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Heatley for Hossa

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via TSN,

The Atlanta Thrashers have called a 5pm et press conference at which they are expected to announce that the team has acquired Marian Hossa and a defenceman from the Ottawa Senators for forward Dany Heatley. Heatley, drafted second overall by the Altanta Thrashers in 2000, has 80 goals and 181 points in 190 career games. His best season thus far came in 2002-03, when he set career highs in goals (41) and points (89). Heatley played last season with AK Bars Kazan in Russia and SC Bern of Switzerland during the NHL lockout. Hossa and the Senators avoided salary arbitration when they agreed to the new contract, just before the case was scheduled to go to arbitration. A source said Hossa will earn $5 million this season, $6 million in 2006-07 and $7 million the following season. Hossa recorded 36 goals and 46 assists in 82 regular-season games in 2003-2004. In 467 career games, the six-foot-two, 215-pound Slovak has 188 goals and 202 assists.
update 4:12pm, from the Atlanta Journal Constitution,
The Thrashers are in the process of finalizing a trade that would send star right wing Dany Heatley to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for right wing Marian Hossa, 26, and a defenseman whose identity is still be haggled out, either Greg de Vries or Chris Phillips, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. It appears that Heatley, 24, the former NHL rookie of the year, who received three years probation in February for pleading guilty to misdemanor vehicular homicide in the death of teammate Dan Snyder, had asked to be traded so that he could have a fresh start somewhere new. Reached at her home in Calgary, Heatley's mother Karin said she did not want to comment. It seems the trade came together today when Hossa avoided arbitration by signing a three-year $18 million contract. He will make $5 million this season.
update 6:46pm, Details on the deal via TSN.

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Cause & Effect

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from The Hockey News,

For NHL fans, the last few weeks have resulted in a boatload of causes whose effects will be seen during the 2005-06 campaign. For your time-wasting pleasure, this week’s Screen Shots offers our take on the off-season’s most momentous causes, followed by our predictions on the effects they’re likely to have.

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Sign Marty

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from the St. Peterburg Times,

There is a lot of security in the contract. A lot of zeros, too. On the other hand, Vinny got more. There is a lot of recognition represented there. A lot of respect. On the other hand, Vinny got more. For Marty St. Louis, a guy who knows a little about unfairness, this is the hangup. The contract that waits for him is fat and sweet, far beyond the dreams of a kid chasing a puck around the ice. There are plenty of dollars, plenty of years, plenty of plenty. The only problem? Vinny Lecavalier's contract is bigger, and therefore signed. St. Louis' is not. What we have here, it appears, is a situation. What we have here, it appears, is one player staring at another player's wallet.

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NHL or XHL

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from the Times Herald,

The court is 94-feet long but basketball might as well have been confined to the paint during the Wilt Chamberlain era. A 180-degree turn was all it took to stretch the game and refuel national interest. The three-point line was instituted, changing the entire landscape of the NBA and validating the risky decision to implement the trifecta. Gary Bettman, who worked with NBA commissioner David Stern as assistant general counsel in 1981, must have been paying attention. With its collective bargaining agreement in turmoil and a deteriorating fan base, the once-proud National Hockey League tiptoed along the brink of death this past year. But Bettman, now the NHL commissioner, has made a handful of radical changes that will either return the league to prominence or make it the XHL.

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Crosby Interview- Part 2

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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The team at pittsburghpenguins.com had the opportunity to sit down with Sidney Crosby on Friday, August 12th as he was in town for Penguins’ rookie orientation. We left it up to the fans to determine the questions to ask Sid, and emails poured in from all over the globe.

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Hossa Signs

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via Sportsnet,

The Ottawa Senators have avoided arbitration with their high-scoring winger Marian Hossa. Sportsnet has learned the Senators and Hossa have agreed to a three-year deal worth $18 million.

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Chating With Chico Resch

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from Chico Resch and MSG Network,

Like everybody else, I experienced a bunch of emotions before, during and after the lockout. First of all, I predicted that it wouldn't last more than a month, so that's how much I knew. But if anyone within the decision-making department of both the league and the players' association looked at this realistically, if they had done their homework, they had to realize that a lockout was going to be futile. I was wrong about that, but now I'm wrong about the fact that it didn't serve any purpose.

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No Deal In Sight For Datsyuk

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from the Detroit News,

The Red Wings don't appear to be getting any closer in negotiations with forward Pavel Datsyuk. Gary Greenstin, Datsyuk's agent, said Monday the sides continue to talk but an agreement isn't in sight. "It's up to Ken Holland (Wings general manager) and myself to work on this and come to some sort of an agreement," Greenstin said. "It's a slow process. We're going to continue to work. As we've said, Pavel's first priority is to remain with the Wings."

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OLN Blackout Issue

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from Newsday,

Just when you thought hockey was back, troubling news has surfaced for fans on Long Island and around the metro area. Cablevision has 3 million subscribers, and if any of them were thinking of spending $4.95 a month for the digital sports tier that carries OLN, the channel that is replacing ESPN and ESPN2 for the NHL's national cable telecasts this season, they can forget it. The puck stops here. Why? Because OLN is on expanded basic digital service in 90 percent of its U.S. distribution of 64 million homes, but not in Cablevision households on Long Island, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Westchester and northern New Jersey. So, in the latest twist in the wacky world of cable, even if you're willing to pay to watch the NHL here, you can't buy it. "In markets where OLN is offered on a digital sports tier, which includes Cablevision, we are required through our contracts to black out the games," an OLN spokesperson confirmed yesterday. "There will be alternative programming in that time slot.

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Ricci Cuts Hair

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from the Arizona Central,
Mike Ricci has cut his hair. "It didn't make me any stronger, so it won't make me any weaker," he said. "I kinda like it. It's hot here, and I just want to act like 18 again." Ricci said he got the cut for a movie project this summer about the life and career of Maurice "Rocket" Richard. "I played his centerman, Elmer Lach," Ricci said. "It was fun. My wife (Beth) wanted me to do it more than anyone. I didn't have any sex scenes. That's why she approved.

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