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NHL Transfer Deal with IIHF

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from TSN,

Now that the new collective bargaining agreement has been ratified by owners and players, TSN has learned the NHL has new a Player Transfer Agreement with the International Ice Hockey Federation. Sources tell TSN that the tenative IIHF agreement includes provisions for the orderly and prescribed transfer of all European players, including Russians, an issue which many thought would have scuttled any chance of getting a new deal with the IIHF. The Russians had been insisting they negotiate their own separate agreement with the NHL, but NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and IIHF president Rene Fasel, sources say, concluded the tentative agreement that includes the Russians during the course of the 310-day NHL lockout.

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Ed Snider Statement:  “We’re Back Where We Belong”

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The last time I stood at this podium to talk about hockey, it was to announce the cancellation of the season. I described it then as the saddest day that I have ever had in my career in hockey. Today is a much better day. Because today, we can finally get back to Flyers hockey, and that’s great news for our fans, our Club, and our League. I want to thank all those who have supported the Flyers during this very difficult time, and I make you this promise: We intend to make the game we all love better than ever. The new Collective Bargaining Agreement provides a way for the NHL and its players to grow and flourish together, as partners, the way it should be. What’s more, this partnership will benefit our fans, the people who have supported us so faithfully for so long. We intend to make hockey more affordable for you. We are reducing prices for all of our season ticket holders and have also created family sections with ticket prices of $20 for adults and $10 for kids. Our fans deserve to benefit directly from the cost controls that are part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, and our ticket price rollback does exactly that.

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NHL Looking for Forgiveness

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from Russ Conway of the Eagle Tribune,

What a big happy family that was at Gary Bettman's nationally televised press conference in a New York City hotel yesterday. Announcing the new six-year contract agreement ending the war year and sending the National Hockey League into a new Ice Age, they might as well have had a summer picnic on the beach, basking on chaise lounges in the sun. The way in which Bettman, NHL Vice President Colin Campbell and veteran player Brendan Shanahan were so upbeat about the future promised for the 2005-06 season and beyond, they must have had lobster rolls and watermelon for lunch. The new-look NHL will no longer have games that end in a tie. Five-minute regular-season overtimes that are still deadlocked will be determined by a shootout among three players apiece on each team. The center-ice red line has been eliminated, encouraging what Shanahan called "home-run passes." Goalie equipment has been reduced in size. Nets will be moved back two feet closer to the end-boards, opening a bit more room from the blue lines. And thank goodness, the idea of a proposed five rounds of playoffs with 20 teams making the post season has been postponed indefinitely.

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First Announced Buyouts

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The Philadelphia Flyers are buying out the contracts of forwards John LeClair and Tony Amonte. The buyouts will be announced at a news conference scheduled for Saturday morning, team spokesman Zach Hill said. update 11:53am. TSN now has it.

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Winner of Draft Lottery Contest

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The winner of the 2005 NHL Draft Lottery contest was awarded to Kukla's Korner reader Jim from a suburb of Philadelphia. Although no one had all five positions correct, Jim did pick the first 4 correctly. Five other entrants had the first 3 positions correct. Thanks to everyone who participated. Paul (pk)

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Yzerman Decision Coming Soon

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from the Detroit Free Press, The Wings have said they want Yzerman, 40, back, but they probably can't offer him much more than $1.5 million to $2 million. That's because starting Aug. 1, teams have to operate within a salary cap that starts out at $21.5 million and hits a hard ceiling at $39 million. "You cannot exceed the cap," Nill said. "Alarms will go off -- bells and whistles will start. Anytime you go to make a move, it's monitored by ourselves internally and by the league, and they will not OK any moves if you are in that position." The longtime Wings captain plans to meet Wednesday in Toronto with general manager Ken Holland and vice president Jimmy Devellano.

