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Traveling Buddies

from the CP via TSN,

It's time for Bill and Ted's excellent adventure. Bill Daly, the new NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, and Ted Saskin, the new executive director of the NHL Players' Association, headed off to Europe on Monday. The two have meetings Tuesday in Turin, Italy, with the Olympic organizing committee and will also review the hockey venue and accommodations. Daly and Saskin then head to the Czech Republic to meet with the Czech hockey federation and Czech league officials to discuss issues relating to the new NHL/IIHF agreement, which the Czechs rejected last week, along with the Russians. The Eurotrip then shifts to Zurich, where Daly and Saskin will meet with IIHF president Rene Fasel as well as some IOC members in a bid to finalize the agreement with respect to participation in the February Olympics in Turin.

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Osgood a Wing

Chris Osgood is going back to Detroit. TSN has learned that the veteran goaltender has signed a one-year deal for $900,000.

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Nash Contract

A reader of Kukla's Korner passed a breakdown of the Nash contract on to me. As I have stated before, the average yearly salary will be used for cap figures, which is $5.4 million. 2005-06 $3,500,000 2006-07 $4,500,000 2007-08 $5,500,000 2008-09 $6,500,000 2009-10 $7,000,000

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Breaking the Ice

A very good article today in the Wall Street Journal which is a paid subscription. Found the whole article over at AVS Forum (a forum for tv, cable, etc, and by the way, the place to be if you are an A/V enthusiast). Could not link to the exact post but it is post #186.

Returning to the ice after a 16-month absence caused by a labor dispute, the National Hockey League faces a new challenge: winning back disgruntled fans. The NHL's answer? Overwhelm them with kindness. In advance of the dropping of the puck in the first games Oct. 5, hockey teams have slashed ticket prices and, in some cases, handed out thousands of free tickets, something rarely seen in professional sports. Teams have taken out full-page ads in newspapers thanking fans for putting up with the lockout. And in an effort to lure new followers, the league is giving the game a make-over with a series of rules changes, a classier-looking logo and the working slogan: "A Whole New Game." For the first time, the National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Association have entered into a joint marketing partnership in an attempt to woo fans. The two entities, which usually operate separately, will craft a "nontraditional, very aggressive" ad campaign, an NHL spokeswoman says, noting that details are still being finalized. "The worst thing we could do for hockey is to dwell on what happened this year," says Charlie Jacobs, executive vice president of the Boston Bruins. Rather than continue apologizing to fans, "We have to talk about our players, our game ... and [build] the excitement over our product," Mr. Jacobs says.

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Gretzky Press Conference

TSN will be cybercasting the Gretzky press conference if you have an interest. Presser starts at 4pm EDT.

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A Little Slow Today

Just wanted to let you know I am running at half sped today. Spent 5 hours in emergency room with a family member and didn't get home until about 4am this morning. so I do appreciate the heads up from all of you regarding the NHL news today.

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Miroslav Zalesak signs with Washington

from a couple of readers of Kukla's Korner. Zalesak was in the top 5 of AHL scoring in 03-04. He said: "I talked with my previous team (SJ) but we couldnt agree. 6-7 teams were interested in me and in the end it was between Toronto, Washington and Vancouver. After consulting with my agent I chose Washington, which has a young team, ambitions and hasnt got a lot of signed players. I have a big chance to play and I hope it turns out well." He added:"If they send me to the farm, it will be on me If I stay or go to Europe". link is in Slovak.

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Two More Signings

Right wing Mike Grier re-signed with the Buffalo Sabres on Monday, accepting a one-year qualifying offer to earn nearly $1.4 million this season. The Carolina Hurricanes announced that have agreed to terms with center Matt Cullen on a one-year contract. As per club policy, no further terms were announced.

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More on Nash

from the Official Press Release,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed All-Star left wing Rick Nash to a five-year contract, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. As is club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. "In my opinion, Rick Nash is the best young player in the world and I am thrilled for Rick, our organization and our fans that he is going to remain a Blue Jacket," said MacLean. "At 21 years of age, he has established himself as a true superstar in the game. He is a supremely talented player on the ice and a tremendous person off it. I believe our team is poised to take a major step and Rick is certainly going to play a significant role as our franchise continues to grow."

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The Circle will Turn

from the Calgary Sun via Slam,

So NHL fans in Denver, St. Louis, Detroit, Toronto and New York aren't too happy about the new CBA. Cry me a river. In years past, those teams spent and spent and spent like there was no tomorrow -- to the detriment of the league as a whole -- and are finally paying the piper. (In Colorado's defence, at least the Avs weren't constantly adding to their muscle by over-paying unrestricted free agents.) Colorado, and to a big extent Detroit, benefitted from strong drafting and trading over the last decade but never had to face the problems clubs like Calgary and Edmonton had: The knowledge those players brought along would eventually become too pricey to hang onto.

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