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Slim Chance Pens Stay In Pittsburgh

from ESPN,

Once the lease on the Mellon Arena expires in 2007, Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux believes there is only "a slim chance" the franchise will remain in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Lemieux cites the lack of progress toward getting the up-to-date arena for his pessimistic view. "I think we're really running out of time," Lemieux told the paper, his tone laced with frustration. "We probably ran out of time already. It's been unfortunate that the city and the county haven't been willing to work with us over the last two or three years."
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Are Sens And Nolan A Fit

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun

, Can veteran winger Owen Nolan help the Senators? While John Muckler is in no hurry to make changes to his lineup after losing winger Martin Havlat (shoulder surgery) for at least four months, the Senators GM admits that all could change in pretty short order. The Senators are likely to add a body or two for their playoff run and if they're not seriously interested in moving someone from their roster, perhaps signing Nolan, an unrestricted free agent, is a step they should take. Nolan, who is recovering from back and knee injuries that plagued him in Toronto, is getting ready to make a comeback and the word he's ready to sign with an NHL team so he can start playing in January.
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Fix The Schedule

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Star,

For years, NHL teams have been complaining about their schedule. But the complaints do no good. The New York office, which on a good day can dredge up someone who knows the difference between icing and hooking, has decreed that its computer is as capable as a hockey person. It isn't. The schedule has been bad ever since 1992 when Bettman decided that he was smart enough to overturn seven decades of precedent. Now, the computer spits out one-week breaks in the midst of a season that is supposed to be compressed because of the Olympics. A team that has to travel a lot, the Phoenix Coyotes, finds itself going without a road game for a six-week stretch, thereby making the rest of the season a greater grind than it needs to be.
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Thinking of NHL Europe

from the Boston Globe,

By Daly's view, the time could come for NHL Europe. He is not certain about the size or shape of it. He has many questions. But he is certain that it's time to get it on the table for discussion, explore the options, decide whether Canada's game can be a realistic endeavor far east of the Maritimes. ''Right now, we're thrilled we've got the league back up, that we're running again," said Daly. ''But [Europe] is something we can think about now that we have the CBA behind us, and with the partnership of owners and players, we have to explore the revenue opportunities that could come with expanding to Europe.
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Moving Luongo

from Alan Hahn of Newsday,

Roberto Luongo eventually will wear his third NHL sweater in six NHL seasons, that much we know. Rumors are rumors, but when they don't go away, they become more than just rumors. Whether they are coming from Florida general manager Mike Keenan or from Luongo's camp, all we need to know is he's headed out of South Florida. And the line to acquire his services already is starting to form.
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Wild Still Trapping

from the Journal News,

"Certainly of the teams we've seen, they do it more than anyone else," Rangers coach Tom Renney said. "They can forecheck with the best teams in the league when they choose to do that. When they choose not to, then they obviously trap. I'm not sure too many teams are as contained as they are, or pull out (of the offensive zone) as quickly. Whether or not that works for them in this new game, only 82 games will tell." So far, the results have not been good.
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Numbers Don’t Add Up- Dafoe Leaves Russia

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

One month into his tour, though, Dafoe found the one great difference in the Russian game that he couldn't tolerate. Unlike an NHL contract, with the dollars promised in print, and payable twice a month, he quickly found that the document he had in hand didn't mirror the figures on his paycheck. ''That's what it all came down to, really -- contract," he said. ''Mentally, I was all set. Before I left I said, 'OK, I'm going to be away from my family for X number of months, I can handle that. Then, 30 days in, come payday, they just decided to change it around."
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Rejuvenated Rolston

from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,

Makeovers for your face, for your wardrobe, for your car, for your home and even for your significant other abound, all televised to feed society's thirst for re-invention. Heck, even the National Hockey League made itself over during its long winter of discontent. So, thought Brian Rolston, why don't I try my hand at this makeover game?
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Daze Trying To Get Back On The Ice

from the Chicago Tribune,

"The last month or two I just had to get rid of the pain before I could do more and get stronger," he said recently after a rehab session at the United Center. "I'm able to push more and do more now because I'm basically pain-free." He hasn't started skating yet, but he points to possibly getting back on the ice shortly after the first of the year. For now, he's trusting the plan set forth by his doctors. "I would like to go on [the ice] as quickly as I can," he said. "We'll see. I'm just really happy with the way things [are going]."
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Salary Cap Projected To Be Higher Next Season

from the CP via Slam,

NHL owners will get their first look at the projected salary cap for next season when the board of governors convenes Wednesday and Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz. And they may be surprised to learn the salary cap is not expected to be lower than the $39-million US limit it currently sits at this season, The Canadian Press has learned. In fact, it will be higher based on current projections.
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NHL Players' Association executive director Ted Saskin has been telling players and their agents that the cap will definitely be higher next season, according to NHL sources. This is also what those on the management side are being told. "You can take to the bank the fact that the cap won't drop next year," said an NHL source familiar with the revenue figures. "League-wide revenues this year will be far more robust than we first anticipated."
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