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NHL’s Most Wanted

from Spector of Fox Sports,

Heading into the draft weekend and the start of what will be the busiest unrestricted free-agent market in NHL history, here's a look at some of the players who should attract the most attention in the coming days:

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Can Crosby Handle It

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Let's start from this simple premise: Sidney Crosby cannot possibly be as good as people expect him to be. How could he? If NASA and IBM joined forces and took the heart of Maurice "Rocket" Richard, the hockey mind of Wayne Gretzky, the leadership qualities of Mark Messier and Mike Bossy's shot and created their own super-player, such a creation would still fail to meet the expectations heaped on the slender shoulders of the 17-year-old Canadian.

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Holik Bought Out

via TSN,

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced Friday the organization has exercised its buyout option on the contract of Bobby Holik, as per the new collective bargaining agreement. Terms of the buyout agreement were not disclosed.

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Televised Coverage of 2005 NHL Entry Draft

For the Michiganders out there- Comcast Local has announced that it will broadcast the 2005 NHL Entry Draft live to customers in its Michigan markets. The draft is being held on Saturday, July 30, in Ottawa, Ontario, and will begin at noon. In most of metro Detroit Comcast Local is channel 8. In other markets the channels are as follows: Lansing (channel 22), East Lansing (18), Flint (98) and Grand Rapids (23). Also, TSN is showing the draft in Canada and also will be streaming the show. MSG Network will also be carrying the draft. NHL.com will also be streaming beginning at noon tomorrow, but it is not available if you are in Canada. If you know of any other plans to televise the draft, just leave a comment.

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The Overlooked College Player

from CollegeSports.com,

The NHL Draft, like all drafts, is an imperfect science. Players slip through the cracks, and a dozen years later you slap your head and wonder what in the world you were thinking when you didn't use the opportunity to grab a player that turns into an NHL star. But most of the NHL star players who went undrafted were not drafted for a reason. Sometimes those reasons are based on old prejudices, but sometimes they are for sound philosophy. These days, especially with advanced scouting methods, a player rarely, if ever, just slips through the cracks by accident.

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Flames trade Commodore

via TSN, Calgary Flames General Manager and Head Coach Darryl Sutter announced Friday the acquisition of a third round draft choice, 69th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenceman Mike Commodore.

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Looking Ahead

Gary Thorne in his USA TODAY column wites about many hockey topics. One of particular interest to Wing fans:

One star with a new deal is Detroit's Steve Yzerman. Team officials met with him on Wednesday and left it up to Yzerman to decide if he wanted back. If not, he could have taken a job in the Red Wings front office. Yzerman chose to lace up for another year. That is good for the league and for the Wings. The landmark names are needed to get the game back on the ice.

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Bettman Rings the Bell

from NHL.com,

To celebrate the 2005 National Hockey League Entry Draft as well as the opening of the 88th NHL regular season Oct. 5, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and players from the New York Islanders and New York Rangers rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange Friday.

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Nashville Owner Blames Canada

Part two of an interview Nashville owner Crag Leipold did. Part one of the interview can be found here. from the Nashville City Paper,

"All of the bad raps against us are contributed to somebody in a Canadian market," "Let's face it. Canada is still upset that Nashville has a hockey team. That's just the way it is, and we have to live with that. It (talk of contraction) was frustrating because I know where ground zero of where those rumors always started. If the sun shines, you can't have hockey. I'm a little bitter about that. I'm tired of hearing about it. "Once we have some winning seasons," Leipold continued, "and the fans stay with us like they did the first couple of years this market is going to be one of the best in the National Hockey League."

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Leafs Cut Ticket Prices

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from CBC,
The Leafs have reduced ticket prices by five per cent over the next two seasons, the team announced Friday. "Under the new collective bargaining agreement we have lower player costs, however we'll be incurring significant expenses that are new to us, totalling tens of millions of dollars," Tom Anselmi, executive vice-president and chief operating officer for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, said in a statement Friday.

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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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