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How Much Do They Deserve

After seeing what Mike York received from an arbitrator yesterday, some teams must be concerned about their own hearings. Mike Barnett of Phoenix questions the salary demand of Ladislav Nagy and Mike Comriie... from the Arizona Republic,

"They are both deserving of salary increases, but how far do you go to reward non-playoff years?" Barnett said Saturday in reference to Phoenix's 81-point, last-place finish in 2005-06. "We've done everything we can to get them both signed except meet their contract expectations. We've explored term and schedules of payment. In the end, we are simply too far apart."

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All Probie

from the Toronto Star,

At 41, Probert — anchored by wife Dani, his four fine kids, family and friends — is into his seventh month of clean and sober. He's active in the players' alumni association and built a new home in his hometown of Lakeshore, Ont., (near Windsor) where he tinkers with old Chevelles and his beloved Harley Davidsons. In town for a well-attended autograph session, he found time for Unplugged. So how has it been going, clean and sober? It's going good. I go to the meetings, probably not as much as I should, but I go. I've been through that stuff (rehab) before; it's not like I don't know what to do. Why is this time going to work? Well, you never know, right? But you get to a point where you just get tired of, you know, beating your head. I think, too, it's the responsibility of having kids. They're smart, they're busy, I've got to move 'em around. It's a lot easier when you're not sleeping in, know what I mean?
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York Awarded $2.85 Million

via TSN,

New general manager Garth Snow has his first tough decision to make for the New York Islanders, and he has to make it fast. An arbitrator has awarded Islanders forward Mike York $2.85 million for the 2006-07 season. Snow now has 48 hours to accept or decline the deal. If the Islanders walk away from it, York will immediately become an unrestricted free agent. York, 28, scored 13 goals and 52 points for the Islanders in 2005-2006 and has tallied 287 points in 449 career games with the Islanders, Oilers and Rangers.

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What’s Next For The Russians

A2Y pointed out an interesting development found by Sidearm Delivery...

According to a report issued today by the RIA (Russian News and Information Agency), demands are being made of Russian Hockey Federation president Vladislav Tretiak to improve the negotiations with the NHL and IIHF over the player transfer agreement, in order to better address the interests of the Russian hockey clubs.

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Columbus Locks-up Chimera

from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed left wing Jason Chimera to a two-year contract, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced Saturday. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

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“Stanley” In Fargo

from the Grand Forks Herald,

Matt Cullen was totally exhausted, but not Cup crazy. His day with Lord Stanley's Cup which wound up being closer to 32 hours went better than he and his expecting wife could have expected. The Moorhead High School graduate and NHL champion was able to accommodate every picture and autograph request at a pair of events that were scheduled to last two hours and, by some minor miracle, did.
continued...Warning, if you are a Buffalo Bills fan, a little bit of bad memories included...

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The Pattern Continues

from the Globe and Mail,

New York Islanders owner Charles Wang stirred up loud criticism of his hard-headed management style when he was building Computer Associates Inc. into a software powerhouse, and he continues to do so after leaving CA behind for the world of professional sports.... Other hockey executives -- speaking on background -- were quick to denounce the move, saying it was a huge mistake to put the inexperienced Mr. Snow into such a demanding position. Hockey writers belaboured the obvious pun to suggest Mr. Wang was foisting a "snow job" on Islanders fans. But the team owner is accustomed to bruising controversy from his days as a technology entrepreneur. Then, as now, he exhibited a hands-on management style, angered key constituents and installed inexperienced favourites in key management positions.
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Signings For Friday

TSN will give you the recap. Stoll just signed to avoid arbitration. WGR out of Buffalo reporting Tallinder has signed with Sabres.

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Going Young

from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

Trends say you don't need a veteran who already has a Cup to backstop your team to a championship. There aren't that many of those guys to go around, anyway, and those who are available are available for a reason. Perhaps their Cup days are in the past in more ways than one. The Canes didn't have a Cup winner in net. Neither did the Oilers, Flames, Lightning or Ducks. The pattern is clear, and it doesn't bode well guys like Belfour and Hasek.

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Party On, Wang

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

...Heck, why find somebody with experience and wisdom who could take the franchise forward when Wang could simply hire his backup goalie? Apparently, the stick boy was busy, so Wang hired Garth Snow. Wang is the owner, so he can do whatever he pleases. We'll sit back and enjoy Wang and Garth while imagining the interview process. Wang: Garth, what are your plans? Snow: Well, I've been thinking about warming the bench. Or maybe I'll just become the general manager. Wang: Party on, Garth. Snow: Party on, Wang.

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