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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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Elias Signs

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from the Asbury Park Press,

Patrik Elias will play one more season with the Devils. After that, maybe he follows Scott Niedermayer out the door. Unable to hammer out a long-term deal with the Devils, Elias agreed Monday to play for New Jersey's qualifying offer of $4.18 million this coming season, according to his agent. The Devils will now have to wait until Jan. 1 to re-open talks with their star sniper.

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Thinking Outside The Box

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from John Buccigross of ESPN,

There is a lack of independent thinking around hockey because no one wants to be kicked out of the club. Is it OK if I think fighting should be banned? Will hockey fans think I'm & soft? I'm not sure if I should say I want bigger nets. What about this? Shorter shifts, better skating and safer equipment. Quicker, bigger and better prepared goaltending. Defensive coaching has stifled scoring throughout the game. And this? We have heard the term clutch and grab a lot the last few years, and frankly that is not the problem. While I detest the act of tugging at puck carriers with a stick, I don't see that much interference away from the play. I see incredibly mobile skaters with long reaches. I see goaltenders with 8 percent body fat. Gump Worsley had the same amount of body fat just on the back of his neck.

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Probert Arrested Again

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from the Detroit Free Press,

Former Detroit Red Wings enforcer Bob Probert was arrested at a bar for violating conditions of his bail. Probert had been out on bail after being charged with resisting arrest and assaulting an Ontario Provincial Police officer on July 1. Police say he was arrested by provincial police without incident on Friday at Johnny Shotz Billiards Bar Cafe and charged with violating a condition to not be in an establishment that serves liquor.

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The Dominion Challenge Cup Travels North, Way North

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from the Whitehorse Star,

Whitehorse hockey fans had a special treat Saturday. For the first time in history, the championship trophy of the National Hockey League found its way north and was publicly displayed at the Gold Rush Inn. The Stanley Cup, known originally as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, was purchased by former Canadian governor general Lord Stanley in 1892 to be used as an award for the nation’s championship hockey team. With the exceptions of 1919, when there was a flu epidemic, and 2005, when a labour dispute wiped out the entire season, the Cup has been presented to a championship team every year since 1893. Before the inn’s doors opened, at the front of the line was Colin Young, one of Whitehorse’s many hockey fans. For him and his sons, it was an important occasion to be a part of. “It’s the great Canadian pastime and an opportunity to see an icon of dedication, passion and commitment,” Young said. “Getting to see it this way was a hell of a lot cheaper than flying south.” As he said so, the next fan in line, who wished to remain anonymous, stressed how important it was to be there early for the event. “You’re only talking to us so you can get in first,” she said. “The back of the line’s back there. You wanna bud in front of us? Then you’ll see a real hockey brawl.” In all, hundreds of people came to see the coveted prize of the NHL. There were the young and the old, men and women, and even a wedding party. “We told the priest to hold off while we go to see the Cup,” they said jokingly. The groom, Mike Tuton, refused to comment on which was the bigger event of the day. “It’s been a pretty good day,” he said. “Getting to see the Stanley Cup and getting married, you can’t beat that.” The Cup came north not specifically for Whitehorse, however, but rather for Dawson City. The Dawson City Nuggets, who competed for the Cup in 1905, initiated the push to bring it north for their hockey centennial. “We’d been trying to get the Cup for a while,” said Brian Gudmundson, a member of the Nuggets. “At the end of July, the hockey Hall of Fame called to say we’d get it three weeks from then. So there wasn’t much preparation time. We wanted to commemorate the Yukon’s attempt to win the holy grail.”
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