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Is Nashville Building To Sell

from the Daily News Journal,

If the Predators did not make it into the black previously, how do they intend to do so now when they're paying their players so much more? The answer that seems most plausible is that Leipold has given up on the notion of turning an annual profit in the hope of unloading the franchise for something far beyond the $80 million expansion fee he paid for it and to walk away with some measure of ultimate financial gain. The best way to do that is to spend now.... All of this, of course, is speculation. Leipold has not said he plans to sell the franchise he founded. Another possibility is that the owner simply has decided to ignore the bottom line and make an all-out effort to finish on top. Nah, that couldn't be it. Could it?
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Flyers Need To Sign Forsberg

from the Delaware County Times,

...the Flyers’ generous investment in Gagne will make total economic sense only if they commit, too, to re-upping Forsberg and for that matter, right wing Mike Knuble, whose contract, too, will run out at the end of the season.... Will it happen? Will the Flyers find themselves with Gagne after next season, then no one to find him wide open on the left wing, other than some Phantom du jour? There is no precedent for that, not from a rare Philadelphia franchise that never tries to squeeze out a roster on the cheap. Though the Flyers -- Bob Clarke orchestrating -- will drag out a contract negotiation, often not sealing a deal until their victim is caught squealing in mental torture, eventually they pay.
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Updated Odds

Do the people setting the odds to win the Stanley Cup know anything about hockey? 2007 Stanley Cup Odds Detroit Red Wings 6-1 Ottawa Senators 7-1 Carolina Hurricanes 10-1 Philadelphia Flyers 12-1 Anaheim Mighty Ducks 12-1 more

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St. Louis Wants Premier Player Tag

from the St. Peterburg Times,

"Last year was a setback for me," St. Louis said after Tuesday's skate at the Ice Sports Forum. "I can't tell you how many times last year I wanted to start over. But you just can't do that. You have to fight through it. The starting over part is now." But as the Lightning gears up for Thursday's training camp, the starting point has moved. At 31, St. Louis no longer is the undersized long shot who entered the NHL with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. "So it's not like I have to establish myself as a top-two line forward," he said. "I do have to re-establish myself as a premier player."
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Lundqvist Suffered Migraines

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

If the Henrik Lundqvist who was in the Ranger nets for the playoffs hardly resembled his regal self against the Devils, there apparently was more than one reason for it. Because, The King revealed yesterday, he played through migraines upon his return from a hip-flexor injury he'd suffered in late March that sidelined him for all but the last game of the regular season's final 19 days.
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Watching Brule

fromthe Columbus Dispatch,

On Friday, when the Blue Jackets open their sixth training camp, plenty of eyes will be on Brule, and not just in Nationwide Arena. Brule, a center, is among a handful of young players expected to make a major impact in the NHL this season, one of the contenders to win the Calder Trophy, given to the league’s top rookie. "There’s a little more attention on me this year," Brule said. "That makes it a little more nerve-racking, for sure. It’s very cool to see your name up there with all of the top young players in the world."
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Deal For Kesler Was Close

from the Province,

Dave Nonis expected to fly to the NHL board of governors meetings today in Chicago with the confidence that his hockey house was in financial order. Then Bob Clarke messed it up. Now Nonis has to decide whether to spend $1 million US to clean it. Clarke, the aggressive Philadelphia Flyers general manager, signed restricted free agent Vancouver Canucks centre Ryan Kesler to a one-year offer sheet of $1.9 million US Tuesday. It came as Nonis and agent Kurt Overhardt were close to finalizing a two-year extension for Kesler, who didn't participate in an informal skate with Canuck veterans.
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The first words out of most mouths around the NHL upon learning of Philadelphia's offer sheet to Ryan Kesler on Tuesday surely were: "It's about time." Hard to believe it's taken a team this long to figure out the advantages of making contract offers to the good young players, and hard to believe somebody started with a player coming off a year as humdrum as that of Kesler.
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Ruutu Talks Improve

from the Chicago Tribune,

Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon and the agent for winger Tuomo Ruutu, Chicago-based Bill Zito, had another round of negotiations on a new contract Tuesday, with Zito saying progress had been made. Zito and Ruutu, who is still in his native Finland, were to discuss two offers, a one-year deal and a two-year deal, with Zito and Tallon speaking again either late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. If Ruutu accepts one of the Hawks' offers, he likely will be in Chicago in time for the start of training camp Thursday at the United Center. "I always expected to get something done," Zito said. "I would be really surprised if we can't."
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Primeau Expected To Retire

from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Flyers captain Keith Primeau is expected to announce his retirement before the end of the week, the player confirmed today. "I've had those discussions with my wife and I will have something more to say about it either tomorrow or Thursday," Primeau said. "I have not talked to the club since last week. I had been looking to get myself back into a position to play."
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Panthers Settle Keenan Contract

from TSN,

Mike Keenan and the Florida Panthers have found a way to part peacefully, although it took several days for the two sides to get to this point. ''I am pleased to report that I have resolved all outstanding issues with the Florida Panthers relating to my employment and my departure on an amicable basis,'' Keenan told TSN. The two sides have agreed on a settlement that satisfies the balance of his recently terminated contract.
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