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Trouble Brewing With IIHF Deal

from TSN,

The top hockey clubs in the Czech Republic have joined their Soviet counterparts in rejecting the player transfer agreement recently worked out between the NHL and the IIHF. The Czech ice hockey federation said all 14 clubs in the country's top hockey league had rejected the deal. That follows a similar vote by Russian teams on Monday.

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Satan Wants to Play for the Habs

from RDS (translated to English),

According to what RDS learned, the Canadian at the top of the list of the team would be implied in the Satan derby. The Canadian seems to be likely more and more to accomodate Miroslav Satan within his team for the next season. According to our sources, the offer of the Canadian would currently be the best on the table.

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Darren Pang on Team 590 in Toronto

Panger said ESPN advised him to look for another job, ESPN said it is getting late in the game and they are not sure of what direction the NHL TV deal is headed. Pang said he just spoke with Blackhawks GM and they are 90% sure The Bulin Wall is headed to Chicago. Also said Wings and Tampa Bay are still in the running. Phoenix out of it now since the signed Boucher yesterday.

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More on Modano and Kariya

Per Mojo Radio in Vancouver, Modano has received another offer from Boston and Chicago is in the hunt too.  Also mentioned Kariya to San Jose heating up.

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A Quick Thanks

I want to thank the readers of Kukla's Korner for all of the traffic you have directed here. Many readers are coming from fan websites, both in North America and Europe, and I sure do appreciate it. Yesterday over 40,000 visitors to Kukla's Korner.

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Hawks in the Running for The Bulin Wall

from the Chicago Tribune,

After landing one of the most coveted free agents on the market Tuesday, the Blackhawks may be close to bringing another one to Chicago. Multiple league sources say the Hawks are serious contenders to sign goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. Hawks general manager Dale Tallon, who signed defenseman Adrian Aucoin to a four-year, $16 million deal Tuesday, would not say what players he is pursuing but did say he has offers on the table and could know more by Wednesday morning. Khabibulin's agent, Jay Grossman, declined to comment. As the lone "elite" goaltender available on the market, it's believed Khabibulin would command close to the maximum $7.8 million contract available and for perhaps as many as five years.

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The Modano Timeline

from the Star-Telegram,

Mike Modano has a contract offer to make him a Dallas Star for the rest of his career, but after initially agreeing to a deal he "decided to sleep on it." Tuesday was chaotic for Modano as the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks and Atlanta Thrashers entered discussions for his services. The Bruins appear to have the best chance to persuade Modano to pass on the Stars' offer. The Boston Herald is reporting that the Bruins are offering four years at $21 million. Boston, however, may not be as intent on landing Modano after signing free-agent center Dave Scatchard to a four-year deal Tuesday night. NHL officials said at around 9 a.m. Tuesday that Modano's agent, Brian Lawton, and Armstrong discon8tinued contract talks. Rumors then swirled that the Bruins had signed Modano. At around noon, Hicks called Modano to set up a conference call between himself, Armstrong, Modano and his agent. By 4:30 p.m., an agreement was reached. Modano's decision to wait could be explained in a couple of ways. The Bruins may increase their offer; he could just be conservative.

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We Will be Hearing more of This

Adam Foote talking about his decision to leave Colorado, from the Denver Post,

"I just want the fans in Colorado to know that they were great to me and for them to know that it came down to a family decision, one that was best for my family and my kids," said Foote, 34, who signed a three-year, $13.5 million free-agent contract with Columbus. "It had to do with my time left in the NHL. Who knows how much longer I have left? I had to make that move with the new (collective bargaining agreement). Our first choice was to stay in Colorado, but what Colorado was able to (offer), I just couldn't do that. I had to move on for my family and take the next step."

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Wings Not Pursuing Khabibulin

from Mlive, The floodgates were opened for NHL free agents on Tuesday, but the Detroit Red Wings did not dip into the pool. Wings general manager Ken Holland said he is waiting for the second wave. He's focused on re-signing his own players and picking up a couple of complementary pieces, as opposed to adding any core players. A big chunk of that money could go to young stars Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, a pair of restricted free agents whose high contract demands have the Wings in a bind. With a salary cap of $39 million, Holland doesn't know how much money he can spend until he finds out how much it will cost to bring back Datsyuk and Zetterberg. Some things are clear, however: # The Wings are no longer in the bidding for Tampa Bay goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, whose demands for money (reportedly more than $7 million per season) and term (five years) were too much.

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Oilers get Better

from the Edmonton Sun,

Chris Pronger will be the best hockey player to wear an Edmonton Oiler jersey since Mark Messier. Wayne Gretzky was already gone, or it might have been The Great One. You can make a case that Curtis Joseph ranked up there. But Pronger, at 30 years of age in the prime of his career, is a better player than Joseph, Doug Weight, Bill Guerin or any of the latter-day Oilers we watched go away because of economics. Pronger, by signing a five-year deal at $6 million US a year with the Oilers, is going to make a lot of people better around him.

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