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Expectations High For Havlat

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Martin Havlat understands he's in a new sporting marketplace in Chicago, facing an entirely different challenge. While he's not quite ready to accept the tag as saviour of the Blackhawks franchise -- an organization that has missed the playoffs for seven of the past eight seasons -- the club has nonetheless put those lofty expectations on the former Ottawa Senators' right-winger.

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Hockey Cards Booming

from the Globe and Mail,

Sensational rookies Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin and Dion Phaneuf did more than spark a resurgence of interest in hockey among average fans this past season. They also reignited the passion of card collectors, which had been all but snuffed out by the National Hockey League lockout of 2004-05. Then out of nowhere came another hot rookie commodity in the Stanley Cup playoffs, Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward, who became the postseason star of the card galaxy. "We can say that our hockey business is actually performing at a remarkably high level compared to all other sports and entertainment lines," said Kerri Stockholm, Upper Deck's senior marketing manager for sports.
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Roberts Likely Staying With Florida

from the Toronto Star,

Panthers GM Mike Keenan told reporters in Florida yesterday that there's almost no chance he'll grant Roberts his request to be traded to the Leafs for the final year of his two-year deal. "I don't know if it's dead, but we're not making any progress and we've pretty much put it to rest as far as we're concerned," Keenan said. "The expectation is that he'll be back in a Panther uniform. His agent (Rick Curran) confirmed that he is going to play hockey next year. He's going to have to deal with that from a family perspective."
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Salary Cap Tables

David at Hockey Analysis has completed a major project...

I have finally ocmpleted the salary cap commitment tables for all 30 NHL teams. I plan on keeping these as up to date as possible as the off season goes on and as trades and fre agent signings occur. I make no guarantees that the numbers are 100% accurate but they are accurate to the best of my knowledge. One thing to remember when browsing through these tables is that the numbers are not a players actual salary but rather the salary cap hit fromt he players contract (usually the average annual salary over the term of the contract).

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Player Signings For Wednesday

via the Rocky Mountain News,

Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles avoided salary arbitration Tuesday when he signed a two-year contract, according to a source close to the situation. The deal was sent to the league for approval and is expected to be officially announced today.

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Today’s Word On Belfour

from the Detroit Free Press,

Communication between the Red Wings and goaltender Ed Belfour stalled Tuesday, but Belfour's agent remained upbeat about the likelihood of reaching an agreement. The Wings and Belfour representative Ron Salcer hadn't spoken as of Tuesday evening, but Salcer sounded confident the two were on common enough ground for something to be worked out.
continued I have felt since the day the Wings brought Belfour into town for a physical that this was some type of smokescreen. Now with some cap room available, they Wings just may be looking to shake-up their current roster and make a trade for a goalie that could include other players.

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Changes On The Radio Side For Nashville

from the Nashville City Paper,

Nashville Predators fans will be seeing more of Pete Weber and Terry Crisp, but for much of the 2006-07 season, they’ll hear less of them on radio. The City Paper has learned renowned broadcaster Eli Gold, best known as the voice of University of Alabama football and for his work on NASCAR’s Motor Racing Network, will be the radio play-by-play broadcaster for the games which are televised.

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Sutter Stepping Down As Calgary Coach

from the Calgary Sun,

Darryl Sutter is no longer the head coach of the Calgary Flames this morning. Sutter will remain the team's general manager but will hand the bench-boss reins to Jim Playfair, according to several sources. Sutter is expected to announce these changes at a press conference scheduled for this morning.

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Chicago Lost $19 Million

from the Chicago Daily Herald,

When asked at the news conference to introduce newly acquired winger Martin Havlat if it was a must for the Hawks to make the playoffs next season, Wirtz made his answer quite clear. “It’s not an option,” Wirtz said. “If you look at our record since the playoffs began, the Blackhawks have always been in the playoffs. The last six or seven years, we have not been in the playoffs except once, and that is not acceptable.” When the Hawks missed the playoffs last spring, it was the seventh time in eight seasons they had failed to qualify. In one of his rare sessions with reporters, Wirtz said the Hawks lost $19 million last season and projected a loss of $20 million in 2006-07. Wirtz blamed losses on sagging attendance at the United Center and missing sponsorships following the lockout that wiped out the entire 2004-05 NHL season.

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Panthers Reach Agreement With Horton

from the Florida Panthers,

Florida Panthers General Manager Mike Keenan announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with RW Nathan Horton. “Nathan is a talented player with whom we are pleased to have reached a contract agreement,” said Keenan. “He is a very skilled and hard working offensive player that will play an important role in our club’s success next season.”

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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.

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