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NHL Players Involved In Marketing Direction

via Sportnet,

As early as next season NHL players will have direct input into how the game is marketed, and for that matter, whose names and faces are attached to future campaigns. Sources tell Sportsnet each team will provide at least one player to act as a business representative to work in conjunction with the NHLPA and the NHL on all revenue generating initiatives.
more It is about time the players have a voice, hopefully no more generic players skating on the ice with slow motion pucks!!!

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Theodore Comfortable

from the CP via Yahoo,

Goaltender Jose Theodore met his Colorado teammates for the first time Friday since being acquired from the Montreal Canadiens and said he was happy to be with the Avalanche. "I feel comfortable in this dressing room and comfortable with my new teammates," Theodore said. "I think at this point a trade was good for my career. I see a great future." Avalanche players returned the compliment.

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Setting The Cap

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Officially, the NHL is scheduled to announce the salary cap for the 2006-07 season on June 30, or just after they receive a preliminary financial summary of the just completed year. Based on that forecast and the formula devised in the collective bargaining agreement, the salary cap will be set between $45-million and $46-million, while the payroll floor (the minimum amount that every team must spend on salaries) will be set at $29-million or $30-million. That would give teams exactly 24 hours notice, before they can collectively uncap their pens and let the free agency season begin.
read on...very interesting if you follow the business side of the NHL...

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Wings Goalies In Evaluation Period

Scotty Bowman was just on Detroit radio, stated he talks to Babcock on a regular basis and Babcock is evaluating both goalies right now. He said earlier in the year, Babcock would play Legace in some back-to-back games to see how he could hold up. Scotty went on to say both goalies are "little" guys and sometimes it is tough for those type to handle the playoff grind on a regular basis. He doesn't think they will go to a two goalie system in the playoffs, but it has been done. Babcock was on about ten minutes before Scotty and said he will go with the goalie who gives the team the best chance to win. Thinks Osgood had his best game of the year on Wednesday against the Ducks because he was quiet. He controlled rebounds, wasn't diving all over the ice like a soccer goalie and wants to see more of that. Mike stated the reason he was playing Manny so much was because he was the better goalie at the time.

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Dress Up Your Xbox 360

Gamer Alert- Bid on a Brodeur or Domi faceplate for your Xbox 360. Proceeds go to the Childern's Miracle Network. image

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Caps Travel In Old School Style

from Fox Sports,

With less than 20 games left in their season, the Washington Capitals decided to take their players on a trip back in time. Instead of flying the team into New York for their game with the Rangers on Thursday night, the Caps chartered a train from Amtrak on Wednesday, giving their players a taste of what travel was like in the NHL during the Original Six era.

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Popular Pink Sticks

via Thundr Bay's Source,

TPS Hockey of Wallaceburg had planned to supply 400 sticks, but word of the plan has sent orders pouring in. More than 800 sticks have been painted and more orders are still coming in to the company. A company spokesman says other stick producers and players have even been sending their own sticks in to have them painted pink.

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Get Your NHL Scores

David at the Ice Block has discovered you can now get your NHL scores by text messaging Google.

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Two Irish Boys

from the CP via Canada.com,

Instead of hurling rocks, bottles and insults at each other, Paul, a Catholic, and Andrew, who's Protestant, pass a puck on the same hockey team in Belfast. The two 17-year-olds credit their love of Canada's game for bridging the religious divide that has rocked Northern Ireland for so long that people can't imagine life any differently.

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Down The Stretch

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

One month for GMs to prove they made the right moves, added the right pieces or resisted the wrong temptations. One month for coaches to coax an extra point or two out of weary lineups, to get just a little more out of underachievers or push elite players to another level. One month for veterans to shake off nagging injuries and hit their playoff strides. One month for young players to prove they belong, prove they are legitimate NHLers.

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