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Many of you have been following along with the issue Detroit area Comcast subscribers are experiencing. If you want to watch the Tigers and just announced Red Wings and Pistons in HD and have Comcast, you are out of luck right now. Ken gives us the news at AVS Forum and scroll down a few posts to see it appears to be a contract issue with FSN and Comcast. FYI- Numerous emails to Comcast have gone unanswered.
from the Washington Capitals,
The Washington Capitals have signed free agent left wing Donald Brashear, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.thanks to a KK reader for the pointer...
from the CP via TSN,
The Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed top-four defenceman Joni Pitkanen to a one-year contract. The 22-year-old Finn had a career-high 46 points (13-33) and 78 penalty minutes in 58 games last season while leading the team in ice time (23:42).Also from the CP via TSN,
First-line centre Shawn Horcoff signed a $10.8-million US, three-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, avoiding salary arbitration.added 3:11pm, from the Sportsnet Tracker, Alex Auld officially signs with Panthers, 1yr $1.475 million.
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
They are two franchises fighting to make it back -- the Lightning back to the ranks of the absolute elite, the Blues back to at least the status of a competitive franchise that can rekindle the passion for the sport in what off and on has been one of the league's best markets.read on
Kevin Allen was on WDFN in Detroit today during their radiothon and mentioned Nashville is concerned about the health of Vokoun. They are not commenting much on his progress but something to keep an eye on. Kevin mentioned Samsonov is a great fit in Montreal and should have a great season. He also believes many of the Eastern teams have improved their team make-up through trades and signings this summer. Commented on Jiri Fischer, believes an option for him would be to play in Russia, doesn't see him returning tot the NHL. On Belfour, thinks it would be a great move by the Wings if Eddie agrees to the terms the Wings are offering. Allen sees no reason why the Wings should overpay for other goalies who are not yet established.
The world’s largest roller hockey tour, the North American Roller Hockey Championships (NARCh), will culminate in the NARCh Finals at the Hockey Centre in Mississaugua, Ontario, Canada, July 15-30, 2006. More than 382 teams from the U.S., Canada, Venezuela, France, Japan, Brazil, Colombia and the U.K. will compete in 940 games across 29 divisions in the two-week tournament. “This event is another showcase of hockey’s popularity around the world,” said Alysse Soll, NHL Vice President, Marketing. “The overwhelming interest by amateur roller hockey teams from all corners is a testament to the growth of the game.” "The response to this event in Ontario is incredible, which is evident by the number of teams,” said Daryn Goodwin, NARCh president. “There are teams from absolutely everywhere and the competition is better than ever."
The lineup was a two-hour wait from back to front, but still not enough time for Colleen Zaworski to compose herself at the sight of big Georges Laraque. Tears welled in her eyes as she told the fan favourite that the Edmonton Oilers made a mistake not re-signing him and how the community will miss him and his big smile. ''Biggest mistake since (trading) Wayne Gretzky,'' added Zaworski, trying to gather her kids and leave before more tears started to flow. ''We feel like we're losing our best friend ... . He's their idol.''continued
from the Tennessean,
On a steamy morning four summers ago, Jason Arnott glanced out his kitchen window and saw something floating in the backyard pool. He scrambled outside to find that his English bulldog, Rocky, had sunk close to the bottom. Arnott dove in and hauled the dog out, but Rocky's situation looked bleak. No breathing, stiff body, eyes bulging out. "He was pretty much dead,'' Arnott said. So Arnott did what any real dog-lover would do. He administered CPR.continued...Arnott talks about the Preds...
Sports Radio 1130 WDFN's 9th Annual Stoney & Wojo Radiothon for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is taking place from 3pm on Thursday, July 13 to 7pm on Friday, July 14. Some great items of interest to hockey fans are available, including a Carolina Hockey jersey signed by the entire team. That item is not listed but is available throughout the radiothon and the high bid at the time of this post was $350. Aaron Ward provided the jersey to the station. Also availaable is a Swedish Olympic Hockey jersey signed by five of the Swedes from the Wings who participated in the games. The current bid for this item is $700. For more information, see the WDFN website. update 11:06am, Many local and national figures have been calling into the show, offering their support. One guest was Ken Holland. He menitoned the Wings are still talking with Belfour but he now has had a few trade options for a goalie if the negotiations with Belfour don't materialize.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Every year, we ask: Is the Avalanche sellout streak, the longest in the four major leagues, about to end? The question was appropriate to an unprecedented degree a year ago, with the NHL coming off a dark season and the Avalanche suddenly minus Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote. It is even more pertinent now, with Alex Tanguay, Rob Blake and Dan Hinote also gone and other signs pointing to a possible deterioration of the on-ice product. The gloomy prognosis could turn out to be wrong, of course, and as the re-signings of Joe Sakic and the others attest, it's not as if the Avalanche completely turtled on the contract front and let everyone depart. But the streak is in danger.continued
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