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Thursday morning I will be appearing on 'Hockey This Morning’ on Home Ice XM Satellite Channel 204 with Cam Stewart at 7:25 am EDT. I have been told a link will be available sometime tomorrow that will allow you to listen to the recorded interview. I will post when it is sent to me.

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Kukla’s Korner Forum

Visitors to Kukla's Korner- make sure to check out the Forum section of KK. We are nearing 200 members which means another drawing will be held for a $25 gift certificate from shop.nhl.com. Hockey conversation is beginning to pick up and many topics are discussed there which are not covered on KK.

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The Wait Is Over

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The father answered his cellphone late in the afternoon, heard the news and almost went silent. "I need a minute," the estranged father of Mike Danton said before catching his breath and digesting the words. "Can you read that back to me again?" Steve Jefferson doesn't have a lot of days of hope, not with his lost son behind American bars, not with everything that has gone on in his family's life. "Finally," he said, almost with elation. "I can't believe it has finally happened. I'm going to go home and my wife is going to bawl her eyes out. "We've been waiting so long for this."
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Leetch Wants To Stay In The East

from the Edmonton Journal,

You can forget the intriguing idea of the Oilers luring potential Hall-of-Fame defenceman Brian Leetch away from Boston to man Edmonton's blue-line. "We were kicking some tires there, but it's a dead issue now," confirmed Prendergast. "Brian, from what I understand, wants to stay in the East, where he's played all his career. If he doesn't get a contract with a team out there, I guess maybe he'll retire."
more on the Oilers including Lupol contract talks...

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Fighting For The Canucks

from the Vancouver Province,

Almost two years ago, before the lawyers descended on this case in great numbers, Canucks owner John McCaw reportedly warned Keith Beedie not to fight him or the case could get expensive. This, apparently, did not have the desired effect on the patriarch of the Beedie family. That won't be a problem, Beedie is said to have responded. But it's since turned into a very big problem for the Vancouver Canucks.
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Naming Rights (Wrongs)

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Corporate sports sponsorships often make a lot of dollars, but often times not a lot of sense. Of course, sometimes they do get it right. You have to admire the cajones it took for St. Louis to be called The Save Us Center or Pittsburgh to have the Lemon Arena (even though it’s often times misspelled on the programs). Nashville gets the Gaylord Entertainment Center? Thanks Brokeback Mountain.
read on

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Moving Forward With NBC Deal

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

NBC's profit-sharing television agreement with the National Hockey League will expire at the end of the coming season, but sources say the deal is likely to be extended two more years through 2009-10. The U.S. network's long-term strategy, insiders say, is to use NHL programming over the next four years to promote its coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic hockey tournament, in which NHL players will participate, but perhaps for the last time. The NHL could demand a rights fee in a contract renewal, but NBC will be in the driver's seat because it's unlikely another U.S. broadcaster will compete for rights.
more...plus information about CBC's 10 part series-Hockey, A People's History...

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The Best Ex-Senator

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

The crest on his chest says Chara is now a Bruin, but his heart, he says, is still here in Ottawa. If that sounds trite and something you might expect him to say to an Ottawa writer, Chara revealed yesterday Ottawa right now is his first choice as his home when his playing days are done. "I'm going to stay here. I'm not going back to Europe. I've gotten used to the North American style. I think Ottawa is going to be my home (when he retires)," said the 29-year-old. "I'm going to live here. Too bad things didn't work out."
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Gionta Plans To Attend Camp

from the Democrat & Chronicle,

Training camp is just three weeks away for the New Jersey Devils and Brian Gionta still doesn't have a contract. But Gionta, a lifelong resident of Greece, expects to be on the ice, contrary to reports out of New York on Tuesday. A story in the New York Post said Gionta is contemplating a holdout until his contract is signed. "I didn't say anything like that," Gionta said on Tuesday afternoon. "I have no plans of that whatsoever."
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Report- Captain Lidstrom

from the Detroit Free Press,

Nicklas Lidstrom will be the next captain of the Red Wings, replacing Steve Yzerman, the Free Press has learned. But the team is holding off on a formal announcement, according to a person in the organization, to make a big splash before the season starts. Training camp opens Sept. 15 in Traverse City.
continued added 7:50am, While on the subject of Captains, is Sidney Crosby ready to wear the "C"? from the AP via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
"If one day whoever makes that decision decides they'd like me to have it, it would be a huge honor," said Crosby, designated by Therrien as an alternate captain immediately after the coach was hired in December. "But, at the same time, it's something you have to earn. That's not something you take lightly. For me it's my second year, so it's not something you're thinking about. I'm working on improving myself as a player and a person, and that's all I really worry about."
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