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Briere Moves To The Upper Class

from the Ottawa Citizen,

It's taken him 10 years, but Daniel Briere has finally made it. The official stamp of approval came last week when an arbitrator awarded the Gatineau native and Buffalo Sabres co-captain a one-year contract worth $5 million (all figures U.S.). That was a 163-per-cent increase from the $1.9 million U.S. he received last year, instantly lifting him to the NHL's upper class.

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Visit VCOE

Most hockey bloggers will tell you the slowest traffic of the week is usually Friday afternoon thru early Sunday evening. Throw in a heatwave in late July and the hockey fan has something else on their mind right about now. Alanah at VCOE is in the midst of a 24 hour blogathon and I am sure could use a few visitors. Stop by and say hello, she probably could use some encouragement in the next 19 hours or so.

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Fast Growth In Women’s Hockey

from the Winnipeg Sun via Slam,

Women's hockey has grown so fast in the past decade it's hard to recall a time when ponytails poking out of helmets weren't a regular sight around the rink. The number of female hockey players registered with Hockey Canada has more than doubled since the 1998-1999 season, when 29,031 girls took to the ice. In 2004-2005, Hockey Canada reported 65,951 girls were blasting slapshots in rinks across the country.

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KK Hosting Issue

Some of you may experienced a slight outage today when trying to access KK. From my hosting service,

This still seems to be an unresolved issue with one of the fiber providers to the data center we house our servers in on the west coast of the US. Telia is the fiber provider and seem to on and off having fiber issues in the south and southwestern United States over the past few weeks. We are not sure if these are heat related issues with record temps in many parts of the country causing fiber and power outage issues. We are in contact with the data center’s engineers to try and find out when this issue will be corrected, routed around, etc. From our own monitoring stations we are only having issues connection to sites from our Minneapolis monitoring systems. Monitoring we do from Singapore, London, UK and Houston, TX are actually showing clean routes and speeds to the data center. But using other outside monitoring/testing systems that route across different global networks we have seen spotty issues from other locations in the US mostly. We will post follow up details as soon as they come in. We do apologies for the issues, and we are working on migration of clients as quickly as possible to our Minneapolis, MN data center so these issues at the west coast data center will impact fewer of our hosting clients each day.
As you can see, the issue is slowly being resolved.

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Snow Disappointed With Last Year’s Backup Goalie

from the Bangor Daily News,

Garth Snow, who recently went from being the New York Islanders' backup goalie to their general manager, said his former Black Bear goaltending partner Mike Dunham is being considered for the Islanders' backup goaltending job behind Rick DiPietro. Dunham is an unrestricted free agent. "He's on the board [of possibilities]. We have a vacancy. The backup goalie we had last year didn't play up to par. So we [ditched] him,"....

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New Look For BTJ

Behind the Jersey has a new look. Christy does great work and is an avid Red Wing fan. Check it out!

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Letter Of Intent Signed For Pens

from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

A group of four led by Samuel Fingold has signed a letter of intent to purchase the Penguins, the team announced tonight. The letter of intent gives the Fingold group exclusive negotiating rights to reach a purchase agreement. After such an agreement, the NHL would need to give its approval. Fingold, 34, grew up a hockey fan in Toronto and now is principal of Kenyon Investments in Hartford, Conn. Although he earlier indicated an interest in moving the hockey team to Kansas City if he was successful in purchasing it, Fingold now seems intent on keeping it here.

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Email Garth Snow

The New Islanders GM Garth Snow wrote an open letter to NYI fans and even asked them to email him if they had any questions.

I understand last Tuesday was an interesting day for you, to say the least. I'm a sports fan, too. My head was spinning for a while there. I can only imagine how you guys felt. But now that the dust has settled and we're moving on, I wanted to reach out to you. First off, thanks for your kindness and support during my four seasons as an Islanders player. I loved playing here, and so much of that was because of you. Long Island is a special place. My wife Erica, son Glenn and I have cherished our time here and plan on being Long Islanders for a long time. To that end, and just as importantly, I'm not going to stand for anyone taking shots at this franchise. My philosophy during my 13 years as a player was that members of a team back each other up. It's one of the many reasons why I'm so happy to get to work with Ted Nolan. That's the way Ted's teams play. Starting in October, I have no doubt that you're going to be excited and proud to root for this Islanders team.

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Duck Number Alert

via the Anaheim Ducks,

Several Ducks players are changing numbers for the 2006-2007 season including Teemu Selanne's switch back to his familiar #8. Number Changes for 2006-2007: Teemu Selanne will wear #8 (#13 in 2005-2006) Corey Perry will wear #10 (#61 in 2005-2006) Ryan Getzlaf will wear #15 (#51 in 2005-2006) Dustin Penner will wear #14 (#76 in 2005-2006) Stanislav Chistov will wear #24 Chris Pronger will wear #25

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Hockey Talk

It is 90+ degress in many parts of North America and you want to talk hockey!!! Get cool, check out the KK Forums and join to have a chance at a $25 gift certificate from Shop.NHL.com. Membership is free and will have many benefits in the near future.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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