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Sabres Need Briere

from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle,

Other teams are eager to pay Briere $5 million year. The big question: Can the Sabres afford to let him go? He's the team's most productive offensive player, he's 28 and likely to get even better and he's a hard-working and respected team leader. Briere and goalie Ryan Miller are the faces of the franchise — young, talented and happy to be Sabres. But if Buffalo decides to keep Briere, the team's budget might force it to let one or more remaining arbitration-eligible players walk. Maxim Afinogenov would be one likely candidate.

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No New Officials

from HockeyRefs.com,

The NHL is expected to forgo hiring prospective officials for the third consecutive offseason, a league source said. Hirings are unlike because the NHL is stuck with appeals from recently fired referees Blaine Angus, Harry Dumas, Jeff Smith and Scott Hoberg and linesman Angelo D’Amico.

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Making Money, Again

from the Washington Post,

NFL, NBA and NHL teams have partnered with Internet firms with names such as StubHub and RazorGator to reap a share of what is known as the "secondary ticket market," where ticket holders can resell their tickets, often at prices well above the price they paid for them. The emergence of these new enterprises ends years of frustration for sports teams, which have watched as scalpers and brokers sold tickets for several times their value without teams being able to capture any of that market. Ted Leonsis, owner of the Capitals, said team owners were at first uncomfortable about doing business with the companies who resold their tickets, but those fears abated because of the revenue possibilities and the goodwill it created with season ticket holders who had an easy way to resell unused tickets. "Owners initially thought that we were in competition with those people, until we realized that if something's good for your season ticket holders, it's going to be good for you," Leonsis said. "It opened up a new sponsorship category and the world didn't end."
read on (reg. req.)

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Sunday Signing2

Ryder re-signs with the Habs for 1yr, $2.2 million and Brook Oprik gets a two year deal with the Pens.

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Briere Awarded $5 Million

via TSN,

Sources tell TSN Buffalo Sabres star Daniel Briere has been awarded a one year, $5 million settlement through arbitration.
added 1:02pm, from the same article which is now expanded...
Briere could be involved in a "sign-and-trade" within the next couple of days. The two sides are working on a 5-year, $25 million deal that would then see Briere dealt immediately. Montreal, Los Angeles and Atlanta are among the teams in the mix.

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Membership Has Benefits

I wanted to thank everyone for registering for membership at KK & KKF (Kukla's Korner Forum). Even though the hockey world is in "silent" mode these days, this time of year was the best period for me (allows me to tweak it a bit) to open the KKF. After 100 KK(F) members are registered, I will be holding a random drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Shop.NHL.Com. Another drawing will be held after 200 members, 400 members, 600 members, etc...or until I run out of money! You will be eligible to win again at each stage of the drawing, but if you happen to win a gift certificate, you will be ineligible to win again. Some inquires I have received from prospective members have been the ability to remain anonymous (they have their reasons, be it a member of the media, the NHL or perhaps a player or team official). Well, it is very simple to do. After registering (either on the left sidebar under KK Sections or in the KKF), make sure you always log-in thru the login link on the left sidebar under KK sections, or in the forum at the top of the page. You have an option to keep your member name from appearing in the "active members" area on the bottom of the page. Also, go into "Your Control Panel", then "personal settings" and uncheck the appropriate boxes if you do not want to receive email or pms. I also suggest you read the forum topics under "Announcements, News & Introductions" at KKF. As always, feel free to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or pm me if you have questions, suggestions or need some advice.

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How Much Do They Deserve

After seeing what Mike York received from an arbitrator yesterday, some teams must be concerned about their own hearings. Mike Barnett of Phoenix questions the salary demand of Ladislav Nagy and Mike Comriie... from the Arizona Republic,

"They are both deserving of salary increases, but how far do you go to reward non-playoff years?" Barnett said Saturday in reference to Phoenix's 81-point, last-place finish in 2005-06. "We've done everything we can to get them both signed except meet their contract expectations. We've explored term and schedules of payment. In the end, we are simply too far apart."

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All Probie

from the Toronto Star,

At 41, Probert — anchored by wife Dani, his four fine kids, family and friends — is into his seventh month of clean and sober. He's active in the players' alumni association and built a new home in his hometown of Lakeshore, Ont., (near Windsor) where he tinkers with old Chevelles and his beloved Harley Davidsons. In town for a well-attended autograph session, he found time for Unplugged. So how has it been going, clean and sober? It's going good. I go to the meetings, probably not as much as I should, but I go. I've been through that stuff (rehab) before; it's not like I don't know what to do. Why is this time going to work? Well, you never know, right? But you get to a point where you just get tired of, you know, beating your head. I think, too, it's the responsibility of having kids. They're smart, they're busy, I've got to move 'em around. It's a lot easier when you're not sleeping in, know what I mean?
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York Awarded $2.85 Million

via TSN,

New general manager Garth Snow has his first tough decision to make for the New York Islanders, and he has to make it fast. An arbitrator has awarded Islanders forward Mike York $2.85 million for the 2006-07 season. Snow now has 48 hours to accept or decline the deal. If the Islanders walk away from it, York will immediately become an unrestricted free agent. York, 28, scored 13 goals and 52 points for the Islanders in 2005-2006 and has tallied 287 points in 449 career games with the Islanders, Oilers and Rangers.

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What’s Next For The Russians

A2Y pointed out an interesting development found by Sidearm Delivery...

According to a report issued today by the RIA (Russian News and Information Agency), demands are being made of Russian Hockey Federation president Vladislav Tretiak to improve the negotiations with the NHL and IIHF over the player transfer agreement, in order to better address the interests of the Russian hockey clubs.

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