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Preds Bulk Up

from the Tennessean,

The Predators finished last season with a group of centers that averaged 30.7 years old, had an average height of 5-11 and an average weight of 191 pounds. That group doesn't include Jerred Smithson, who didn't play much center down the stretch. This year's projected group, which includes Arnott, David Legwand, Josef Vasicek, Scott Nichol, Smithson and Vern Fiddler, averages 27.7 years old, has an average height of 6-1 and an average weight of 199. "No matter who we're matching up with, we're way better off with bigger, stronger center icemen,'' Poile said.
much more on the Predators...

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Random Useless Trivia About ‘The New Guy’

By Alanah Downie One of the entertaining things about pre-season is getting to know your team's new players. With that in mind, I drew up a quick list of odd trivia about one new member of every team. Maybe what's common knowledge to fans of their old teams is not necessarily known by their new fans. (Plus, it's more totally useless nonesense to fill your head with!) So here are some random facts about 'The New Guy'' on each team. Maybe readers who know a lot more about these players -- perhaps because the guy played on your team last year? -- will fill in some more trivia in the comments. Or feel free to provide random facts about other 'New Guys' not mentioned here. P.S. Thanks to Paul for throwing in some of the trivia. Anaheim Ducks - Chris Pronger 1) Pronger's nickname for Jaromir Jagr is "Puffnuts". 2) Also, Pronger was once diagnosed as having a heart attack during a game.(source) Atlanta Thrashers - Jason Krog Krog was the winner of the 1999 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. (source) Boston Bruins - Mark Mowers Mowers is married to former NCAA gymnast (and 1994 ECAC Rookie of the Year) Jana Reardon. (source)

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Contract Year For Doan

from the Arizona Republic,

"This next contract will be the biggest contract of my life," Doan said recently after skating and working out with other NHL players in Scottsdale. "I've played 11 years for the right to have this contract." Doan is signed for one more season and plans to honor the deal that will pay him $3.38 million. But he would love to sign a lengthy contract extension, preferably before the season starts next month. "Obviously, I want to get it done and settled, but I don't want to sign a contract just to sign a contract," Doan said. "I want to get a good deal. I love it here and I want to play here, but the team has to want me here. I would definitely like a contract extension, but at the same time, I'm not going to sign a bad deal."

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NBC Jumps Into Fantasy Sports Market

from Mediaweek.com:

NBC will relaunch NBCSports.com on Sept. 5, making it a standalone site and adding extensive video offerings, exclusive analysis and blogs from NBC Sports commentators, live event coverage, including a Sunday night post-game wrap up, and a Notre Dame football pre- and post-game show.

“The online sports marketplace is a robust market and has an enormous user base,” said Gary Zenkel, president, NBC Olympics and executive vp, strategic partnerships for NBC Sports. “There are 15 million fantasy sports players in the country and that is driving the market,” Zenkel said. “We believe it is an area that we have to get involved in.”

NBC has acquired “Allstar Stats” to help drive its fantasy gaming slate, and it will offer webcasts of various sporting events, including NHL hockey, on its website.


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KK- Server Issue

Sorry for the slight outage that lasted about an hour. Looks like everything is OK now. The official problem from my hosting service...

There appears to be high CPU usage in the Fremont data center location. Staff are isolating the issue and will post when more information is available.

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100 Years Of Hockey- Canadien Style

from the CBC and CP,

The Montreal Canadiens hockey club plans to mark its 100th anniversary with a film on the history of the team, Le Journal de Montreal reported Sunday. The proposed docudrama would hit theatres in the fall of 2008 — a year before the team's centennial season of 2009-10 — and would have a budget of $5 million, the French-language newspaper said, citing anonymous sources.
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Keenan Fired (Resigns)

from TSN,

The Florida Panthers did not wait to see how the 2006-07 NHL season would unfold to determine its general manager's fate. Even after an offseason of major player transactions and renewed playoff hopes, the team fired Mike Keenan on Sunday after just one full NHL campaign. It is not clear what led to the move, made just days before the start of training camp. Keenan and head coach Jacques Martin were rumoured to have been at odds over varying aspects of how the team was assembled, including the handing of star goaltender Roberto Luongo.
continued added 2:53pm, TSN now stating Keenan resigned (title changed to reflect that information). added 2:57pm, via the CP,
Mike Keenan has stepped down as general manager of the Florida Panthers. The NHL team says that coach Jacques Martin will succeed him immediately and perform both roles. Keenan spent two years as the team's general manager after coaching Florida for parts of three seasons. The Panthers said in a release that Keenan has decided to pursue other career opportunities.
Florida Panthers official release.

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Married At Center Ice

from the Globe and Mail,

Tomorrow, Ms. Johnson and Mr. Kandaharian will exchange their vows at centre ice surrounded by bridesmaids in blue dresses and groomsmen holding raised hockey sticks in a hoser-esque canopy. "The Air Canada Centre is our House of God," says Ms. Johnson. "It's the home of the Stanley Cup, as important as a church."

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Another Sergei Story

from the Worcester Telegram,

Sergei Zinovjev, the flashy 26-year-old forward who had a brief but disappointing 10-game stint with Boston in 2003-04, is playing in his Russian homeland with Ak Bars Kazan, his team for most of the last four seasons. The B’s, who hold Zinovjev’s NHL rights, don’t have him under contract. They drafted him in 2000, and he was considered one of the hottest prospects playing outside the NHL when they signed him to a two-year deal shortly after that. But they simply can’t give him a large enough guaranteed contract now to pry him loose from Russia, where he’s reportedly earning between $500,000 and $1 million this season in American money.
much more...including fight talk, cap problems (Nashville will never win the Cup) and more media interest in Boston than Ottawa...

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Fernandez Ready In Minnesota

from the Pioneer Press,

Yes, the Wild's defensive system helps a goaltender. But the team's lack of offense has been a terrible burden, too. Each save becomes a matter of life and death. "It's really draining," Fernandez said. "The team had to be fully accountable every night. I think this is going to be something new for us." He was referring to the recent acquisitions of high-powered scorers such as Pavol Demitra and Mark Parrish. Maybe, just maybe, they will provide a small margin of safety. A couple of goals against might not spell certain doom. "I think they made it clear at the end of last season that the expectations were pretty high," Fernandez said. "They needed to make a couple of changes, and they went ahead and did what they set out to do. I'm pretty happy."

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