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What To Do With The Money

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

In the years leading up to the 2004-05 lockout, the union set about establishing a war chest, banking licensing and merchandise payments instead of paying it out to players. But just how much the union has stashed away has shocked many in the sports industry. According to drafts of NHLPA financial statements obtained by the Star, the players association on June 30, 2005 boasted cash deposits of roughly $140 million (all figures U.S.). It had a further $27 million worth of long-term investments at the time. It's possible that those figures could change once the union completes its long-overdue audited financial statements, but one union source said the union's cash position is relatively unchanged. Now that the NHL and its players union are so-called partners in the restyled sport, the NHLPA should return much of that money. That's the contention of at least one current NHL player and two recent retirees.
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Agent Senses No NHL For Zherdev

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Rolly Hedges, the Ottawa-based agent for the talented Zherdev, told the Sun yesterday that he doesn't expect a call from the Jackets to end the stalemate. Zherdev, a restricted free agent, had 27 goals and 27 assists in 73 games with the Jackets last year. Since the club won't have Fedorov for the next while, it would seem to make sense to try and get Zherdev signed. "We're dealing with (Columbus GM) Doug MacLean here," said Hedges. "My sense is (Zherdev's) going to be playing in Russia (this season)."
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Madden Still Not Practicing

from the NY Poat,

It may defer some of their salary cap trouble, but it won't help Claude Julien's start as Devils coach. John Madden might not be ready for the season opener, revealing yesterday that he underwent hernia surgery seven weeks ago. "I noticed it during the playoffs and I thought it was a sore groin. I took some time off, and when I started training again, it didn't get better," said Madden, who has been skating lightly apart from his teammates, and not encouraged by the results. "Unfortunately, I waited a little too long. Now we've started training camp and I'm not playing exhibition games," Madden said.
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Bouwmeester Facing Drunk Drivin Charge

from the Edmonton Sun

, Edmonton NHL hockey star Jay Bouwmeester, a defenceman with the Florida Panthers, is facing drunk-driving charges in his hometown. Bouwmeester, 22, was arrested Aug. 12 near Whyte Avenue, a popular nightclub area which gained nationwide notoriety when drunken revellers rioted there during last spring's Stanley Cup run by the Edmonton Oilers.
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Strachan To Hang Up The Pen

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail:

Al Strachan's career in sportswriting is almost over. Strachan has been told that his contract at the Toronto Sun will not be renewed. He will be finished on Dec. 31 and says he's planning to retire. Strachan has been a sportswriter, mostly in hockey, for 33 years. He started at the Montreal Gazette in 1973, joined The Globe and Mail in 1980 and moved to the Sun in 1994. He was also the host of a radio show in Montreal in the 1970s and was a regular on the Hockey Night in Canada Satellite Hot Stove panel until last season, when he was replaced with Pierre LeBrun of The Canadian Press. Quebecor has cut deeply into the Toronto Sun sports department. Columnist Mike Ulmer was let go. Reporter Perry Lefko took a buyout and joined the Canadian Football League, although Lefko says he wasn't forced to leave.
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Chara Blocks Shot - Appears To Be OK

from the Boston Bruins,

A minor scare went through Bruins nation, as Chara did not return to action in the second, after blocking a shot in the first period. Following the game, however, Bruins Head Coach Dave Lewis indicated that Chara had asked to play the second period, but the training staff thought it best to ice the area immediately. Lewis let Boston fans breath a little easier when he said that Chara will have a precautionary x-ray tomorrow, but was walking fine after the game.

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Malkin Hurt

from the CP via TSN,

Evgeni Malkin was injured during his NHL debut Wednesday night after colliding with Pittsburgh Penguins teammate John LeClair early in the second period. Malkin had just finished making a dazzling pass to LeClair when the veteran winger, after missing a great scoring chance, crashed into the boards behind the net and took out Malkin in the process. The Russian rookie catapulted over LeClair and landed hard on the ice. A hush came over the crowd at Moncton Coliseum as Malkin, the second overall pick behind Alexander Ovechkin in the 2004 NHL entry draft, lay sprawled on the ice for 3-4 minutes. He got up and skated off the ice but was favouring his left arm. He headed straight to the dressing room. There was no immediate word on his condition.
I am sure Pens fans will kep us posted with any updated news. added 8:52pm, How it happened... added 9:11pm, Make sure to check the comments. Pens fans will keep us posted and now are mentioning that Malkin is back in the arena after visiting the hospital. Also, check the TSN link, they will update in that link throughout the evening.

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Posible Player Movement In The West

Western conference players that could be moved during the upcoming season... from Spector at Fox Sports,

Keith Tkachuk — He rejected any notion of a trade last season, but if the Blues have another lousy campaign he might change his mind this time around, especially if the club decides not to re-sign him following this season. His tenure in St. Louis could well depend on the club's on-ice fortunes.
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NHLPA Delivers Good News

The subject of the NHLPA getting money back from last season was touched on at KK a few weeks ago. More information is now available. from the CP via TSN,

Players will be getting a nice little bonus early in the NHL season. The NHL Players' Association informed its membership Wednesday that the league's 700-plus players will receive all of their escrowed payments plus interest as well as additional "shortfall" payments of between 3.5 to 4.5 per cent. Once the final accounting was done on the 2005-06 season it was determined players didn't take up their full share of the 54 per cent of league revenues coming their way under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement.
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More Injuries Coming

from Michael Fargber of Sports Illustrated,

The first thing that fans might notice is that some of the players with bigger curves have problems handling or passing the puck -- the reasons why a handful of general managers were originally reluctant to make a change. Of course, the perception of the bigger curves might change when a rising shot clips a visor-less defenseman's eye and changes that player's perception permanently. For the moment, the Board of Governors' anticipated move is one more reminder that the PA is the only union in the world that does not make safety in the workplace its leading priority. Not to dump all this on the association. Too often, the PA is in tune with its rank and file, which prefers the freedom to choose on the visor issue, picks its helmets based on how they look in the mirror, and tolerates the current icing rule. Actually, the more-liberal curve suits an important part of the PA's constituency: skilled European players who grew up playing under International Ice Hockey Federation rules, which permitted a larger curve.
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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