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Joni Pitkanen Signs For 1yr

from the CP via Yahoo,

The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Joni Pitkanen to a one-year contract, US$2.4-million contract, a source said Friday.
The 23-year-old was acquired from Philadelphia earlier this summer in a trade that saw Jason Smith and Joffrey Lupul go to the Flyers.
Pitkanen had been scheduled for a salary arbitration hearing after the Flyers requested one - something teams can now do under the collective bargaining agreement.

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Right To Play

If you haven’t been following the diary Andrew Ference is keeping while in Africa, you should be..

I can truthfully say that today was, culturally, the most amazing day of my life.
The chance to be invited into the home of a villager of Nyamburi is something that cannot be bought from any safari company and has not found the pages of a travel guidebook.
Through the local connections and relationships of the “Right to Play” volunteers, our morning was spent as guests of one such villager, Mr. Pius Cha Cha, his five wives and fifteen children.

more at BostonBruins.com…

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Report- Yashin Will Play In Russia

from Sport Express with a rough translation… As it became known to the correspondent “SE” to Paul STRIZHEVSKOMU, on 33-years [center] some clubs of a superleague apply. But most likely Yashin will appear in Yaroslavl “Locomotive” in which it has lead an ending [lockout] a season—2004/05. Moreover, mother of the hockey player last night has confirmed this information to the correspondent “SE” to Igor Larin.

from Lokomotiv with a another rough translation… Aleksey [Yashin] [provedet] the season of 2007-2008[gg]. in “the locomotive”
As a result [pregovorov] between hockey club “locomotive” and Aleksey [Yashin] with the participation of the governor of region Anatoliy Ivanovich Lisitzin, the side they came to agreement, that in the following season Aleksey will speak in favor of Yaroslavl command.

added 1:26pm, from the CP via TSN,

The Russian centre agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Locomotiv (Yaroslavl) of the Russian League on Friday, bolting the NHL after 12 seasons. Russian teams do not disclose financial terms but The Canadian Press can confirm the deal does not include an out clause to return to the NHL next season.

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Preds Display New Jersey

from the Nashville Predators,

The Nashville Predators entered the newest era in equipment innovation, unveiling their newly redesigned and technologically-advanced jerseys for the 2007-08 season at a team rally held Thursday inside the Sommet Center….
“It is going to be a change that I think is needed,” Legwand said. “Obviously they are going to be tighter-fitting, and that will be weird at first, but I think we will all get used to it. The game changes, and I think it is time for a change – there really hasn’t been a jersey change since the ‘70s and ‘80s. This is going to be a big one, but people should like them.”

read on and see a few pictures of the new design…

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Balsillie Would Decline Revenue Sharing

from the Hamilton Spectator,

Jim Balsillie’s bid to bring an NHL hockey team to Hamilton includes a promise not to accept any money from the league’s revenue-sharing program, The Spectator has learned.
“We’d waive any revenue-sharing entitlement that we would have under the current collective bargaining agreement,” Balsillie’s lawyer Richard Rodier confirmed to The Spectator yesterday.
Rodier would not say why Balsillie made that pledge to the NHL, through Commissioner Gary Bettman, but it was likely intended as a show of good faith about the Hamilton market.

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A New Kasparaitis

from The Maven at MSG Network,

It would be an understatement to tell you that the (still) Rangers defenseman looks fabulous. He told me that he’s dropped something like 20 pounds, looks 10 years younger than the last time he skated for the Blueshirts and is determined to make a comeback.
“They (Rangers) didn’t buy me out,” he chortled. “And I saw Glen (Sather) recently and even he was surprised at how good I looked.”
If Kasper performs in training camp as well as he looks now, I believe that he has a good chance of making the New York varsity, no matter who the competition might be.
I only hope he has a fair chance.

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Credibility Counts

from the Palm Beach Post,

A major hurdle facing bloggers who want more access are questions of credibility and accountability. Many sites lack old-school journalism standards regarding fairness and ethics.
“In the independent blog, you are your own boss, so you’re not going to fire yourself,” said Perlmutter, the KU professor. “Technically, bloggers are accountable to no one.”
Nonetheless, when it comes to libel law, bloggers can be held to the standards of traditional media.
“The same rules apply, but it might be that nobody cares about a nut on the Internet,” said attorney Sam Terilli, a former general counsel of The Miami Herald who teaches Media Law and Ethics at the University of Miami.

read on... some NHL blogger talk too.

There is that word again, credibility, which always is at the top of the list when this discussion is brought up.  It is a word that I try to live up to on a daily basis. 
A few bloggers don’t know the meaning of the word, and continue to ignore it.

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Peca Feels He Could Help Buffalo

from the Buffalo News,

“I feel like I can help the team in a lot of ways and be a positive influence on the ice and in the community,” Peca said. “With Chris Drury gone, I see myself helping in key defensive situations, key faceoff situations and with leadership.
“I wouldn’t feel I need to be [the captain]. My role and expectations wouldn’t change regardless of that. There’s a lot of good, young, developing leadership on that team.”
Peca said he has some attractive options. The New York Rangers are believed to be in pursuit. Carolina Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette, who had Peca with the New York Islanders, called frequently before the Hurricanes swung a deal with the Rangers to bring back Matt Cullen.
“I’m still hoping Buffalo will be in the mix,” Peca said. “I hope that the organization sees me as a guy that can come in and help. I’ve been telling people every day out in the community that Buffalo is my first choice if it’s an option.”

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New Owner Will Decide Fate Of Preds

from the Daily News Journal,

Without question, it was a feel-good day for the franchise, the local hockey community and the Predators themselves.
Chances are, though, it accomplished little, if anything.
After all, this was not the first time the Predators held a ticket drive. Back in 1997, they needed 12,000 commitments before the franchise was approved by the NHL commissioner and its board of governors. Every day for weeks the count was updated until that number was reached and Middle Tennessee’s place on the professional sports map was secured.
Then what happened? Within three or four years, the number of Predators’ season-ticket holders had dropped by more than one-third.
Let’s face it: Ticket drives (or any sort of drive, for that matter) are effective only to a point. Everyone likes to feel as if they are a part of something, but rarely do such tactics produce any sort of long-lasting results.

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David Aebischer Heading To Phoenix?

I am hearing a little rumbling today that David Aebischer will be a signing a 1yr deal with the Phoenix Coyotes.
More information as it becomes available.
I should do these rumor things all the time, drawing millions of hits!!! lol

added 6:03pm, Confirmed through DavidAebischer.com...

added 6:41pm, from the Phoenix Coyotes,

“With the signing of David Aebischer we have taken the next step in creating depth at the goaltending position,” said Maloney.

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