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Ducks Accept Arbitration On Vishnevski

from the Anaheim Ducks,

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club accepted the arbitration award for defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski (one-year contract). Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Got to love the "no financial terms" were disclosed.

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Naming Rights

from Canada.com.,

Mark Messier and Troy Murray have won Stanley Cups and a host of player awards in their hockey careers. But both retired NHL stars will soon lose a namesake ice rink from their resumes. The City of St. Albert, Alta., near Edmonton, is selling the naming rights to the Mark Messier and Troy Murray Arenas. In 1992, the city named the facilities to honour the players who once lived in St. Albert and played for the now defunct St. Albert Saints junior hockey team. "It just seems like if you name something, should you take it away? I know it's a money thing," said Murray's mother, Betty, who still lives in St. Albert.

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Orr Knows Hockey

from the Winnepeg Sun via Slam,

Former NHL great Bobby Orr is in Winnipeg this weekend to preach that message to budding players in order to change the face of the game in years to come.... "I think (parents) get caught up in winning," Orr said, "They think there is more at stake in a peewee hockey game. There are cases when they read about these lucrative deals. They think by pushing their son it will get him there. If anything, it will turn him off the game. It's ridiculous what goes on in some places."
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Hard To Figure Out

from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Friday afternoon, Andrew Murstein had lunch with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Neither knew that within hours, Sam Fingold's bid would be accepted by the Penguins and he would sign a letter of intent to buy the club. "[Bettman] told me point blank he would like the team to stay in Pittsburgh," Murstein said yesterday. That makes Murstein, president of Medallion Corp. in New York and one of four active bidders until Fingold got the nod, wonder why his group wasn't given more consideration. Murstein repeatedly insisted he was committed to keeping the Penguins here. "We asked for the number we had to be at [to get a letter of intent]," Murstein said. "They gave us a number. We met that. And we still didn't get the team."

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Young Faces In Nashville

from the Tennessean,

"The guys we have are very capable of playing,'' Vokoun said. "Marek Zidlicky is a guy who hasn't been in the NHL for long, but he's been a pro for many years and played in a lot of big games. "Whether guys are in their first year or their 10th year, you have to give them a chance and see what they can do. If our guys grab their chance and go with it, they'll get experience as the year goes on. If not, I'm sure there will be changes.'' The youthful blueline corps raises the larger issue of different leadership for the coming season. In cutting ties with Johnson and trading Scott Walker to Carolina, the Predators said goodbye to a captain and alternate captain who'd been around since the start of the franchise. It's clear that new faces will have to assume more prominent roles in the locker room and on the ice.
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GMs Rolling The Dice

from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,

Mark-to-market. Have you heard of it? The idea of weighing a player's future more heavily than his past has become one of the more unfortunate trademarks of the new-school NHL. Agree to a multi-year deal, and pay a lot up front with the belief it will balance out in the later years of the contract. Come on now. Vegas offers better odds than this. What are the GMs rolling the dice on? Where would you like to start?

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Lou “The Healer”

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Vladimir Malakhov's decision to abort his retirement - which is believed to have begun at any time between 2001 and last December, there's no way to tell for certain - as revealed last week by Lou Lamoriello, sure comes at a convenient time for the Devils, doesn't it? Because the only way the GM can include Malakhov and his $3.6M cap obligation in a trade without the deal being rejected by the league office per the CBA's amorphous circumvention clause, is to rehabilitate the 37-year-old defenseman as a bona fide NHL roster player.... If Mogilny - a 16-year NHL veteran - goes into camp as a presumptive Devils roster player, the league will have a much more difficult time denying the team the right to gain a long-term injury exception on the winger's $3.5M contract if the hip problem that originated during No. 89's stint as a Maple Leaf should somehow flare up in the preseason.
much more (reg. req.)...inlcuding Legace talking with Islanders...

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All Igor

from the Toronto Star,

In a career spanning a remarkable 27 years, Igor Larionov did just about everything you can do in hockey. He won Olympic gold medals for the Soviet Union in 1984 and 1988. He won three Stanley Cup rings. He skated with some of the greatest players in history. Next year, he becomes eligible for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Would you have liked to play under the current NHL rules? Yeah, that would've been nice. I was thinking last year of coming back, but I thought 27 years was enough. At the beginning I wasn't sure about the rule changes — so many penalties, so many calls. It's opened up the game, but I still think there are too many teams. ... I don't want to mention any teams, but it's a waste of money to watch them.
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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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