance and go with it, they'll get experience as the year goes on. If not, I'm sure there will be changes.'' The youthful blueline corps raises the larger issue of different leadership for the coming season. In cutting ties with Johnson and trading Scott Walker to Carolina, the Predators said goodbye to a captain and alternate captain who'd been around since the start of the franchise. It's clear that new faces will have to assume more prominent roles in the locker room and on the ice.
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GMs Rolling The Dice

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from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,

Mark-to-market. Have you heard of it? The idea of weighing a player's future more heavily than his past has become one of the more unfortunate trademarks of the new-school NHL. Agree to a multi-year deal, and pay a lot up front with the belief it will balance out in the later years of the contract. Come on now. Vegas offers better odds than this. What are the GMs rolling the dice on? Where would you like to start?
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Lou “The Healer”

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Vladimir Malakhov's decision to abort his retirement - which is believed to have begun at any time between 2001 and last December, there's no way to tell for certain - as revealed last week by Lou Lamoriello, sure comes at a convenient time for the Devils, doesn't it? Because the only way the GM can include Malakhov and his $3.6M cap obligation in a trade without the deal being rejected by the league office per the CBA's amorphous circumvention clause, is to rehabilitate the 37-year-old defenseman as a bona fide NHL roster player.... If Mogilny - a 16-year NHL veteran - goes into camp as a presumptive Devils roster player, the league will have a much more difficult time denying the team the right to gain a long-term injury exception on the winger's $3.5M contract if the hip problem that originated during No. 89's stint as a Maple Leaf should somehow flare up in the preseason.
much more (reg. req.)...inlcuding Legace talking with Islanders...

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All Igor

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from the Toronto Star,

In a career spanning a remarkable 27 years, Igor Larionov did just about everything you can do in hockey. He won Olympic gold medals for the Soviet Union in 1984 and 1988. He won three Stanley Cup rings. He skated with some of the greatest players in history. Next year, he becomes eligible for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Would you have liked to play under the current NHL rules? Yeah, that would've been nice. I was thinking last year of coming back, but I thought 27 years was enough. At the beginning I wasn't sure about the rule changes — so many penalties, so many calls. It's opened up the game, but I still think there are too many teams. ... I don't want to mention any teams, but it's a waste of money to watch them.
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Briere Moves To The Upper Class

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

It's taken him 10 years, but Daniel Briere has finally made it. The official stamp of approval came last week when an arbitrator awarded the Gatineau native and Buffalo Sabres co-captain a one-year contract worth $5 million (all figures U.S.). That was a 163-per-cent increase from the $1.9 million U.S. he received last year, instantly lifting him to the NHL's upper class.
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Visit VCOE

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Most hockey bloggers will tell you the slowest traffic of the week is usually Friday afternoon thru early Sunday evening. Throw in a heatwave in late July and the hockey fan has something else on their mind right about now. Alanah at VCOE is in the midst of a 24 hour blogathon and I am sure could use a few visitors. Stop by and say hello, she probably could use some encouragement in the next 19 hours or so.

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Fast Growth In Women’s Hockey

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from the Winnipeg Sun via Slam,

Women's hockey has grown so fast in the past decade it's hard to recall a time when ponytails poking out of helmets weren't a regular sight around the rink. The number of female hockey players registered with Hockey Canada has more than doubled since the 1998-1999 season, when 29,031 girls took to the ice. In 2004-2005, Hockey Canada reported 65,951 girls were blasting slapshots in rinks across the country.
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KK Hosting Issue

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Some of you may experienced a slight outage today when trying to access KK. From my hosting service,

This still seems to be an unresolved issue with one of the fiber providers to the data center we house our servers in on the west coast of the US. Telia is the fiber provider and seem to on and off having fiber issues in the south and southwestern United States over the past few weeks. We are not sure if these are heat related issues with record temps in many parts of the country causing fiber and power outage issues. We are in contact with the data center’s engineers to try and find out when this issue will be corrected, routed around, etc. From our own monitoring stations we are only having issues connection to sites from our Minneapolis monitoring systems. Monitoring we do from Singapore, London, UK and Houston, TX are actually showing clean routes and speeds to the data center. But using other outside monitoring/testing systems that route across different global networks we have seen spotty issues from other locations in the US mostly. We will post follow up details as soon as they come in. We do apologies for the issues, and we are working on migration of clients as quickly as possible to our Minneapolis, MN data center so these issues at the west coast data center will impact fewer of our hosting clients each day.
As you can see, the issue is slowly being resolved.

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