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A Vote For ESPN

from the NY Post,

October 20, 2006 -- To: Gary Bettman From: Andrew Marchand Re: Has The NHL Season Started? CC: Peter Puck Dear Commish: We are not sure if anyone even realizes the NHL season has begun. Sure, the true, loyal hockey fans are on board, but the fair-weather NHL fan looks at the league and sees melted ice.

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Nashville Can Compete With CBA In Place

from CamWest News Service via Canada.com,

The NHL, it would appear, has done its part for Nashville. Now its up to Nashville to do its part for the NHL. "There's no question the CBA has done a lot for small-market teams," says Poile, the Predators' razor-sharp general manager "In '03-04 we played Detroit in the playoffs. Our payroll was US$23-million. Theirs was US$78-million. I don't care what kind of business you're in. You can't compete when there's that kind of disparity. "A market this size can support an NHL franchise now. We're grateful for what we receive in revenue sharing. But if we didn't have that, it would be extremely difficult to sustain this business in Nashville."

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Testing Contiued On DiMaio

from the St. Petersburg Times,

Rob DiMaio's future is still in limbo - for another three weeks, anyway. The Lightning right wing was examined Wednesday by Michael Collins, a concussion expert at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Tampa Bay trainer Tommy Mulligan said DiMaio was given cognitive tests in which he answered questions on a computer that measured the time he took to respond and his memory. DiMaio will be tested again in three weeks, Mulligan said. The results will be analyzed and determinations made as to his treatment and prognosis.

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Direct From Russia

from the Russian Bureau at Home Ice XM 204... the first two Evgeni Malkin goals (will open .wav file).

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Ducks Being Noticed

from the New York Times,

The Ducks, who have not lost in regulation heading into Friday’s home game against the Minnesota Wild, are hoping that success can help them become more than a novelty in Southern California’s crowded sports market. “People are paying attention to our team now,” said Brian Burke, the general manager and executive vice president of the Ducks. “I went all of last year without being recognized once, and now it’s happening routinely. I’m amazed at the change in a year.”
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Bleepin Joe

from IGN.com,

2K Sports wanted the authentic arena atmosphere. They wanted to capture the players as they truly are, what they say and do on the ice and put it in the game. Only thing is, if they use the uncensored content from Wednesday's practice session in San Jose where the Sharks, including cover athlete Joe Thornton were mic'd, the game would have to be rated M.

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Wings’ Foul-Out Endemic Of An Arrogant Organization

By George Malik: from the Detroit News:

A promotion in which fans could snag the right to buy two World Series tickets by purchasing a Detroit Red Wings ticket package has ended. At noon on Wednesday the offer was made to existing Red Wing season ticket holders and members of the Red Wings World fan club. All of the ticket packages were gone by 9 a.m. today, said Mike Brinich, Red Wings media relations manager. Brinich would not say how many of the packages were sold. Buyers had to purchase 20 single game tickets to be able to buy two of the World Series tickets for either Saturday's or Sunday's games. He said the promotion was a way of saying thanks to season ticket holders and members of the fan club for their support. "We thought it was a fun way for fans of both teams to participate," Brinich said.

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Is There A Difference

from alan Adams of Fox Sports,

For most people, it would be an apples vs. apples comparison, the racist comments made by Sean Avery of the L.A. Kings measured against the racist comments made by former NHLer star John Vanbiesbrouck. But apparently not for the NHL. To explain. After a stellar NHL career, Vanbiesbrouck ended up buying and coaching the major junior Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. But he resigned in disgrace and sold his share of the team in March 2003 after he used a derogatory racial term when discussing defenseman Trevor Daley.

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What About This Trade

from Spector's Blog at Fox Sports,

It's been a while since I've had to highlight a ridiculous trade rumor, but the latest sent in to me by a reader from a supposed NHL "insider" nearly had me spitting my morning coffee on my monitor. This doozy claims that Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Evgeny Malkin isn't happy playing in the supposed shadow of Sidney Crosby, that he doesn't want to play second-fiddle to Crosby and he's used to being the number one guy on any team he's played for.
continued... I also recall the trade rumor involving Malkin a few months ago, what ever happened to that one?

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Playing Near The Cap

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

"The pressure in your marketplace to have your payroll start with a 'four' is tremendous," Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke says. "It doesn't matter what market you are in. The media and fans, say, 'OK, maybe you can't spend $44 million, but you can spend $40 million.' " NHL Players Association executive director Ted Saskin says opening-day payrolls are up 19% from last season, the highest increase in 15 years. He views the spending as a positive for the league.

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