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from the Republican,
At the age of 54, Kevin Collins is retiring as an active official after 28 years of service as a National Hockey League linesman and move into his new capacity as an Officiating Manager, the new name for what used to be called a supervisor of officials. The league will make the formal announcement today.
Defenceman Jay McKee and the Buffalo Sabres agreed Thursday to extend talks for another week to see whether they can negotiate a long-term contract. If a deal isn't reached by then, McKee is prepared to accept a one-year $1.6 million US qualifying offer to play with the Sabres. The eight-year NHL veteran would like to play in Buffalo and hopes to secure a longer-term deal before he's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
from Terry Frei of ESPN,
Given the state of the NHL's post-lockout image, when you hear someone mention the NHL and "parity" in the same sentence, a common initial reaction should be to think screenwriter Nancy Dowd is working on a legitimate "Slap Shot" sequel. ("Slap Shot 2" doesn't count.) It could be about what happens after commissioner Gary Bettman announces the league is expanding to 128 teams, finally getting around to Charlestown after the reopening of the mill. Or maybe we would wonder whether the Zucker brothers are planning to do to hockey what "Airplane" did to commercial airlines. Come to think of it, Leslie Nielsen could play a bumbling owner. The league indeed is ripe for parody. Oh. Par-i-ty?
more from the ever changing Datsyuk File-
Vladimir Krikunov: Andrei Taratukhin will replace Datsyuk at Ceska Poistovna The night before Vladimir Krikunov assured that Datsyuk is in the lineup. To explain the situation Soviet Sport correspondent asked the head coach a couple of questions. V. Krikunov: I found out about it last night. Pavel with his agent came to me in Novogorsk after midnight. Looks like Datsyuk’s agent convinced him not to play at the Ceska Poistovna. V. Krikunov: Pavel wanted to play. He even consulted with Bob Goodenow. People didn’t recommend him to play without insurance from a club. And so far he hasn’t signed a contract with any club.
Sources tell Sportsnet the National Hockey League Players' Association conducted an emergency conference call last night to discuss the extension of Ted Saskin's contract as the newly-appointed Executive Director. The call lasted for five hours as player representatives and the PA executive debated whether or not due process was completed in signing off on Saskin's appointment and contract term. Sources say at one point the vote was split on whether or not to push through a five-year extension to Saskin's deal which would see Saskin earn approximately $10 million at $2 million per year. The marathon call concluded with the union, led by Trevor Linden ratifying the agreement.
PJ from Sharkspage gave me a heads up about bloggers joining together to raise funds and awareness by forming "Katrina Fund Aid". A few days ago I asked readers to donate if they could to the Red Cross and to this date, over 250 readers went to the Red Cross site from Kukla's Korner. The people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are in a state of panic and suffering. Please check out Sharkspage for more information and again, the Red Cross will accept a donation as small as $5.00. What Michiganders are doing to help with aid and relief.
from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
From top to bottom, significant change has been a constant for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in recent months. That change has started right at the top, with new ownership in Henry and Susan Samueli, a new general manager in Brian Burke, a new coach in Randy Carlyle, and a very significant new player in defenseman Scott Niedermayer. All these additions will play significant roles in the direction the Mighty Ducks will take in the months and years to come. But for 2005-06, the spotlight swings to Burke and the moves he has made, most notably hiring Carlyle and signing Niedermayer.
Pavel Datsyuk, who is planned to be one of the leading forwards of the team, might have to fly urgently to Detroit. Yesterday, Datsyuk’s agent came to Moscow to meet with Dynamo directors. Today, Datsyuk is supposed the give the team a final answer – will he play for the club in coming season or not. The Detroit media reported that center-forward declined another proposal from Detroit Red Wings. However, the president of Dymano Anatoly Kharchuk is pessimistic. He thinks Datsyuk will go to Detroit sooner or later because Red Wings offered him $5 million yearly contract and Dynamo cannot outbid that.
As the NHL moves toward resuming play, the Detroit Red Wings are not close to re-signing restricted free agents Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg. "We're nowhere near a deal with either player," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press. "We've made a number of offers and they've made offers, but we still have a long way to go to reach deals." It's a priority for the Red Wings to retain both young forwards, but with the league's new collective bargaining agreement the team's salary cap is $39 million — about half of what Detroit has spent in the past.
from the Russian News and Inforamtion Agency,
The first round of the Eurohockey tournament, called the Ceske Pojistovny Cup is under way in the Czech Republic which is traditionally a token marking the start of a new ice hockey season in the Old World. Its opening has always been eagerly anticipated and for obvious reasons. To this year's purely sports expectations are added different kinds of emotions, at least in Russia. Relations between Russia's ice-hockey authorities and the NHL have never before been in such a deep crisis. In essence, the sides are conducting a "cold war" or shall we call it an "ice war," that just yesterday seemed to have frozen over. Actually, the reasons behind the current crisis that culminated in Russia's refusal to sign a Player Transfer Agreement with the International Ice Hockey League (IIHL) and the National Hockey League (NHL) are far from the sport itself. Hockey players have become valuable commodities therefore adding to a clubs' "bottom line" in terms of assets. Their value in terms of cash flow and its effect on a clubs' ability to conduct business have become incredibly important.
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