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Flyers Sign Gagne

Simon Gagne signed for $2 million for the upcoming season.

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Bert Back

from TSN, The NHL has reinstated Todd Bertuzzi. The Vancouver Canucks star, who was suspended indefinitely by the NHL on March 8, 2004, for attacking Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore, is "immediately eligible" to return to the ice, the NHL announced Monday. update 6:05pm, Text of Bettman's ruling on Bertuzzi.

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Can’t Tarnish the Great One

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

There is a spurious notion floating in the NHL ether that if Wayne Gretzky bungles the Phoenix Coyotes coaching job, it will tarnish his legacy. To set things straight: Nothing can tarnish Gretzky's legacy. He is, with only mild argument from the Bobby Orr folks, the best player in the history of his sport. There is nothing on or off the ice he conceivably would do that would make his myriad accomplishments any less sublime, his image any less brilliant. As much as any athlete can be, Gretzky is smudge-proof.

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Ted’s (Leonsis, Caps Owner) Corner

It’s been two weeks since the NHL’s new collective bargaining agreement was ratified and there has been a whirlwind of activity at the Capitals as well as throughout the NHL since. I thought I would make this the first of an ongoing series of communiqués with our fan base. I think you will find these missives to be straight forward and as open as one can be while recognizing that there are some confidential issues that I cannot address until a later date. With that said, I hope this explains and outlines the Capitals’ thinking and rationale on several matters.

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Traveling Buddies

from the CP via TSN,

It's time for Bill and Ted's excellent adventure. Bill Daly, the new NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, and Ted Saskin, the new executive director of the NHL Players' Association, headed off to Europe on Monday. The two have meetings Tuesday in Turin, Italy, with the Olympic organizing committee and will also review the hockey venue and accommodations. Daly and Saskin then head to the Czech Republic to meet with the Czech hockey federation and Czech league officials to discuss issues relating to the new NHL/IIHF agreement, which the Czechs rejected last week, along with the Russians. The Eurotrip then shifts to Zurich, where Daly and Saskin will meet with IIHF president Rene Fasel as well as some IOC members in a bid to finalize the agreement with respect to participation in the February Olympics in Turin.

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Osgood a Wing

Chris Osgood is going back to Detroit. TSN has learned that the veteran goaltender has signed a one-year deal for $900,000.

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Nash Contract

A reader of Kukla's Korner passed a breakdown of the Nash contract on to me. As I have stated before, the average yearly salary will be used for cap figures, which is $5.4 million. 2005-06 $3,500,000 2006-07 $4,500,000 2007-08 $5,500,000 2008-09 $6,500,000 2009-10 $7,000,000

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Breaking the Ice

A very good article today in the Wall Street Journal which is a paid subscription. Found the whole article over at AVS Forum (a forum for tv, cable, etc, and by the way, the place to be if you are an A/V enthusiast). Could not link to the exact post but it is post #186.

Returning to the ice after a 16-month absence caused by a labor dispute, the National Hockey League faces a new challenge: winning back disgruntled fans. The NHL's answer? Overwhelm them with kindness. In advance of the dropping of the puck in the first games Oct. 5, hockey teams have slashed ticket prices and, in some cases, handed out thousands of free tickets, something rarely seen in professional sports. Teams have taken out full-page ads in newspapers thanking fans for putting up with the lockout. And in an effort to lure new followers, the league is giving the game a make-over with a series of rules changes, a classier-looking logo and the working slogan: "A Whole New Game." For the first time, the National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Association have entered into a joint marketing partnership in an attempt to woo fans. The two entities, which usually operate separately, will craft a "nontraditional, very aggressive" ad campaign, an NHL spokeswoman says, noting that details are still being finalized. "The worst thing we could do for hockey is to dwell on what happened this year," says Charlie Jacobs, executive vice president of the Boston Bruins. Rather than continue apologizing to fans, "We have to talk about our players, our game ... and [build] the excitement over our product," Mr. Jacobs says.

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Gretzky Press Conference

TSN will be cybercasting the Gretzky press conference if you have an interest. Presser starts at 4pm EDT.

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A Little Slow Today

Just wanted to let you know I am running at half sped today. Spent 5 hours in emergency room with a family member and didn't get home until about 4am this morning. so I do appreciate the heads up from all of you regarding the NHL news today.

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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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