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Detroit Area Comcast HD Subscribers

Finally received an email from Comcast regarding their position with Fox Sports Detroit and HD.

Regarding the Fox Sports HD channel for our Comcast High-Definition Television service (HDTV)- At this time, we do not have an agreement with Fox Sports Network to carry their HD signals. Until negotiations are complete, we will not be able to add this channel to our HDTV lineup. A date is not available at this time.
No earth shattering news, and I would again suggest contacting both Comcast and FSN to make your feelings known.

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The End Of A Broadcasting Era

from Sam Rosen of MSG Network,

Well, it's the end of an era. For 20 years we worked hand and glove and it was just a great personal relationship and professional relationship. I couldn't have asked for anything better. As far as coming to work, it was great. I looked forward to every single game and working with a man who clearly was number one in his profession. No analyst in the history of hockey broadcasting comes close to J.D. He is the epitome of the hockey analyst and just a great person to have around.
more (at the bottom of his column)...plus Sam takes a look at Shanahan, other Ranger moves and Chris Pronger...

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Summer Outlook

A good, overall recap of what each team has done this summer and how much their salary commitments are- from the Province and Canada.com,

MINNESOTA WILD $38,710,833 The Wild have come out of nowhere with bold moves that have reshaped the franchise. It was hard not to notice when they traded for Pavol Demitra and united him with Marian Gaborik, who they then signed to a three-year, $19-million deal. They locked up Keith Carney and landed stalwart Kim Johnsson. They also managed to woo right winger Mark Parrish with a $2.25-million-a-year contract.
read on for the rest of the teams...

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Report- Lindros Signs With Dallas

from Sportsnet,

Sportsnet has learned that Eric Lindros has signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Stars worth $1.55 million plus another million in incentives.

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Operating As A Small Market Team

from the Buffalo News,

The Blues, the worst team in the league last season, were desperate. The Sabres would have preferred to retain McKee, whose skills they appreciate, but they know it couldn't be at a stratospheric salary. The fans, McKee's Buffalo teammates and some of the media are in a snit over the Sabres' willingness to see him depart. For them, owner Tom Golisano, who was portrayed as the franchise rescuer not long ago, is now being seen as a cheapskate. It says here that Golisano is operating the team as he operates his other businesses - realistically. The Sabres were in bankruptcy before he was convinced it would be a good idea to buy them. Before that there was a strong chance they would land in another city and Buffalo would be without one of its two major-league teams.
read on

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Beat The Cap Floor

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Penguins and Caps remain substantially below the $28M cap floor. Wonder if either - more likely, Washington - would be interested in dealing for Vladimir Malakhov if Sergei Brylin and a third- or fourth-rounder were included in the package. There are no restrictions in the CBA against trading (or acquiring) suspended players. And if Malakhov remains suspended, the acquiring team would be able to use his contract to satisfy the cap-floor requirement without having to actually spend a nickel.
Larry also points out JFJ needs CBA 101 class,
Ferguson, who did not respond to messages left for him last week by Lindros, has apparently been unaware that the center is entitled to sign a one-year contract with performance bonuses under the CBA exception noted in Section 50.2 b C(2)(iii) for 400-game NHL players who'd spent at least 100 days on IR the previous season.
read on (reg req.)

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Hatcher Plans To Be More Mobile

from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Derian Hatcherhas a message for Flyers fans: He's not finished, and he can play in the "new" NHL. Hatcher admits he tried hard not to read the negative press clippings about how s-l-o-w he looked on the ice in the second half of the season. That's why he spent almost eight weeks arduously rehabbing his right knee, after his off-season surgery. "Did the knee contribute to my problems?" Hatcher asked this week. "Yeah, but I'm not going to use it as an excuse. I didn't play well, and I know that. But the knee felt entirely different after the surgery."
continued...plus more on the Flyers...

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No Team Interested In JSG

from Reuters,

Russia's Ilya Bryzgalov says the Anaheim Mighty Ducks want him to be their first-choice netminder for the coming season rather than veteran J.S. Giguere. "I got a call from the club and they told me that they see me as their number one goaltender," the Russian told Sovietsky Sport newspaper. "They (Anaheim) also want to trade Giguere but no one wants him."
more

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Penguins Situation

from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The process of selecting a bidder for the Penguins is expected to continue into next week, two people familiar with the situation said yesterday. Although it was thought one of the five bidders would be picked to enter into a letter of intent to buy the club by yesterday, Allen and Company, the New York firm brokering the sale, apparently is still analyzing details of the offers.
continued Also from the PPG, information on funding for a new arena...

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Update On Upgrades

KK is very close to finalizing the upgrades but you still may experience some issues while browsing through the different sections but may actually find some of the enhancements if you look real hard. I will keep you posted as things develop. I also wanted to thank many of you who have referred many new readers to KK.

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