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What About The Veterans

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

When the doors swung closed on the NHL at the start of the lockout almost a year ago, it was believed fans might have seen the last of some of the game's finest players, greatest leaders. Many of the game's aging stars have found a new reservoir of desire during the lockout and will return for at least one more season: Steve Yzerman and Chris Chelios, who will once again slip on Detroit Red Wing jerseys; Luc Robitaille will suit up next to former Flyer Jeremy Roenick in Los Angeles; Brian Leetch will patrol the Boston blue line and childhood pals Joe Nieuwendyk and Gary Roberts are expected to provide veteran leadership in Florida. But not all graying hockey luminaries will be back on the blades when training camps open in less than three weeks, and as time ticks away on summer and salary cap dollars continue to add up for individual teams, it is looking more and more like the lockout will cost fans one final moment with some of the game's greats.

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Roberto Luongo Arbitration

Roberto Luongo awarded just over $3 million for the year by an arbitrator. update 11:01pm, $3.2 million is the official number.

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Hockey Player Peters Admits to Andro Use

from the Buffalo News,

Andrew Peters isn't ashamed of what he did. It was neither illegal nor against NHL rules at the time. That's why the young enforcer Wednesday wasn't afraid to admit to The Buffalo News he used androstenedione before he made the Buffalo Sabres' roster out of training camp in 2003 and realized his NHL dream. Peters is believed to be the first active NHL player to publicly admit having used a performance-enhancing supplement. He and his older brother, Geoff Peters, who spent the last two seasons with the Rochester Americans, said they used "andro" in the summer of 2003. "You use what's at your disposal," Andrew Peters said. "No one said you can't, so why not? We didn't do anything illegal. It was a supplement. We weren't hiding anything. I had nothing to hide. My girlfriend at the time knew. My parents knew."

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Battle of Enforcers

I can only imagine the remarks from the media when showing video clips from this! from the CP via Cnews,

Some might view it as the entertainment and sports sectors' lowbrow event of the season, if not the decade. But promoters of Battle of the Hockey Enforcers - a 16-man slugfest involving hockey players but no hockey - have overcome several hurdles and rejection in other cities to stage the pay-per-view event Saturday in Prince George. The 16 players include some ex-NHLers such as Link (The Missing Link) Gaetz and Lyndon Byers, but mostly they are a collection of current and former semi-pro and junior players who did not earn their positions or reputation through offensive prowess. Trent Potskin, a 32-year-old local crowd favourite who estimates conservatively that he's been in several hundred hockey fights since starting minor hockey in Prince George, is working on a strategy.

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Jason Allison Healthy

from the Toronto Sun,

At some point down the road, all these inquiries about his neck are going to become, well, a pain in the neck. So Jason Allison wants to set the record straight for those who feel he and fellow newcomer Eric Lindros are nothing more than Brittle Buds. "I just think that, as far as Eric and I are concerned, there obviously are questions from both the media and fans concerning health issues,"Allison said. "Well, there are none for me and I don't think Eric has any, either." Allison, in fact, appears to be getting stronger each time he steps on to the ice to participate in an informal game of shinny with fellow NHLers at a local Toronto arena.

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False Economy

from The Globe and Mail,

These have been interesting times in the National Hockey League's annual summer salary hostilities. Did anyone expect, 25 days into the free-agent frenzy, that some players' wages would rise so rapidly under the new salary-cap system? Wasn't this system supposed to temper the temptation that some general managers have to overpay the game's elite? And how about how swiftly the market was set for young players?

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Kovalchuk Answers A Few Questions

Kovalchuk in a Q & A that looks like it has been translated... from the Russian Hockey Digest,

As known, you are pretty close to sign a contract with Russian Super League’s club Khimik. Is this agreement going to be as a “security” contract? I. Kovalchuk: Of course, right now, I’m not going to sign a contract for the entire season. I will try to negotiate with Khimik’s management a deal that would allow me to go to Atlanta by December 1st. If I don’t sign a contract with Atlanta by the beginning of winter, than I’d play the season in Russia to the end. So, that’s the case when I’ll be ready to sign the complete contract, not a security contract.

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Wings Sign Howard

for the Red Wing followers... The University of Maine men's ice hockey goalie Jimmy Howard has signed a professional contract with the Detroit Red Wings and will not return for his senior season. Howard played in 82 career games for Maine with a 1.84 goals against average and a .931 save percentage along with a school record 15 shutouts. He was Detroit's second round draft choice in 2003. more

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NHL Center Ice and Dish Network

NHL hockey is back! And now it has all the changes hockey fans have been demanding. Every game will have more speed and more flow as teams will be more offensive-minded. There will be a better on-ice product and more competitive balance in the quest for the Stanley Cup. The rule changes will further maximize the excitement of hockey -- a shootout will be implemented to decide tie games and a new rivalry-based schedule will heighten interest. NHL CENTER ICE let’s you experience this season with the most coverage possible with over 1,100 games* from around the League, including the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs and select games broadcast in high-definition. Don’t miss the Free Preview from October 5 – October 11 on channels 540 – 558. To thank loyal NHL fans, NHL CENTER ICE is now available for $30 off the full season price! Order the Early Bird package by October 31, 2005 to receive this special price of $129 or 3 payments of $43. more

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Small Market Teams Help The NHL

from Terry Frei of ESPN,

This starts with a consumer warning: Fans in the NHL's "nontraditional" markets would be well advised to brace themselves. As the league relaunches, you're in for a new wave of "you don't belong" derision. It's nothing personal. Well, at least not most of the time. You're in the markets that are considered Bettman's Folly, and you are the scapegoats and easy targets for put-downs -- some deserved, but many not. This isn't going to be unprecedented, of course. On the last night the NHL competed in anger -- well, at least not including a bargaining table -- there was a curious reaction in some quarters to the absence of either riotous or raucous revelry in the Tampa Bay region. (Which brings us to a pet peeve: Saying anything happening "in Tampa Bay," whether a football or hockey game, a chiropractors' convention, or a Rolling Stones concert, means it is happening on the water ... or at least on a boat.) The question sprang from the traveling media corps, as well as those jealously watching from afar: How could anyone say this was a hockey town?

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