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Sabres In A Bind

from the Buffalo News,

As press gatherings go, Tuesday was not one of the Sabres' better days. Brian Campbell was supposed to be on hand to discuss his new two-year contract but failed to show because of a miscommunication. Then there was the news release, which generously announced Campbell's deal as "multiyear." "Well, two years is longer than one," said General Manager Darcy Regier. That says a lot about the state of the Sabres, who have a slew of free agents yet to sign in a volatile NHL marketplace.... The Sabres are in a bind, with so many emerging players positioning themselves to hit free agency as soon as possible. You can't blame them. In the end, pro athletes are mainly interested in getting paid. Generally, they go for the best deal, whether it's here or elsewhere. Maybe that's why fans obsess so much over logos. Logos stay no matter who wears the jersey. The players have one main allegiance, and that's to themselves.
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Ducks Vs. Kings

from the Daily News,

A major portion of the dressing-room area at the Kings' training facility in El Segundo is being renovated this summer, an apt metaphor for a franchise in search of an entire new identity and direction. The Kings are in overhaul mode, but the Ducks mostly have been buffing and shining. A new logo here, an all-world defenseman there and voila, it's a ready-made Stanley Cup contender. It's been 13 years since the Ducks joined the Kings in the Southern California hockey market, and this is by far their most interesting off-season as neighbors. The Ducks have made their championship aspirations clear while the Kings are attempting to rebuild but still remain competitive in the short term.
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Expectations High For Havlat

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Martin Havlat understands he's in a new sporting marketplace in Chicago, facing an entirely different challenge. While he's not quite ready to accept the tag as saviour of the Blackhawks franchise -- an organization that has missed the playoffs for seven of the past eight seasons -- the club has nonetheless put those lofty expectations on the former Ottawa Senators' right-winger.
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Hockey Cards Booming

from the Globe and Mail,

Sensational rookies Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin and Dion Phaneuf did more than spark a resurgence of interest in hockey among average fans this past season. They also reignited the passion of card collectors, which had been all but snuffed out by the National Hockey League lockout of 2004-05. Then out of nowhere came another hot rookie commodity in the Stanley Cup playoffs, Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward, who became the postseason star of the card galaxy. "We can say that our hockey business is actually performing at a remarkably high level compared to all other sports and entertainment lines," said Kerri Stockholm, Upper Deck's senior marketing manager for sports.
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Roberts Likely Staying With Florida

from the Toronto Star,

Panthers GM Mike Keenan told reporters in Florida yesterday that there's almost no chance he'll grant Roberts his request to be traded to the Leafs for the final year of his two-year deal. "I don't know if it's dead, but we're not making any progress and we've pretty much put it to rest as far as we're concerned," Keenan said. "The expectation is that he'll be back in a Panther uniform. His agent (Rick Curran) confirmed that he is going to play hockey next year. He's going to have to deal with that from a family perspective."
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Salary Cap Tables

David at Hockey Analysis has completed a major project...

I have finally ocmpleted the salary cap commitment tables for all 30 NHL teams. I plan on keeping these as up to date as possible as the off season goes on and as trades and fre agent signings occur. I make no guarantees that the numbers are 100% accurate but they are accurate to the best of my knowledge. One thing to remember when browsing through these tables is that the numbers are not a players actual salary but rather the salary cap hit fromt he players contract (usually the average annual salary over the term of the contract).

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Player Signings For Wednesday

via the Rocky Mountain News,

Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles avoided salary arbitration Tuesday when he signed a two-year contract, according to a source close to the situation. The deal was sent to the league for approval and is expected to be officially announced today.

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Today’s Word On Belfour

from the Detroit Free Press,

Communication between the Red Wings and goaltender Ed Belfour stalled Tuesday, but Belfour's agent remained upbeat about the likelihood of reaching an agreement. The Wings and Belfour representative Ron Salcer hadn't spoken as of Tuesday evening, but Salcer sounded confident the two were on common enough ground for something to be worked out.
continued I have felt since the day the Wings brought Belfour into town for a physical that this was some type of smokescreen. Now with some cap room available, they Wings just may be looking to shake-up their current roster and make a trade for a goalie that could include other players.

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Changes On The Radio Side For Nashville

from the Nashville City Paper,

Nashville Predators fans will be seeing more of Pete Weber and Terry Crisp, but for much of the 2006-07 season, they’ll hear less of them on radio. The City Paper has learned renowned broadcaster Eli Gold, best known as the voice of University of Alabama football and for his work on NASCAR’s Motor Racing Network, will be the radio play-by-play broadcaster for the games which are televised.
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Sutter Stepping Down As Calgary Coach

from the Calgary Sun,

Darryl Sutter is no longer the head coach of the Calgary Flames this morning. Sutter will remain the team's general manager but will hand the bench-boss reins to Jim Playfair, according to several sources. Sutter is expected to announce these changes at a press conference scheduled for this morning.
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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