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Feeling Good In Alaska

from NorthJersey.com,

"We have every intention of keeping the team together," Lamoriello said when asked if Gomez would definitely be on the team this season. That's not going to be easy considering Gomez's award increased the Devils' salary cap commitments to within $200,000 of the $44 million cap with restricted free agents Brian Gionta, Paul Martin and David Hale plus a backup goaltender still to be signed. "It's what I wanted," said Gomez, who planned to fly back to New Jersey from Alaska on Tuesday night. "I wanted a one-year, $5 million [contract] anyway. It's all good in Alaska right now."

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Athletes Trying To Deal With Heart Disease

A KK & A2Y reader forwarded an article to us from the Wall Street Journal that deals with heart disease and athletes. I am going to point you to Bill at A2Y for the rest of the story but I will leave you with this from the WSJ.

...Other cardiologists wrestle with similar decisions. As a sports-medicine specialist, Paul Thompson has diagnosed dozens of athletes with cardiac conditions too dangerous to let them compete. But as a marathon runner who once qualified for the Olympic trials, Dr. Thompson knows how painful that message can be. He says he has cleared for play athletes whom other cardiologists had benched. "When you tell an athlete he can't compete anymore, a part of him dies," says Dr. Thompson, chief of cardiology at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut.

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Gomez Gets $5 Million

via TSN,

An arbitrator has awarded New Jersey Devils forward Scott Gomez $5 million US for the 2006-07 season.

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What Did They Do To The Hall

from Loose Change of the Hockey News,

I had the chance to complete the cycle recently when I once again visited the Hockey Hall of Fame after an 11-year absence (quick hint: last time I was here was on my honeymoon; this time I was the 2006 Edmonton Oilers). To put it bluntly, a lot of things have changed.... But, as I said, things have changed, mostly in the interactive computer realm. Back in 1995, about the only thing computerized was a rudimentary game of PONG against Gump Worsley and that mesmerizing woodpecker that kept dipping its beak in the bottomless cup of water.
read on

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Something Has To Give

from Spector at Fox Sports,

It's rarely a pleasant experience for the player or the team. The player tries to convince an arbiter he's worth far more than what the team is offering by comparing his worth against his peers around the league, while the team tries to justify paying the player far less by pointing out his weak points. Regardless of which side the arbiter decides for, the process could result in lingering ill will between the two sides, which can hang heavy over future negotiations between the player and the team.

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Islanders Accept York Salary

via TSN,

The New York Islanders have accepted an arbitration award and have signed centre Mike York to a one-year contract. An arbitrator awarded York $2.85 million for the 2006-07 season on Saturday. The team had 48 hours to accept or decline the deal. If the Islanders walked away, York would have become an unrestricted free agent. "We respect the arbitrator's decision and appreciate the process that led to the one-year award for Mike, a player we think the world of," Islanders general manager Garth Snow said in a statement. "It was our intention prior to the hearing to sign him to a long-term deal, and it remains our hope to have Mike York in an Islanders uniform for years to come."

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Hemsky Signs For Six Years

from the Edmonton Oilers,

The Edmonton Oilers and right wing Ales Hemsky have come to an agreement on a six-year contract, avoiding an arbitration hearing scheduled for Friday, July 28th. Hemsky is the third player that the Oilers have come to agreement with on a contract prior to the NHL’s arbitration process. Centres Shawn Horcoff and Jarret Stoll signed with the Oilers earlier this month.

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Belfour A Panther

via Sportsnet,

After weeks of speculation, Sportsnet has learned Eddie Belfour has found a new home in Florida. The Florida Panthers agreed to terms with Belfour on a one-year, incentive-based contract which will pay the goaltender in the vicinity of $750,000 base salary. Depending on games played and games dressed, the Eagle's salary could rise to over $1.5 million million.

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Watch Out For The Backup

from Tom Layberger of Sports Illustrated,

Going to the backup goalie during a playoff series has typically been a sign of disaster and that the golf clubs are being dusted off. But this year, things began to change dramatically when Carolina's Cam Ward and Anaheim's Ilya Bryzgalov were inserted between the pipes in the middle of their respective opening-round series and proceeded to carry their teams on their shoulder pads.
continued...a few surprises...

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Big Skates To Fill

Many of you know I like to promote "old school" hockey whenever possible. The pedigree doesn't get any better than this! from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Blake Geoffrion might have the Montreal Canadiens in his blood, but he has the Nashville Predators in his heart. This Geoffrion is the fourth generation of a family that has known nothing but NHL success. Geoffrion's great-grandfather, Howie Morenz, and his grandfather, Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion, are in the Hockey Hall of Fame. His father, Danny Geoffrion, was a No. 1 pick by Montreal, who played more than 100 NHL games. All three played for the Canadiens during their respective careers. That explains Blake's Montreal allegiance. But, where does Nashville fit into the equation?
continued If you are not familar with either Howie Morenz or Bernie Geoffrion, do yourself a favor and read up on the legends of the game!

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