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Burke Signs with Pittsburgh, Adams with Carolina

via Sportsnet,

The Pittsburgh Penguins ongoing construction around Sidney Crosby continues. Sportsnet has learned the Penguins have hired the experience of Sean Burke to take some of the burden off Marc Andre Fleury. Sources tell Sportsnet Burke has agreed to a 2-year, $3-million deal and is expected to handle the majority of Pittsburgh netminding duties this season.
The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with restricted free agent center Kevyn Adams on a two-year contract. As per club policy, further terms of the deal were not released. "Kevyn is a leader and an important player for the Hurricanes," said general manager Jim Rutherford. "His work ethic and determination set good examples for our team."

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Saskin Answers Questions

from Sports Business Journal,

When Ted Saskin was named to replace his boss, Bob Goodenow, as executive director of the NHLPA on July 28, it was the last check-off on the NHL owners' wish list. Considered to be reasonable and cooperative — traits few would use to describe his predecessor — Saskin was the NHLPA's lead negotiator during the nearly yearlong lockout. After months of following Goodenow's lead and speaking out against a salary cap and linkage between revenue and salaries, Saskin eventually took his direction from the players and negotiated a deal with those elements.

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Dealing with Luongo

from the Sun-Sentinel,

Contract negotiations for Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo remained unresolved Monday. A short conversation between Luongo's agent, Gilles Lupien, and Panthers General Manager Mike Keenan over the length of the contract ended without agreement. Though Lupien says he expects to speak with Keenan by the end of the week, there's a lot of ground to cover.
There are also rumors being reported in Montreal of trade which would see Jose Theodore moving to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Luongo.

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Olympic Talk- Looking for Good Harmony

from Around the Rings,

The participation of the NHL in the Turin Olympics could be finalized this week following talks in Turin, Prague and Zurich. The president of the International Ice Hockey Federation tells Around the Rings he's 99% sure things will work out.

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Blues News

from TSN, The St. Louis Blues have signed unrestricted free agent left wing Dean McAmmond and restricted free agent Bryce Salvador. The Blues also announced that restricted free agents Eric Boguniecki and Colin Hemingway had accepted qualifying offers.

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Looking East

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

Who is seeing this landscape in slow motion and who is seeing just a frenetic kaleidoscope of faces, names and numbers, and throwing it all on a wall to see what sticks? We'll know come April. In no particular order, let's look at how each team stacks up in the Eastern Conference. Next week, we'll look at the Western Conference. These are not official season previews -- that comes in late September when all the rosters are set.

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Sneaking Through the Bertuzzi Ruling

from the Toronto Globe and Mail,

The NHL may be trumpeting this season as a fresh start, but today it looks a lot like the old NHL, which is to say, narrow-minded, manipulative and disappointing. If commissioner Gary Bettman is proud of this work, he should take a look at what former NHL Players' Association executive director Bob Goodenow did and empty his desk before leaving. Until then, here's to the league that continues to be its own worst enemy: go to the penalty box. Go in shame. Anyone who thinks this was a well-handled affair can sit out, too.

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Around the Rinks

The Boston Bruins announced that they have a 92% renewal rate for their Season Ticket Holders and plan to celebrate their most loyal fans by designating October 20th "Fan Appreciation Night" and giving them the game for free. In addition to the free game, the following is a list of other amenities & incentives for Boston Bruins Season Ticket Holders. from the Washington Post (reg. req.), Washington Capitals defenseman Brendan Witt has asked to be traded to a team that can contend for the Stanley Cup next season, Witt said yesterday. Witt, a veteran of nine seasons in Washington, figures to be one of the Capitals' top players on the blueline. But with the team in a rebuilding process that could take years, Witt, 30, said he wants to win now and would like to be moved by the time training camp begins in mid-September. from the Toronto Sun, The desire to play at home, start anew and be re-united with Jason Allison could lead 2003 Team Canada hero Anson Carter to the Maple Leafs. With the acquisition of Eric Lindros up in the air, the Leafs still are looking for a free-agent right winger while Carter's agent, Pat Brisson, says he seeks a one-year deal somewhere for his client to re-establish his career. "(Toronto) makes sense," Brisson said last night. "We've talked to them among six or seven teams, but it's premature to say anything, because I could get a call tonight and he'd be gone elsewhere. from the Detroit News, Ken Holland said season-ticket information will be released in the next day or two. The Wings expect to mail information to season-ticket holders by the end of the week. Note: This is the 3rd such comment like this from the Wings in the last 3 weeks. More signings today and yesterday via Sportsnet. update 10:59am, According to a reader and supplier of information to Kukla's Korner, Val Bure has narrowed his choices to LA Kings and Chicago, with the Blackhawks being the favorite to sign Bure.

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Fischler Chimes In

from The Maven and MSG Network,

-The fact that some NHLPA members are miffed by the manner in which Ted Saskin became the new “union” boss suggests that a change should have been in order. Or, as the Boston Globe’s Kevin Dupont notes, there should have been a complete house-cleaning top to bottom. -Brendan Shanahan, who, overnight, has become the most influential NHL player – after Trevor Linden -- could become the next union president whenever Linden decides to step down. Shanny obviously has a soft spot for NHL coaches. He tells our David Kolb, “Coaches should get three-year guaranteed contracts. To can a coach after one year is ridiculous. They have to get time to do their thing. It’s a real work in progress.”

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TV Decison Near

from the Phildadelphia Inquirer (reg. req.),

Comcast and National Hockey League negotiators have worked out a two-year deal for more than $100 million to televise games beginning this fall, according to sources directly involved in the discussions. The agreement must be approved by the league's Board of Governors. The deal calls for Comcast to televise two games a week nationally. The cable giant plans to put the games on its Outdoor Life Network (OLN). The agreement with Comcast brought to an end 10 days of intense negotiations, some of which were conducted at Comcast's offices in Philadelphia. Participating in the discussions were NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, deputy commissioner Bill Daly, Comcast president of programming Jeff Shell, Comcast Cable president Steve Burke, and Alan Singer, an attorney for the company. Comcast would televise games nationally twice a week. On one of those nights, Comcast would retain exclusivity in U.S. markets as the only game available on TV at that time. The NHL would retain the right to exit the agreement at the end of the two years. The right is contingent upon Comcast's fulfilling certain responsibilities related to advertising-revenue growth and reaching a specific number of homes. If the league opts to stay, then Comcast has a one-year option, followed by a three-year option. An undetermined number of games would be broadcast in high-definition TV. If the NHL approves the deal - and that is considered a formality at this point - the contract will be forwarded to ESPN. In April, ESPN opted to not renew its $70 million option to televise NHL games for 2005-06 and 2006-07, but the network retains the right to match the new offer, according to a source. ESPN has carried NHL games in the United States since 1985. There are two directions Comcast could go from here: an overhaul of OLN or an initial change to accommodate hockey, with a future, stand-alone network that would carry NHL games. The former is the preferred method among Comcast executives.

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