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Holiday In Canada

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Most of Canada is celebrating a civic holiday today. Enjoy your long weekend and when you come back, start thinking hockey- camps are only about a month away!

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Preds Would Like To Extend A Few Contracts

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from the Tennessean,

Three of the top Predators — goalie Tomas Vokoun, defenseman Kimmo Timonen and left wing Paul Kariya — are heading into the final years of their contracts this season. But General Manager David Poile will look into changing that situation in the near future. He plans on exploring the possibility of contract extensions with Vokoun and Timonen prior to the start of the season. Kariya, meanwhile, has stated he'd prefer to play out his contract before assessing his options.
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Sabres Finished With Arbitration Process

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from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

An arbitrator awarded Buffalo center Adam Mair a one-year, $675,000 contract Sunday, ending a two-week period in which the Sabres saw their modest $29 million payroll from a year ago increase substantially. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the players and the NHL, the Sabres have to automatically accept Mair's award because it is less than $1.4 million. The ruling also starts the clock on the team's decision whether to winger J.P. Dumont's $2.9 million judgment that he received Wednesday. Buffalo has until Tuesday to decide. If the Sabres walk away from the award, Dumont becomes an unrestricted free agent.
continued...more on the Sabres...

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Old School- AHL Style

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from the Rhode Island News,

His name was Jean Baptiste Pusie, and he was a showman. When a fan threw an orange at him one night, he peeled it and ate it on the ice. When the visiting New Haven Eagles, who were feuding with their team's management, went on a sitdown strike in the middle of the Rhode Island Auditorium, he picked up a newspaper, skated to center ice and sat in the center of their circle, reading the comics. Pusie, and others like him, established a hockey legacy in this town, a legacy that faded but never really died in the 15 years between the Reds' demise in 1977 and the birth of the Providence Bruins in 1992. One of the reasons the American Hockey League was so eager to return to Providence, even after a 15-year absence, was because of that enduring legacy . . . a legacy built by the Reds.
continued Legends of Hockey has a little more on Jean Baptiste Pusie...

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Showboats

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Two NHL players made the recent Ask Men Top 10 Showboaters in sports. image image

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I’v Heard Of Walking On Water…

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...But skating on it is new to me! For more on the story, see Snapshot's blurb... image picture via the Afton Bladet

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The Way Of Doing Business

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

Last week in this space, a case was made to say that the Blue Jackets are resolutely squeezing Zherdev, nickel-and-diming him in contract negotiations, for no other reason other than they can. In ensuing days, during the normal course of phone gabbing with hockey types, there arose an interesting defender of Blue Jackets management. "I know I’m an agent and I shouldn’t be saying anything like this, but I can understand where the team is coming from," the defender said. "When we, as agents, have leverage, they know (darn) well we’re going to use it. And when (management) has leverage, well, they’re going to try to use it, too. That’s the business. Why should they pay a guy when they don’t have to? "
read on added 8:13am, Also from the Columbus Dispatch,
MacLean must have forgotten his remarks. One of the most promising young talents in the NHL, Nikolai Zherdev, is now being jerked around in contract negotiations. Once again, fans are going to have to face losing a star player over a disagreement about length of contract. Apparently MacLean did not learn his lesson when he let Ray Whitney slip away.
more...fans speak out on this situation...

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Fresh Start In Toronto For Gill

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from the Boston Globe,

The fans rarely let Gill slide last year. He was a lightning rod for their ire and was heckled frequently. He acknowledged that was another incentive to get out of Dodge. ``I don't know what the reasons were," said Gill. ``There were times when I thought I was playing well and they came down on me hard, and sometimes you can't understand it. But when a team is not winning, they're going to find something to point a finger at, so I thought I handled it well and it didn't get to me that much. ``But I guess it was just kind of another reason that it was good for a change. I don't think it affected me all that much but it definitely wasn't a fun thing to have people on you."
much more...

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No Sunday School For Caps

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from the Ottaw Citizen,

Capitals general manager George McPhee didn't like the way defencemen such as Zdeno Chara went after Alexander Ovechkin last year. So he went out and got Ovechkin some protection in Donald Brashear. "We're not running a Sunday school," said McPhee.
read on for bits and pieces from around the NHL, including the Sens cap numbers...

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Leetch Would Work For Rangers

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Leetch won't come back for sentiment's sake. That's not what he's about and that's not what his final season(s) will be about, either. The Rangers are way beyond that, as well. But the Blueshirts have a need on the blue line - no one can be sure about Karel Rachunek, and Marek Malik has value on the trade market if creating a spot becomes necessary - that Leetch can fill. Wouldn't it be nice if Peoples' MVP Jaromir Jagr were actually sprung now and again? At the same time, the Rangers have what Leetch needs, too - a stable organization with a fine coach and a goaltender who gives the team a chance to win every night.
more (reg. req.)

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