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Karmanos on Leafs Lunch

Karmanos was just on Leafs Lunch and mentioned something I haven't heard about revenue sharing. He said the NHL has given teams 3 years to reach 85-90% capacity for games. If they do not reach that figure, revenue sharing will be cut off.

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Lockout Changes Thornton

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

When Boston Bruins fans last saw Joe Thornton, the future for their beloved captain looked, well, a little bleak. The Bruins had collapsed in the first round of the 2004 playoffs against an undermanned Montreal Canadiens team, blowing series leads of 2-0 and 3-1 along the way. Thornton had zero points while quietly suffering from a rib injury. He was barely visible on and off the ice, prompting a respected Boston columnist to suggest Thornton cash in the coveted captain's "C." In the offseason, top-scoring linemate Mike Knuble shuffled off to Philadelphia as a free agent, following a long line of top-level Bruins driven from the fold for want of cash. All in all, it looked like Thornton's days in Boston were numbered -- and destined to be played out under a rather ominous cloud. But what a difference a lockout makes.

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Making The Cut

from the CP via Slam,

Jordan Little has been preparing for his big chance for months, working nights as a server at a Boston Pizza restaurant to help pay for the personal trainer who has been whipping him into shape. On Sunday, Little flies to Edmonton to step onto the ice with the Oilers - all because of a TV show. Little was one of more than 4,000 hopefuls who entered the Making The Cut television series. On Dec. 14, 2004, with 18 finalists remaining, the six Canadian NHL teams each awarded one player a training camp invitation. The six-foot-four, 240-pound University of Manitoba defenceman had so impressed Kevin Prendergast that the Oilers executive made him the No. 1 pick.

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Newest Dallas Star

Dallas Stars Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Geoff Moore announced today that the NHL club has hired 2005 American Idol semi-finalist and Fort Worth native Celena Rae to be their regular anthem singer and help with other areas of the team's promotion and game entertainment for the 2005-06 season.

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The Hammer Doing Comedy

from the buffalo News,

The big man with the big hands, broad shoulders, steely eyes and thick mustache wasn't so intimidating Monday as he carried his golf clubs while wearing a powder-blue shirt. Obviously, times have changed for Dave "The Hammer" Schultz. For starters, he's now a comedic speaker, which is first cousin to the stand-up comic. Dave Schultz, funny man. That alone is hilarious. Schultz wasn't overly amusing during his playing days. He was the nastiest, toughest, scariest goon in the National Hockey League in the 1970s, back when the players policed the game with their fists. When people remember the Philadelphia Flyers of 30 years ago, they think of the Broad Street Bullies. Nobody was a bigger bully than The Hammer.

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Datsyuk Negotiations Not Going Well

from the Detroit News,

It's more of the same, particularly with Datsyuk and his agent, Gary Greenstin. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland spoke with Greenstin late last week and faxed him multiple contract offers Saturday. Greenstin has since informed Holland those offers have been rejected. Greenstin was due to arrive in Moscow today to discuss his next move with his client. Datsyuk is practicing with the Russian national team for an upcoming EuroTour tournament in the Czech Republic. Last week, Greenstin told The Detroit News he wanted to have the framework for a deal in place by Sept. 1. If not, the agent said, Datsyuk likely would sign to play for Moscow Dynamo, the Russian Super League team he was with during the lockout last season. Last week, Datsyuk's agent also told a Russian newspaper, Soviet Sport, the major stumbling block in negotiations is the length of the deal. Greenstin said the Wings offered a five-year contract to Datsyuk, who is seeking a two- or three-year term. Datsyuk, 27, would be eligble for unrestricted free agency in 2007. Holland said Monday the Wings have offered Datsyuk contracts of varying lengths from 1-5 years, though the team would prefer not to sign him to a two-year deal. Asked if the sides were still far apart on money in negotiations, Holland replied, "Well, we're certainly not close."

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Karmanos Rips Owners

from the Detroit News,

The NHL's economics landscape has changed dramatically with a new collective bargaining agreement. But Detroiter Peter Karmanos, owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, still doesn't like what he sees. At a promotional event in Durham, N.C., last week, Karmanos, one of the NHL's hard-line owners, ripped some of his colleagues for overpaying players. "Names don't score goals," Karmanos told the Raleigh (N.C.) News-Observer. "Just because somebody gets paid a lot of money, that doesn't make them really great. Has everybody lost their hockey mind? Some of the GMs have a short attention span."

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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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