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Pronger Clears the Air

from the CP via CJAD,

There may be more than a tentative labour deal to sort out during NHL player meetings this week. Throughout the NHL lockout, there were stories that some players were more involved behind the scenes than others. And perhaps without the blessing of their union leadership. Not true, says Chris Pronger. The St. Louis Blues player representative insists rumours of him, Jarome Iginla, Robert Esche and Jeremy Roenick getting directly involved in February are greatly exaggerated. "What Jeremy Roenick has been doing? I don't talk to him so I don't know," Pronger said before a player rep meeting Wednesday. "I did talk to Iginla and Esche but I talked to a lot of other players as well." According to some reports in mid-February, the four players tried to broker a deal behind the union's back. Roenick was quoted in the Inquirer at the time saying the four players had called NHL chief legal officer Bill Daly directly. Pronger scoffs at the notion he was doing anything untoward.

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2005 NHL Entry Draft- How Good Are You

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Who can predict the top five picks in order for the upcoming 2005 NHL Entry Draft? Winner of this contest will receive a Commemorative Media Pass from The Final Game at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. The pass is signed by Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Harwell and in excellent condition. In order to win, you must list what teams will be drawn (in order) for the top 5 picks of the NHL Draft. List them like this: 1. Carolina, 2. Nashville, etc up to #5. If more than one person picks the correct order, a random drawing will be held to select the winner. You can either enter your selection into the comment area of this post, make sure you include your first name and email address, or you can .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) me. Good luck and please don't flood me with numerous emai accounts. You can only enter once and the contest closes at 2pm EST on Friday, July 22nd. One more thing, if all five teams are not picked correctly, then I will narrow it down to the top 4, 3, etc... PK

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NHL.com Will Stream Entry Draft

NHL.com will provide live streaming video of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft lottery live this Friday beginning at 4 p.m. ET. Check back for further details.

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BOG Meeting Update

he National Hockey League’s Board of Governors will meet Friday to vote on the ratification of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and to consider rule changes for implementation. The meeting will be conducted at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, 53rd Street and Seventh Avenue. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m., ET Media work room facilities will be available in The Riverside Suite on the Third Floor. Following the Board of Governors session, beginning at approximately 3 p.m., ET, Commissioner Bettman will conduct a news conference in The Riverside Ballroom, also on the Third Floor. Should the Collective Bargaining Agreement be ratified, a Draft Drawing will be conducted to determine the Order of Selection for the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The Draft Drawing will be televised by TSN in Canada and by various outlets in the U.S., beginning at approximately 4 p.m., ET.

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Contract for Rookies Could Grow

via Sportsnet,

If Alexander Ovechkin decides to play in the NHL next season, he could still make mega-bucks, writes the National Post. An agent told the Post that the NHL's soon-to-be-ratified CBA will cap entry-level salaries at US$850,000, but will allow players to earn another US$850,000 in performance bonuses and up to US$4-million more if he finishes in the top 10 in goals, assists, points, or wins a major award, such as the Calder Trophy. Goalies would receive similar bonuses. "The entry-level system is not bad at all," a top agent told the Post. "It could be very lucrative. It's based on merit. If you perform well, you will make a lot of money."

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Comcast in Philly Covering the NHL Draft Show

From Phil, a reader of Kukla's Korner. Comcast in Philly will be covering th NHL lottery selection show beginning at 4pm on Friday, July 22nd. They will also be covering the NHL Draft on July 30th from noon-3pm.

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First Test of the CBA

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

By advancing to the Stanley Cup final in their most recent season, the Flames stirred hope among their fans. Their leader in what became a thrilling post-season -- and might have become a Stanley Cup season had an apparent Game 6 goal been allowed to stand -- was their captain, Jarome Iginla. Without Iginla, any hope the Flames might have for another run at the Cup is tenuous as best. But under the terms of the new CBA, Iginla has to play only one more season before becoming an unconditional free agent. At the moment, he's a conditional free agent, not under contract to the Flames, but unlikely to go anywhere else. So the Flames, whose CEO, Harley Hotchkiss, is the chairman of the National Hockey League board of governors, and was one of the key architects of the strategy that shut down hockey for a full season, now face a dilemma. They have with the onerous task of trying to make the newly crafted CBA do what Hotchkiss insisted it would do -- level the playing field for the small-market teams. The Flames must first of all decide whether Iginla is in their long-range plans. If he isn't, then they simply go through the motions, pay him the least they can get away with in the upcoming season, and let him go to the team of his choice in the following year.

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NHLPA Confident of Vote

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators centre Mike Fisher will get his first look at the NHL's new collective bargaining agreement today at the Toronto Westin Hotel. And it won't change his vote one bit. The reality is the nuts and bolts of the deal are irrelevant to Fisher and virtually every other player who watched a season go down the tubes because of the lockout. "You can't say it 100% until you get a look at it, but I've pretty much decided which way I'm going to vote. I want to get back to playing hockey. I've had enough of this crap. It's time to start playing hockey again," Fisher told the Sun yesterday from Peterborough.

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Scotty Talks Hockey and Golf from Scotland

from the Denver Post,

In a foreign country, nothing startles a tourist like bumping into a friend from back home. It messes with the sense of time and place. "Hey, what are you doing here?" the voice whispered behind my right ear, as I stood at the fourth tee box watching Jack Nicklaus at the British Open. This being Scotland, where serious walks and golf are national pastimes, it might figure a lad named Scotty would be out strolling 18 holes on a summer afternoon. But not this particular Scotty, who had my shoulder in a vise grip. What in the world was he doing here? "How did you get out on the course?" hockey legend Scotty Bowman asked by way of saying hello. "Are you friends with Jack?" "No," I replied, about to confirm what Bowman must have suspected through years of our testy exchanges under playoff duress. "I don't know Jack." The greatest NHL coach who ever lived laughed. Not at me. With me. I think. He wore a baseball cap from the All-Star Game in Detroit. "Shows you how crazy I am," said Bowman, who is 71 but gladly acting half his age. "I came here straight from a baseball game."

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Bonuses Restricted

from the Toronto Globe and Mail,

Under the league's new collective agreement, bonuses will be severely restricted and not just to entry-level players such as Sidney Crosby, the star of this month's lottery draft. According to several NHL team officials who are still sifting through the new agreement, players will no longer receive team bonuses, money that used to be paid out if a team recorded a specific number of wins or made the playoffs. Individual performance bonuses will be paid to players who have existing contracts (minus the 24-per-cent rollback) but players negotiating new deals will be subjected to limitations. For example, if a player leads the league in scoring or is voted the top goaltender, he will receive a bonus payment from the NHL. The standardized bonus money would not count against the individual team's cap of $39-million (all figures U.S.) but would instead count against the league-wide cap that guarantees 54 per cent of all revenue to the players.

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