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Toskala Wants Goalie Situation Resolved

from the AP via TSN,

Vesa Toskala has nothing but great things to say about the San Jose Sharks, his GM Doug Wilson, and his fellow goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. But he's adamant he doesn't want to head into training camp next season still battling for playing time in goal with his buddy Nabokov. ''I really hope that doesn't happen,'' Toskala said Tuesday from his native Tampere, Finland. ''That's not good for me, or for Nabby. And I don't think it's good for the team either, sitting one of us on the bench. I really hope there's a trade.''

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Wesley Joins Marines For A Day With The Cup

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Glen Wesley and his wife, Barb, announced today that they will spend part of their day with the Stanley Cup visiting Marines at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on Thursday. The Wesley family will take the fabled trophy to the "Wounded Warriors" barracks to share it with Marines wounded in combat. They are scheduled to arrive at Camp Lejeune with the Cup around 1 p.m. The Injured Support Unit barracks at Camp Lejeune were dedicated on Nov. 15, 2005 to answer the growing need for accessible housing for Marines wounded in combat. Existing barracks were renovated to create the special housing. Fourteen first-floor rooms were made accessible with ramps and grab bars, two rooms made wheelchair accessible and ramp access was added to the building.

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Sens Squeezed

from Canada.com,

Muckler continues to rail against last year's agreement with the players, which expedites free agency and squeezes payroll with a cap. So much for the new CBA making all the smaller market teams happy. The Senators feel they are being punished for having developed good young players they now can't afford to keep. ''If you're not successful, you're a buyer, and if you are successful, you're a seller,'' Muckler said. Clearly, the sight of unrestricted free agent Zdeno Chara sauntering out the door to riches from the Boston Bruins, was a motivating factor in Muckler moving Havlat. ''Watching Chara walk, I wanted to make an early decision on Havlat - to get something for him,'' Muckler said.

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A Few Signings

Buffalo Signs Brian Campbell to a multi-year deal... The Blue Jackets sign Haisney to a 2yr deal. added 11:05am, Wings sign Brett Lebda to a 4yr deal. added4:30pm, Lebda's deal is worth $2.6 million. added 5:53pm, via Sportsnet Tracker, Luke Richardson signs with Tampa Bay.

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Our Game

A frequent KK reader pointed out ths article on "Why Hockey Rules". A great read even though it is a few weeks old... from the National Post,

There is more action in five minutes of hockey than in your average 90-minute game of soccer, whose fans live for the moment when, by some mischance, the ball strays within 50 yards of the net. Basketball suffers from the opposite affliction: As the comedian David Brenner argues, they should start both teams at 100 and make the games two minutes long, since that's what every basketball game comes down to. Only hockey combines frequency of scoring chances with difficulty of actually scoring: Fans, especially at playoff time, are kept in a state of near-permanent hysteria, the prospect of a game-altering goal ever present.
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Chris Simon Signs With NYI

from the New York Islanders,

The Islanders have signed veteran left wing Chris Simon to a one-year contract, reuniting him with Ted Nolan, his head coach during his final year of junior hockey. Last season with the Calgary Flames, the 6-3, 220-pound Simon was 8-14-22 with 94 penalty minutes in 72 games. The previous NHL season, Simon helped lead the Flames to the Stanley Cup Final after he was dealt by the Rangers to Calgary at the trade deadline, scoring five goals in 16 playoff games.

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Pens Sale Getting Close

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

By the end of this week or early next week, the number of bidders in the running to buy the Penguins could be reduced to three -- or one. Four known bidders and a possible fifth have submitted offers. Allen and Company, the New York firm brokering the sale of the hockey team, is analyzing and verifying those bids and is expected to pare the number soon. When one offer is chosen, that bidder will sign a letter of intent for the right to negotiate exclusively for a period of time. Although details of the bids remain mostly unclear, the sale price is expected to top $150 million.

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Captain AO?

from the Washington Times,

Alex Ovechkin, the face of Washington Capitals hockey almost from the moment he arrived from Moscow nearly a year ago, soon may add another laurel to his growing collection. Ovechkin yesterday appeared to have the solid backing of coach Glen Hanlon to be Washington's next captain. The title has been vacant only since Wednesday, when captain Jeff Halpern accepted a free agent offer from Dallas.

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Another Level For Bell

from the Mercury News,

It's hard to imagine the Sharks needing help on a line that featured both the league's MVP and its top goal-scorer, but that's why the Sharks got Mark Bell. "He's a big, tough, physical kid that can play in all situations,'' General Manager Doug Wilson said of the four-year veteran. ``He's already proved he can score in this league, and putting him in this environment will be really good for him, and for us.'' Wilson wouldn't commit Bell to the top line, calling him a "top-six forward'' and praising his versatility. "It's kind of mind-boggling to think I can even be on that line,'' Bell said. "I have a chance to take my game to the next level. And I think I can do that in San Jose with these guys up front.''
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Primeau Frustrated

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

Primeau, who will turn 35 in November, has scheduled a meeting with team doctor Gary Dorshimer in hopes of discovering why his concussion symptoms disappeared for two weeks following nasal surgery, only to return. "It's like peeling away layers of onion," said Primeau, who missed all but nine games last season with concussion symptoms. "You get through one obstacle and the next obstacle pops up. I'm trying to get to the bottom of it and it's frustrating." Primeau thought he experienced a major breakthrough in his two-year battle with concussion symptoms in mid-May when he felt instant relief following nasal surgery. He was so encouraged he began a full-scale training regimen that included weightlifting and biking. Ten days ago that regimen was interrupted when Primeau began feeling pressure on the crown of his head.
more...plus an update on Forsberg in case you missed it about a week ago...

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