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The 80’s Are Over With

from the Gateway,

Sometimes, I just don’t want to be here. I don’t mean here in these pages, I mean here in the geographical sense. Don’t get me wrong, I love dirty streets, conservative hillbillies and making fun of Calgary—but sometimes, Edmonton can be a terrible place to live. So I can relate to Michael Peca, Jaroslav Spacek, Sergei Samsonov and Chris Pronger’s desires to head elsewhere this NHL off-season.... There’s a reason that the biggest acquisitions this off-season have been Daniel Tjarnqvist and Marty Reasoner: guys don’t want to come to Edmonton. The pay is too low, the weather too bad and the fans too deluded. The ’80s are over with, and the sooner Edmonton fans stop expecting Ales Hemsky to be the next Jari Kurri and Ryan Smyth to be the next Messier, the sooner players will realize that the fan support in Edmonton is a blessing, instead of the curse it is now.
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Looking Forward To Winning

An interview with new Tampa Bay goalie Marc Denis via the Tampa Bay Lightning,

TBL.com: What are you most excited about for the upcoming season? DENIS: Being a contender. To play hockey in late April, May and hopefully in early summer - that’s what I’m looking forward to. The goal and objective is quite different than in my last six years in Columbus, being part of the whole building process of a new franchise. I’ve been used to winning, not only in my career, but my whole life, and I’m looking forward to getting back to winning ways.
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Better In Buffalo

from the Buffalo News,

Spacek, in his first interview since becoming the Sabres' prized free-agent acquisition July 5, said Wednesday he had nearly identical offers from the Sabres and his former team, the Edmonton Oilers. But the situation in Buffalo far outweighed that in Edmonton. ...he saw one team on the rise and another falling apart. Though the Oilers were one game away from winning the Stanley Cup, Spacek was quick to send a reminder that they needed late-season losses by Vancouver just to earn the No. 8 seed in the postseason. The Sabres, meanwhile, had the fifth-most points in the league. "I think that the team now in Edmonton will be not the same like last year," Spacek said by phone from the Czech Republic. "I was there for four months, and we had a great run in the playoffs, but we barely made the playoffs. We had to get big help from San Jose and Anaheim...."
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Carter Wants A Fair Offer

from Canada.com,

The agent for Anson Carter said Wednesday the unrestricted free-agent right-winger won't return to the Vancouver Canucks for a contract offer of two years at $1.8 million US per season. ''Absolutely not,'' said Pat Brisson who hasn't spoken with Vancouver general manager Dave Nonis in more than a week. ''If Dave were to come back with a fair offer, it could make sense. According to the agent, four of seven teams interested in Carter Detroit and Los Angeles are possible destinations are either trying to complete
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A To V

Bill from Abel to Yzerman inteviewed Wings beat writer Ansar Khan. For Detroit fans, a must read!

A2Y: Mike Babcock seems to be a pretty blunt guy. Is he an easy coach to deal with from a reporter’s standpoint? Khan: He’s blunt, argumentative and sometimes cranky, but also provides some colorful quotes, which every writer would appreciate. Like Dave Lewis before him, Babcock understands our job and always has time for us after practices and morning skates, in addition to games, and is good about returning calls. So he’s fine to deal with.
Alanah at VCOE needed an excuse to stay up all night so she has decided to blog for charity. I think she should provide hourly updated pictures too, it might get very interesting about 3am!

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Zherdev Contract Talk

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Zherdev is a restricted free agent, and it seems his agent, Rolland Hedges, and the Blue Jackets are bracing for negotiations that could take most of the summer and may stretch into training camp in September. Hedges confirmed yesterday that Zherdev has signed a contract with Khimik Voskresensk of the Russian Superleague. He’s playing with the club in a tournament in Finland. "Nikolai’s first objective is to play for the Columbus Blue Jackets," Hedges said. "If he’s not able to do that because of a contract or budget situation, this way he has a place to play." The Jackets have offered Zherdev a one-year, contract, his qualifying offer, as well as a two-year contract worth "substantially more money," MacLean said.
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Odd Charles Wang

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

First of all, keeping Milbury on the payroll -- and even promoting him -- would make any reasonable observer wonder about Wang's ability to make hockey decisions. After all, it was Wang who approved Milbury's idea to give Alexei Yashin a 10-year $90-million US contract. Has it not by now dawned on Wang that this was perhaps not the best hockey decision ever made? Knowing Wang, probably not. Wang, after all, has seriously suggested that team personnel should go to Japan to scout sumo wrestlers who could be turned into National Hockey League goaltenders.
read on added 7:38am, from Alan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Ted Nolan might do well enough as the coach of the Islanders, but appointing Garth Snow as the GM and surrounding him with the likes of Bryan Trottier and (perhaps) Pat LaFontaine is like asking Larry, Curly and Moe to fix the hole in your roof. Guaranteed, something is going to go wrong.
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Belfour Could Be A Panther Today

from the Miami Herald via the Mercury News,

The Florida Panthers are on the verge of solidifying their goaltending tandem by signing likely future Hall of Famer Ed Belfour. Belfour passed a physical Wednesday morning and could be introduced by the Panthers on Thursday as a backup to Alex Auld.

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Kubina Slandered Ref

from Hockey Refs,

Czech NHL player Pavel Kubina has been fined over 14,000 euros by a judge in his home country for slandering a referee. Kubina, who took refuge with HC Vitkovice in the Tipsport Extraliga during the 2004-2005 NHL lockout, accused referee Petra Bolina of taking bribes after Vitkovice was eliminated from the playoffs by HC Hame Zlin.
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