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Howard Considered #3 Goalie

Of interest to Wing fans... from Maine Today,

Jimmy Howard's ascent through professional hockey will not be rushed, according to Jim Nill, the Detroit Red Wings' assistant general manager. Howard signed a three-year deal with Detroit last week, giving up his senior season at Maine, and is expected to head to Grand Rapids, Mich., to play for the Wings' top minor-league team.

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Rags Should Extend Offer Sheet To Kovalchuk

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Joe Thornton won't be available next summer, and neither will Vincent Lecavalier. Martin St. Louis and Marian Hossa are locked up, too. In other words, all that cap space the Rangers will have available for a franchise player in 2006 is looking more and more as if it will be nothing more than vast, empty air. Moreover, it is likely to remain that way in 2007 and 2008. Liberalized freedom in the NHL has essentially erased the distinction between restricted and unrestricted free agents. If a new paradigm has been established in this first capped off-season in league history, it's that teams will pay whatever is required to keep young, marquee talent off the open market. Which, among other reasons, is why the Rangers should immediately extend a six-year, maximum-contract offer sheet of $7.8 million per year to Atlanta's unsigned Ilya Kovalchuk, the 22-year-old left winger who, three seasons into his career, has emerged as the NHL's most dynamic goal scorer.

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Bad Move By Sens

from the Toronto Sun,

The Sam Pollock theory of trading -- established long before the days of salary caps points the winner of any trade as the team that comes away with the best player. By that definition, the Ottawa Senators lost out by dealing Marian Hossa to the Atlanta Thrashers for Dany Heatley.

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Tarnstrom Awarded $1.6 Million

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Defenseman Dick Tarnstrom was awarded a one-year, $1.6 million contract by an arbitrator on Sunday, and now Penguins general manager Craig Patrick is on the clock. He has until Monday morning to decide whether to accept the ruling and keep the 30-year-old on the roster, turn it down and let him walk as an unrestricted free agent or trade him. If Patrick rejects the offer, he could still negotiate with Tarnstrom as an unrestricted free agent.

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No More Trap

from the Pioneer Press,

Lemaire has to reprogram his players and defense-first game plan to function in a new NHL hardwired for more offense. Scores of players have changed uniforms via trades or free agency since the lockout ended last month, recalibrating the power structure of both conferences. But the key to success this season could come down to how quickly teams adjust their style to another obstruction crackdown and rink alterations designed to create more room for playmakers. Trapping teams like the Wild, who rely lesson the defensive scheme than when they entered the NHL in 2000, could be caught chasing air if they simply extend their flypaper across the neutral zone and try to pounce on opponents' turnovers. Not with two-line passes providing an escape route for attacking teams and four less feet of center ice for defenders to trap.

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Ambassador Gretzky

from the Airizona Republic,

The co-owner, managing partner and coach of the Phoenix Coyotes also will briefly serve as a diplomat when the Canada Arizona Business Council gathers for a pre-season game at the Glendale Arena on Sept. 16. The Canadian icon, who was named coach earlier this month, will address the group of 50 or more business leaders whose goal is to improve trade between Arizona and Canada. The Gretzky effect already has led to the Coyotes selling 1,000 new season tickets in the past three weeks, Moss said. "I think there will be an increase in visibility," Moss said. "There will be more TV games here and more TV games in Canada."

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Wings Trade Rumor

This trade was posted on Sportsnet earlier this morning but now pulled ( I did not see it but the talk is it was up on the site but no longer there). To Detroit: N.Antropov, T.Kaberle, C.Colaiacovo To Toronto: H.Zetterberg, N.Kronwall update 2:25pm. Did a little research and this rumor is just that. Now the word is Sportsnet posted this rumor last night, but I was watching the Sportsnet site quite a bit last night and saw nothing. Time to move on and get both of Zetterberg and Datsyuk signed and in the red and white.

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Zetterberg and Datsyuk Meet Again

Datsyuk and Zetterberg played in a charity hockey game and were interviewed by Sport Bladet. Following is again, a very rough translation... Yesterday met Detroit's bigliest number states in a välgörenhetsmatch in Umeå. Two players as no actually believed on in draften, but as grown to two of hockey world even bigliest number states. And both wants to stay in Detroit. - yes, the is my first choice, says the Russian Pavel Datsyuk to Sportbladet. - I want to back to NHL. Although the goes to serve equally a lot of money in Russia, sows plays I rather in Nord- amerika. Datsyuk wants to have more Datsyuk served 1,5 millions dollars in Detroit the previous season. More than double so a lot of as Zäta. - and I want to of course to have more now, says Datsyuk. How is the situation in the negotiations? - I cannot claim that we are near in the negotiations, but not neither 10 km apart. So we may see. What believes you about Zetterberg? - he is a fantastic player and buddy. Detroit has without doubtly councils to retain us both. But Zäta has ended up in a tough negotiation situation with Detroit. In order to retain the rights to the Swede each the forced to give him a contract proposal before August 15. According to all reports each that a shame offer. - alone goes I not in on some figures, says Zäta. - of course each I not entirely pleased with that offer I might. Otherwise, I had of course already wrote on. Zetterberg wants to have more Zetterberg is an off the victims for the the new salary ceiling in NHL. Detroit have been forced to more or less halve your salary costs from last year. Lateliest NHL-säsongen 2003/the 04 caused Swede long, far over your salary on 675000 dollars, as placed him in NHL: s bottom swamps lönemässigt. - the is clear that I want to up in salary and I hopes still that the will loose himself. A lot of acts well also about how the long contract will last, says Zäta. A normal season, and in a team with more scope up to the salary ceiling's maximum 39 millions dollars, willed a player as Henrik Zetterberg end up around two millions dollars in yearly salary. - but I understood that the willed become difficult then I saw was the salary ceiling ended up. - now has Detroit done clearlily with Niklas Kronwall also, sows now is the only I and Pavel left, says Zäta.

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The Flawed Genius

from the Belfast Telegraph,

When the lights crank up and flood the ice at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast with the hope of a new hockey season, taking centre stage will be a North American National Hockey League (NHL) superstar. Belfast, of course, might not be the most obvious next step for a man who has won virtually every honour in his sport. But given the journey that has taken Theo Fleury (37) from a small town and an unkind childhood to the heights of NHL fame, it may well be exactly the gentle landing the boy from Russell, Manitoba - and the Belfast Giants - need. The 10-team Elite League, of which the Giants is a part, has had its ups and downs over the past few years. Indeed, the Giants have had their own problems. Team members have had to take pay cuts and ticket sales are down. In the Elite League chat rooms, fans are talking about Fleury with excitement. "Theo Fleury is God!" emotes one fan. Others are more cautious: "He'll be a great signing ? if he's given up his drug problems."

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Hockey In Iraq

from the Duluth News-Tribune,

One night recently, just after dusk, a convoy of Humvees came to an abrupt halt as it was leaving the Camp Warhorse military base in Iraq. A soldier in the passenger seat of the lead vehicle climbed out, camera in hand, and stared, agape, at the silhouettes of seven figures gliding in skates atop a large concrete slab. "Hey guys, can you believe this?" he yelled to his fellow soldiers inside the Humvee, just before snapping a few photos and driving off. "Hockey in Iraq. Now I've seen everything."

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