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MacInnis To Retire

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via TSN,

TSN has learned that Al MacInnis will retire from the National Hockey League on Friday. MacInnis, 42, tallied 1274 points in 1416 games with the Flames and St. Louis Blues during his illustrious career, striking fear into goaltenders throughout the league with a legendary slapshot.

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Jokinen Still Unsigned

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from the CP via Slam,

The Florida Panthers have yet to re-sign centre Olli Jokinen, their top scorer from the last two seasons, as training camp approaches. "Absolutely nothing is happening," Todd Diamond, who represents Jokinen along with Mark Gandler, said Thursday. "We're waiting to hear from them. I don't know what they're doing. We've heard nothing from them for probably close to a week now."

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Training Camp For Officials

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from Hockey Refs.com,

The NHL’s 43 referees and 34 linesmen are reporting to Fort Erie today for their annual training camp. This is the first training camp since 2003, as last season’s player lockout and eventual cancellation resulted in no training camp
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Talking Northwest Division

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from the Edmonton Oilers,

NHL Conference Call Transcript - Northwest Division Oilers' Chris Pronger joins division foes Iginla, Sakic, Naslund and Roloson Compiled by NHL Public Relations Department DAVID KEON: Good afternoon, everyone. I'm David Keon of the National Hockey League's public relations department, and I'd like to welcome you to this call, the fourth in a series of six divisional conference calls we are hosting this week in preparation for the opening of training camps next week, and as we move closer to the opening of the 2005-2006 National Hockey League regular season on October 5th. This afternoon we are featuring the Northwest Division and are pleased to have with us from the Minnesota Wild, goaltender Dwayne Roloson; from the Calgary Flames, Captain Jarome Iginla; from the Colorado Avalanche, Captain Joe Sakic; from the Edmonton Oilers, defenceman Chris Pronger; and from the Vancouver Canucks, Captain Markus Naslund.

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Patrick Retires

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Buffalo Sabres defenceman James Patrick has announced his retirement from the NHL after a 21-year career. The 42-year-old from Winnipeg will join the Sabres coaching staff as a skill development coach, the hockey club said Thursday in a release.

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OLN NHL Spot

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A 15-second video (will open wmp video) promoting the NHL on OLN.

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Crosby could Earn Close To $4 Million

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The NHL's new labor agreement caps Sidney Crosby's entry-level salary at $850,000. But if his contract is structured just right -- and if Crosby puts together a season even more spectacular than almost anyone anticipates -- he could have a chance to earn nearly $4 million as a rookie. That total wouldn't include so much as a penny from his endorsement deals, but might require Crosby to produce one of the most remarkable seasons in NHL history. Penguins general manager Craig Patrick and one of Crosby's agents, Pat Brisson, have discussed the parameters of Crosby's first pro contract and will begin negotiations tomorrow. Both sides have expressed confidence a deal will be worked out well before the start of training camp Tuesday.

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What’s Left For The Avs

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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

The roster for this season will be decidedly different. The Avs, an NHL powerhouse since moving to Denver for the 1995-96 season, will take the ice minus some lineup fixtures, notably center Peter Forsberg and defenseman Adam Foote. Two other more recent acquisitions, Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne, also have departed. Also moving on are veterans Matthew Barnaby and Chris Gratton, meaning that quite a bit of experience has left town. So, what's left? A lot more than most people are giving the Avalanche credit for, and that's a credit to GM Pierre Lacroix and his ability to acquire top-notch talent.

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Hamrlik wants The Cup

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from Slam,

Roman Hamrlik wouldn't divulge if the rumours were true but word is he spurned more lucrative offers to join the Flames. The whispers say some five teams chased the defenceman who opted for a two-year, $7-million US pact from Calgary as an unrestricted free agent. Hamrlik did, however, relay what made Darryl Sutter's offer most appealing. "I didn't really look at the money, I signed here to try and win the Stanley Cup," said the rearguard after partaking in a conditioning camp skate with a collection of pro players at Father David Bauer Arena yesterday. "This is a hard-working team and really exciting to play for.

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Team USA Goalies

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from the AP via the Daily Press,

Ty Conklin became a goalie out of necessity -- his dad and brother needed someone to shoot pucks at. Rick DiPietro was drawn to the position because he thought the masks were really cool. Ryan Miller demanded to be a goalie because he couldn't stand watching his 8-year-old teammates do it all wrong. And Robert Esche liked the local minor league goalie because he was flashy. That was enough for him to give up baseball and football. Even though they are all in the NHL and strong candidates to represent the United States in next year's Olympics, this quartet of goalies question their desire to do what might be the toughest job in sports.

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