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A Possible Bargain For The Wings

from Mlive,

Andreas Lilja is a Detroit Red Wing mainly because he's big and came cheap. It's not exactly a ringing endorsement, but coach Mike Babcock thought highly enough of Lilja to pair him with Nicklas Lidstrom during training camp scrimmages this week at Centre ICE Arena. The Red Wings needed more size on defense after buying out Derian Hatcher's hefty contract in July. They didn't have much room under the salary cap, so they signed the 6-foot-4, 222-pound Lilja to a two-year deal for $650,000 a season.

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Tkachuk Flunks Physical

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues forward Keith Tkachuk will not be with the team when players report today for training camp. Tkachuk failed the Blues' physical Friday, general manager Larry Pleau said. "He failed his physical and he's been suspended," Pleau said. "That's all I'll say."

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What Is This?

Hurricanes Crush Capitals image Soemone want to refresh my memory!

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NHL Carnival News

I am proud to announce the NHL Carnival- 10th Edition, will be appearing at Kuklas's Korner in about two weeks. More information will be available in the near future. Some of you may be asking, "What is this Carnival?" It originated at Off Wing Opinion in early June and has grown in popularity ever since. John at BoltsMag will be hosting version #9 next week and there is still time to submit your article.

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No Contact With Kovalchuk

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

lya Kovalchuk missed the first full week of Thrashers training camp and contract talks are going nowhere. The two parties have not spoken since last Thursday. On his Friday morning "Breakfast with Bernie" appearance on 680 The Fan, the Thrashers' corporate broadcast partner, Atlanta Spirit CEO Bernie Mullin spoke about the two sides' differences. Kovalchuk, the league's co-leader in goals in 2003-04, is currently playing in Russia and, if the dispute is not settled by Oct. 5, plans to play a full season there. Mullin said he did not think Kovalchuk could make an equivalent sum in Russia, saying on the radio, "I don't think the economics are there compared to whatever he could average here, $5.5 or $6 [million]." Agents and players say while salaries in Russia might be half of what they are in the NHL, players secretively take home the entire sum tax-free — which makes the true knowledge of those salaries such a shadowy business. In the NHL, with taxes and other deductions, players take home roughly half of their gross.

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Detroit Area Comcast Subscribers

Center Ice is now available for $129, $30 of the regular price. That offer is good through 10/31 and a free preview will be available for the first week beginning 10/5. You can call Comcast direct to order but if you get a CSR who doesn't know what you are talking about, ask for someone who does. update 6:48pm, Jim, a reader from the Philadelphia area just commented the same package is available there too. I would think Center Ice for cable subscribers in North America is now available or will be soon. CI for satellite has been available for a couple of weeks.

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Raycroft Signs

from the Boston Globe,

Bruins netminder Andrew Raycroft finally came to contract terms this afternoon, agreeing to a one-year deal for approximately $1.2 million -- essentially the figure he was offered prior to beginning his holdout when training camp opened on Monday.

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Kariya Shining His Star In Nashville

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

This is the story of a star hockey player who's lost his star and a beleaguered hockey town banking its future that he can find it again. The story of Paul Kariya and the Nashville Predators is the story of a marriage of convenience that both sides hope blossoms into a full-fledged, honest-to-goodness romance. Whether it happens, whatever happens, promises to make this surprising relationship one of the most interesting stories of the coming NHL season. For both parties, the stakes are high.

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New Habs Mascot

The storied Montreal Canadiens are getting a mascot - and not just any old one. Youppi!, who was the Montreal Expos' mascot for years before the team moved south, is coming out of retirement to join the National Hockey League team. The super furry animal is still orange but is expected to wear the Canadiens' white or red jersey when he entertains fans at the Bell Centre. There was no immediate comment from Canadiens management whether they believe the new signing can help the team win its first Stanley Cup since 1993. Youppi! was once ejected from a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Canadiens will be hoping the lumbering giant can keep his temper in check.

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A Canadian In Russia

from the National Post,

As a foreign student of the game, Vancouver Canucks defenceman Bryan Allen spent the NHL lockout in Russia last winter and learned many things. The name of his coach was not among them. "I still don't know," he admits. "I never found out. I called him coach. He did a lot of yelling. A couple of times he screamed at me. It didn't bother me; I had no idea what he was saying." Allen did a lot of screaming, too, during three months -- the second half of last season -- playing for Khimik of the Russian Superleague. Khimik is from the industrial city of Voskerensk, about a two-hour drive from Moscow, which is Rio by comparison.

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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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