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Watch Out For The Backup

from Tom Layberger of Sports Illustrated,

Going to the backup goalie during a playoff series has typically been a sign of disaster and that the golf clubs are being dusted off. But this year, things began to change dramatically when Carolina's Cam Ward and Anaheim's Ilya Bryzgalov were inserted between the pipes in the middle of their respective opening-round series and proceeded to carry their teams on their shoulder pads.
continued...a few surprises...

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Big Skates To Fill

Many of you know I like to promote "old school" hockey whenever possible. The pedigree doesn't get any better than this! from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Blake Geoffrion might have the Montreal Canadiens in his blood, but he has the Nashville Predators in his heart. This Geoffrion is the fourth generation of a family that has known nothing but NHL success. Geoffrion's great-grandfather, Howie Morenz, and his grandfather, Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion, are in the Hockey Hall of Fame. His father, Danny Geoffrion, was a No. 1 pick by Montreal, who played more than 100 NHL games. All three played for the Canadiens during their respective careers. That explains Blake's Montreal allegiance. But, where does Nashville fit into the equation?
continued If you are not familar with either Howie Morenz or Bernie Geoffrion, do yourself a favor and read up on the legends of the game!

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Radio Days

I have accepted an invitation to appear on Edmonton radio station 630CHED during their "Inside Sports" program tomorrow evening at 10:30pm ET/8:30pm MT. You can listen online and if you have any questions, feel free to email them to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). I just hope I don't "Pronger" it up!

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Waiting For You

Hockey talk will soon start up again. Why not participate in the chatter at Kukla's Korner Forum (KKF)? You might even get lucky and be a recipient of a $25 gift certificate from Shop.NHL.Com. More information...

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Dealing With Hemsky

from the Edmonton Journal,

Should the Edmonton Oilers be running scared with their free-agent Ales Hemsky now that an NHL arbitrator has awarded Buffalo Sabres centre Daniel Briere a whopping $5 million US a season? Anxious? Yes. Worried sick? No. "Briere and Ales aren't comparables," said Oilers assistant GM Scott Howson, who's still trying to lock up Hemsky for four or five years, if possible, before his arbitration hearing Friday. The Oilers have a right to be nervous after winger Mike York received an $800,000 raise to $2.85 million US from an arbitrator for a 52-point (13 goals, minus-9) season in Long Island last year. This is why the players fought so hard during the NHL lockout to keep arbitration; the rulings sometimes defy logic and guys get bumps in salary, even for average seasons.
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Puerto Rican “Ice”

from the Miami Herald,

After a month of speculation, the Panthers will announce plans today to play an exhibition game in San Juan on Sept. 23. The matchup with the New York Rangers, the first NHL sanctioned game in the Caribbean, will be played at the new José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum. The Rangers, who set up the game and invited the Panthers to participate, are expected to be the designated home team.
you can read on about Bouwmeester's arbitration situation... image

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Hey “Buddy”

Off Wing Opinion pointed to Sports Law Blog in which Michael McCann questions the "family friend" of Phil Kessel.

Here's the deal: although Wade Arnott is an NHLPA certified agent--and a well-respected one at that--who works for the sports agency Newport Sports Management, he is not acting as Kessel's agent in Kessel's contract negotiations with the Bruins. Rather, he's acting as Kessel's "family advisor" or "family friend." So why the difference? By Arnott being labeled a "family advisor" or "family friend," Kessel can maintain his NCAA eligibility. So if Kessel's contract talks with the Bruins were to fail, he can return to the University of Minnesota and play there in the 2006-07 season. In contrast, if Kessel were to formally sign with Arnott, NCAA rules dictate that he would immediately forfeit his collegiate eligibility.

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No Middle Ground

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The very league that rolled back salaries, put in cost constraints, capped spending and fought for the little guy is being undermined by its own general managers and by a collective bargaining agreement that was supposed to protect both the competent and the incompetent. But who, exactly, is being protected now?
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Many Enforcers Using “Special Chemicals”

from the Globe and Mail,

Former hockey enforcer Andrei Nazarov has told the Russian sports newspaper Sport-Express that steroid use is universal among the National Hockey League's tough guys and that a majority of players are using some kind of drugs to help them hang on to lucrative jobs. To NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, Nazarov sounds like a loose cannon. But anti-doping czar Richard Pound hopes that loose cannon is the start of a fusillade.
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Waiting On Gomez

from the Star-Ledger,

According to Lamoriello, arbitrator Richard Bloch had other cases to hear and the busy schedule delayed his decision on Gomez. Bloch's decision will have a major impact on what the Devils look like this season. The team's payroll is just over $40 million with negotiations still ongoing with restricted free agents Brian Gionta, David Hale and Paul Martin. None had returned signed qualifying offers. "They haven't signed yet, but we'll find a way," Lamoriello said. Insiders say some roster juggling and anticipated trades will give the Devils a little more than $4 million this season for Gomez. Anything above $5 million would present a problem that might require Lamoriello to trade the skilled playmaker.
read on...plus Mogilny expected in camp...

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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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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