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Too Much for Mogilny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Star,

The numbers are eye-popping. A whopping $7 million (all figures U.S.) for Alexander Mogilny. That's $3.5 million for each year of a new contract with the Devils or $3.5 million for each recent hip surgery. But New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello, never known for his largesse, is so confident he paid the the former Leafs' sniper properly, he even went over the NHL's $39 million salary cap to do it. "For what I feel we're going to get in return, yes (we're comfortable with Mogilny's contract terms)," he said yesterday from New Jersey. "We'll know better a year from now." "We're very comfortable that he's 100 per cent healthy and we felt that when Alex is 100 per cent healthy, there's things that he can do that other people can't."

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Redden Wants to Stay in Ottawa

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from the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators aren't trying to trade Wade Redden -- they're trying to keep him. Internet and published reports that said the defenceman was on the trading block were described as ''stupid'' by an NHL source yesterday. And Redden confirmed last night that the Senators have approached his agent, Don Meehan, about a contract extension.

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Will Messier Play

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via the Toronto Sun,

Will Mark Messier's No. 11 be retired by the Edmonton Oilers -- or will he wear it for an NHL record-tying 26th season? There are plenty of sentimentalists in Alberta who want to see Messier end his National Hockey League career where it began in 1979. The Oilers are not pushing or really pursuing the idea, having made big off-season moves in an effort to get back in the playoffs, but it's believed general manager Kevin Lowe will not turn down the 44-year-old Messier's request to tie Gordie Howe's longevity mark. He would have to accept a low-profile role. The problem is that Messier hasn't publically committed to either the Oilers or the New York Rangers after dropping hints he was retiring after 2003-04.

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Thibault Facing Pressure

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from the Tribune-Review,

The Penguins will score their share of goals this season. However, if they hope to prevent enough goals to make the playoffs, Thibault will have to go to work. Of course, if Thibault works in Pittsburgh the way he did the past five seasons in Chicago -- specifically, start 50 or so games in goal and stop the majority of pucks sent his way -- then Pittsburgh might play host to its first Stanley Cup playoff game since 2001. No pressure, though. "Kind of, but it's a kind of pressure I'm looking forward to, for sure," Thibault said Wednesday, the second of two successful house-hunting days he spent in Pittsburgh. "It seems like the Penguins are really trying to win this year, and it's been a while since I've been in an exciting environment like I am now.

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Goodbye ESPN

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from Media Week,

ESPN has declined to match a bid by Comcast's Outdoor Life Network for the cable TV rights to air National Hockey League games under a new contract, meaning OLN, whose offer had already received approval by the NHL board of governors, will win the agreement. ESPN announced its intention not to exercise its right to match the deal just hours before the midnight deadline. OLN bid a guaranteed $135 million for the first two years, and another $72.5 million for a third option year, according to sources. ESPN in late May had opted out of the final year of its TV rights deal ithat would have required it to pay the NHL $60 million for the right to air games the upcoming season, but retained its right to match any offer from another network.

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Reggie and Jamie Leach Honored

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from The Powell River Peak,

Former Pittsburg Penguin Jamie Leach and his father Reggie of Philadelphia Flyers, both Stanley Cup winners, are being inducted into the First Nations Hockey Hall of Fame for 2004. "I'm shocked I was inducted," said Leach. "I'm honoured to be inducted." Hockey was the only thing Leach knew from a young age. "I've been around hockey rinks since I was born.That's all I did. "I was five or six for Dad's Stanley Cup and remember the cup being in our house."

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The New Look

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from the CP via TSN,

The new hockey jerseys Canadian teams will wear at the Olympic Games and world junior championships have been designed to be cooler, lighter and make the players faster. The jerseys were unveiled Wednesday at the Olympic team orientation camp. The home white sweaters feature the Hockey Canada Maple Leaf logo on the front, black trim around the neck, and red and black stripes on the shoulders. There are also red and black stripes on the sides. The red away sweaters have black and white stripes.
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Can’t Keep Up

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from the CP via TSN,

Kris Draper has given up trying to keep track of who is playing where in the post-lockout NHL. ''I'll wait for opening day and will kind of take a look at the rosters then,'' Draper, the veteran Detroit Red Wing forward, said Wednesday after the Olympic hockey team had its first day of workouts at the Prospera Place arena in Kelowna. A new $39-million US salary camp plus new liberal free agency kicking in next season has resulted in players switching teams like pieces on a chess board.

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Decision on Thursday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Media Week,

The National Hockey League is expected to wait until Thursday morning to announce which network has been awarded the rights agreement to televise its games, as a result of confusion over the deadline for ESPN to file a matching bid to Comcast's Outdoor Life Network. OLN bid a guaranteed $135 million for the first two years, and another $72.5 million for a third option year, according to sources, and OLN believed the deadline was 5 p.m. Wednesday, while ESPN believed the deadline was midnight. ESPN would not comment on whether it would make a bid, but earlier in the day, an ESPN representative had said, "We've been carrying hockey for a long time. Sure we're interested in continuing."

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Friends Fighting for A Piece of the Pie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Canadian Business,

Lecavalier's $6.875-million annual pay has eaten a big chunk out of the Lightning salary cap. It means St. Louis, a restricted free agent who was the last NHLer to be named regular-season MVP, will probably have to sign for less than $5 million a year. Welcome to the new NHL, where friends fight for a piece of the same pie. "Everybody's doing the math, it's not rocket science to see what it means," said fellow Tampa star Brad Richards. "I'm very good friends with both guys, it's a tough, tough situation - it sucks. There's no other way to put it.

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