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Edmonton Season Rests On Roloson

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

As Roloson was backstopping the Oilers to the finals, he was characterized in some quarters as a one-hit wonder, an NHL journeyman who caught a wave for the first time in his career. The facts actually tell quite a different story. Ever since his second season with the Wild, he has been among the league's leaders in several important statistical categories — and played in an All-Star game for the hometown Wild.

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Yotes’ Owner Facing Lawsuit

from the Arizona Republic:

The majority owner of the Phoenix Coyotes borrowed $110 million from a trust set up for his children, and now they are suing to get it back. A lawsuit filed in Maricopa County Superior Court says Jerry Moyes obtained more than $33 million from the Moyes Children Limited Partnership in January 2002 when he signed a promissory note. The note entitled him to borrow up to $110 million with interest equal to the prime rate. He did hit the limit, the lawsuit says. The money was due to be repaid in January 2005, but the court records say it has not been.
The lawsuit's a problem as he may have used the money to bankroll his purchase of the Coyotes:
The former chief executive officer of Phoenix-based Swift Transportation has been the financial muscle behind the Coyotes for years. Moyes, developer Steve Ellman and former NHL star Wayne Gretzky bought the team in 2001 for a reported $127 million. In 2002, Moyes became the majority owner when he paid off $60 million in loans and invested an additional $20 million that allowed Ellman to purchase the team for about $125 million.

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Wings Still Elite

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

This season, the Wings will still be an elite-level club, especially with defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom manning the blue line and young guns like Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg filling the opposing net with pucks. But, Detroit's fortunes will clearly rest on the old, and oft-injured, legs of the 41-year-old Hasek.
continued If you have not been following along, the NHL team previews are starting to roll out.

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Hamhuis Signs

from the Nashville Predators,

Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced Thursday that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Dan Hamhuis (Dan HAM-yoos) on a four-year contract that will pay him $1.5 million in 2006-07, $1.75 million in 2007-08, $2.25 million in 2008-09 and $2.5 million in 2009-10.

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Six Years For Morrow

from the Dallas Stars,

You could say that Brenden Morrow is the heart of the Stars while Modano is the soul. Either way, Stars management made sure that the player known by some as "Mini Mo" would remain a big part of the team's future by locking up the gritty left wing with a six-year contract extension worth $24.6 million ($4.1 million per year) through the 2012-2013 season. Morrow's current contract was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2006-07 season. "Signing Brenden to a long-term extension was a top priority for this hockey club," said Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong. "We consider him a cornerstone player and an integral part of our team. Brenden is one of our main leaders and sets the tone for the club with his work ethic. He brings a lot of energy and tenacity to the lineup each night and we're glad to him here over the next seven seasons."
more...and congrats to the Stars for releasing salary information...

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Markov The Agitator

from the Traverse City Record-Eagle,

...And that skill is what reminds many Red Wing players of Konstantinov. "He's a gritty player, an in-your-face type of player," Detroit defenseman Chris Chelios said of Markov. "He'll probably play against the other team's top line. It's not so much the big hits, but he's always agitating players. He basically compares to a Konstantinov, that kind of player." "He's an agitator. That's what he does. He upsets guys and ribs guys and throws them off his game. You know he's out there, and if he gets a chance to hit you, he will." Essentially, he's the kind of guy you're glad is on your team and not playing against you. "I don't like to talk about myself," Markov said.

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Flames Team To Beat In The West

from Robert Picarello of Fox Sports,

About the only knock on the Calgary Flames last season was their inability to score a lot of goals. The team had a rock-solid defense and a stud in net, but its offense was its weakness all year long.... The offense looks a lot better with Tanguay and Friesen on board. Playfair and the Flames now have options up front. Calgary's new coach can follow through on the plan to use Tanguay and Iginla together, or spread the wealth to give the opposition more to worry about. But whatever route he decides to take, the Flames will give the opposition plenty of concern. Where they'll finish Division: First Conference: First
read on

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Old School Talk

from the High River Times,

Gordie Howe and High River resident Bert Olmstead had a lot to talk about -- nine Stanley Cups, 982 goals, 1,470 assists and 41 years in the NHL between the two hockey hall of famers. When the 78-year-old Howe, the rugged Detroit Red Wing right winger and third in points in the NHL history, talks about Olmstead, he speaks like another Detroit icon -- Aretha Franklin and her hit R-E-S-P-E-C-T. “Bert’s leadership was one of his strong points -- and he was a strong man,” said Howe, who played in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings from 1946-1971 and the Hartford Whalers in 1979-’80. “Thank God Bert and I had respect for each other. When I hit Rocket (Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard), Bert would come over and say ‘Hey, watch it.’”
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Referee Ron

via the Buffalo News,

CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada" studio host Ron MacLean will have a chance to show referees how it's done when he officiates a period of Saturday night's Sabres-Penguins game in Copps Coliseum. The NHL invited the outspoken MacLean, a high-level Canadian amateur ref, to get a better idea of what goes into policing a big-league game.

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Hatcher Expects Better Year

from the Philly News,

"I'm embarrassed about what happened to the team," said the 34-year-old Hatcher, entering his 15th NHL season. "Not necessarily about myself. I know I didn't end up on the strongest note, but as a team we fell apart. "No matter what way you look at it, that's what happened. Even those games we beat Buffalo, we had a couple go in off skates, and if you look back at those games you can see we fell apart as a team. "It's one of the worst things I've ever been through, especially the way we lost at home [7-1 in the final game]. "[In the meetings] we all agreed that halfway through the season I was playing at a pretty high level and it just fell off. Halfway in the season I was a good defenseman. Toward the end of the year it just started to go away." Today, Hatcher looks like a man on a mission. He spent the offseason training in order to regain whatever edge he lost between his last year in Dallas, in 2002-03, and last season with the Flyers.

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