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Leftovers- What are they Worth

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Certainly for the esteemed members of the Leftover squad, the new NHL means having an open mind, in terms of both geography and finance. "To get the price they want, they may have to go somewhere they don't want to go," player agent Sosa said. In presalary-cap days, squeezing an extra $100,000 or $200,000 out of a team wasn't a problem. "But to bend and stretch over a $100,000 or $200,000 now is problematic," said veteran agent Ritch Winter, who this week helped Jan Hrdina land in Columbus, but still has Team Leftover stars Hamrlik, Bondra and Eriksson, along with Michal Rozsival, to deal with. "You have to be aware of the market, and you have to be concerned about it. The only ones who are not concerned about it have to be in a coma."

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Cole Re-signs with Carolina & Caps Acquire Muir

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the Hurricanes have agreed to terms with left wing Erik Cole on a one-year contract worth $1.14 million. The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Bryan Muir from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for future considerations, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

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Trottier Keeping an Eye on the Game

from the Barrie Advance,

Like many of the former men who made their living in the National Hockey League, seven-time Stanley Cup winner and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Bryan Trottier, has been wide-eyed, as he watches current events unfold in the league he used to dominate. "Like the rest of the world, I'm standing back and seeing where the chips fall. For those involved in hockey, it's a fascinating time," said the former Art Ross Trophy winner, during a conversation with The Advance. Even with the vast hockey knowledge he collected as both a player and a coach in the NHL, Trottier admits the new Collective Bargaining Agreement signed by the players and the owners is major document for hockey people to digest. "Everyone is on a long learning curve for this one," he said.

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Flames Sign Rhett Warrener

Calgary Flames General Manager and Head Coach Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of defenceman Rhett Warrener. As per club policy, terms and conditions of the agreement were not disclosed.

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No IIHF Agreement Without Russian Consent

from Kommersant,

On August 11, ruthless presidents of Russia’s Super League Hockey Clubs ultimately rejected to ratify the IIHF-NHL agreement, calling for NHL to acknowledge the Russian contracts between a player and a club. Federation president Alexander Steblin departs today to hold talks with his counterparts in other countries. But the standing of Russian clubs' presidents doesn’t leave any hopes for positive results.

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Yotes After Joseph

from the East Valley Tribune,

An NHL source confirmed Thursday that the Coyotes, who are in the market for a second goaltender with NHL experience, are interested in Curtis Joseph and that the team has had talks with his agent, Don Meehan. Meehan told the Toronto Sun on Wednesday, "I’m talking to a couple of teams, and I hope to have something at the end of the week."

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Center Ice Package

I haven't had much time to track down all the specifics, but I have heard DirecTV is offering an "early bird" special of $129 if you sign up by October 1st. Dish Network still thinks the NHL is locked out and Comcast has yet to set a price. If you have heard anything else, please feel free to leave a comment. I am sure many of us would like to subscribe as soon as information becomes available.

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Q & A with Saskin

from ESPN,

Fresh off a recently ratified six-year collective bargaining agreement with the NHL, the NHL Players' Association is entering into a new world in a relationship with a league it so often crossed swords with. How it will do so, however, has been open to much speculation. Can there be a working relationship between a union and a league that locked its players out twice in a decade, the second time canceling an entire season? Can there truly be a "partnership" between a group that had to swallow a 24 percent rollback in income and accept a salary cap and linkage to league revenues? What will be the legacy of former union head Bob Goodenow, and is the new executive director, Ted Saskin, the right man for the job? Is there a plan for the game, not just for winning back fans lost in the lockout but also for growth, especially growth in the United States? Can all this be done while the players' association undergoes a change at the top?

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Lecavalier Wants to Stay in Tampa

from the St. Petersburg Times,

"I think Vinny is prepared to take less than what is perhaps fair market value if he wanted to be a free agent next year," agent Ken Hughes said. "He is prepared to take less to stay in Tampa and try to win one or more additional (Stanley) Cups."

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