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Panthers Reach Agreement With Horton

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from the Florida Panthers,

Florida Panthers General Manager Mike Keenan announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with RW Nathan Horton. “Nathan is a talented player with whom we are pleased to have reached a contract agreement,” said Keenan. “He is a very skilled and hard working offensive player that will play an important role in our club’s success next season.”

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Atlanta Can Pursue Multi-Year Contracts

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from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

A Maryland court this afternoon lifted the ban that it last week placed on the Hawks and Thrashers signing players to multi-year contracts. The teams now are free to conduct their business under less stringent restrictions from the court.
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New NHLPA President Announced Tomorrow

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from the CP via TSN,

There will soon be a new president of the NHL Players' Association. Trevor Linden announced Tuesday at the NHLPA's summer meeting that he will not seek re-election for the position he has held since June 1998. The NHLPA's new executive committee is expected to be announced Wednesday.

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2nd Surgery Not Needed For Fopa

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from the Courier Post,

Flyers star center Peter Forsberg learned today that he will not require reconstructive surgery on his left foot. The Flyers have scheduled a 5 p.m. conference call to map out Forsberg's rehabilitation schedule. With no need for a second surgery, it is possible Forsberg could return to the Flyers' lineup as early as November.
Thanks to a KK reader for passing this on.

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Canadiens At “Plan D”

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from Radio-Canada (translated),

“One is already returned in the plan D, affirms Gainey. The number of players whom we covet was restricted, but several teams had the fight to obtain them.” In spite of a rich person tradition of hockey, Montreal does not seem to represent the destination number one. Do the high tax rate and the pressure to thread the tricolour pullover complicate the work of Gainey? “Our situation is not different from the other teams, explains Gainey. A player can decide to continue his career in Los Angeles, but it will have to compose with an infernal motor vehicle traffic. It will also run the chance to fall to the sea.” A small bit of irony to explain the situation of the Canadian. Since July first, several formations put the package to attract the coveted player. “There were the very heavy ones and very long contracts granted to certain players, affirms he. We would like to obtain a player, but the good player. If not, one is taken with for several seasons.”
read on Thanks to a regular KK reader for the pointer... added 6:38pm, Basically the same story now on the Montreal Canadiens website...

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Toskala Wants Goalie Situation Resolved

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from the AP via TSN,

Vesa Toskala has nothing but great things to say about the San Jose Sharks, his GM Doug Wilson, and his fellow goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. But he's adamant he doesn't want to head into training camp next season still battling for playing time in goal with his buddy Nabokov. ''I really hope that doesn't happen,'' Toskala said Tuesday from his native Tampere, Finland. ''That's not good for me, or for Nabby. And I don't think it's good for the team either, sitting one of us on the bench. I really hope there's a trade.''
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Wesley Joins Marines For A Day With The Cup

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Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Glen Wesley and his wife, Barb, announced today that they will spend part of their day with the Stanley Cup visiting Marines at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on Thursday. The Wesley family will take the fabled trophy to the "Wounded Warriors" barracks to share it with Marines wounded in combat. They are scheduled to arrive at Camp Lejeune with the Cup around 1 p.m. The Injured Support Unit barracks at Camp Lejeune were dedicated on Nov. 15, 2005 to answer the growing need for accessible housing for Marines wounded in combat. Existing barracks were renovated to create the special housing. Fourteen first-floor rooms were made accessible with ramps and grab bars, two rooms made wheelchair accessible and ramp access was added to the building.

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Sens Squeezed

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from Canada.com,

Muckler continues to rail against last year's agreement with the players, which expedites free agency and squeezes payroll with a cap. So much for the new CBA making all the smaller market teams happy. The Senators feel they are being punished for having developed good young players they now can't afford to keep. ''If you're not successful, you're a buyer, and if you are successful, you're a seller,'' Muckler said. Clearly, the sight of unrestricted free agent Zdeno Chara sauntering out the door to riches from the Boston Bruins, was a motivating factor in Muckler moving Havlat. ''Watching Chara walk, I wanted to make an early decision on Havlat - to get something for him,'' Muckler said.
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A Few Signings

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Buffalo Signs Brian Campbell to a multi-year deal... The Blue Jackets sign Haisney to a 2yr deal. added 11:05am, Wings sign Brett Lebda to a 4yr deal. added4:30pm, Lebda's deal is worth $2.6 million. added 5:53pm, via Sportsnet Tracker, Luke Richardson signs with Tampa Bay.

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Our Game

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A frequent KK reader pointed out ths article on "Why Hockey Rules". A great read even though it is a few weeks old... from the National Post,

There is more action in five minutes of hockey than in your average 90-minute game of soccer, whose fans live for the moment when, by some mischance, the ball strays within 50 yards of the net. Basketball suffers from the opposite affliction: As the comedian David Brenner argues, they should start both teams at 100 and make the games two minutes long, since that's what every basketball game comes down to. Only hockey combines frequency of scoring chances with difficulty of actually scoring: Fans, especially at playoff time, are kept in a state of near-permanent hysteria, the prospect of a game-altering goal ever present.
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