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Selanne Back To Ducks

via TSN,

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed free agent right wing Teemu Selanne to a one-year contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Early Winners

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

After the unrestricted free-agent free-for-all that took place during the first three weeks of the relaunched NHL, the league -- on paper at least -- is starting to take shape. Teams are consolidating their projected rosters as general manager focus on signing their restricted free agents. So, who are the early winners as the league leaves its fantasy camp phase and hurtles towards training camp?

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Vintage Masks

The title says it all.

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Carnival of the NHL #6

Hockey fans, check out the latest version of the Carnival at James Mirtle's blog.

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Brodeur Offers Advice

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

Since everybody seems to be having so much advice for the netminders these days, the guy who may be the best goalie in the world, Martin Brodeur, wants to return the favour. He is offering advice for those who labour on the offensive side of the game. "Something that's not healthy in our game is offence. How many teams have offensive coaches? You don't see that." Brodeur certainly has a point. There are assistant coaches in the National Hockey League, but they seem to work mostly on the defensive aspects.

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OLN Talk

via Media Week,

OLN’s pickup of the NHL cable rights could engender yet another war between a cable operator and a network. According to a source close to the proceedings, NHL games will be blacked out in cable systems that relegate OLN to a digital sports tier, including all of Cablevision’s footprint and Cox Communications’ Phoenix system. While 90 percent of OLN’s carriage is on standard analog tiers, the network is likely to use the threat of a blackout in order to win total analog carriage, which would significantly boost its number of homes reached.
In a related story from Media Week,
Not only did it snatch away cable rights for the National Hockey League for the next several years last week, but now Comcast/OLN has set its sights on landing Major League Baseball’s Sunday-Wednesday-night cable package.

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Managing The Cap

Although the article deals with many of the major sports, it should be of interest to hockey fans in the new cap world. from the Orlando Sentinel,

Popular mythology about sports teams is that championships are built in the off-season. Voluntary conditioning, weightlifting and meetings, the theory goes, lead to bonding and team-building. It might be true. But in most professional sports today, there exists another aspect of off-season, off-the-field activity that may be as important: business management. Managing the salary cap in the National Football League and National Basketball Association -- and now in the National Hockey League -- has become as important as drafting the most-skilled players. Think of it as the revenge of the accountants, those pencil-wearing math students in high school who were often the targets of abuse from the jocks. Managing the salary cap, and general franchise management, has become the coin of the realm. Teams with savvy front offices are often the same ones pouring champagne into trophies at season's end.

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Best of the West

from the Calgary Sun via Slam,

The NHL will have a new look when the 2005-06 campaign kicks off this fall. New faces on new teams, new rules aimed at creating more offence. With all the changes that have taken place over the past six weeks, Sun hockey writer Scott Fisher polled four hockey experts to get their views on the revamped Western Conference.

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Why Are You A Fan

Stealing a term from baseball, "The Dog Days of August" are upon us. But in hockey terms, the season is about to heat up. Between now and the the opening of training camp in mid-September, team rosters will receive finishing touches, a few trades will be made and all teams will start on fairly even level, as a matter of fact every team will be 0-0-0-0-0 (not sure how the NHL will be keeping win and losss stats so I added a few extra columns to be on the safe side). My question to you today is why are you a fan of the NHL? Dig deep, go back to your earliest recollection of the game and tell me (and others) why you care about the game. Who knows, maybe someone from the NHL will read your response and award you season tickets for your favorite team!!! My first memory of the NHL was listening to Budd Lynch (Hockey Hall of Fame inductee 1985) and Bruce Martin (HHOF inductee 1991) do play by play on the radio. Phrases I will never forget, The save was in the nick of time, and the nick was Libbett. How about Martyn's call of a goal, "He shoots, he scores" in that high pitch tone, followed by Sid Abel saying to Bruce, "He are a good player and another good thing, he is from Cal-Gary". When I first started watching hockey on TV, it was Hockey Night in Canada that drew me to the TV. Back then, Wings games were joined in action, usually about midway through the 2nd period and only a few games were televised. I felt like I knew Foster and Bill Hewitt, and could picture myself sitting in the gondola over looking the ice at Maple Leaf Gardens. My trips to the old Olympia to watch the Wings became quite frequent. My dad worked for one of the automotive companies and received Wings tickets maybe 20-30 times a year. I became a fixture near the Red Wings dressing room, new the back door escape routes of all of the players, and I would wait for them just to watch them pass me by are give me a friendly tap on the head. What I remember most are the scars on the faces of the players and they all had crooked noses. My favorite player at the time was of course #9. He was such a gentleman, and after a few years, called me by my first name and always stopped to talk with me. I was in heaven and hooked on the game forever. These days, I would say I still root for the jersey first and the players second. It is a matter of pride for me to cheer on the Wings, maybe you had to experience first hand all of the loosing the Wings suffered through in the 70' and 80's to understand; but I am sure many of you will have similar stories and I would appreciate reading them.

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Big Names Don’t Always Work

from the Buffalo News,

Names don't necessarily make for happy landings. The Philadelphia Flyers have been playing the name game for years and put a more representative team on the ice than the Rangers have been doing. But the money spent by the Philly ownership mandated that the Flyers win or come close to winning a Stanley Cup. It hasn't come close to happening. Jeremy Roenick was supposed to be the last free-agent piece in the puzzle, but all the Flyers finished his era with was the 29th straight season that ended without a championship for Philadelphia. The Rangers and Flyers are big-market teams, with big-money cable companies behind them. Seldom is price any object. The Flyers are back in the money race, having signed Peter Forsberg, for my money the best player in hockey. There aren't many top-of-the-shelf players around and even if there were, small-market teams like Buffalo couldn't afford them.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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