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Exposing The Game

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The Women's USA Hockey team did a little posing recently.

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Flyers Helping With Relief Effort

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from the Phildadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers' exhibition season was not supposed to start until next weekend, but that was before Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast and turned a major U.S. city into a Third World-like disaster zone. So the Flyers are adjusting their schedule and will play an intrasquad charity game Sunday at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. All ticket proceeds will go to the flood victims. "I spoke with some of the guys this Saturday, and we decided to hold a charity game for the people down South. God knows they need it," Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin said. "We're just going to shuffle the deck. We're not going to do Flyers and Phantoms, we'll mix them up, play a good game for a good cause and try and raise some money." McCrossin said the game is set for 7 p.m. Sunday and tickets will be $10. McCrossin said coach Ken Hitchcock will arrange to have guest coaches from local radio stations.

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Dynamo Matches Omsk Offer

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from Reuters, Pavel Datsyuk, a restricted free agent with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, will remain at Dynamo Moscow for at least another season after they matched the offer of their Russian league rivals Avangard Omsk.

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Give New Rules A Chance

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from the Toronto Star,

There is no truth, according to an NHL spokesman, to the rumour that goaltenders will be wearing advertising on their new, slimmed-down jerseys this season. But to hear New Jersey netminder Martin Brodeur tell it, it's the blueliners whose uniforms could have something extra, like perhaps a target. With the NHL cracking down on obstruction, taking away the defenders' ability to slow forecheckers, combined with limiting the areas in which goalies can handle the puck, Brodeur figures the defencemen will often be defenceless as they hustle back to retrieve dump-ins. "Guys are going to go back and pick up the puck and goalies aren't going to be able to help them out any more. So I think you'll see a lot more banging and maybe your top defencemen getting hurt because your goalies can't interfere and make plays for your own team," he said. And Brodeur, it must be pointed out, is generally an enthusiastic supporter of giving the new rules and rule interpretations a try. However, if one thing was clear yesterday as 10 NHL players — including Brodeur — took part in a media conference call, it's that it remains very unclear as to how the style of play is going to unfold this season. The game is changing but no one, not even the guys who play it, are sure where it's going.

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Leafs Set Up To Fail

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

John Ferguson Jr., it appears, has thus far assembled a team that would be far more suited to play under the old "obstruction, what obstruction?" approach. The Leafs, with seven forwards at 6-foot-3 or more, are a big, big team, having added Eric Lindros and Jason Allison up the middle for extra heft. If, however, this latest crackdown on obstruction actually holds and if the removal of the red line for two-line passes does open up a new degree of movement and flow, there is likely to be a premium on quick, nimble players. And the Leafs don't have a lot of those. They have some, to be sure. Darcy Tucker, Matt Stajan and Tomas Kaberle are quick players and Alexander Steen might fit that description if he cracks the NHL. But in general, the Leafs are big and lumbering, with players like Nik Antropov, Chad Kilger, Wade Belak and Alexei Ponikarovsky likely to be regulars up front and a blueline corps few would describe as particularly fast. Experienced players with light feet like Alexander Mogilny and Joe Nieuwendyk are gone, as is Brian Leetch from the back line.

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Talking Datsyuk

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from Mlive,

Datsyuk's agent, Gary Greenstin, told Wings general manager Ken Holland Tuesday that there is no escape clause in the one-year contract the talented center signed Monday with Avangard Omsk of the Russian Superleague. But the Wings have not relinquished their efforts to sign him. "I want Pavel in a Red Wings uniform. I believe he wants to be a Red Wing," Holland said. "I'm continuing to explore all options available." Ordinarily, the lack of an escape clause in a European contract would prevent a player from signing with an NHL team. But the Russian Hockey Federation last month rejected the NHL's transfer agreement with the International Ice Hockey Federation, so the same rules don't necessarily apply to Russian league players.

