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The Walkaway

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

Over most of the National Hockey League's history, there were two walkaways. Now, within a three-day span, there have been two more. It's a sign not only of the changing times under the new collective bargaining agreement, but also an indication that no matter what some of the pundits try to assert, it's almost impossible to develop a team by drafting well and developing your own players.

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Players Getting Their Piece Of The Pie

from Spector at Fox Sports,

Revenue growth may not be as significant for 2006-07 compared to last season, but if growth does continue on even a marginal scale, those escrow payments may only be in single digits for not just next season but future ones, with more possibilities of that money returning to the players. It appears now that too many of the players' critics focussed on the wrong issues in their assessment of which side "won" the NHL's contentious labor war, neglecting to closely examine what the PA had negotiated for the players.
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Let’s Go To Skating School

from the Grand Traverse Herald,

A poster blitz covered the walls — inspiring, exhorting, educating in large block letters: "Take a hit... Get involved... See the ice... Take charge." The 60 students in last week's Hockey Specific Skating School held at Centre ICE also checked out the longer sayings: "Remember the game is supposed to be FUN!" And "Say little when you win, less when you lose." Not to mention the lists: ten stupid things players do, coaches do and parents do.

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Mike Kitchen Can Coach Now

from CBS Sportsline,

"It's very exciting around here now with new ownership and certainly it's nice to be their choice because they could have brought in their own people," said Kitchen. "The biggest thing to me is that we have a direction now, which we haven't had for quite a while. "I can't say enough about that. When you have direction from the top, it just trickles down, and you move forward as an organization. Players see that."

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NHL Hard At Work In August

Can you sharpen skates? If not, don't even think about being an NHL equipment manager!

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Wings Interested In Bondra

The KKF has the word, according to a foreign story. He could replace some of the goals Shanahan took with him.

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Breaking Down The NHL Schedule

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Looking ahead at the new National Hockey League schedule I’ve noticed some really interesting stuff (like the ink comes off on your hands if you wet your fingers enough). Still, there’s more… Oct 13: Buffalo vs. Detroit. Dominik Hasek faces his old team for the first time. Not his old team but his old, old team. No I don’t mean his original team, I mean the first team he bailed on, I mean, played for. No, not Ottawa, Buffalo. Oh forget it. It doesn’t matter anyway. The Dominator is sidelined “4 to 6 weeks with a anterior strain of his boo boo”, whatever that means.
read on update 12:55pm, NBC NHL schedule has also been added to the same link at KKF. update 1:10pm, HNIC schedule added to the KKF too.

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OLN (Versus) Schedule

KK member SteveNJ has posted the NHL schedule for OLN in the KKF.

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Malkin Is The Main Issue For Transfer Agreement

from Reuters,

The Evgeni Malkin case was the main reason behind Russia's decision not to sign a transfer agreement with the National Hockey League (NHL), the country's hockey chief Vladislav Tretyak said. Teenage prodigy Malkin has found himself in the middle of a tug-of-war between his Russian club Metallurg Magnitogorsk and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who drafted him as their number one pick in 2004. Malkin has stated his desire to join the NHL this season, saying he wanted to prove himself at a higher level. But last week the talented center was pressured to re-sign his contract with Metallurg for another year. "Honestly speaking, the Malkin case has become the main stumbling block in our negotiations with the NHL," Tretyak was quoted as saying by the Russian media.

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Sinden Steps Down- Now A Senior Advisor

from the Boston Bruins,

Boston Bruins legend Harry Sinden announced today that he is stepping down from his position as President of the team and moving into a role as Senior Advisor to club Owner Jeremy Jacobs. Sinden will remain as an Alternate Governor for the Bruins on the NHL’s Board of Governors. “The timing is right to make this transition at this time, as I have been moving away from the day-to-day operations of the team and the building in recent years into more of an advisory capacity,” said Sinden. “We have strong and capable leadership in place throughout the organization, beginning with Peter Chiarelli, who is in charge of all aspects of the hockey operations. With Peter now settled in Boston, I initiated discussions with Mr. Jacobs on changing my focus and he agreed with me that this is the right time to formalize the direction in which we have been moving for some time.”
continued added 6:25pm, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the announcement that Harry Sinden is stepping down as president of the Boston Bruins to become Senior Advisor to team Owner Jeremy Jacobs: “There is no scale that can measure the weight of Harry Sinden’s contributions to our game, no gauge that can calibrate the passion Harry feels for the National Hockey League and his beloved Boston Bruins. There also is no way we can offer appropriate thanks for his more than four decades of dedicated service. We wish Harry well in his new role and encourage him to keep his cell phone handy; no doubt it will continue to ring often with requests for his insight.”

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