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Report- Escrow To Be Returned To Players

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Regardless of the dynamics behind the decision, NHL Players Association chief Ted Saskin acted wisely in deferring discussion of the payroll band issue until the union's meetings, which are scheduled for July 10-12 in Whistler, B.C. It's a start for Saskin - who, we've learned, told the Blackhawks last week that all escrow deductions will be returned to the players this year and, what's more, that the league will owe the union approximately three percent of the revenue, which in turn would be divvied by the membership.
more (reg. req.)...including Jacques Lemaire and Fredrik Modin...

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Leafs Saving Money For Nolan Grievance

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from the Toronto Sun,

Could John Ferguson's future as general manager of the Maple Leafs be tied to the results of the Owen Nolan injury grievance against the hockey club? Could be. There are those around the NHL who believe the Leafs cannot win the Nolan grievance, which could end costing the team upwards of $5 million US.

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She Hears Everything

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from the NY Times,

Lang, a 62-year-old from Morris Plains, N.J., became a hockey fan while growing up in East Boston, Mass. "I learned the game from a family friend who was a sportscaster for the Bruins and Celtics," she said. "He used checkers on a board to explain the positioning of players, and took me to games so I could better understand the role of each player on the ice." That sportscaster, Bill Harrington, would find her a seat close to the broadcast booth so she could wear a headset and hear him call games. "Bill knew that hockey was a tough enough sport to follow," said Lang, petting Laramie as she spoke. "It's even tougher for someone like me, who is blind as a bat."
read on

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Forsberg Out With Sprained Knee

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via the AP,

Philadelphia center Peter Forsberg was held out of the Flyers' game against Atlanta on Saturday night because of a sprained right knee. Forsberg suffered the MCL sprain in the third period of Friday night's loss to Tampa Bay. The Swedish star apparently expected to play against the Thrashers until feeling more discomfort than expected in the pregame skate. "It's sore enough not to play," Forsberg said. "I've never had problems with knees before, so I don't think it's going to be a long-term thing. It's just a little sprain, but it was weak enough not to be able to play."

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Bruins Extend Thomas Contract

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via the Boston Bruins,

The Boston Bruins have signed goaltender Tim Thomas to a three-year contract, it was announced today by Bruins General Manager Mike O'Connell.
No financial details were released.

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Tough Time For Gordie

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun via the Edmonton Sun,

Speaking passionately about old friends like Bernie Geoffrion, Red Storey and Maurice Richard, the voice of one of the toughest players ever to play the game trails off as emotion wins over the moment. "My wife...," starts Gordie Howe, dabbing his left eye as he struggles to regain his composure, "is making me soft." After leaning on his bride of 52 years for endless strength and guidance, Howe now finds himself virtually without his most trusted winger.
continued

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Enforcers Adjusting

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from the Edmonton Sun,

When the NHL returned from a year-long lockout with an armload of new rules and a solemn vow to call every one of them, the role of tough guy changed forever. Some are struggling to adapt, evolve and avoid extinction, and some of the big T-Rex's that patrolled the ice all these years simply faded into the tar pits and were never seen again. "I was questioning things at the start," said Anaheim winger Todd Fedoruk. "It was hard to get into scraps and you saw guys like Kip Brennan and Peter Worrell, Krzysztof Oliwa, who aren't in the league anymore. There was just no room for them."
read on

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More Testing For Two Flyers

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via the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Kim Johnsson and Chris Therien have made some progress in their battle with post-concussion syndrome, yet not enough to declare themselves healthy. To that end, both will travel to Pittsburgh on Wednesday to see neurologist Mickey Collins for a reevaluation.

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Hockey Smarts

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from the Edmonto Sun,

There’s a lot of teams that spent a lot of money in the previous 10 years and they didn’t win three Stanley Cups,” said coach Mike Babcock, in his first season as bench boss in the Motor City. “To me, if you do it right, you have a chance year after year.” The Red Wings have shed a stack of payroll from the team that finished the 2003-04 season with 109 points before the NHL lockout, but they’ve made the transition seamlessly. “It’s all the same for everybody,” Babcock said. “My point is that teams that are run right, over time, will be successful.” Despite tough calls on contracts and free agents, the Red Wings remain a powerhouse, first and foremost because Holland has retained his core of players, tweaking it and adding to it along the way.
more

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NHL Players Involved In Marketing Direction

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportnet,

As early as next season NHL players will have direct input into how the game is marketed, and for that matter, whose names and faces are attached to future campaigns. Sources tell Sportsnet each team will provide at least one player to act as a business representative to work in conjunction with the NHLPA and the NHL on all revenue generating initiatives.
more It is about time the players have a voice, hopefully no more generic players skating on the ice with slow motion pucks!!!

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