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The Honored Zamboni

from Randy Schultz at NHL.com,

The Zamboni has been honored with its own song I Wanna Drive the Zamboni, performed by the Gear Daddies on the CD titled, Billy's Live Bait. It's the heartbreaking tale of an envious youngster whose hopes of driving the famed vehicle are dashed. And that's crushing since driving the Zamboni, the NHL's official ice resurfacer, is probably the most prestigious position a person can have in hockey -- outside of being a player, of course.
read on...and anyone know who is riding the Zamboni in the picture from the article? Want more Zamboni talk, take a look here, and there, both from the KK archives. image picture via icepilots.com

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KK- Stats Summary For August

Ths KK statistics for August, as expected, showed a downward trend. I think you will agree with me when I state, "August is probably the slowest hockey month of the year." I expect visits will soon recover and flourish as the season approaches. You can compare stats from previous months by starting here. image

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Nashville Fans Dig Deeper Into Pockets

from the Tennessean,

Predators fans will have to dig deeper into their wallets for individual-game tickets this coming season, especially if they want to attend some of the schedule's most attractive matchups. The Predators are raising individual-game prices from 2005-06 in eight categories, ranging from as little as 3.3 percent to as much as 50 percent. In addition, the Predators will introduce variable pricing for seven "premium'' games this season. That means fans buying individual-game tickets to those games will be paying even higher prices — from as little as $4 more per ticket to as much as $15.50 over the regular increase.
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It’s Is More Than The Money

from the National Post,

...But now the leagues are locked in a pitched battle over players. Russia no longer wants to be just a stepping stone. And if it is, it would like to be better compensated by the NHL for the time and effort. On the other side, the NHL's salary cap now limits the amount teams are able to spend, and some Russians are returning home to cash in. In the same month that highly touted prospect Evgeni Malkin disregarded his Russian league contract to leave for the NHL, middling winger Evgeni Artyukhin left North America when contract negotiations with his NHL team stalled. The discord between North America and Russia may be rooted in money, but the conflict between runs deeper than dollar figures.
much more... added 8:34am, also from the Natiional Post,
Ihnacak, who played 417 games with Toronto between 1982 and 1990, has not told his tale in a long time. People don't ask him about it much anymore, and the young players he scouts in rinks from Bavaria to the Black Sea wouldn't really understand, even if he did try and tell them what it was like. "They don't even know what communism is," he says. "They don't know how it operated." Secret police, phone taps, travel bans, burly men in ill-fitting suits banging on your door in the middle of the night -- such were the tools of repression favoured by the state in the Czechoslovakia the former Leaf grew up in.
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NHLPA Discovers “Marketing”

By George Malik From NHLPA.com: the PA has decided to do something about their image...something very small...

he National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and Busch Nascar Series driver John Graham today announced that Graham will drive in an upcoming American Le Mans Series race with NHLPA logos adorning his car. The race takes place on the afternoon of Sunday, September 3, 2006 at Mosport International Raceway, just outside of Toronto, Ontario. This agreement allows John Graham to prominently feature the distinctive NHLPA logo on the car that he will be racing at the Labour Day Grand Prix of Mosport, presented by Mobil 1. The car will also be displayed publicly for fans and media today at Mosport-Racefest, which is being held across from Eaton Centre in Toronto at the Yonge-Dundas Square from approximately 11am – 2pm. This will provide an excellent photo and video opportunity for media.
Well, of course...

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Malkin’s Signing On The Horizon?

from Shelly Anderson of the Post-Gazette,

It’s expected that Malkin’s agents, Pat Brisson and JP Barry, will begin contract negotiations with the Penguins after the holiday weekend. Those negotiations aren’t expected to be protracted because the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement contains strict guidelines for rookie contracts.

“Everyone knows that Evgeni’s goal is to play in the NHL right away. He has been more than ready to play at this level for quite some time,” Brisson said by e-mail yesterday.
“In the meantime, JP Barry and myself should enter into negotiations with the Penguins relatively soon in order to make this happen for Evgeni.”

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from Karen Price of the Tribune-Review,

Officials from Malkin’s former team in Russia, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, have threatened to take the Penguins and the NHL to court if Malkin signs with the Penguins. They have already contacted Alexander Berkovich, a New York lawyer who has previously handled international disputes involving Russian hockey players.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said yesterday that there had been no direct contact between the NHL and Magnitogorsk, nor was he aware of any current legal proceedings involving the Penguins prospect.

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Sure, nothing’s happening, legally speaking.  I’m sure the Penguins put a high-powered, high-priced lawyer on a retainer just to be on the safe side…

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KK- 200 Members

I see the 200th KK member registered today, which means another drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Shop.NHL.com. I will do the drawing over the long weekend and post the winner on Tuesday. The next drawing will take place after the 400th member registers. (registration is free and allows you to participate in the KKF and also enjoy some added benefits as the season approaches.)

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Lester Patrick Recipients

from the Detroit Free Press,

Steve Yzerman and Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson are among four former Red Wings who will be recipients of the Lester Patrick Award, the Free Press has learned. A luncheon to honor the five award winners -- Yzerman, Berenson, Reed Larson, Marcel Dionne and former Minnesota North Stars coach Glen Sonmor -- will be held in Detroit in early November, according to multiple sources familiar with the planning of the event.
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All About Hockey Towns

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

If a disc jockey says "Five for Fighting" or "Barenaked Ladies" is next up, hockey fans get excited, and not because two enforcers brawling or a soundtrack from the Folies Bergere is on tap. They're about to hear from some of their own. Actually, in a North American era in which minor league pro hockey is proliferating, when junior hockey remains popular in Canada and pockets of the U.S., and when college hockey has its hotbeds, a "hockey town" can be just about anywhere.
read on

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Progress With Svatos

from the Rocky Mountain News,

The agent for unsigned Avalanche forward Marek Svatos on Thursday put a positive spin on the latest round of contract talks. "We've resumed negotiations and things are progressing," Rich Evans said from his office in Edmonton, Alberta. "I believe we are making prog- ress."
more (no idea why progress is hyphenated)

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