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Dater Thinks

from All Things Avs by Adrian Dater,

• Ryan Smyth will score 40-50 goals for the Avalanche IF he plays on a line with Paul Stastny, not Joe Sakic.
• Patrick Roy will be a coach in the NHL within two years.
• Dominik Hasek will spend part of much of the season on the injured list with Detroit.
• Sheldon Souray will be the biggest free-agent bust, for Edmonton.
• Milan Hejduk will NOT be traded anywhere.

much more, some Foppa talk too…

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Dallas Stars Face The Lack Of UFA Movement

fromm Jim Lites, President of the Dallas Stars,

Over 15,000 people read the unfiltered letter that we sent out to the fans via e-mail. I’ve received over 750 response e-mails and we’d like to thank everyone for their feedback. I have been reading every one of them. We were very pleased to see that most of the responses (literally 95%) supported the team and our decisions thus far in the free agent market and trusts that we will do a good job in putting a quality product on the ice once again in 2007-08.
Most of the e-mails voiced appreciation for sending the letter, thanking us for staying connected to our fans and letting everyone know where we stand. Our policy has always been to keep an open line of communication with our fans and that will continue.

continued... and you have to give the Stars credit for addressing this issue with their fans…

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Washington Signs Clark To 3yr Extension

The Washington Capitals have signed right wing and team captain Chris Clark to a three-year contract extension through the 2010-11 season, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Chris is a consummate professional and a terrific leader,” said vice president and general manager George McPhee. “He has been an integral part of our team’s growth in the past two seasons, both on and off the ice. We are excited that he will be a Washington Capital for many years to come.”

more on the signing at the Caps site…

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Hockey Loses An Institution With The Passing Of Dave Fay

Long-time Washington Times hockey writer Dave Fay has died after a lengthy battle with cancer. Dave recently was named winner of the Elmer Ferguson Award for his years of service covering the Capitals since their infancy.
The Hockey Hall of Fame will honor Fay’s memory with the official presentation of the Ferguson award to Fay’s family in November.

“He was one of the most beloved characters in our association,” said Professional Hockey Writers Association president Kevin Allen. “He was the loveable curmudgeon, an old-school reporter who played the journalism game with his elbows up. He had a biting humor that has entertained his colleagues for many, many years. We have lost a hockey institution.”

You can read more about Dave from this press release from the Hockey Hall of Fame (scroll down).

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added 9:25pm, Nice write up on Dave at the Caps website...

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Schaefer Will Help Bruins

from the Boston Herald,

Schaefer’s 46 points would have ranked him third on the B’s behind only Marc Savard and Patrice Bergeron. This year he’ll likely be lined up alongside one of them on one of the top two lines.
“He played some second line and some third line in Ottawa,” said Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning. “We think he can be one of our top six forwards. He’s got a chance to play on one of our top two lines. He’ll kill penalties and can play some power play.
“He gives everything he has every shift of every game. He’s good along the wall and at getting in on the forecheck. He has the opportunity to be a 20-goal guy, maybe more.”

more

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He Keeps Skating

from the News Journal,

Frank Costa’s life seems pretty normal on the surface. He owns a small business, has a couple of kids, loves his new girlfriend.
But a closer look shows that he’s got a $70-a-week habit.
Frank Costa is a hockey junkie.
Costa can’t not play, not even for a day. Today will mark 730 consecutive days he has skated, stickhandled and shot a vulcanized rubber puck.
That’s two years without a single day off. Rink owners throughout the region open on Easter Sunday and Christmas Day, so Costa can keep his streak alive.

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Jacobs Recommends Sabres Raise Ticket Prices

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

News: NHL Board of Governors chairman Jeremy Jacobs says the Sabres need to raise ticket prices.
View: Yeah, that should be an easy sell, eh? The Clouseau-esque management in Buffalo bumbled away the team’s two top forwards to free agency shortly after failing to live up to high expectations in the playoffs. That’s the perfect time to ask the fans to dig a little deeper.
Thing is Jacobs, who doubles as the owner of Buffalo’s divisional rivals in Boston, is right. There’s still a waiting list for season tickets in Buffalo, and the team has built considerable goodwill over the past couple seasons. A minor price bump on top of what currently rank as the lowest prices in the league would be unlikely to eat away at that, and four bucks a ticket would generate an extra $3 million that could be used toward player procurement in the future.

read on plus more news and views…

added 12:06pm, Adam Proteau of the Hockey News on the comments from Jacobs,

This man deserves a spot on Last Comic Standing. He’s been jacking up the cost of Bruins tickets for decades, and look what’s happened to them. If I were Sabres owner Thomas Golisano, I’d be doing the opposite of whatever Jacobs says.

read more from Adam…

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Flames Developing Elite Athletes

from the Calgary Sun,

“We’re trying to be more cutting edge than any other team in the National Hockey League to be successful.”
That Flames philosophy suits new head coach Mike Keenan just fine.
He’s been preaching the importance of physical fitness for years.
“It’s something that I’ve always stressed because it is measurable,” Keenan said. “It’s not the mental side of the game, where there’s a lot of variables we’re not certain about. This is an absolute.
“You have to come into camp and prepare yourself as a professional to really be able to utilize your skill set.”
With the summer campers ranging in age from 18-24, there are a few different ongoing levels of development.

more

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Local Nashville Group To Meet With Bettman

from the Tennessean,

The next step in the sale of the Predators could come as early as today.
Sources familiar with the situation confirmed late Tuesday that current owner Craig Leipold and members of a Nashville group which has bid for the team will travel to New York this morning to meet with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
It is believed Leipold plans to sign a letter of intent to sell the Predators to either the local group or to California-based businessman William “Boots” Del Biaggio III.

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Retire Before It Is Too Late

fromAlan Adams of Sportsnet,

Why do NHLers keep trucking when either their time is up or the next hit they take might cause permanent damage?
This question is being posed here in light of the fact that Jeremy Roenick is waffling about whether to retire and Eric Lindros is looking for a team to play for in September.
We’re not dumping on either Lindros or Roenick here.
When they were in their prime, Lindros and Roenick were worth the price of admission. They could carry a team on their back - they each have at one time or another - and no one could question their leadership.
But that was then and this is now.

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