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Russians Stalling

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from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Maybe star centre Evgeni Malkin won't play in the NHL next season after all, because Russia has yet to officially join the NHL-IIHF transfer agreement. What looked like a done deal weeks ago is now stalling and it's not clear whether Russia will officially sign the document. "Right now, it's issues that exist between the IIHF and the Russian Federation," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Monday from New York. "My understanding is that they are trying to schedule an in-person meeting in the near future. Our position is that while we think the transfer agreement is important and beneficial to the sport, if it doesn't get done the players are going to come here anyway."
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Carter Wants $9 Million For 3 Years

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from Canada.com,

The Vancouver general manager acknowledged Sunday that the contract gap between the NHL club and Carter was simply too great to close. Carter is seeking $9 million US over three years while the Canucks are believed to have offered the Toronto native $4 million over two years. "With the [$44 million] salary cap, I'm not trying to save money on anybody," said Nonis. "It's factual. I want to come in at $42 million and he [Carter] wants more money and a longer term and I can't do that."
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LA Times Cutting Hockey Coverage?

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According to a mole at Ben Mailer, the LA Times will stop covering most Kings & Ducks away games with a a beat writer and the NHL Column Helene Elliott writes has been put to an end. I have noticed a big drop-off in the hockey coverage at the paper in recent months- not a good sign fro hockey fans. Thanks to a KK reader for the pointer.

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Stock Check

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from HockeyFights.com,

If you've seen a highlight reel containing hockey fights over the past five years, you've seen PJ Stock. He's the smaller guy throwing without fear of being hit, then smiling afterwards, and skating off waving to the crowd as they're all on their feet. Do you think next year, we'll see a decrease in the number of penalties called? Did the players need a full year to adjust to the new rule implementations? PJ Stock: Yes. Chris Chelios is a perfect example. He's in his 40s. He has been playing the same game for 35 years and then, a couple of weeks before the season, they decide to change it all up and he's can't use his stick and he can't hook, and he can't clear the front of the net by crosschecking. It's almost turned into basketball a little bit in front of the net because everything's body positioning and it's great, but guys can take quite some time to learn this. The refs also have to give a little more leeway which I think they did towards the end of the year.
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Marketing The Islanders

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from Newsday,

Hockey wasn't new to the two. Fleming grew up in hockey country, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Blumenfeld went to Rangers games with her family while growing up in New York City. Both had sports-related accounts working for agencies in Manhattan. "The male mindset thing, that was not an issue for me," Fleming said. What made things work was that the Islanders weren't looking to sell hockey. "It's not just a matter of saying hockey's a great game, come out and watch hockey, which is sort of the facile, superficial approach," Fleming said. "You'll see that with a lot of sports advertising." Instead, she said, the Islanders wanted to combine "the excitement of the game as well as the feeling of pride one has in their hometown team."
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Still Shooting At 87

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from the Journal News,

Either of the following probably should preclude Frank Shelton from playing hockey: It's summer, and he's 87. But while the Monday morning pickup games Shelton plays at Sport-O-Rama in Monsey with the FDNY/NYPD Hockey Club of Rockland are on hiatus until after Labor Day, he's still playing twice a week in a rec league at Montclair State. "I marvel at him, you know what I mean?" said 74-year-old Gene Downey of Stony Point, who plays with Shelton at Sport-O-Rama. "To get to that age and play, never mind doing anything else. You don't find many people like that."
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Souray Wants To Remain A Canadien

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from the Montreal Gazette,

Hockey season must be near: the rumour mill recycled the idea last week that Canadiens defenceman Sheldon Souray wants to be traded. "These 'confirmed' reports about me asking for a trade?" Souray said yesterday. "I've never seen (Canadiens general manager) Bob Gainey confirm them, and I've not been called, nor has my agent, to confirm them. "So I guess they're being confirmed by the people at the water cooler, and that's unfortunate. You have a lot of people who are influenced by what they read in the papers, which is a downside of playing in Montreal."
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Spending Habits

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from Al Strachan of the Torornto Sun,

Just think back to the pre-lockout era, when owners spent more than they said they had. Then, along comes the lockout and the players sign a deal which says, in effect: "You can still spend stupidly, but if you do, we'll reimburse you." So, it's a surprise that the owners are over-spending again? The wise GMs saw this coming and locked up their most valuable players when they had a chance. Others waited, clinging to the faint hope that this time, the owners might succumb to an acute attack of common sense.
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Every Team Is In The Same Boat

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Adam Proteau of the Hockey News takes on Sens GM John Muckler-

But it seems as if the owners didn’t cream the players’ union enough for Muckler’s liking. Perhaps forcing the players into indentured servitude, as was the case in the NHL’s formative years, is what he has in mind. Perhaps he wants GMs to add “arbitrator of player contracts” to their job descriptions. We’ll never know until Muckler reveals his blueprint for building the perfect financial beast, and there’ll be no breath-holding advised while we wait for that press conference.
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Tracking “Stanley”

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What are some of the sights "Stanley" has seen since Carolina took possession of it... from Canada.com,

The Stanley Cup was awarded to the winners of a hard-fought ball hockey game in this sleepy community about an hour's drive east of Toronto on Wednesday. It was Carolina Hurricanes winger Justin Williams' day with the oldest trophy in professional sports and he shared it with a group of old friends, who played the early-morning game in the local arena after rain kept them from staging it in a park.
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