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I see NHL.com added a new blogger. What an opportunity and it is much appreciated!

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Attend Any Game

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Designed for concert tickets, but you can "hack" it to design any type of ticket you want. note: the server is getting hit hard today, so you may have to try it a few times. image

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Still No Decision

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from the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette,

An NHL-imposed deadline passed yesterday with no immediate word on a response from or action taken by the Russian hockey federation. That leaves the status of Penguins prospect Evgeni Malkin -- who yesterday turned 20 -- uncertain. An NHL spokesman late yesterday said he did not know of any news from Russia or the IIHF, and a Penguins spokesman said the team had not heard anything.
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It Just May Work

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from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,

I unroll my Joe Namath poster. I dig out my Mickey Lolich trading cards. "What are you doing?" my coworker asks. "Didn't you hear?" I say. "Dominik Hasek is back. He's the Red Wings' goalie again." "So?" he says. "So?" I say. "Who knows what's next?" I find my white shoes from the Billy (White Shoes) Johnson era. I pull them over my Fab Five gym shorts. I lift an old can of hairspray, Dry Control, by Vitalis.
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Good News For TV Viewers

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from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-The NHL’s most vexing officiating problem - Diving - is being examined and re-examined, in the hopes of producing a better handle on the penalty next season. Meanwhile, don’t expect any notable rule changes. League officials believe both fans and players need another year to fully digest and acclimatize themselves to the new standard. -Expect some startling improvements in team telecasts next season. We’re told the NHL’s pro-active, new TV guru, John Shannon, made an emphatic impression with team production people at the recent league-wide meetings. The results will be on screen starting in October! -John Davidson means business in St. Louis. He’s added Doug Weight, Jay McKee, Bill Guerin and Dan Hinote. Expect a vet goalie to arrive within the next weeks. How about Manny Legace?
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A Seinfeldian Theme

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Sportswriters are generally viewed as occupational hazards by front-office officials — disliked, tolerated, occasionally respected, but hardly viewed as the type you'd want to bring into the organization. That's why Doug Risebrough's decision to make Boston Red Sox beat writer Chris Snow the Minnesota Wild's director of hockey operations did more than raise eyebrows. It was a shocker. Risebrough, the Wild's president and general manager, laughed when he was asked whether his move was met with disapproval by his National Hockey League colleagues. “What I've found most amusing is the reaction from the media,” he said. “They're saying, ‘What were you thinking?' I'm saying, ‘What's the big deal?'”
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Take A Deep Breath

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from the News & Observer,

Jones -- who broke the law by tearing jerseys down from Union Square statues dressed up for the Canes' playoff run -- blasted the Historical Commission for its silence about the jerseys during the 2002 playoffs and again this year. "Do you think Andrew Jackson, sitting majestically on his horse while wearing a Hurricanes jersey was awe-inspiring and thought provoking?" Jones said to the commission. "No, it was a distraction and derailed the purpose of the monument to both educate and honor."
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Real Hope For Minnesota

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from CBS Sportsline,

Well, so much for using the "F-word" to describe the Minnesota Wild these days. And if frugal doesn't apply anymore, neither does cheapskate or any similar labels often associated with an organization that has sold out almost every home game it has played but has put only one playoff team on the ice since joining the NHL in the 2000-01 season. In the space of a few short weeks this summer, the Wild has pointedly shifted gears. They have become big spenders -- not to mention legitimate playoff contenders -- by undertaking a remodeling effort that would make Ty from Extreme Makeover proud.
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Wings Talking With Carter

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Ken Holland was just on WDFN in Detroit and mentioned if he could get Anson Carter to agree to a one year deal, they just may have something. But Carter wants a longer term deal and Holland only wants a player to commit to a deal for one year. Ken also mentioned he is talking with a few teams who may have that type of player available. He is looking for someone to score 20-25 goals and also stated if things work out with this type of player, he would extend a contract offer like he did with Samuelsson.

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Hasek A Wing

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Wings will announce shortly that Dominik Hasek will be joining the team for the upcoming season. added 12:19pm, added a poll in the KKF on this subject. update on the tele-conference that took place at 1pm, Both Holland and Hasek were available on different phone lines. Holland: In early July he called Hasek's agent to see if Dom had interest in the Wings. He had numerous conversations with Rich Winter, Hasek's agent and was excited about the possibility to have Dom back. Holland knows his groin is an issue. Very low based salary, playoff incentive for Dom. Looks at Osgood and Hasek as 1a and 1b. Hasek: He could not believe the Wings called him. He knew right away this was a wonderful opportunity for him. Discussed it with his family and got back to Holland after 10 days. He is looking at this as a one-year deal. Very excited, looking forward to helping the Wings win the cup. Holland was asked about the cap, Wings are about 4-5 million below the cap. Want to sign Franzen and add another forward. Wants some $$$ available at the trade deadline. note: this is a raw feed so please excuse any typing errors. more...Hasek was asked about his groin now. Says he feels great, has been playing many sports and is losing a little weight to help with any groin issues. His goal is to be healthy for the season and the playoffs. even more...Dom said he doesn't care if he plays 40 to 50 games this season. He wants to be healthy for the playoffs. Hasek mentioned his family will come to Detroit after Xmas and stay with him there. one more update...Holland was asked about Belfour. Holland said the team doctors said his back was fine but there would always be a concern about it. Holland said he became more and more convinced that Dom was the way to go and stated before the Olympics, Hasek was the Vezina winning goalie in the NHL. That's it for me folks...now get back to work... update 2:09pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Dominik Hasek is returning for a third tour of duty with the Detroit Red Wings. The team announced Monday it has signed the 41-year-old to a one-year deal, believed to be worth about $500,000 plus incentives.
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