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Kubina Slandered Ref

from Hockey Refs,

Czech NHL player Pavel Kubina has been fined over 14,000 euros by a judge in his home country for slandering a referee. Kubina, who took refuge with HC Vitkovice in the Tipsport Extraliga during the 2004-2005 NHL lockout, accused referee Petra Bolina of taking bribes after Vitkovice was eliminated from the playoffs by HC Hame Zlin.
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MacTavish Rewarded With 4 Year Extension

from TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Edmonton Oilers have rewarded head coach Craig MacTavish with a four-year contract extension. MacTavish helped guide the Oilers to game 7 of the Stanley Cup final and is widely considered one of the NHL's most respected leaders.

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The “Apprentice” Started Today

from the AP via TSN,

"Im not as inexperienced as you think,'' said Snow, who will turn 37 later this month. ''I've watched a lot of hockey the past few years and probably from the best seat in the house. ''As sad as it may be, I have a copy of the CBA and I read it in my spare time.'' Wang and Snow often talked once the goalie joined the organization in 2001. ''Sometime you're going to have to grow up and get a real job somewhere,'' Wang would tell him. Snow called Wang right after last season as the search for Mike Milbury's replacement began in earnest. He continued to impress the boss and nearly landed the job when Smith was hired.
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Rangers/Nashville Trade

from the New York Rangers,

Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired right wing Adam Hall from the Nashville Predators in exchange for center Dominic Moore.
Then traded Moore to Pittsburgh... from the Nashville Predators,
Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club acquired forward Dominic Moore from the New York Rangers for forward Adam Hall. The Predators then acquired a third-round choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft from the Pittsburgh Penguins for Moore and forward Libor Pivko (LEE-bohr PEEV-koh).

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Goalies In Waiting

Something Kevin Allen said a few days ago on Detroit radio got me to thinking. Kevin mentioned the Predators are concerned about the health of Vokoun and they really are not talking about the situation. I believe he has a check-up scheduled late this month and hopefully he receives a green light to begin working out. But what if he doesn't? The Preds feel they are strong enough to compete in the Western Conference, but without Vokoun in net, they will have to depend on Chris Mason again, something they may not want to do. So are the teams that have a surplus of goalies waiting to see how the Vokoun situation plays-out before they start serious trade talks with other teams? Makes sense to me, if Vokoun can't come back, the trade options become much more valuable to the teams holding onto a goalie. If Vokoun does come back, then the teams are in the same position that they are now, so why not wait? What's another few weeks!

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The Cup Touches The Marines

You may remember Glen Wesley took the Cup to Camp Lejeune recently. Great write-up... from John McGourty of NHL.com,

As a member of the Stanley Cup-winning Hurricanes, Wesley was entitled to one day with the Stanley Cup and he decided to spend part of that day with members of Wounded Warrior Barracks at Camp Lejeune. Wesley hoped it would help pay respect and raise the spirits of the wounded Marines and that it did. It was an amazing visit. The Marines joked with Wesley about his injuries and theirs. Some compared the severity of the injuries that he's suffered stopping pucks and being banged into the boards to the injuries they've received from suicide bombers, improvised explosive devices and conventional ordnance.
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Nolan Stays Out Of It

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Ted Nolan, still feeling his way around as coach of the New York Islanders, wants it known that he didn't have a hand in the dismissal of general manager Neil Smith. He claims he never even saw it coming. "I was at home when (owner) Charles (Wang) called," the recently hired Nolan told Sportsnet. "He asked me if I was sitting down and I said 'why' and he said he fired Neil. He said it was for philosophical reasons.'"
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Belfour Looking At Florida

from TSN,

Sources tell TSN Belfour is in Florida today working out for the Panthers. If the 41-year-old netminder passes his medical evaluation it is believed the Panthers will sign him to a one year deal that could pay him as much as $1.5 million.

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Replacing Luongo

from the Miami Herald,

If Alex Auld has noticed the pictures, it's hard to tell. A poster hanging at Incredible Ice touts the Roberto Luongo Goalie School, the former Panthers goaltender staring down on those who walk in. Another poster of Luongo in his old Florida uniform sits in the window of the pro shop. Auld spent Monday and Tuesday at the Coral Springs rink, helping coaches by giving guidance to youngsters at the goalie camp. Though he isn't the name player Luongo is, the kids seem to be happy the Panthers' new goalie is there to help. ''Everyone here has been so welcoming, and it's nice to see a positive feeling surrounding the team,'' Auld said.
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Team Chaos

from Alan Hahn of Newsday,

One person who surprisingly came to Smith's defense, Wang said, was former general manager Mike Milbury, who has remained with the Islanders as senior vice president but is no longer involved in hockey operations. Wang said Milbury tried to convince him to give Smith more time. Wang said he couldn't wait. "I know it would have gotten worse," Wang said. "When you know it's wrong and doesn't work, you feel it. And I've got to correct it . . . I didn't want this to go on longer in any way. I'm going to fix it and move on. For the fans, I think the last thing you want to do is have any kind of unrest or controversy in the middle of a season. It would be a disaster."
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