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Good News For Pens

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from KDKA,

Just days after Mario Lemieux struck fear in the hearts of Pittsburgh hockey fans, suggesting it may be too late to keep his team in town, KDKA Investigator Andy Sheehan has learned about a new deal that could keep the Pens here for a long time. Under an "agreement of terms" reached yesterday with city and county leaders, the Penguins will get development rights to the current Mellon Arena site if the team can come up with $300 million to build a new arena. As KDKA first reported two weeks ago, the Pens are actually close to naming a partner to apply for a slots license.
more thanks to KK reader Tony for the tip...

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Demand For NHL Merchandise Is High

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from NHL.com,

Again, thank you, but we apologize and ask for a little patience if you can't find a product you want in stores or if delivery of an ordered product has been a bit slower than we both would like. The NHL and its affiliated suppliers are redoubling our efforts to both speed deliveries and produce more apparel, trading cards and other NHL-related items that you have been buying in record numbers. "We're working diligently with our licensees, on a daily basis, to troubleshoot and figure out ways to augment the supply chain," said Brian Jennings, Group Vice President, NHL Enterprises. "That means adding additional capacity and working with Reebok and all of our licensees who are experiencing those types of positive developments. We'll continue to do that, not only through the holiday period but beyond."
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Previewing The BOG

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from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

On and off the ice, the NHL is doing just fine. Attendance is up in most cities (but certainly not all), the game is more exciting and revenues are expected to surpass pre-season projections. "I think people are feeling good about where we are, but there's a lot of work to be done and this is no time for anyone to pat themselves on the back," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said this week in an interview with The Canadian Press. While the NHL says it posted record attendance figures for October and November, rinks in Florida, Atlanta, Carolina, Anaheim and New Jersey appear to have as many empty seats as full ones. "Our attendance generally gets stronger as the season progresses," said Bettman. "As baseball ended, and as football ends, and we get past the holidays, our attendance tends to spike upwards. That's been the historical trend. And to the extent that there have been empty seats in some places, by and large there are fewer empty seats than there were."
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OLN Not Delivering

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from Sports Media Watch,

Along with most everybody else, we’ve been not watching the NHL season for about two months now, so it seems like a good time to check in with our boys over on the ice. Therefore: a time-out today from the regular Digest rounds while we ask ourselves: if a sports network happens with nobody around to watch it, does it make a sound? Can it take on a corporate empire? Can we make a Zamboni joke? Just remember: if you thought Codebreakers got bad ratings (and believe me, it did), you haven’t seen anything yet.
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Avs Exposed

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from the Longmont Daily Times,

The Colorado Avalanche saw the ugly truth. The years of domination, the years when games could be won on pure skill, have gone. The new NHL has exposed the Avs, and it was no more evident than in the Ottawa Senators’ 6-2 rout Monday night in a game that was tied 2-2 after two periods.
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Big And Agile

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from Karl Samuelson of NHL.com,

Size, strength and agility might help explain why Chara is at or near the top of the NHL in hits every season. But genetics might also play a part. The son of a former Olympic wrestler has no equal when it comes to impact strength. "Chara is dominant out there," says Detroit Red Wings forward Kirk Maltby. "It is almost unfair from another player's standpoint. He utilizes his size and strength and he is so agile for such a big man."
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Alternatives For The Penguins

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Conceding that Pittsburgh is in danger of losing the Penguins, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato said yesterday he and Pittsburgh Mayor-elect Bob O'Connor are trying to "find a way" to fund a replacement for the Mellon Arena and secure the team's future. Mr. Onorato said he and Mr. O'Connor are considering a number of financing options, including private investment, state capital funding, naming rights sales and slot machine revenues.
continued It was also nice to hear both Mike Emrick and John Davidson talk about this situation on the OLN broadcast last night. They both stated the politicians had a gentleman's agreement with the Penguins to build a new arena in 2003 but have not followed through on it.

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Teams Designed By Buccigross

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John Buccigross of ESPN picks his USA and Canadian Olympic Team-

USA Forwards Mike Modano-Brian Gionta-Chris Drury Craig Conroy-Brian Rolston-Dustin Brown Doug Weight-Keith Tkachuk-Mike Knuble Scott Gomez-Erik Cole-Jason Blake Canada Forwards Joe Thornton-Jarome Iginla-Simon Gagne Vincent Lecavalier-Brad Richards-Martin St. Louis Joe Sakic-Dany Heatley-Patrick Marleau Sidney Crosby-Paul Kariya-Ryan Smyth
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Naslund Hurting- Cooke Returns

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from the Vancouver Sun,

Winger Matt Cooke's expected return tonight to the Vancouver Canucks' lineup will not be enough to fill a gaping hole at forward if captain Markus Naslund is unable or forbidden to play. Naslund, who exacerbated a groin injury by playing Friday against the Ottawa Senators, did not practise Monday and Canuck coach Marc Crawford confirmed the Canucks' top scorer may require a few days off.
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Doan Still In The Mix

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from the Arizona Republic,

Many experts considered Doan, who scored the World Cup-clinching goal for Canada in 2004, a lock to make the Olympic team before the NHL season started. But Doan has struggled offensively, and the emergence of younger players Sidney Crosby, Jason Spezza and Eric Staal could end up costing Doan a trip to Turin, Italy. When asked whether he felt he deserved to be on the team, Doan, who has six goals and 14 assists in 30 games this season, politely said: "I have no say whether I deserve it or not." Doan added that he doesn't feel any pressure to play extremely well in these final days as Gretzky and other Team Canada officials put their finishing touches on the roster.
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