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Winners and Losers

from Scott Burside of ESPN,

If there is a new mantra for teams in the retooled NHL, it is one borrowed from the Jurassic period: Evolve or die. From buyouts to the entry draft to the opening of the wildest free-agency period in the history of the NHL, teams have been laid bare, forced from the shadows of checkbook-dominated team-building. Some teams were ready and seized the moment; others provided a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing, while still others seemed paralyzed by the entire proceedings. Using our very sophisticated best-of-five-pucks rating system, here is a look at how teams have fared in preparing for the new NHL dawn now that the free-agency bazaar has slowed save for the remainder bins.

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Caps Sign Two Dmen

The Washington Capitals have signed two free agent defenseman, Ivan Majesky and Mathieu Biron.

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Coming This Fall- OLN HD

I paid a visit to the OLN website today and saw this:

With OLN HD, our action-packed, edge -of-your-seat programming is even more impressive. Enjoy shows like The Lance Chronicles, Fly Fishing America and Gravity Files. Experience crystal clear images paired with first-rate content. High definition was made for the outdoor world that OLN delivers. Coming this fall.
Many of us are hoping for every NHL game in HDTV, but that isn't going to happen. But it is nice to see OLN will have a HD channel just in case the NHL chooses them as their cable broadcast partner. I noticed the website is a bit confusing though. I am not sure if the HD channel will only be VOD and not a live feed. Times should soon tell us I imagine. Also, Comcast has part ownership of curent HD channels INHD & INHD2, so that may be another option for HD broadcasts. I wonder if Mark Cuban's HDNET stations will still be able to show NHL hockey in the fall?

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Talks Fail With Czechs

from Reuters via metronews,

Czech and NHL ice hockey officials met for four hours on Wednesday but failed to break a deadlock over player transfer payments, an obstacle to National Hockey League participation in the Olympic Games. "We want an agreement that will be advantageous to both sides," said NHL Executive Vice-President Bill Daly, who attended the talks along with Czech officials and Rene Fassel, the head of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and Ted Saskin, the head of the NHL Players' Association.

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Don Cherry Looking Forward to the New NHL

from the Mississauga News,

Mississauga's best-dressed hockey personality believes a revamped National Hockey League will also look pretty good to fans when it returns in October. Don Cherry, the popular and dogmatic star of Hockey Night in Canada's Coach's Corner, told The News that sweeping rule changes should result in a better game on the ice. With the player lockout over, NHL officials have introduced a series of new rules for the 2005-06 season, the objective being to increase offence and bring a faster flow to the game.

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Bill Clement on the Future of the NHL

from advanceofbucks.com,

Bill Clement had just retrieved his baggage from the Philadelphia International Airport carousel. Fresh off of broadcasting Citgo Bassmaster Classic for ESPN from Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena - an event he described as "15,000 crazed fishing fans" - Clement placed a cell phone call to offer his take on the National Hockey League's freshly minted Collective Bargaining Agreement. Motoring north on Interstate-95 toward his New Hope residence, his words rushed through the line with the enthusiasm of a slap shot. "For the welfare of the sport, there had to be a correction," insisted the 54-year-old former Philadelphia Flyer. "The sport was headed for oblivion. The business model was completely shattered."

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Pens get Thibault from Chicago

from TSN,

Spurned by Sean Burke on Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Penguins responded by acquiring goaltender Jocelyn Thibault from the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.

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Hossa Want Iginla Type Contract

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Marian Hossa is ready to go to war with the Senators to get what he wants. Hossa told the Sun yesterday he turned down a three-year deal -- sources say it was worth $11.5 million (all figures US) -- from the Senators last week. If he's going to sign a long-term contract with Ottawa, he wants close to the $21 million over three years that Jarome Iginla got from Calgary. Instead of settling on a deal, Hossa will likely file for arbitration -- along with teammate Martin Havlat -- at today's 5 p.m. deadline, accept a one-year contract from an arbitrator and then shop himself around as an unrestricted free agent next summer.

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Brad May Signing A Slap In The Face

from the Denver Post,

After a broken neck, what's one more slap in the face to injured Avalanche forward Steve Moore? Colorado has hired a new hockey goon: Brad May, bounty hunter. He's certainly qualified for the job. Stupid is as May does. "Brad May is not a goon," Colorado general manager Pierre Lacroix said Tuesday, defending his team's recent signing of a controversial free agent from Vancouver. "What has he done wrong, other than be part of the team that was involved in a tragic incident?" The sight of May wearing an Avalanche sweater will hurt like a cheap shot.

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Wings Ticket Prices Remain the Same

from the Detroit Free Press,

That'll be seven "Joe Bucks" for the beer, Mr. and Mrs. Red Wings fan. After observing other teams around the NHL, and looking at their own recent history and at projected expenses for the next 12 months, the Red Wings have finally decided on ticket prices for the 2005-06 season. Regular-season games for season-ticket holders will cost the same as last season, ranging from $22 to $85. But purchasers get 5% of their money back in what the team calls "Joe Bucks" -- a currency that can be used for concessions and merchandise at Joe Louis Arena.

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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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