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Oiler Fans Ready

from the Edmonton Sun,

It's a year without hockey. It's the Oilers back as a club that can compete again. It's Chris Pronger. It's Mike Peca. It's the room in the budget to add even another talent. It's the new rules, which might bring back Oiler Hockey. Roll it all together and it's really rather remarkable. Today is the on-ice start of training camp around the NHL. Not a big event in some cities. It's worthy of the mayor declaring a civic holiday in the Heartland of Hockey. Hockey Hall of Fame play-by-play man Rod Phillips is going to call the Joey Moss Cup tomorrow night, the Blue & White game, live on 630 CHED. "Can you believe that? An intrasquad game,'' marvels Phillips. "How do you do a play-by-play of the Oilers vs. the Oilers?''

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Get It Settled

The NHLPA needs to get this settled quickly before it takes over the talk of camps opening. from the CP via TSN,

Ted Saskin has taken the high road and decided to let the executive board of the NHL Players' Association vote again on his five-year deal as the new executive director - this time via secret ballot. Despite overwhelming support from player reps during a late-night conference call with the executive board Monday night, Saskin decided to re-open the vote to once and for all end the criticism from a small group of players who questioned the process by which Saskin had been hired.

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Watching The Cap

from the San Francisco Chronicle,

New Jersey, managed by one of the game's most respected GMs, Lou Lamoreillo, has 21 players signed for $43,748,929. Tough decisions await a team that already lost cornerstones on defense and huge figures in the Devils' identity when Scott Stevens retired and Scott Niedermayer signed with Anaheim. Toronto has $39,177,600 committed to 21 players, plus two more salaries that are undisclosed, and that does not include $5,627,000 for ex-Shark Owen Nolan, whose salary is in dispute. And they are not the only teams on the financial edge. Five others -- Dallas, Colorado, the New York Islanders, Tampa Bay and Vancouver -- are within $3 million of the ceiling. These teams don't want to be that close because it limits their ability to add pieces as the season unfolds, and all, with the exception of the Isles, would be considered Stanley Cup contenders, at least in the recent past.

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The Goodenow Story

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Bob Goodenow was dismissed by a unanimous vote of the NHLPA executive board in Toronto on July 21, and informed as much just prior to the press conference announcing PA ratification of the CBA that afternoon, union sources have told The Post. Three individuals involved with the process made the disclosure to The Post under condition of anonymity in the wake of recent allegations by dissidents that Goodenow's dismissal was a result of an unconstitutional power play by PA president Trevor Linden and a minority of executive board members. "Bob had told us he was willing to serve out the remainder of his term, but it didn't seem appropriate with him being so against the deal and having nothing to do with negotiating it," one member said. "So we had a meeting that morning. And the vote was 7-0 in favor of terminating Bob." Linden is joined on the NHLPA executive board by Bill Guerin, Daniel Alfredsson, Bob Boughner, Arturs Irbe, Trent Klatt and Vincent Damphousse. Brendan Shanahan, who joined the PA negotiating committee in late May, sat in on the meeting but did not have a vote. Goodenow, who declined to respond to a Post inquiry, is under contract through the end of the 2007 calendar year, with a sum of $8.475M remaining on his deal. Two sources told The Post that, contrary to reports, a severance agreement has not been reached with Goodenow by the Players' Assn. "It remains to be negotiated," one individual said.

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Parrish Inks One Year Deal

via Newsday,

Mark Parrish was not on the Islanders' chartered plane that arrived here last night, but the veteran winger was believed to be en route from his home in Minnesota. Parrish has accepted a one-year, $1.9-million contract and will be on the ice with his teammates for this morning's first practice.

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Messier Retires Too Late

from Shawn Roarke of Fox Sports,

Mark Messier announced his retirement Monday, formally ending a Hall of Fame-worthy career that featured six Stanley Cup titles and enough big-game moments to cement his legacy as one of the sport's best "money" players. That being said, Monday's announcement is at least a couple, if not several, years too late. Before the howls of protest begin, let's make it very clear that No. 11 was a good player every day of his career up until the day he skated off the ice for the final time March 31, 2004. There can be no arguing that. But, Mark Messier was never a player meant for goodness; he was a larger-than-life hero only comfortable in the glow of greatness. Unfortunately, that glow — almost blinding for the first 15 years — dimmed significantly in the twilight of Messier's career. It's an undeniable fact that he either could not, or would not, acknowledge. Until Monday

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Bouwmeester Agrees To 1 Year Deal

from the Florida Panthers, Keenan announced today that D Jay Bouwmeester has agreed to terms on a one-year contract, completing the Panthers 2005 training camp roster.

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Eastern Conference Trade Bait

from Spector of Fox Sports,

As the respective training camps of all 30 NHL clubs beginning this week, and with the start of the NHL season just over two weeks away, here's a look at which players from each club in the Eastern Conference could become potential trade candidates throughout the 2005-06 season. I'll have a review of the Western Conference teams on Wednesday.

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Sakic Supports Saskin

from the CP via TSN,

It takes a lot to upset Joe Sakic but talk of a rift among NHL players over executive director Ted Saskin and president Trevor Linden has the Colorado Avalanche star steamed. "Everybody on our team supports Ted Saskin and Trevor Linden, there's no issue whatsoever," Sakic said on the phone Monday. "All the guys I talk to are happy with Ted. I can't believe this is even an issue. It's crazy. Here in Colorado, the focus is on training camp, where it should be."

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Iginla Ready

from the Calgary Flames,

The team was revved and ready to begin training camp Monday, as the first day of fitness testing and medical examinations began for the veteran players at the Talisman Centre. Among those players was Flames captain Jarome Iginla, who was glad to have completed the intense fitness tests by the early afternoon and, along with others, anticipated the teams return to the ice the following day. "It was tough (fitness tests); it always is," Iginla told the media huddled around him. "It's sure good to be done, but it's nice to be back preparing for a season, that's for sure." According to Iginla, after having a year off, he decided to change his off-season routine slightly in order to better prepare himself for what the season would bring. In order to do this, the forward concentrated more on his speed and power, which would in turn help quicken him on and off the ice.

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