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More Questions Answered

Phil Coffey of NHL.com, answers some mail,

Hey there. With the new NHL season looming over the horizon, I would like to ask a question that I've been pondering for the past couple of years: Why was it changed so that the home team wears their away jersey and the away team wears their home jersey? Personally, I liked it better the old way, seeing the Flyers with their white uniforms at home ice. Now, they have to wear the black ones, and it just doesn't seem like the same old game I knew. Any answers? This is a case of what's old is new again. It used to be that the road team wore its white uniforms and the home team pulled on the more colorful jerseys. The switch was made to home team wearing white during the 1960s and it remained that way until the switch was made for 2003-04. The switch was made as means of giving the home fans the chance to see their team in their more colorful uniforms. I'll admit that the change does take some getting used to. I'm also used to seeing the white uniforms at home.

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Thibault Injured

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Jocelyn Thibault injured his left knee while being struck by a puck during Saturday's pre-game skate, forcing Andy Chiodo to be recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. Sebastien Caron started in goal for the second straight night after also playing in a 3-2 loss Friday at Carolina decided in a shootout. The Penguins did not disclose any more information about Thibault's injury, which occurred during the morning skate about eight hours before the team's home opener against Boston.

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Nothing New With Boynton

from the CP via Canada.com,

With Ilya Kovalchuk now under contract with the Atlanta Thrashers, Nick Boynton remains the only notable restricted free agent that hasn't re-signed with his club. But the all-star defenceman and the Boston Bruins are no closer to a deal as the NHL season heads into Week 2, despite the fact both sides are only $150,000 US apart on a new deal. "There's nothing new to report," Bruins general manager Mike O'Connell said on Saturday from Pittsburgh, where his club faced the Penguins.

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Players Give Back 12%

via TSN,

When National Hockey League players receive their first paycheque on October 15th, 12 per cent of it will be withheld to fulfill the escrow payment as part of the new collective bargaining agreement. Sources tell TSN, the precise 12% figure for escrow has now been posted on the NHLPA secure web site, The Source. TSN reported, earlier this week, that the rate of escrow for the first quarter of the season would be at least 10% and perhaps more. Although members of the NHLPA have been aware of the escrow situation, it's not likely too many of them will be thrilled when they see 12% missing from every paycheque they receive in the first quarter of the season.

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Kovalchuk Could Play Wednesday

via TSN,

Ilya Kovalchuk is staying in Atlanta for the long term. The Atlanta Thrashers signed the restricted free agent to a five-year deal Friday night and all that is required is league approval from the NHL. The new contract is expected to be approved by the league Saturday. Pending that and his immigration status, Kovalchuk is expected to be in the Thrashers' lineup either Wednesday against Montreal or Friday against Toronto. The contract is worth $6.5 million the first year, then $5 million, $5.5 million, $7.5 million and $7.5 million in the final year, agent Jay Grossman told ESPN.

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Geoff Sanderson Traded To Phoenix

via the AP,

Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have acquired left wing Geoff Sanderson and right wing Tim Jackman from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for left wing Jason Chimera, defenseman Cale Hulse and center Mike Rupp.

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NHLPA To Vote On Visors

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via Slam,

The NHL Players' Association will hold a vote Tuesday to decide whether players want to make wearing visors mandatory. Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson made it pretty clear where he stands on the issue yesterday. "I think they should be grandfathered in," said Alfredsson. "I believe everybody should be wearing them and I think some people have to change their attitudes on them. "I know a lot of guys don't want to wear them, but I believe it should be a standard piece of protection. I know some people don't think Canadian players should wear them. I don't think it affects the way you feel about a player one bit."

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Praise For Bettman

from the Winnipeg Sun via Slam,

It's about time. About time for me to do something I thought I'd never do. Not in a million years. Give kudos to Gary Bettman (wince!). Often referred to in these pages as a cross between Lord Voldemort, Darth Sidius and Viktor Tikhonov, the diminutive NHL commissioner finally did something that could well keep him out of the villains' hall of fame. Little Man Gary came up big. He promised a salary cap and he delivered. He promised a level playing field for Canadian and small market American teams and he delivered. He used time during the lockout wisely, spearheading rule changes which were destined to make the NHL game stronger.

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Wings Sign Woolley

via the AP,

The Detroit Red Wings signed Jason Woolley to a one-year contract Saturday, adding a solid veteran to bolster a defense that is without Niklas Kronwall. Woolley is in his 15th NHL season and third with the Red Wings. The former Michigan State star had 42 points in 117 games in two seasons in Detroit. "We're very happy to have Jason return to the Red Wings," general manager Ken Holland said. "He's a veteran defenseman who handles the puck very well and should excel with the new rule changes in the NHL." Detroit sent defenseman Brett Lebda down to Grand Rapids of the AHL to make room on the roster.

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Canadians Embrace The Game

from the Ottawa Sun,

It wasn't supposed to be like this, was it? There was so much anger and bitterness during the 16-month NHL lockout. It was spewed in a lot of different directions. Somebody would have to pay, right? Some jilted Canadian fans vowed to stay away from the NHL game when and if it returned. Some fans blamed the greedy players. Some blamed the greedy owners. But now, it turns out here in Canada, the anger and bitterness of fans were not directed at either the owners or the players, but towards not having NHL hockey. It was not what caused the gaping hole in our long winter which made us so angry, apparently, but the hole itself. This is Canada, after all, and the NHL is, for many Canadians, the embodiment of hockey.

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