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What Will ESPN Do

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from Media Life Magazine,

There’s certainly some irony here. Weeks ago ESPN passed on renewing its hockey rights deal, having implied during the lockout that it didn’t care if it ever got hockey back, so poor were its ratings. But this week, possibly as soon as today, ESPN may extend its deal after all, and not entirely out of choice. The network might do it simply to keep the NHL out of the hands of OLN, which has suddenly become a big worry for ESPN. How things have changed.

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Joseph to Phoenix is Official

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Some media sources are still doubting Joseph to Phoenix, but I just received confirmation that he officially signed with Phoenix. update 10:56am, from TSN,

Curtis Joseph has been taken off the list of available NHL free agents, as the Phoenix Coyotes have signed the veteran goaltender to a one-year contract. "We are very pleased to add a goaltender like Curtis with his many years of exceptional play and experience," said Coyotes General Manager Mike Barnett. "He is as excited to be coming to Phoenix as our fans will be in seeing him in a Coyotes uniform. We like this fit a lot."

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Life After Hockey

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from Canadian Business,

Many players find it hard to cope with retirement: some 70 former players currently seek help from the NHL Emergency Assistance Fund, 70% end up divorced after retirement, and others struggle with alcohol, drugs and gambling. By creating new programs to help players ease into retirement, the NHL is hoping for success stories off the ice. How do you help a bunch of retired 40-year-olds enter the world of business, after having had someone tell them what to do their whole lives? After all, less than 30% have taken university-level courses. The time pro athletes put into training to stay competitive leaves little time for anything else--even during the off-season. These guys may be talented on the ice, but what marketable skills can they offer outside the arena?

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Local Televison Plans

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I'd like to know!!! Please let me know the local TV broadcast schedule for your team. Are all the games covered, are they broadcast in HD? Any complaints, etc.... All the Wings games are on TV. The majority of games are on Fox Sports Net Detroit, a few are on the local UPN station, and we have an occasion or two to be on Hockey Night in Canada. None of the local broadcasts are in HD and no plans for HD in the near future either.

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Calgary About to Sell-Out for the Season

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from the Calgary Sun via Slam,

Ken King refuses to use the s-word or the c-word these days. But the reality is sellouts and capacity crowds will provide the backdrop for each and every Flames game this season. Long before the puck drops Oct. 5 to open a new era for the NHL, every seat in the Saddledome will be spoken for. If you don't have tickets by month's end, you won't get any. The Calgary Flames will be sold out this year. It's that simple.

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Carter Headed to Vancouver

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via TSN, The Vancouver Canucks are expected to sign winger Anson Carter to a $1-million, one-year deal, sources told The Canadian Press on Tuesday night.

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No Progress For Wings

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from the Detroit News,

Forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg and defenseman Niklas Kronwall are still unsigned, and the Wings had no progress to report on those fronts Tuesday. "There's lots of work to be done," Holland said. Asked Tuesday if the Wings could go to training camp next month without one or more of those restricted free agents, Holland said, "Yeah, it's possible."

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A Good Investment

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from the Tampa Tribune,

Tuesday's deal with Lecavalier ensures that the player who has been a cornerstone of the franchise since he was selected first overall in the 1998 draft will remain in a Lightning uniform for four more years. Under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, Lecavalier could have signed a one-year contract and become an unrestricted free agent next summer. But there were a plethora of reasons to stay in what has become his second home, including trying to defend Tampa Bay's Stanley Cup championship. "The first four years I was there, we lost a lot and people weren't coming out to see us and people did not respect our team," Lecavalier said Tuesday from Vancouver, where he is attending a training camp for Team Canada. "Now we have turned it around. Now we are a competitive team and we are winning every year and we have a chance to keep it going. "My sister lives in Tampa, my niece and nephew are there. My parents come down a lot. Tampa is very special to me. I've been there so long."

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The Equalized NHL

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from the Palm Beach Post,

"Everybody now feels they have a legitimate chance," said former Panthers General Manager Rick Dudley, now a scout with Chicago. "Owners who have a lot of money don't mind spending it as long as it's not a fruitless effort. But before, the top end of some teams' budgets was half of what other teams were spending. Now they're on equal footing." Said Panthers broadcaster Denis Potvin: "It's been strange. You've got teams like Edmonton, Calgary and Nashville, who no one expected to be particularly active, who have been. And other teams that have always been involved in everything — Colorado, Detroit, Toronto — have been out of it, just trying to sign their own players. "A lot of what has happened has really been unexpected." Longtime ESPN analyst Bill Clement said the "new NHL," with its salary-cap range, has simply returned to some basic principles of doing business. "There are two realities under this model," Clement said. "One, every team is now allowed a fair chance to succeed, and two, winning is going to be based on your organizational model instead of who's the most wealthy. "You have to earn excellence — you can't buy it. You have to draft well, nurture well, trade well and plan well financially.''

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Recchi Started The Movement

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Long before this episode of Extreme Makeover, long before cost certainty and a certain ping-pong ball bounced his club's way, this free-agent signee stood by himself. A lone star. Alone. For 121/2 months. He was the biggest such signee by his club in almost a decade and a half, yet he also was the biggest target of hockey abuse hurled across his homeland. All because he joined a team that was last place in every NHL regard: standings, attendance, free spenders, free-agent destinations, arena age ... Kevin in Kamloops, you're on the air with Mark Recchi. Yeah, Mark, why on earth the Penguins?

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