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Doctor In The House

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Dr. David S. Mulder Chair in Trauma Care, still looking after men who play a boys' game as the team physician of the Montreal Canadiens? The Game makes him do it, he says. Hockey does. "I played hockey in a little farm town in Saskatchewan ... in Eston," Mulder said. "It's a grain farming town of 1,500 people. My father was a farmer. He immigrated from Holland. He played soccer. We didn't even know what soccer was in this little town, but everybody played hockey, and I got into playing at all levels: atom, peewee ... all through the ranks. "I was going to be the next Gordie Howe," he added with a tight, little smile. Say what?
read on...long but take the time out to read it...

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The Name Helps

from the Rocky Mountain News,

Think of hockey playing families and the Sutter brothers of Viking, Alberta, quickly come to mind. Brent, Brian, Darryl, Duane, Rich and Ron Sutter played in the NHL with varying degrees of success. Then there are the Stastnys, led by Hall of Famer Peter, who in 15 seasons with Quebec, New Jersey and St. Louis recorded 450 goals and 789 assists; he retired after the 1994-95 season and ranks second behind Joe Sakic on the Nordiques/Avalanche career scoring list with 1,048 points. Peter's brothers, Anton and Marian, also enjoyed successful NHL careers, combining for 373 goals and 557 assists in the 1980s. Now it's Paul Stastny's turn to keep up the family tradition.
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Battle In Goal

from the Boston Herald,

Based on youth and pedigree - the 22-year-old Toivonen was drafted 29th overall, the 32-year-old Thomas was an unheralded free agent signee - it would appear Toivonen is poised to make a push for the No. 1 spot, though Thomas proved capable of carrying the load for a stretch. “My interests are, first off, making the team, secondly, getting playing time and then getting to my own level and just improve and improve,” said Toivonen, who skated with a nearly full complement of rookies yesterday. “I know I can play in this league, and I know I’m capable of doing it well.”
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Sykora Likes Edmonton

from Robin Brownlee of the Edmonton Sun,

It's only September, but Sykora likes it here! He wants to be here. Really "I would like to do that. I'd like to stay," said Sykora, who hasn't played a single shift for the Oilers yet. "I really see myself doing well here. It's a good team. It's an offensive team. It's a team on the way up. It's a good situation here."
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Still To Be Answered

from the Toronto Sun,

The big story last year was the rebirth of the NHL and in Year 2 of the rebirth, it's on to proper parenting techniques. Here are some major questions heading into the 2006-07 season: 1. HOW HAS THE SALARY CAP CHANGED THE WAY TEAMS OPERATE? - The goal of letting small-market and frugal spenders compete on a level field was achieved to a degree when the final four included Carolina, the Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks. But this year will be more challenging with the cap rising to $44 million US, tricky salary arbitration and a lower bar for unrestricted free agency that will impact a team's highest-paid player down to its first-round draft pick.
many more questiona & answers...

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Without Yzerman

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star via the Ottawa Citizen,

His teammates knew the anguish Yzerman put himself though in an effort to prolong his playing days. "He was suffering a lot," Holmstrom said. "He couldn't play as well as he wanted to. "There was a lot of pain that he was going through, especially with his (surgically repaired right) knee. You could see how much it hurt him. "Before he had the bad knee, he could do so much with the puck. And even with the bad knee, he could be our best player still." With Yzerman gone, life goes on for the Wings, defending President's Trophy winners as the NHL's top regular-season team. There is still a season to prepare for and games to be played.
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Gionta Going “Camping”

from the NY Post (reg. req.),

The Devils will owe Brian Gionta one. Their record goal-scorer intends to attend training camp on his own dime. After considering sitting out camp while unsigned as a restricted free agent, the 48-goal man was in the process yesterday of obtaining insurance to cover the substantial career risk of scrimmages and exhibitions to a star without a contract.

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A 15 Year Deal

from Newsday,

According to an NHL executive, Islanders owner Charles Wang and DiPietro are on the verge of announcing they have reached agreement on a 15-year contract worth $67.5 million. The deal is believed to be the longest in NHL history and second in the history of major North American professional sports behind the 25-year deal worth $25 million that Magic Johnson signed with the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers in 1981. DiPietro, who turns 25 a week from today, is scheduled to receive $4.5 million in each season of the contract. Although the total financial package represents a major investment by the Islanders, DiPietro's salary ranks eighth among NHL goaltenders for the coming season, leaves them $2 million under the current salary cap and should look like more of a bargain as the cap rises in the future.
more from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,
Of course, we all have been told that the Islanders are being run by a committee these days, and of course, we don't believe it. The decision to give the unproven goalie one of the longest contracts in the history of pro sports is not the work of a committee. It has the fingerprints of only one man, owner Charles Wang, who likes to think big. County officials forced Wang to abandon his plan for a huge tower at the proposed Coliseum redevelopment, so he has decided to do the next-best thing. He is making a monument out of a 24-year-old goalie who has decent statistics but never has won a playoff series or an Olympic medal. The deal isn't horrible. Silly, maybe, but not horrible. It is not going to hamstring the Islanders the way Wang's misguided 10-year, $87.5-million commitment to Alexei Yashin has hurt them. They are going to pay DiPietro an average of $4.5 million a year, which probably is a lower salary than he would get if he were to become a free agent in two years.
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Report- Kozlov To NYI

via the NY Post (reg req.), The Islanders will sign center Viktor Kozlov to a one-year deal, The Post has learned, though goalie Rick DiPietro remains unsigned with just three days remaining before training camp.

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