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Yotes New Analyst

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from the East Valley Tribune,

Longtime ESPN analyst Darren Pang is the likely choice to replace Simmer on the TV side. A source familiar with the negotiations said it’s a done deal. Pang wouldn’t go that far, but said during a phone interview, "You’re hot on an accurate trail." The contract is reportedly for three years. Pang, a former NHL goalie, became available in May when ESPN declined to pick up a $60 million option it held for the 2005-06 season, leaving Pang without a network. Pang brings accomplished credentials to the Coyotes, including working for ESPN since 1993. He is a longtime friend of managing partner Wayne Gretzky and is often referred to as "the best in the business."

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Dealing with Revenue Loss

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from Newsday,

With a labor agreement finally in place, the NHL appears to be in an economic position to move forward. But the process will require enormous creativity and commitment on all levels, sports business experts agree. Sal Galatioto of Galatioto Sports Partners, a Manhattan-based investment bank that provides advisory services and capital to the sports industry, said the league has a far better chance of surviving. "The economic system made no sense," said Galatioto, a former sports finance executive with Lehman Brothers. "Most owners, perhaps 24 or 25, lost less money by not playing. Now you basically have cost certainty with a commonality of revenues. If revenues go up, players and owners benefit. Now if you run your business right, you can make a profit, half of the equation is fixed. The rules changes are the other part: Hockey had became soccer on ice." Galatioto expects the Canadian teams to rebound quickly, as well as teams in New York, Philadelphia and Detroit, because of a strong and loyal fan base. "But some marginal markets - Carolina, Phoenix, Florida, Atlanta - will have a tough time," he said, and suspects that franchise sales and relocations, possibly even to Canadian cities such as Hamilton, Winnipeg or Quebec, could eventually occur.

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Canes Staying Put

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from the AP via Ft. Wayne.com,

On the day the NHL officially came back, Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos insisted his team is doing the same - for good. He put to rest any thoughts to the contrary Friday night after returning from New York, where the league showed off its new labor agreement and its new rules. During a news conference on the club level at the RBC Center, Karmanos, also the chairman and chief executive officer of the software company Compuware, said he has no interest in moving the franchise and it never has been for sale. "I don't recall ever putting the team up for sale, or even coming close to that," Karmanos said. "My guys tell me that's a real concern around here, and I am just absolutely amazed by it." When pressed on the issue, he brusquely added, "Unequivocally, I'm not going to sell the team and it's never been for sale, all right? Ever, not since I bought it."

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Action Matters, Words Don’t

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from Fox Sports,

Friday, in a cramped New York City hotel ballroom, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman presided over the welcome-back ceremonies after the owners unanimously ratified the armistice that brings about an end to the bitter labor war between the league and its players' union that nearly killed the game as it dragged on for 10 months. "With the ratification of the new (collective bargaining agreement), let me be the first to welcome you to our new season," Bettman said, starting his formal remarks on a positive tone that would continue throughout his speech. And, make no mistake, a positive attitude was demanded for this event. The "game on" announcement could be nothing less than a celebration of all the things that hockey fans adore about the game they have been denied since Tampa Bay hoisted the Stanley Cup last June. Friday had to be about moving away from the darkest days of this lockout; days when it appeared both sides were waging a scorched-earth campaign destined to leave the pro game a distant memory. And, move away Bettman did, hitting all the proper notes as he reopened the NHL for business. After thanking nearly everyone that ever attended a bargaining session for their part in brokering the peace, Bettman turned his attention to the customers, the fans who sat by through all the bickering, name-calling and proposal-trading. "We will return this game to our fans with a promise — a promise to be the best we can be," said Bettman. "We pledge to our fans that we will do everything we can to make it up to you." Bettman also stressed restoration of the league's "covenant with the fans" — a pact that was torn asunder last September with the league's cancellation of the 2004-05 season. It not only sounded sincere — which it, no doubt, was — but it also provided the sound clips that jilted fans will be happy to hear as the league attempts to move forward and rise from its own ashes. But, in the end, they were just words

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