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Trottier Back With Islanders

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from Alan Hahn of Newsday,

Bryan Trottier is finally home. The Islanders' all-time leading scorer and linchpin to their Stanley Cup dynasty in the early 1980s has returned to the franchise as executive director of player development. "This is right where I want to be," Trottier, 49, said yesterday from his home in suburban Pittsburgh. "We're on the cusp of something exciting."
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Making Money

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from the CP via TSN,

League-wide revenues have remained strong throughout the course of the NHL season and will surpass initial projections by some $300 million US, players agents were told Wednesday in a meeting with the NHL Players' Association.... It's great news for the players, who will not have to pay any escrow this season as salaries will have not taken more than 54 per cent of revenues. In fact, there's a good chance owners may owe additional money back to the players once the final figures exceed $2.1 billlion. "Terrific news," said veteran agent Don Meehan of Newport Sports. "It's very positive in relation to our new system and our new CBA. The news that we got today indicates that it's a system that works. And that's a product of all the hard work from Ted and his executive board."
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Oilers Move To New York

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

They will be on the move today to Tarrytown, N.Y., in Westchester County, taking up temporary residence in the New York Rangers' usual National Hockey League training facility, a state-of-the-art complex that opened in 2002 with a regulation-size hockey arena, an 1,800-square foot weight room, steam rooms, whirlpool, cold plunge, players' lounge, tiered classrooms with theatre-style seating and a state-of-the-art video editing room. Preparation, it would seem, is not going to be an issue when the Edmonton Oilers play for their first Stanley Cup in 16 seasons, starting next Monday.
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Leafs Set To Sign McCabe

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via Sportsnet,

Sportsnet has learned that the Toronto Maple Leafs and defenceman Bryan McCabe are closing in on a new multi-year deal that will make McCabe the highest paid defenceman on the team. McCabe was reportedly after a five-year $25 million contract and sources are telling Sportsnet that the average salary will be more than $5 million.

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The Arrogant Ones

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from the CP via the Sporting News,

The kicker, Ruff claimed, was hearing that the Hurricanes supposedly had champagne on ice in the visitors' dressing room before Game 6 on Tuesday night. Fact or fiction, Ruff used that to get his team going. "They are an arrogant group," said Sabres winger Jason Pominville. "Then again, that's normal for a team that's had as much success as they've had this year. But to have champagne in the room ... we found out before the game and it certainly motivated us."
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Gretzky Challenged By Coaching

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The man who saw the game better than any other player views the coaching job as yet another challenge to be met, another problem to be solved. This isn't about trying to save his franchise and ergo his cash, a la Mario Lemieux in Pittsburgh. It's not about dabbling out of sheer boredom or having only Ford commercials and golf outings to look forward to. It's not about chumming with the boys and having a few cold ones in the training room. If that were the case, last season would have been more than enough and we would have seen Gretzky take a short bow at the end of the season and walk away quietly. And who could have blamed him?
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Game 7 Performance

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Both Ruff and Laviolette are 0-1 in Game 7's. How about the players... image

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Talks With Russia Coming

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via RIA Novosti,

Vladislav Tretyak, Russia's top hockey official, will set off Sunday for talks with the National Hockey League in the United States, the Russian Hockey Federation said Wednesday. The three-time Olympic Champion, who was last month elected the head of the RHF, will also discuss the possibility of joining an IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation)-NHL agreement that regulates transfers between European clubs and the American league. "Russia needs this agreement," Tretyak said at the World Championship in Latvia earlier this month.

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Is The Price Set For Ottawa Dmen

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

There's talk in NHL circles that Redden, who made $3.74 million (all terms US) last season and has played his entire career with the Senators, will be seeking $6.25 million per year. A source told the Sun the New York Rangers are prepared to offer Chara $8 million per season if he does decide to test the market.
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The Changing GM

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James Mirtle writes about the changing breed of the NHL GM...

What it all means is that the days of the Bobby Clarke types running a team's hockey operations are going the way of the dodo. After all, the four most recently turfed GMs — Dave Taylor, Pierre Lacroix, Mike O'Connell and Craig Patrick — were all ex-NHLers who were replaced by guys without a lick of on-ice experience in the league. While this is a changeover that's far from complete, the four newest additions to the GM fraternity mean that for the first time in a long time, the Brian Burkes outnumber the Clarkes.
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