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Zetterberg Agreement Reported

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After lengthy negotations yesterday, Zetterberg is said to have received the contract he wanted. According to Sundsvalls Tidning, the deal is a multiyear deal worth 2.5 million per year, i.e. just above 18 million SEK per year. Everything was signed late last night Swedish time." Translated the story, no sheep involved: Zäta clear for Detroit this night Sundsvall (PCS) 2005-09-07 [03: 00] Henrik Zetterberg becomes left in Detroit rod Wings. This night came Zäta and NHL-klubben agreed about a contract on approximately 19 millions Swedish sek a year. The negotiations the average parties have beonthepointof during the whole summer. For approximately a month since told ST-sport that Zetterberg and ridded Wings each near to agree about a deal on four or five years, that willed give Zäta 2,5 millions dollars per år - vilket corresponds closer to 19 millions Swedish sek. Henrik hesitated on the, since he becomes free to go to which NHL-klubb that entire pc after the season 2007/2008, as so called free agent. Since each the stiltje a while. The day before yesterday typed Pavel Datsiuk on a contract home in Russia, which opened for a good contract for Zetterberg. The negotiations took rat substantial late last night, in order to finished with an agreement. According to information to ST-sport acts the about a flerårskontrakt, where the salary lies just over 2,5 millions dollars a year. Therefore some better than the deal that was burning for approximately a month since. - we beonthepointof to negotiate and the I can to say is that the has grown light, sa Zetterberg to ST-sport just before midnatt. Henrik Zetterberg has done two seasons in Detroit rod Wings and comes that few a key role in klubben the future NHL-säsongen. With that the contract now is clear so comes Zäta to go over to North america as soon as as possible. Träningscampen with rod Wings begins next weekend.

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Buzz For Bolts

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from the CP via CJAD,

Hockey fever is back in Tampa, says Lightning star Vincent Lecavalier. "I don't know how to describe it. The buzz is unbelievable," Lecavalier said in an interview Tuesday. "Everybody says it's a football city - and you know it is - but right now what I hear more is about hockey. That's what makes it so exciting. "Everyone wants to go see that Oct. 5 game (against Carolina) to raise the banner. It's pretty cool to see how (excited) the city's been, even though we had a year off last year, people are just as excited or even more."

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Still Some Signings To Do

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from the CP via Slam,

Veterans Peter Bondra and Vincent Damphousse headline the list of unrestricted free agents still looking for work but the real action these days is with the restricted free agents, where NHL stars such as Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg have yet to re-sign with training camps just around the corner. Kovalchuk, who shared the Rocket Richard Trophy as top NHL goal-scorer with 41 in 2003-04, can be an unrestricted free agent in July 2008 so Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell would like to get the 22-year-old sniper under contract for more than three years. But that will come at a price, likely around $6 million US a season.
and about Datsyuk and Zetterberg,
Datsyuk, 27, signed a deal with Russian club Avangard Omsk, a one-year contract apparently worth $6 million. If the deal includes an out-clause, and it would be a shock if it didn't, then he remains free to re-sign with the Detroit Red Wings but GM Ken Holland can't dish out that kind of money. He only has about $7 million under the $39-million cap and has to re-sign Datsyuk and Zetterberg. Holland, who spoke to Zetterberg's agent last Thursday, hoped to resume talks with the Swede's agent this week. As for Datsyuk, who has been unsigned since last summer, Holland had long feared this would be a difficult process. "I negotiated from May 2004 to early September 2004 with them and we were so far apart at that point in time that I guess I was figuring if we picked up where we left off we were a long ways apart," Holland said Tuesday. "We'll see what happens."

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Source Of Income

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via Sportsnet,

If you thought there was too much advertising already at NHL arenas, there may be a little more. Sources have told Sportsnet that the NHL is considering placing advertising on goalies' jerseys. They would wear a different coloured jersey than the rest of the team to further stand out on the ice.
Wonder if Target would be interested?

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