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By Alanah Downie: What do you love more: The game of hockey or your own hockey team? Avalanche blogger Jerseys & Hockey Love writes "I love hockey first, my teams second." (I hear he even secretly loves the Vancouver Canucks). Elsewhere, Mike Chen's Hockey Blog is taking the NHL arbitrators to task this week; and Japer's Rink is promoting the Sheldon Souray Jersey Night. (Uh oh...) In other news, Behind the Jersey notes that Cory Cross is freezing in Germany; the Battle of California has turned the Northwest Division into a freakin' cartoon; and Ingmar Bergman Shoots & Scores calculates how financially busted every team in the NHL really is, using the salary page built by the excellent Five Hole Fanatics. In New York, Hockey Bird debates who should replace John Davidson with the MSG Network -- An important question since, as Rocha says "this is someone whom many of us will be listening to for three hours at a time, approximately eighty times per year." Indeed. Finally -- and most amusingly -- former Oilers blogger Sacamano of the Battle of Alberta reports in from Siberia (where he's now living) only to discover some shocking news. Says Matt: "Are you kidding me? Can't a guy go off the grid in rural Siberia without his favourite hockey team getting totally gutted?" The answer to that question, Sacamano, is "No!" Catch you later with more of what's up in the hockey blogosphere.

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Swedish Player Suspended For Cross-Check On Crosby

from Euro Hockey,

The case concerns the infraction of the IIHF Playing Rules by the Swedish player Mika Hannula at the semi-final game between Sweden and Canada during the 2006 IIHF World Championship in Riga, Latvia when the Swedish player cross-checked the Canadian player Sidney Crosby to the neck and head area. At its formal session on 2nd August 2006, the Deciding Panel of the IIHF Disciplinary Committee decided that the player Mr. Mika Hannula of the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation, in addition to the suspension for the final of the 2006 IIHF World Championship, will be suspended for the first four games at the 2007 IIHF World Championship (in Moscow, Russia) played by Sweden and has to pay a fine of CHF 5.000.
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After 18 Seasons…

"So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." from Maine Today,

His wife got the 18 long-stemmed red roses, one for each NHL season he played. He got the special hockey stick with the names of the eight teams he played for printed on the shaft. He gave the speech, pausing only for an occasional deep breath. She gave him her support. Within 15 minutes a remarkable career was officially over. Eric Weinrich formally announced his retirement. "I dreamed of just making it," he said later, after exchanging hugs with his family. "I never imagined it would last 18 years."
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What About The Blackhawks

Recently the city of Chicago was named the #1 sports city by the Sporting News but the Hawks are not too happy about being left off the cover... from the Chicago Tribune via the Mercury News,

The Blackhawks will send a representative, but apparently have expressed their displeasure to Sporting News officials over a cover photo that featured Ozzie Guillen, Brian Urlacher, Carlos Zambrano and Kirk Hinrich cast over the city's skyline - but nothing with the Hawks' distinctive Indian head logo. Blackhawks director of communications Jim DeMaria was out of the office Monday and a call to Senior Vice President Bob Pulford's office was not returned. Sporting News editor John Rawlings explained that leaving the Hawks off the cover simply came down to staying consistent with the magazine's mission: It has scaled back its hockey coverage since the NHL lockout wiped out the 2004-05 season. Rawlings had not heard directly from the Hawks about the decision but said others at the magazine had been made aware of their feelings.
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Early August With The Maven

