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Real Hope For Minnesota

from CBS Sportsline,

Well, so much for using the "F-word" to describe the Minnesota Wild these days. And if frugal doesn't apply anymore, neither does cheapskate or any similar labels often associated with an organization that has sold out almost every home game it has played but has put only one playoff team on the ice since joining the NHL in the 2000-01 season. In the space of a few short weeks this summer, the Wild has pointedly shifted gears. They have become big spenders -- not to mention legitimate playoff contenders -- by undertaking a remodeling effort that would make Ty from Extreme Makeover proud.

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Wings Talking With Carter

Ken Holland was just on WDFN in Detroit and mentioned if he could get Anson Carter to agree to a one year deal, they just may have something. But Carter wants a longer term deal and Holland only wants a player to commit to a deal for one year. Ken also mentioned he is talking with a few teams who may have that type of player available. He is looking for someone to score 20-25 goals and also stated if things work out with this type of player, he would extend a contract offer like he did with Samuelsson.

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Hasek A Wing

Wings will announce shortly that Dominik Hasek will be joining the team for the upcoming season. added 12:19pm, added a poll in the KKF on this subject. update on the tele-conference that took place at 1pm, Both Holland and Hasek were available on different phone lines. Holland: In early July he called Hasek's agent to see if Dom had interest in the Wings. He had numerous conversations with Rich Winter, Hasek's agent and was excited about the possibility to have Dom back. Holland knows his groin is an issue. Very low based salary, playoff incentive for Dom. Looks at Osgood and Hasek as 1a and 1b. Hasek: He could not believe the Wings called him. He knew right away this was a wonderful opportunity for him. Discussed it with his family and got back to Holland after 10 days. He is looking at this as a one-year deal. Very excited, looking forward to helping the Wings win the cup. Holland was asked about the cap, Wings are about 4-5 million below the cap. Want to sign Franzen and add another forward. Wants some $$$ available at the trade deadline. note: this is a raw feed so please excuse any typing errors. more...Hasek was asked about his groin now. Says he feels great, has been playing many sports and is losing a little weight to help with any groin issues. His goal is to be healthy for the season and the playoffs. even more...Dom said he doesn't care if he plays 40 to 50 games this season. He wants to be healthy for the playoffs. Hasek mentioned his family will come to Detroit after Xmas and stay with him there. one more update...Holland was asked about Belfour. Holland said the team doctors said his back was fine but there would always be a concern about it. Holland said he became more and more convinced that Dom was the way to go and stated before the Olympics, Hasek was the Vezina winning goalie in the NHL. That's it for me folks...now get back to work... update 2:09pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Dominik Hasek is returning for a third tour of duty with the Detroit Red Wings. The team announced Monday it has signed the 41-year-old to a one-year deal, believed to be worth about $500,000 plus incentives.

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Czech Greats Need Some Help

from Czech Business Weekly,

Provoked by the poor living standards of some communist-era hockey champions, a group of retired players is calling on Parliament to grant financial aid to see them through their golden years. “Some past champions now struggle as a result of the communist regime having [routinely] ripped off successful athletes,” said Augustin Bubník, a huge star in the late 1940s who went on to have a successful coaching career.

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The Difference Is…

From A2Y,

Sports blogging seems to carry with it a sense of courtesy that doesn’t exist in the mainstream media. If a story, or thought, originates somewhere; that writer is referenced. It’s natural and it happens every day at every blog. Mainstreamers? Not so much. Why? Credibility, cash and competition. Thousands of writers for papers, tv and radio all battling for the same leads, the same stories and, most importantly, the same type of name recognition that comes from that one story that can take them to the next level, or bring their employer the all-important advertising buck. For instance, if I were to post this and attribute it to Spector’s, you’d most likely give it some serious consideration. Two more sources confirmed that the Red Wings are seriously considering Hasek as their number 1, but one source believes the team may be doing so “out of frustration.” That source went on to say, “If Anson Carter does land in Toronto in the next day or so, the Wings will not be able to pick up the top 6 forward they need to feel comfortable moving a top 6 guy for Biron or Giguere.” But when I tell you that it actually came from the child-like imagination of Dwayne Klessel (aka Eklund), your natural—and correct—reaction is to laugh it off.
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What Would You Do

Steve has been supplying OLN information for quite some time on different hockey forums. He has recently started posting at KKF and that is much appreciated. Yesterday he asked...

Go ahead, tell me what you’d do if you were in charge. And your response can not involve ESPN. Here’s what I’d do: -Keep Clement in the studio, but try new analysts. Ralph Stangis and Darren Pang might be worth trying out. -Keep Doc Emrick, but let him do the games Vin Scully style. No color man. An analyst not named JD is useless next to him. You can keep a reporter though. -If I must name a new lead color guy, use reporter Billy Jaffe. He has a great enthusiasm for the game that I enjoyed the one time they used him doing color. -Get more Pierre McGuire. I don’t care what anyone says, he’s exciting. -Fire Beninati and Jackson. Keep Kenny Albert, let Sam Rosen do a few games, but hire Ralph Strangis, Jim Hughsson and Chris Cuthbert to round out my play-by-play teams. Kenny will call the Conf. Final that Doc and Jaffe don’t. -Get better color men. Again, Pang, Strangis, McGuire, Remenda. -EVERY game in HD. Happy Paul? -Mic the players, but if you have to bleep them do so. Give the whole “Viewer Discretion Advised” warning before hand. -Have a “Satellite Hotstove Show” in between periods. -At 1:00 AM every night, do an “NHL2Nite” style show. -Make the scoreboard smaller.
Without a doubt, every game should be in HD Steve and I like the recap show at 1am (that's what dvr's are for). Let Steve know how you feel about this topic. As many KK members and guests know, what you ask for just may happen!

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A New Type Of Cap

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Now, the cruddy news: In a pro sports marketplace increasingly driven by athletes’ ability to self-promote, the NHL strolls the sidelines like a wallflower, still too modest and stubborn to amplify its aura. And it continues to pay the price for a long-held reticence towards marketing its individual players.... Simply put, this league still needs a personality enema in the worst way. Too many players and managers remain unconvinced of the desperate need for them to open up and sell the merits, inherent and recently added, of a sport that still pays some considerable bills. For the majority, talking in truisms still somehow represents a lifeboat in a swirling sea of reporter sharks.

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Pronger Won’t Leave The Ducks

from the LA Times,

Chris Pronger is about to move. Again. The towering defenseman with the booming slap shot is getting out of a city. Again. "It'll be a little different," he says with an easy cool as he awaits lunch at an Anaheim restaurant. "At the end of the day, it's still hockey. You still got to go out there and perform. "Just because you're down in Southern California with a beach right there and you have the opportunity to lay on it, you still got to put the work and the time in to prepare."
read on (reg. req.)

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from the Web Guy at AtlantaThrasers.com,

Thursday morning I had the chance of a lifetime. The Thrashers were hosting their mite and Squirt hockey school in Duluth and I was asked if I was interested in suiting up as a goalie and taking some shots from the kids. Never one to turn down a good story idea I jumped at the chance to strap on the pads, despite the fact that I had absolutely no clue what I was doing. Did I mention that I’d never played hockey, let alone as a goalie?... A few reckless and unorthodox pad saves later I pointed out to Darren Eliot that I was having some rebound control issues. He just laughed and said, “You have to stop the first shot to give up a rebound, so consider it progress.”
read on image Can you figure out which one is the Web Guy?

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Ducks Accept Arbitration On Vishnevski

from the Anaheim Ducks,

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club accepted the arbitration award for defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski (one-year contract). Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Got to love the "no financial terms" were disclosed.

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