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Bobby Clarke To The Rescue

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from the Delco Times,

Every 30 years or so, it becomes Bob Clarke’s job to rescue North American hockey, and then it is up to him whether to do so by breaking something, or by putting something back together. In 1972, with the pride and reputation of a hockey and a social system floating in the balance, Clarke was known to slash the ankles of Valeri Kharlamov. The star of the Soviet hockey system then unable to play, Clarke and Team Canada survived the 1972 Summit Series and salvaged North American hockey superiority, at least for that one Cold War moment. This time around, Clarke put something back together when, with the NHL wobbling as if on splintered ankles, he signed Peter Forsberg, then introduced him Monday as a Flyer. And if North American hockey was not saved by Forsberg wiggling into a black, No. 21 Flyers sweater, it had energy again in Philadelphia, which is a decent place to start. Advertisement Now, despite a labor stoppage that hid the NHL for a season, the Flyers have received 83,000 requests for various season-ticket plans, and there is, there must be, a connection: Bob Clarke would not allow his sport to be buried.

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Wings Trying to Sign Trio

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from the Detroit Free Press,

Negotiations continue with forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg and defenseman Niklas Kronwall. Holland played telephone tag with the agent for Kronwall -- whom the team sees as part of its top-four defensive core -- last weekend and hopes to connect with him this week. Datsyuk and Zetterberg are considered part of the team's young nucleus. "I've talked to agents for both players recently," Holland said. "We're not close to a deal."

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Best Dmen Corp

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from the Calgary Sun,

On a team with the best group of defencemen in hockey today, you might say the Calgary Flames addition of Roman Hamrlik borders on overkill. You could go so far as to categorize the team's embarrassment of rearguard riches as gluttony, greed or even hoggish. Yep, the Flames just may have too much talent, too much character, and too much potential patrolling the area in front of Miikka Kiprusoff this year. However, being the swell guy he is, Darryl Sutter is willing to shoulder the burden of overseeing a bevy of blueliners supersaturated with skill.

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Bits & Pieces from The Maven

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from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-ESPN’s chance to match Comcast’s two-year, $120 million bid for NHL telecasts ends Wednesday (Aug. 17). Since ESPN rejected a $60 mil a year opportunity in May, it’s doubtful there’d be a change. Then again, ESPN just might want to keep Comcast off the network ice altogether. After all, $60 mil is chump change to the boys from Bristol. -Here’s the inside on Bill Daly’s new title -- Deputy Commissioner. He essentially had been in that role for the past year. But with the official title, it’s now clear at NHL Headquarters that Daly is not only the Number 2 man, but there are no numbers 3, 4 or 5 behind him. Daly’s closest competition, John Litner, is now firmly ensconced at the Mets TV network.

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Gamer Alert:  Gretzky NHL ‘06

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If you are a gamer, you may be interested in the interview Game Daily did recently. They spoke with David Perkison Sr, the producer of Gretzky NHL '06.

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Thomas May Play for Leafs

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from Sportsnet,

Steve Thomas will always be considered among the most popular to wear the Toronto Maple Leafs' crest. However, sources told Sportsnet the 42-year-old veteran forward, believed to be fast-approaching retirement, has been approached by Leafs' management about returning to Toronto to play for one more season.

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Sharks Retain Pair

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Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson locked up defenseman Kyle McLaren to a multi-year deal last week and now he has done the same with restricted free agents Patrick Marleau and Marco Sturm.

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Who Said This

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"The sentiment outside these walls was we were in a tight situation; we weren't. It's unanimous in our hockey department that we have a chance to win the Cup.

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Arnott Signs QO with Stars

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Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that center Jason Arnott has accepted the team's one-year qualifying offer for the 2005-06 season. Arnott, 30, appeared in 73 games with Dallas in 2003-04, registering 21 goals and 36 assists for 57 points with a +23 rating.

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Sabres Set Ticket Prices by Opponent

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from Buffalo Business First,

The Buffalo Sabres Monday afternoon disclosed which home games are equal to "gold", "silver', "bronze" and "value" tickets under the team's new variable pricing schedule. Gold seats, the most sought-after ducats on the home schedule, run from $120 to $40, in terms of walk-up ticket window prices. Value games range from $69 to $10.

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