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

• Ken Holland’s rationale for the Dom Hasek signing: “To some degree, we’re buying time. But we’re buying time with a guy who’s one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history.” And what if injury-prone Hasek gets hurt? “If Hasek’s groin acts up two-thirds of the way through the season, maybe, by that point, our young goaltenders will have enough experience.” • Don’t be surprised if Alexander Mogilny stars at the Devils’ training camp. A pal, who knows Almo well, tells us that Mogilny “wants to do good” by the Devs and “will fight for a spot on the roster because he wants his career to end on a high note.” Another who’ll do the same is Mike Rupp, back for a second chance in New Jersey. “Lou (Lamoriello) likes guys who have played for him before,” says one who knows both well.
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All Duguay- Sort Of Old School

from the NY Rangers,

Duguay is still all about hockey. Asked to recall a favorite moment from those early Ranger days, he instantly talks about spring of 1979, when he played on a team that reached the Stanley Cup Finals by beating the heavily favored Islanders in six games. It's an experience he cherishes above all others from his New York years. "The Stanley Cup run is still my best memory," Duguay said. "Not only because I got so close to winning the Stanley Cup, but because it was a time where hockey was being played a certain way. It was still very much a bunch of old-school type of players who were still playing, and I happened to be part of those type of players."
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Malkin Wants To Play In The NHL

from the AP via the Santa Barbara News,

Evgeni Malkin still wants to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins as soon as possible, his agent said Monday, even though Malkin's Russian team announced the star forward has renegotiated his contract and plans to stay out of the NHL for another season. Russian super league team Metallurg Magnitogorsk posted a story Monday on its Web site that Malkin met late into Sunday night with team officials and had reworked a three-year contract into a one-year deal that would allow him to become a free agent in 2007. However, Malkin's agent, JP Barry, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that Malkin told him he wants to play in the NHL this season. Malkin also has been quoted in Russia as saying he wants to play in Pittsburgh soon. ''His wish is to play in the NHL, and in Pittsburgh,'' Barry said. ''We will continue to talk to him about his future, and we will decide the best course for him at this time.''
continued check a few posts down for all of the Malkin talk this morning... added 3:13pm, KKF informal poll, where will Malkin play.

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Bargain Shopping

from CBS Sportsline,

There's no such thing any more in the NHL, not when there are enough free agents available to make it seem as if it's Christmas in July at the beginning of every offseason. In fact, many of those signed after the initial free-for-all could end up having as much, if not more, impact on their new teams as the big-name stars. With that in mind, here's a look at 10 under-the-radar signings that should make a big difference. 6. Mike Grier: The right wing was an unsung hero for the Sabres during their surprising run to the Eastern Conference finals and this year will bring his gritty, grinding style to the Sharks. Look for Grier and Curtis Brown to significantly upgrade the Sharks' penalty killing, which was 23rd last season.
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Nagy Awarded $3M

from the Arizona Republic,

An NHL salary arbiter has awarded Coyotes left wing Ladislav Nagy a $3 million salary for the 2006-07 season. The Coyotes have 48 hours to accept the ruling or let Nagy, who notched 56 points in 51 games last season, become an unrestricted free agent.
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Report- Malkin To Stay In Russia

from Reuters,

Russia's teenage prodigy Evgeni Malkin will not play in the National Hockey League (NHL) this season after agreeing a new contract with Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Metallurg said that Malkin, the Pittsburgh Penguins' number one pick in 2004, had annulled his previous contract with the Russian Superleague club, which would have kept him in Magnitogorsk through April 2008. Instead, he has agreed a new one-year deal after which he will become a free agent. Malkin, who has never played for Pittsburgh, had stated his desire to join the NHL this year, saying he wanted to prove himself at a higher level. His agent said that the Russian, who turned 20 last week, had even signed an entry-level contract with the Penguins. But Metallurg said that after meeting club president Viktor Rashnikov Malkin had changed his mind.
continued update 1:20pm, via the CP,
The 20-year-old phenom cancelled the remaining two years of his contract with Russian super club Metallurg Magnitogorsk in favour of a one-year deal, the team reported Monday on its website. Malkin reportedly met with team officials late into Sunday night to finalize the deal, which will allow him to become a free agent in 2007. He could then sign with the Penguins, who made him the second overall choice in the 2004 draft but have been unable to bring him over to North America.

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