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Strong Vital Signs

from CBS Sportsline,

"Our vital signs are strong," commissioner Gary Bettman said in his state of the league address during the playoffs. The league's No. 1 booster is supposed to say that, but the NHL's business has actually grown in 12 months, enough to significantly raise the spending levels that are based on projected revenues for next season. That has attracted attention from well-heeled investors looking to buy in, a welcome sign of market confidence for a league that had owners tripping over each other to sell before the lockout. It could be the best indicator that the new era heralded by the NHL and the players association when they reached this collective bargaining agreement has truly emerged. Still, one year might not be enough time for everyone to fully appreciate the impact of was has happened.
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Blues Hike Ticket Prices

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

In the aftermath of the Blues spending $30 million on players’ salaries during the free agency period and introducing detailed plans to enhance Savvis Center, the club announced Thursday that it will be raising ticket prices 10 percent for the 2006-07 season. “I think it’s all part of the commitment to quality and the commitment to improving everything that we’re doing here,” said Peter McLoughlin, the CEO of Blues Enterprises. “I can’t emphasize enough the excitement that we feel here as an organization . . . the energy that’s being created by ownership."

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High Def Hockey Fans With Comcast

The word is INHD2 will no longer exist as of August 1st. Even though we were able to catch some OLN-HD hockey games on INHD2, this may be good news. Perhaps Comcast is going to provide a full time HD channel for each area they are in. An example is here in Detroit, Tiger games will soon be available in HD but only via Directv. Maybe Comcast is planning on televising the games on a yet to be announced HD station. The same could hold true for each Comcast market. I would also think the OLN HD hockey games could be broadcast on this type of channel for the upcoming year. If anyone has any more information on future plans, please feel free to post a comment.

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Keeping You Updated

Many of you know KK is undergoing some minor tweaks and upgrades very soon. The format will of course remain the same but some software enhancements needed to be made and a few tweaks here and there too. A forum will soon be available and should enhance your visits to KK. I am in the process of doing some tweaking and since the hockey news has slowed down to a crawl, I just wanted to let you know posts may be slowing down during this period. I also plan on taking a vacation near the end of July and hope you understand I need a break for a week or two. I will keep you updated throughout this process and remember outages of KK may occur from time to time while these changes take place.

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Biron Accepts QO

from the CP via TSN,

Goaltender Martin Biron has accepted his $2.1-million US, one-year qualifying offer from the Buffalo Sabres, even though he has asked the club to trade him. But the Sabres now have leverage when it comes to negotiations with starter Ryan Miller, who is a restricted free agent.

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MacLean Signs With Yotes

from the Daily News,

If Donald MacLean wants a full-time job in the National Hockey League, he'll have to impress greatness to get it. The 29-year-old Bedford resident has signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Phoenix Coyotes, who are coached by The Great One, Wayne Gretzky. MacLean and his agent, Anton Thun, were in conversation with several teams, including Detroit. The Red Wings, however, bowed out early. "They didn't really show too much interest at all. They're a larger market team looking for the bigger fish," MacLean said. "I think (it was teams) that we're looking for potentially a cheap guy who could score. There were a few teams out there.
more Instead of pointing to "scheduling" stories today, I thought I would pick out a few of the lesser known signings...Which also means hockey writers are planning their vacation right about now...

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Finally Something Positive

from the Globe and Mail,

About 50 players in Whistler, B.C., listened to new NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin and representatives of a dissident group hash out the details of the final days of negotiations for the collective labour agreement, the departure of former NHLPA head Bob Goodenow and the subsequent hiring of Saskin. The small dissident group, which included veteran defenceman Chris Chelios and former NHLPA director of player relations Steve Larmer, has openly questioned the manner in which Goodenow left and Saskin was hired. But even outspoken Chelios was pleased with the answers in the information session. "I'm never satisfied," he said. "But this is positive. It's a step in the right direction. Only time will tell what's going to happen.

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Hussey A Good Fit For The Wings

from the Times Leader,

Matt Hussey is headed to Motown. A fixture in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ lineup the past four seasons, Hussey signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings late last week. The Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs also expressed interest in signing Hussey, who led the Baby Pens in scoring with 51 points last year. “The way Detroit plays – (its) creativity and speed – I’ll fit in pretty well,” Hussey said. “They were pretty interested in me. They felt with the speed of the new NHL, and with my size and speed and the way I play, that I could be a good fit on their third or fourth line.”

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Game No Longer Stagnant

from the Deomcrat & Chronicle,

So fun was the game that Scotty Bowman, the winningest coach in the history of the NHL, may not have retired after the 2001-02 season if today's game existed then. "I like the game, the games are exciting," he said on Wednesday night after addressing about 400 amateur coaches who came to town for this week's USA Hockey national coaches symposium. "It's not a stagnant game anymore." Using forwards on defense will become commonplace, he figures. "Do you want a skillful guy who can make a pass on the stick or a big guy who can't make a pass," Bowman said. "Even a guy like (Carolina coach Peter) Laviolette tried it late in the game when his team was behind."
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Hockey Fans Never Want To Go Through This Again

One year ago today the wait was finally over. image

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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