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Report- Gagne Signs

from TSN,

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Flyers have agreed to a five-year deal worth $5.25 million US a season.
update 6:33pm, Philadelphia Inquirer story...

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

One year into the new economic order of the NHL and it's the league that owes money to the NHL Players' Association, not the other way around, as was initially expected. Sources tell TSN the league did not spend 54 per cent of hockey-related revenue (HRR) in the first year of the new collective bargaining agreement and must now make up the difference to the NHLPA, as per the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement. While the final calculations have not yet been done, sources suggest the amount could be in the $35 million to $40 million range, although the precise amount will depend upon the final calculation for HRR for the first year.

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The Maven Getting Warmed Up

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

• The Penguins’ fate -- stay in Pitt or leave? -- should be a talking point when owners meet on Thursday. Two key questions: 1. Who’ll be the new owner? 2. What effect will the city’s new 26-year-old mayor, Luke Ravenstahl, have on the franchise? • Al Ovechkin’s rejection of Washington’s captaincy on the grounds of his English "not being good enough" is amusing. Even as a rookie, The Rapid Russian was amazingly glib. He’s even better now but we respect his desire to get another year or two of conversation under his belt before turning vocal leader. Maybe his decision is based on the fact that he just had his wisdom teeth taken out!

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Shock Treatment

from the Detroit News,

Hasek joined many of his Wings' teammates for a pre-training camp workout. Hasek, who is back for a third stint with the Wings, said he was a little surprised at the summer's turn of events. "I was sort of shocked. But nicely shocked, very nicely shocked," Hasek said. Hasek said he is injury free now. "I don't feel any problems on or off the ice," Hasek said. "I hope it's going to stay like that the whole year."

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Canes Lose Dman

from the Sports Ticker via TSN,

The Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes will be without one of their best offensive players when they begin defense of their title next month. The Hurricanes announced Monday that defenseman Frantisek Kaberle underwent shoulder surgery and will be sidelined at least four months.
from the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that defenseman Frantisek Kaberle underwent surgery this morning on his shoulder. Dr. Anthony A. Romeo performed the surgery at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, and Kaberle is expected to need four to six months to recover from the procedure.

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That’s A Wicked Curve

from the Globe and Mail, via Paul's entry from Sept. 8 about player movement:

The NHL's competition committee, which is primarily responsible for the state of the game, met over the summer, but apart from a handful of minor rule changes, decided against another radical makeover of the game. Players will still be penalized for shooting the puck in the stands. Goaltenders will still be prevented from handling the puck in the corners, behind the goal line. The tag-up rule remains on the books, and so does the three-man shootout. Pending approval from the board of governors next week, the only change will be to curve of a player's stick-blade. Instead of a one-half-inch curve, the standard since the 1970-71 season, players will be permitted a three-quarters-inch curve, which may make the illegal stick a thing of the past.
Refs won't carry measure sticks before shootouts, either:
[T]he league will no longer measure sticks as part of its shootout protocol and instead leave that to the discretion of the coaches, who can now call for a stick measurement in the shootout if they feel someone is cheating, just like they can in regulation time and overtime. Forfeiting shootout shots and paying of fines will be the repercussions for successful and/or unsuccessful stick measurement calls in the shootout.
Ilya Kovalchuk's stick is still illegal. (pic courtesy of TSN)

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AO- Gamer

from the CP via Yahoo,

Alexander Ovechkin gave EA Sports' new NHL video game a thumbs-up Monday. "I tried it 10 minutes ago. Scored two goals," the Washington Capitals star forward told reporters. Of course, Ovechkin is on the cover of the game so his support is hardly a surprise. But gamers will probably also get a kick out of the next-generation version of NHL 07, which hits stores Tuesday.

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Shanny In NYC

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

It wasn't a return to his roots exactly, because Brendan Shanahan's National Hockey League roots were planted over in Jersey, about 20 minutes by tunnel or bridge from the bright lights of the big city — traffic permitting, of course. But even as he grew and matured as a player, at a time when the Devils' organization was still closer to its ‘Mickey Mouse' origins than its championship years, Shanahan always loved Manhattan: The passion exhibited for the Rangers, even out in the Jersey swamps; the emerging rivalry; the lure of their history.

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Shanahan Became Pro-Active

Brendan Shanahan in a tele-conference today mentioned he became pro-active in a search for a new team. He had a long coversation with Yzerman after game 6 in Edmonton, and both Steve and he felt, for different reasons, that the team wanted to turn the leadership over to the younger stars on the team. He decided to become active in searching for a team, and did talk to Montreal but thought it would be better for his family to live and play for the Rangers. more to come... update 1:51pm This tele-conference is ongoing so I am updating as it happens. Shanahan mentione the rules committee met over the summer and suggested a few minor changes that will go to a vot of the BOG soon. He also felt with better communication between the players and the refs, less penalties will be called. update 1:56pm, Brendan was asked why the Wings lost to the Oilers, he said he could go on and on about that. A big save and a big goal here and there by Edmonton was the difference, they got it and the Wings did not. I will have a transcript of the conversation later in the day. added 4:23pm, Q. Last year when the Wings lost to the Oilers, did you feel it was time for a new challenge, the old guard might be breaking up? BRENDAN SHANAHAN: Yeah, actually right after the Game 6, after the game, we went back and had a meal at the hotel. Steve Yzerman and I talked for quite a while. I think when you just finished losing, it's so fresh, you know to go home and not make decisions, let some time get in between there. I think we both agreed that we both had a sense that, for different reasons, possibly that was our last game as Red Wings. I wouldn't say the decision was made that night, but I certainly felt like the instinct for each of us was beginning at that moment.

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Eastern Conference Chatter

Scott Burnside of ESPN has a few questions for the teams in the East. Regarding the Flyers...

How long before "goaltending" and "controversy" end up in the same sentence in training camp reports? What's the over-under on the number of games talented Peter Forsberg plays this season? (We say 45.)
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