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Avery Offers Apology

Los Angeles Kings forward Sean Avery, regarding comments made earlier to TSN, issued the following statement today through the club’s communications department. “I certainly did not want to offend anyone with my comments earlier today. I am an emotional guy who sometimes says things that shouldn't be said. I apologize if I offended anyone.”

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All Is Forgiven

from Lindsay This Week,

You've jumped back on the bandwagon along with the rest, sitting right up front. Don't try to deny it, and don't insult me by claiming that you're only going to watch on Saturday nights, and only if you happen to be home and forgot to pick up a video. You are not only looking forward to the hockey season, you're already caught up in even the most trivial hockey news. The NHL is the lead story on all of the Canadian television sports networks (as required by the CRTC). Anyone wanting to find out who is leading the baseball wildcard races will just have to wait until we find out if Wayne Gretzky fell on his bum in his fourteenth practice as coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. It's an event none of us wants to miss, so a reporter and cameraman from each station in Canada have been assigned to attend every Coyote practice this season.

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Boyton Rejects Latest Offer

from the Boston Globe,

Nick Boynton, originally offered only slightly more than his $1.33 million qualifying offer to rejoin the Bruins, has been offered $1.75 million to play in 2005-06, two sources familiar with both sides of the negotiations confirmed yesterday. But Boynton remains on his father's turf farm in Ontario, not yet satisfied with general manager Mike O'Connell's proposal. ''They had the right to put this to bed at $1.9 million, right off the bat," said Boynton's agent, Anton Thun, noting that the Bruins in July could have picked up the option for this season on Boynton's contract that was negotiated more than two years ago. ''But they didn't, and that's where we are now."

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Still Feeling Symptoms

Folks, I have had flu like symptoms for about 30 hours now. As you may have noticed, posts have been kept to a minimum. Hope to resume normal amount of posts very soon.

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Datsyuk Wants To Retire As A Red Wing

from Mlive,

Pavel Datsyuk had difficulty articulating in English his thoughts and emotions after being reunited with his Detroit Red Wings teammates during practice Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena. But it was evident from his expression. "Only watch my smile," Datsyuk said. "I'm too happy I'm here."

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Goon Hockey

from the Denver Post,

Hockey is back. Send in the goons. It's a brave new world in the NHL, but the same hairy Cro-Magnons rule the sport. The Avalanche and Red Wings bumped into each other Tuesday night, and a caveman convention broke out. The league threw away the rule book, burned every page and wrote all new laws - except for the most important one. Fighting is not only still permitted, it's celebrated. Colorado fans booed every time the puck was touched by newly acquired Avs winger Brad May, condemned for posting the "bounty" that resulted in a brutal 2004 pummeling of Steve Moore at the hands of Vancouver thuggery. But the Avalanche faithful lustfully screamed bloody murder whenever one of their hometown boys force-fed a knuckle sandwich to a visitor from Detroit. Did anybody else in the arena notice the hypocrisy? Stupid is as hockey does.

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Avery Opens Up

from TSN,

Los Angeles Kings forward Sean Avery - never one to shy away from opinion - had plenty of strong words regarding Phoenix Coyotes defenceman Denis Gauthier and French Canadian hockey players. When asked about the blueliner's hit on Kings teammate Jeremy Roenick in a preseason game Sunday night, Avery did not hold back digging into Gauthier and Quebec-born NHLers. "I think it was a clean hit," he explained on Monday. "I think it was typical of most French guys in our league with a visor on, running around and playing tough and not back anything up." "I'd think if a guy like Brett Hull was coming up the middle, somebody probably wouldn't have stepped up and hit him, but like I said, a typical move from a guy wearing a visor that certainly doesn't like to get scratched at all."

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Bettman & Saskin Head To Washington

from the CP via TSN,

The NHL and NHL Players' Association will come armed with a new anti-doping policy when they once again appear before a U.S. Senate Committee on Wednesday. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin will testify before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation - one of four U.S. Congressional Committees looking into steroid policies in U.S. athletics, and the possible need for federal legislation which would mandate certain minimum standards.

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NHL Fresh Ice

A sneak peak (will open wmp video) of the NHL season preview show that will air on NBC this Saturday at 2 p.m. ET

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The Great Rivalries

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The recipe for a great rivalry includes a measure of time, a healthy dose of hatred and more than a little blood. If you can throw in some politics, slights real or perceived, and some shared geography, so much the better. They're the kinds of confrontations that make fans and players alike pore over the NHL schedule, looking for the nights when those teams clash. They're the kinds of confrontations that inject a level of intensity and excitement into the mundane and everyday.

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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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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