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Ticket Sales Up For Buffalo - New Logo Talk Too

from the Buffalo News,

The Sabres usually tally their season-ticket count by adding full season-ticket holders to those who hold 10-packs and mini-packs. In that scenario, four 10-pack holders equal one season-ticket holder. The Sabres haven't even begun counting mini-packs yet - sales started July 17 - but the number of full season-ticket holders alone is almost at 12,000. The Sabres started last season with a combined season-ticket count of about 8,000. The arena seats 18,690. ...Despite the early negativity, Quinn is convinced people will embrace the new uniform, which will make its on-ice debut Sept. 30 during the Sabres' only preseason game in HSBC Arena. He said it will have sabres and word markings on it but didn't elaborate further, other than to say the secondary insignia of a capital B with a sword through it will not be used.

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VCOE- Soon To Be One Tired Blogger

On July 29th, Vancouver Canucks Op Ed will be participating in Blogathon 2006. The event will raise money for Canucks Place Children’s Hospice, an amazing organization that does a great deal for the families of sick children in British Columbia. image

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Dallas Goes High Definition

from Yahoo,

American Airlines Center, home of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and NHL's Dallas Stars, has selected Dell technology to upgrade all public areas of the facility with new TVs, including suites, restaurants, clubs, concession stands and concourses, to help enhance the guest experience. Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, American Airlines Center will install approximately 500 new Dell TVs, including 185 Dell W4201C 42-inch high-definition plasma TVs in its 144 luxury suites and common areas as well as 23 Dell W5001C 50-inch high-definition plasma TVs throughout its upscale platinum level.

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Moving On

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Getting Evgeni Malkin to North America and with the Penguins this year may require more creativity than originally planned if the Russian Ice Hockey Federation doesn't sign a transfer deal by a Monday deadline set by the NHL. "We have informed the (International Ice Hockey Federation) that, to the extent we do not have an agreement signed by the Russian national association on the terms previously offered and communicated to them by (Monday), we will proceed without a deal for the coming year," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Thursday.

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Bush Want Canadian NHLers Fingerprinted

An estimated 200,000 Canadians who work in the United States — from nurses to NHL players — will be fingerprinted and photographed when they enter the country under new rules proposed by the Bush administration yesterday. Join the discussion at the KKF...

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Talking With Two Goalies

from the NY Post (reg. req.),

A battle to be Martin Brodeur's backup is brewing. This one stands to be decided at the bargaining table when Lou Lamoriello decides which free agent to sign - the incumbent or a predecessor. The Post has learned the Devils are talking to former Ranger Mike Dunham about returning for a second stint in New Jersey at the same time they're courting Scott Clemmensen, their No. 2 last season.

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Ziegler Doing Just Fine

from Treasure Coast Newspapers,

Fourteen years after retiring as NHL commissioner, Sewall's Point resident John Ziegler can't help but think like a lawyer, a commissioner and a hockey fan. The 11-year Treasure Coast resident served as commissioner for 15 years before moving to Sewall's Point. And even amongst the Florida heat he still has a passion for the game on ice. During his stint as commissioner, Ziegler had to deal with the competing World Hockey Association. He did so by adding four WHA teams to the NHL for the 1979-80 season. Ziegler retired after a strike over a collective bargaining agreement led in 1992. "It just didn't have to happen like that," Ziegler said. "After that, I just felt it was a good to retire." For a career that lasted three times as long as he thought it would, Ziegler is pretty satisfied. "I don't regret my choice to stay commissioner for as long as I did," he said. "I was in the great position where my avocation became my vocation."

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Thursday Recap

In case you missed all of the NHL signings yesterday, the Toronto Star has a nice recap.

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A Few Signings

A little late, but as I have stated, I am trying to take some time off the next few weeks. I need a bit of a break. via the AP,

The New Jersey Devils re-signed Scott Gomez to a one-year, $5 million contract Thursday, ending speculation that the team would be unable to fit the 26-year-old forward's contract under the NHL's salary cap. The details of the contract were confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the negotiations who requested anonymity because the team had not yet announced the signing. The Devils did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.
The Detroit Red Wings avoided arbitration with Jason Williams on Thursday, re-signing the center to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed for Williams, who was scheduled for arbitration next Monday.

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Dowd Wants To Play In The East

from the Brick Township Bulletin,

Jim Dowd has been keeping his ear peeled to the phone in recent weeks waiting for a call from his agent, Hugh Gorman of Boston, and from the National Hockey League to see where he may be playing next season. After beating the Dallas Stars, 4-1, in their NHL playoff series opener, the Avalanche was swept out of the next series by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, although Dowd had some very good moments, including a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss. He had five goals and 13 assists on the season. "We didn't make adjustments and they played smart and waited for us to make mistakes," said Dowd. "It was one of the best experiences of my career being on a team that every year expects to be in the playoffs. I've had 14 years in this league. Now I'm looking to play back East."

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