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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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Rangers Interested In Dvorak

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers are in the midst of ongoing contract negotiations to bring an old friend back to Broadway, but his name isn't Brian Leetch. Having lost four of their team's top six penalty-killing forwards to trade, free agency or illness, Tom Renney and Glen Sather are seeking to sign free agent Radek Dvorak for a second tour of duty, The Post has learned.
continued (reg. req.)

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Roberts Healthy - Ready To Contribute

from the Sun-Sentinel,

"If I'm healthy, then it's pretty easy to come to the rink every day and live this lifestyle," Roberts said Thursday. "I don't think I'll be retiring anytime soon as long as I can stay healthy ... at this point, I'm feeling like I've got a few good years left in me." According to some published reports this summer, Roberts, in the second year of his two-year, $4.5 million contract, was prepared to retire if the Panthers didn't trade him back to Toronto so he could be close to his teenage daughter. But Roberts said he was always focused on returning.

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The Honored Zamboni

from Randy Schultz at NHL.com,

The Zamboni has been honored with its own song I Wanna Drive the Zamboni, performed by the Gear Daddies on the CD titled, Billy's Live Bait. It's the heartbreaking tale of an envious youngster whose hopes of driving the famed vehicle are dashed. And that's crushing since driving the Zamboni, the NHL's official ice resurfacer, is probably the most prestigious position a person can have in hockey -- outside of being a player, of course.
read on...and anyone know who is riding the Zamboni in the picture from the article? Want more Zamboni talk, take a look here, and there, both from the KK archives. image picture via icepilots.com

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KK- Stats Summary For August

Ths KK statistics for August, as expected, showed a downward trend. I think you will agree with me when I state, "August is probably the slowest hockey month of the year." I expect visits will soon recover and flourish as the season approaches. You can compare stats from previous months by starting here. image

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Nashville Fans Dig Deeper Into Pockets

from the Tennessean,

Predators fans will have to dig deeper into their wallets for individual-game tickets this coming season, especially if they want to attend some of the schedule's most attractive matchups. The Predators are raising individual-game prices from 2005-06 in eight categories, ranging from as little as 3.3 percent to as much as 50 percent. In addition, the Predators will introduce variable pricing for seven "premium'' games this season. That means fans buying individual-game tickets to those games will be paying even higher prices — from as little as $4 more per ticket to as much as $15.50 over the regular increase.

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It’s Is More Than The Money

from the National Post,

...But now the leagues are locked in a pitched battle over players. Russia no longer wants to be just a stepping stone. And if it is, it would like to be better compensated by the NHL for the time and effort. On the other side, the NHL's salary cap now limits the amount teams are able to spend, and some Russians are returning home to cash in. In the same month that highly touted prospect Evgeni Malkin disregarded his Russian league contract to leave for the NHL, middling winger Evgeni Artyukhin left North America when contract negotiations with his NHL team stalled. The discord between North America and Russia may be rooted in money, but the conflict between runs deeper than dollar figures.
much more... added 8:34am, also from the Natiional Post,
Ihnacak, who played 417 games with Toronto between 1982 and 1990, has not told his tale in a long time. People don't ask him about it much anymore, and the young players he scouts in rinks from Bavaria to the Black Sea wouldn't really understand, even if he did try and tell them what it was like. "They don't even know what communism is," he says. "They don't know how it operated." Secret police, phone taps, travel bans, burly men in ill-fitting suits banging on your door in the middle of the night -- such were the tools of repression favoured by the state in the Czechoslovakia the former Leaf grew up in.

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NHLPA Discovers “Marketing”

By George Malik From NHLPA.com: the PA has decided to do something about their image...something very small...

he National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and Busch Nascar Series driver John Graham today announced that Graham will drive in an upcoming American Le Mans Series race with NHLPA logos adorning his car. The race takes place on the afternoon of Sunday, September 3, 2006 at Mosport International Raceway, just outside of Toronto, Ontario. This agreement allows John Graham to prominently feature the distinctive NHLPA logo on the car that he will be racing at the Labour Day Grand Prix of Mosport, presented by Mobil 1. The car will also be displayed publicly for fans and media today at Mosport-Racefest, which is being held across from Eaton Centre in Toronto at the Yonge-Dundas Square from approximately 11am – 2pm. This will provide an excellent photo and video opportunity for media.
Well, of course...

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Malkin’s Signing On The Horizon?

from Shelly Anderson of the Post-Gazette,

It’s expected that Malkin’s agents, Pat Brisson and JP Barry, will begin contract negotiations with the Penguins after the holiday weekend. Those negotiations aren’t expected to be protracted because the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement contains strict guidelines for rookie contracts.

“Everyone knows that Evgeni’s goal is to play in the NHL right away. He has been more than ready to play at this level for quite some time,” Brisson said by e-mail yesterday.
“In the meantime, JP Barry and myself should enter into negotiations with the Penguins relatively soon in order to make this happen for Evgeni.”


from Karen Price of the Tribune-Review,

Officials from Malkin’s former team in Russia, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, have threatened to take the Penguins and the NHL to court if Malkin signs with the Penguins. They have already contacted Alexander Berkovich, a New York lawyer who has previously handled international disputes involving Russian hockey players.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said yesterday that there had been no direct contact between the NHL and Magnitogorsk, nor was he aware of any current legal proceedings involving the Penguins prospect.


Sure, nothing’s happening, legally speaking.  I’m sure the Penguins put a high-powered, high-priced lawyer on a retainer just to be on the safe side…

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