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Brett Hull Getting Ready

from the Arizona Republic,

Hull isn't thinking about his retirement plans just yet, even though the 41-year-old's contract with the Coyotes expires after this season. "This is not my 'Farewell Tour,' " he said of the upcoming season. "Now, in a month or two, you can talk to Gretz, and maybe he'll tell you that it is my 'Farewell Tour.' " Hull and Gretzky are old pals who played together briefly for the St. Louis Blues in 1995-96. "I've only told Wayne Gretzky not to do one thing, and he didn't listen to me so I would never tell him not to do anything again," Hull said. "I told him not to come to St. Louis from Los Angeles and that (Blues coach Mike) Keenan was an idiot. He said (Keenan) wouldn't be an idiot once he got there. I said, 'He'll never change.' "I was right."

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Slow Hockey Day- Verified

1. The San Diego Gulls will be announcing major news (both on and off the ice) Thursday at the ipayOne Center. All accredited media members and fans are invited to attend. Speakers: Tera Black (chief operating officer) Martin St. Amour (Gulls head coach) Other Gulls representatives NHL representative What: The Gulls will be announcing major news that will affect the organization both on and off the ice. Food will be provided. When: Thursday, Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. The press conference will begin promptly at 2 p.m. and will run no longer than one hour. Where: The Arena Club at the ipayOne Center. Please enter the arena through the North Entrance or back ramp. Members of the Gulls staff will be on hand to assist you 2. The American Hockey League's Bridgeport Sound Tigers, top affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders, have announced equipment manager Jeff Camelio has joined the NHL's Nashville Predators as an assistant equipment manager. 3. Anothe Zetterberg rumor, this time to Edmonton for Ryan Smyth 4. The Valley Ice Garden and Gallatin Valley Hockey Club announced Monday the hiring of ex-NHLer Tim Tookey as Head Coach of the Bozeman Blackhawks Jr. B hockey team and the Youth Hockey Director.

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Bravo Stan

Stan Fischler has done it. He wrote an article without mentioning Goodenow. Congrats Stan and now read all of the vignettes from The Maven, including a bit on a fan favorite: from MSG Network,

One of Vancouver's most popular skaters, Harold Snepsts-- the anti-hero of the 1982 Canucks-Islanders Cup Finals-- is back with his favorite club. Snepsts leaves Central Scouting to scout for Vancouver. For those too young to remember, Snepsts became infamous during Game One of the ‘82 Finals. The Isles found themselves down a goal in the third. Mike Bossy gave the Islanders their fifth tally of the night and everyone at the Coliseum expected an overtime. With seconds ticking down, however, Snepsts fired the puck right at Bossy, who banked a shot off the post and into the twine. Game One belonged to the home team.

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Coming Back to Earth

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

If you're looking for confirmation of the changing landscape in the NHL, then peruse the team Web sites, especially those of the previous big spenders. Transactions that would have historically served as afterthought footnotes have now become featured news, a signal that the big boys are coming back to the pack -- at least from a payroll standpoint. Take a trip to Hockeytown. The Red Wings, known for spending freely for household names, offer these news items: Delmore adds depth to blueline Williams Accepts Qualifying Offer Kronwall joins Red Wings blueline 2003 pick Howard signs with Red Wings Hardly the sizzle we've seen in the past from owner Mike Ilitch.

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Touching All The Bases

John Buccigross of ESPN touches on numerous subjects today; including Cammi Granato, The Hossa-Heatley trade and the NHL OLN deal. Buccigross mentions the favorite thing he does at ESPN is write his column about the NHL and I for one think he should follow his heart and go to OLN if he has the chance. You can tell he has a passion for the game!

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Slow Day in the Hockey World

Many of us are still anticipating some signings and I imagine a few trades will soon take place but will any of this happen before camps open up in mid-September? It may be a team advantage to wait as long as possible to pull the trigger on trades. I am heading out to dinner and then will be catching the Detroit Lions in action at Ford Field tonight. I will update if any significant news happens.

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New Rules Explained

I saw this a few days ago and was just reminded about if after receiving an email from a reader. The NHL and EA Sports have teamed up to explain the new rules changes that will be adpoted this season. To view these movies Quicktime is required.

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Off Topic- A Lot Of People Need Your Help

Hurricane Katrina has hit the Gulf States very hard. Homes, like yours and mine, are completely under water and many others will be left homeless for months. If it all possible, I am asking you to make a donation to the Red Cross. They will accept a minimum donation of $5 by credit card and every little bit will help. This tragedy could not be avoided, it is an act of nature and these people need help. I am sure your donation will be much appreciated. update 1:15pm, I noticed through my stats tracker that about 40 people have clicked on the Red Cross link. If 20 of those people made a donation of at least $5, that means at the minimum a $100 went to the Red Cross that they did not have before. Thank you!!!

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Theodore Asking for $22.5 Million Over 4 Years

from RDS (translated),

Theodore would like to obtain a four years agreement evaluated to 22,5 million, but it should be believed that Gainey and the Canadian one is not ready to be compromised for such a sum, or for a contract of so long duration.

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Nashville Talk

from the Tennessean,

The Detroit Red Wings' signing of defenseman Andreas Lilja last week came as a surprise to the Predators. Nashville had Lilja under contract for the 2004-05 season and could have retained his rights by making him a qualifying offer. But when Lilja told Trotz he planned to remain in Sweden this season, Nashville allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent. "I think we would have had some interest in him,'' Poile said, "but he said he wasn't going to be coming back to the NHL at all this season.''
From the same story and it just doesn't sit right with me.
Poile said he believes that when the Predators eventually sign forward Adam Hall — the last unsigned player on the roster — the team's payroll will sit right around $28 million. Owner Craig Leipold has said the Predators want to remain under $28.6 million in order to receive the most revenue-sharing possible at season's end. But Nashville would like to have some flexibility under that figure for potential roster changes later. "We'll just have to deal with that at that point,'' Poile said. "We'll see how competitive we are, how injuries affect us and so on. But for now, that's our budget.''

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