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A New Type Of Cap

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Now, the cruddy news: In a pro sports marketplace increasingly driven by athletes’ ability to self-promote, the NHL strolls the sidelines like a wallflower, still too modest and stubborn to amplify its aura. And it continues to pay the price for a long-held reticence towards marketing its individual players.... Simply put, this league still needs a personality enema in the worst way. Too many players and managers remain unconvinced of the desperate need for them to open up and sell the merits, inherent and recently added, of a sport that still pays some considerable bills. For the majority, talking in truisms still somehow represents a lifeboat in a swirling sea of reporter sharks.

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Pronger Won’t Leave The Ducks

from the LA Times,

Chris Pronger is about to move. Again. The towering defenseman with the booming slap shot is getting out of a city. Again. "It'll be a little different," he says with an easy cool as he awaits lunch at an Anaheim restaurant. "At the end of the day, it's still hockey. You still got to go out there and perform. "Just because you're down in Southern California with a beach right there and you have the opportunity to lay on it, you still got to put the work and the time in to prepare."
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from the Web Guy at AtlantaThrasers.com,

Thursday morning I had the chance of a lifetime. The Thrashers were hosting their mite and Squirt hockey school in Duluth and I was asked if I was interested in suiting up as a goalie and taking some shots from the kids. Never one to turn down a good story idea I jumped at the chance to strap on the pads, despite the fact that I had absolutely no clue what I was doing. Did I mention that I’d never played hockey, let alone as a goalie?... A few reckless and unorthodox pad saves later I pointed out to Darren Eliot that I was having some rebound control issues. He just laughed and said, “You have to stop the first shot to give up a rebound, so consider it progress.”
read on image Can you figure out which one is the Web Guy?

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Ducks Accept Arbitration On Vishnevski

from the Anaheim Ducks,

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club accepted the arbitration award for defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski (one-year contract). Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Got to love the "no financial terms" were disclosed.

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Naming Rights

from Canada.com.,

Mark Messier and Troy Murray have won Stanley Cups and a host of player awards in their hockey careers. But both retired NHL stars will soon lose a namesake ice rink from their resumes. The City of St. Albert, Alta., near Edmonton, is selling the naming rights to the Mark Messier and Troy Murray Arenas. In 1992, the city named the facilities to honour the players who once lived in St. Albert and played for the now defunct St. Albert Saints junior hockey team. "It just seems like if you name something, should you take it away? I know it's a money thing," said Murray's mother, Betty, who still lives in St. Albert.

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Orr Knows Hockey

from the Winnepeg Sun via Slam,

Former NHL great Bobby Orr is in Winnipeg this weekend to preach that message to budding players in order to change the face of the game in years to come.... "I think (parents) get caught up in winning," Orr said, "They think there is more at stake in a peewee hockey game. There are cases when they read about these lucrative deals. They think by pushing their son it will get him there. If anything, it will turn him off the game. It's ridiculous what goes on in some places."
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Hard To Figure Out

from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Friday afternoon, Andrew Murstein had lunch with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Neither knew that within hours, Sam Fingold's bid would be accepted by the Penguins and he would sign a letter of intent to buy the club. "[Bettman] told me point blank he would like the team to stay in Pittsburgh," Murstein said yesterday. That makes Murstein, president of Medallion Corp. in New York and one of four active bidders until Fingold got the nod, wonder why his group wasn't given more consideration. Murstein repeatedly insisted he was committed to keeping the Penguins here. "We asked for the number we had to be at [to get a letter of intent]," Murstein said. "They gave us a number. We met that. And we still didn't get the team."

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Young Faces In Nashville

from the Tennessean,

"The guys we have are very capable of playing,'' Vokoun said. "Marek Zidlicky is a guy who hasn't been in the NHL for long, but he's been a pro for many years and played in a lot of big games. "Whether guys are in their first year or their 10th year, you have to give them a chance and see what they can do. If our guys grab their chance and go with it, they'll get experience as the year goes on. If not, I'm sure there will be changes.'' The youthful blueline corps raises the larger issue of different leadership for the coming season. In cutting ties with Johnson and trading Scott Walker to Carolina, the Predators said goodbye to a captain and alternate captain who'd been around since the start of the franchise. It's clear that new faces will have to assume more prominent roles in the locker room and on the ice.
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GMs Rolling The Dice

from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,

Mark-to-market. Have you heard of it? The idea of weighing a player's future more heavily than his past has become one of the more unfortunate trademarks of the new-school NHL. Agree to a multi-year deal, and pay a lot up front with the belief it will balance out in the later years of the contract. Come on now. Vegas offers better odds than this. What are the GMs rolling the dice on? Where would you like to start?

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