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New NHLPA President Announced Tomorrow

from the CP via TSN,

There will soon be a new president of the NHL Players' Association. Trevor Linden announced Tuesday at the NHLPA's summer meeting that he will not seek re-election for the position he has held since June 1998. The NHLPA's new executive committee is expected to be announced Wednesday.

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2nd Surgery Not Needed For Fopa

from the Courier Post,

Flyers star center Peter Forsberg learned today that he will not require reconstructive surgery on his left foot. The Flyers have scheduled a 5 p.m. conference call to map out Forsberg's rehabilitation schedule. With no need for a second surgery, it is possible Forsberg could return to the Flyers' lineup as early as November.
Thanks to a KK reader for passing this on.

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Canadiens At “Plan D”

from Radio-Canada (translated),

“One is already returned in the plan D, affirms Gainey. The number of players whom we covet was restricted, but several teams had the fight to obtain them.” In spite of a rich person tradition of hockey, Montreal does not seem to represent the destination number one. Do the high tax rate and the pressure to thread the tricolour pullover complicate the work of Gainey? “Our situation is not different from the other teams, explains Gainey. A player can decide to continue his career in Los Angeles, but it will have to compose with an infernal motor vehicle traffic. It will also run the chance to fall to the sea.” A small bit of irony to explain the situation of the Canadian. Since July first, several formations put the package to attract the coveted player. “There were the very heavy ones and very long contracts granted to certain players, affirms he. We would like to obtain a player, but the good player. If not, one is taken with for several seasons.”
read on Thanks to a regular KK reader for the pointer... added 6:38pm, Basically the same story now on the Montreal Canadiens website...

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Toskala Wants Goalie Situation Resolved

from the AP via TSN,

Vesa Toskala has nothing but great things to say about the San Jose Sharks, his GM Doug Wilson, and his fellow goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. But he's adamant he doesn't want to head into training camp next season still battling for playing time in goal with his buddy Nabokov. ''I really hope that doesn't happen,'' Toskala said Tuesday from his native Tampere, Finland. ''That's not good for me, or for Nabby. And I don't think it's good for the team either, sitting one of us on the bench. I really hope there's a trade.''
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Wesley Joins Marines For A Day With The Cup

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Glen Wesley and his wife, Barb, announced today that they will spend part of their day with the Stanley Cup visiting Marines at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on Thursday. The Wesley family will take the fabled trophy to the "Wounded Warriors" barracks to share it with Marines wounded in combat. They are scheduled to arrive at Camp Lejeune with the Cup around 1 p.m. The Injured Support Unit barracks at Camp Lejeune were dedicated on Nov. 15, 2005 to answer the growing need for accessible housing for Marines wounded in combat. Existing barracks were renovated to create the special housing. Fourteen first-floor rooms were made accessible with ramps and grab bars, two rooms made wheelchair accessible and ramp access was added to the building.

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Sens Squeezed

from Canada.com,

Muckler continues to rail against last year's agreement with the players, which expedites free agency and squeezes payroll with a cap. So much for the new CBA making all the smaller market teams happy. The Senators feel they are being punished for having developed good young players they now can't afford to keep. ''If you're not successful, you're a buyer, and if you are successful, you're a seller,'' Muckler said. Clearly, the sight of unrestricted free agent Zdeno Chara sauntering out the door to riches from the Boston Bruins, was a motivating factor in Muckler moving Havlat. ''Watching Chara walk, I wanted to make an early decision on Havlat - to get something for him,'' Muckler said.
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A Few Signings

Buffalo Signs Brian Campbell to a multi-year deal... The Blue Jackets sign Haisney to a 2yr deal. added 11:05am, Wings sign Brett Lebda to a 4yr deal. added4:30pm, Lebda's deal is worth $2.6 million. added 5:53pm, via Sportsnet Tracker, Luke Richardson signs with Tampa Bay.

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Our Game

A frequent KK reader pointed out ths article on "Why Hockey Rules". A great read even though it is a few weeks old... from the National Post,

There is more action in five minutes of hockey than in your average 90-minute game of soccer, whose fans live for the moment when, by some mischance, the ball strays within 50 yards of the net. Basketball suffers from the opposite affliction: As the comedian David Brenner argues, they should start both teams at 100 and make the games two minutes long, since that's what every basketball game comes down to. Only hockey combines frequency of scoring chances with difficulty of actually scoring: Fans, especially at playoff time, are kept in a state of near-permanent hysteria, the prospect of a game-altering goal ever present.
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Chris Simon Signs With NYI

from the New York Islanders,

The Islanders have signed veteran left wing Chris Simon to a one-year contract, reuniting him with Ted Nolan, his head coach during his final year of junior hockey. Last season with the Calgary Flames, the 6-3, 220-pound Simon was 8-14-22 with 94 penalty minutes in 72 games. The previous NHL season, Simon helped lead the Flames to the Stanley Cup Final after he was dealt by the Rangers to Calgary at the trade deadline, scoring five goals in 16 playoff games.

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Pens Sale Getting Close

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

By the end of this week or early next week, the number of bidders in the running to buy the Penguins could be reduced to three -- or one. Four known bidders and a possible fifth have submitted offers. Allen and Company, the New York firm brokering the sale of the hockey team, is analyzing and verifying those bids and is expected to pare the number soon. When one offer is chosen, that bidder will sign a letter of intent for the right to negotiate exclusively for a period of time. Although details of the bids remain mostly unclear, the sale price is expected to top $150 million.
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