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Now That Would Have Been Fun

The ongoing Q & A with Brett Hull at the Dallas Stars website:

On what he has been doing this summer: I got back not too long ago from my wedding down in Cabo San Lucas. That was a great time and we just had a blast. Some of the people that came down to the wedding were Wayne Gretzky, John McEnroe, Chris Chelios, Mike Modano, Sean Avery, Jamie Rivers, Brenden Morrow and Guy Carbonneau. You never have seen a group of around 125 people get along so well. We are very lucky to have them in our lives.
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What- No Action?

While I was gone, I thought for sure Carter would sign, joined by Bondra, Dumont and a few others. Looks like I didn't miss much, except for a transcript of Harry Sinden's speech from yesterday.

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KK- A Short Break

I have a few meetings to attend today so updates will continue around 2:30pm. If anything breaks, KK members can post in the forum to inform readers of the latest hockey news.

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Unique Scouting Method

from the Buffalo News,

The Sabres over the past two years have forsaken hockey doctrine. Rather than dispatch a gaggle of scouts to scour the globe, the Sabres rely heavily on video analysis and young office assistants to splice it into easily digestible packages that rarely leave HSBC Arena. The Sabres call it efficient. Many others label them cheap. Regier's assumption that as many as 29 teams would object to how the Sabres run their assessors office might be incorrect. Maybe there are more teams than that. It would appear a fraction of the Sabres' own scouting department had a hard time accepting the new approach.
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Looking At Dumont

WDFN in Detroit had Dumont's agent on yesterday and he stated five teams have shown interest in him. RDS (translated) reports four teams, including Detroit, possibly LAK and also notes Dumont does not plan to make a decision this week.

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Gillett Owns More Of The Canadiens

from the Rocky Mountain News,

Molson Coors has sold part of its interest in the Montreal Canadiens hockey franchise to majority owner George Gillett for $36.1 million. As part of the deal, Molson Coors has been released from an obligation to guarantee the bank loan Gillett took out to buy the hockey team from Molson in 2001. The deal involves a "preferred interest" Molson Coors held in the club since the sale. Molson Coors still owns 19.9 percent of the common shares in the hockey club. NHL spokesman Frank Brown said the league's board of governors has already approved the transaction.
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Welcome To “Prison”

from MosNews,

Russian hockey star Evgeni Malkin has opened a posh restaurant where visitors can enjoy the cozy atmosphere of a typical Russian jail. Barred windows and ceiling, lamps designed as police flashlights, barbed wire and excerpts from the Russian Penal Code are significant parts of the interior design at VIP Zone, Magnitogorsk. You can have a seat on a plank-bed (there are comfortable chairs for the more delicate) and eat your food with an aluminium fork. When you have finished, waitresses dressed in striped prison wrappers will bring you a bill dotted with fingerprints. “I wanted to open a restaurant that would be something absolutely new, like nothing before it,” Malkin told Komsomolskaya Pravda daily.
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Yes Coach Fedorov

from the Russian Hockey Digest,

By the end of August, a training camp will take place in Chicago for Russian NHLers. This sort of events will occur first time in Russian hockey history, and will be managed by president of Russian Hockey Federation – Vladislav Tretiak. Since Russian national team still has no head coach announced, the training camp will be set by Viktor Fedorov, father of well-known hockey players Sergei and Fedor. Viktor Fedorov lives in Detroit for many years and was invited by Tretiak to help organizing the training camp.... Most likely, we will not view many of players joined the camp during the World Championship in Moscow next spring, but it is necessary to build a bridge of competent relationships between Russians in NHL and FHR headquartered in Russia, so that next time Russian NHLers will not ask themselves unnecessary questions whether to play for the national team or not.
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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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