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Legace Has A Lot To Prove

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Legace is proud of the performance he had last season, though it ended with a disappointing first-round playoff loss to Edmonton. The 33-year-old netminder says that if he had posted the same numbers for any other club, he'd be a "$5 million dollar goalie" this season. But Legace is not disgruntled. Not only were the Red Wings not interested in him, other than a few other offers to be a backup, neither was the rest of the NHL. It took 39 days from the beginning of free agency on July 1 before Legace signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Blues, where he'll compete with Curtis Sanford for the No. 1 job.

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Zetterberg Update

As Georgeums points out in the KKF, nothing really wrong with Zetterberg. Received a cortisone shot and headed back to Sweden.

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Central Division Breakdown

from Sports Network via the Hockey Channel,

Best move, right now - The addition of Modin in Columbus. The offseason is all about filling needs, and Rick Nash needed a running mate. Best move, come playoff time - The Preds signing Arnott. They weren't deep enough, especially up the middle, to matter much in the playoffs. Now maybe they will be. Worst move - Shanahan's departure from Motown. While it was really unavoidable, seeing both Shanny and Yzerman disappear off the Wings' radar stings from a principle standpoint. Predictions right now - 1. Detroit; 2. Nashville; 3. St. Louis; 4. Columbus; 5. Chicago.
read on

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On the Hockey Blogs

By Alanah Downie The best 5 games of the 2005-06 Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Army of Ohio breaks them down for you. (March 25, 2006 gets my vote.) In Montreal, the Habs Blog overheard that J.P. Dumont wants to come to town. All $2.9 million of him. The frequently controversial Tom Benjamin takes the hockey media to task for errors past, present and future when it comes to their CBA reporting. And I enjoyed Jamie Fitzpatrick's post Requiem to a Cheapskate in 'honor' of Harry Sinden in view of his retirement this week. (Jamie's just keeping it real, Bruins fans.) In Carolina, Red Neck Hockey was breaking down the St. Louis Blues this week, and noticed that the "Blues odds have dropped from 100-1 to 85-1 already." Good to know that Manny Legace impresses the bookies. But then again, Detroit is currently the favorite at 6-1, so maybe those bookies are just drunk...? (Oops, sorry. I keep forgetting Kukla's a Wings fan.) And speaking of the Wings, On the Wings has some thoughts on the Henrik Zetterberg injury. Says Matt, "this is not good news, folks, especially considering the Wings still have not signed any serious offensive talent this summer." It gets worse from there. At Waiting For Stanley - the self-deluded blog that thinks you can cheer for the Leafs and the Canucks at the same time - I found the best graphic of the week. Good to know that there are new and exciting ways to make fun of the Anaheim Ducks. Finally, I hear Jaromir Jagr has gone into acting. Excellent! Unfortunately he's doing it in the Czech Republic, but Sidearm Delivery has photos and reassures us with this hopeful comment: "With any luck, the show will be appearing on DVD in North America soon, so that everyone can rent one from Blockbuster and break it." Amen. Back with more on Monday. Have a great weekend!

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Groin-spiracy Theory

Ken Holland made the understatement of the summer when he said the following about Dominik Hasek:

Dom is like a Ferrari. Dom knows his body, and, Dom, you know. He goes down, he's like a contortonist, and he's down and has got his body going in different directions, and he's got to feel good, that he can make his moves, or he's not going to play.
To say that Dominik Hasek's a Ferrari doesn't do him justice--nor "the groin."

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Oilers Close To Signing Sykora

from the Edmonton Sun,

For better or worse, it’s almost a done deal. A contract between the Edmonton Oilers and unrestricted free agent Petr Sykora isn’t done yet, but completing the ink on a deal that will land the Czech winger in Oilers silks is a formality. Take that to the bank. Amid much speculation about Edmonton's interest in Sykora and spirited debate among fans about the merits of striking a pact with the seven-time 20-goal scorer, indications are talks between the Oilers and agent Ritch Winter have progressed to the point where the announcement of a deal, likely for one year, will come soon. It’s not a matter of if, but when.
continued update 1:09pm, via TSN,
Petr Sykora has signed a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers pending a physical, TSN has learned. Sykora is undergoing an MRI on his groin today and if he passes the physical the contract is done. An announcement is expected later today.
Also, Leafs Lunch stated $3M.

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Could HNIC Move?

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Remember this number: $1.4-billion over 10 years. That figure could deliver the most coveted prize in Canadian sports television to CTV-TSN, according to sources. The prize, of course, is Hockey Night in Canada, the CBC's long-time ratings leader, rights to which will expire at the end of the 2007-08 National Hockey League season. According to insiders, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has already talked to the CBC and CTV-TSN about the bidding process. Two well-placed sources say Bell Globemedia, which owns CTV and TSN as well as The Globe and Mail and part of the Toronto Maple Leafs, is likely to proffer a bid that the CBC may find impossible to match -- $140-million a year for 10 years, for a total of $1.4-billion.

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Devils Injuries May Bring Cap Relief

from the NY Post,

Jason Wiemer may miss the entire season while defenseman Richard Matvichuk may not be ready for the October opener, each from off-season surgery. Wiemer, 30, is expected to be sidelined at least six months, probably more, after major knee reconstruction, while Matvichuk, 33, has not progressed as quickly as the Devils had hoped from repair to a herniated disc in his back, The Post has learned. The unavailability of Wiemer and probably Matvichuk will likely allow Lou Lamoriello to place each on the Long-Term Injury list, and effectively remove their 950G and $1.368 million salaries from his salary cap assessment. Wiemer was acquired from Calgary March 9 for a fourth-rounder, and played 16 of 17 regular season games and 8 of 9 in the playoffs, including the final Game 5 loss to Carolina. Lamoriello is believed to already be at the $44 million cap, and although he is permitted a 10 percent summertime overage, is behind the 8-ball since he must still sign 48-goal scorer Brian Gionta and defensemen Paul Martin and David Hale.
more on Gionta (reg. req.)

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KK Members Friday

Beginning next Friday, August 18th, and every Friday thereafter, I would like to give a KK member the opportunity to submit their own blog post. The only rule, besides the obvious, it needs to be hockey related. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) me with a little overview of your topic and why you want other hockey fans to read it. Keep it short and it must be in by 6:00pm, Sunday, August 13th. Use "Free Friday" as the subject of the email to help me out. This is open to any KK member, including bloggers from other sites. If you are not a member, look on the left sidebar under KK Sections and register. Don't forget, all members have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Shop. NHL.com. A random drawing will be held after the 200th member registers, 400th, etc.... The KK member picked to blog will be notified by email either Sunday night or Monday.

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With Or Against The Odds

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Wanna bet? Legally, of course? Disclaimer: The last time I took a crack at selecting the NHL's "best buy," after checking out the list of summer odds of teams to win the Stanley Cup in the upcoming season, was in September 2003. After much hand-wringing and pondering which choice to make with my imaginary money, I decided to take the Dallas Stars, at 10-1. At the time, Detroit and Colorado were the co-top choices to win the Stanley Cup in 2004 on the online lists (at 4-1), but I decided that I needed at least double-digit odds and settled on the Stars. Oops.
continued...and a surprise pick from Terry...

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