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Still No Decision

from the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette,

An NHL-imposed deadline passed yesterday with no immediate word on a response from or action taken by the Russian hockey federation. That leaves the status of Penguins prospect Evgeni Malkin -- who yesterday turned 20 -- uncertain. An NHL spokesman late yesterday said he did not know of any news from Russia or the IIHF, and a Penguins spokesman said the team had not heard anything.
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It Just May Work

from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,

I unroll my Joe Namath poster. I dig out my Mickey Lolich trading cards. "What are you doing?" my coworker asks. "Didn't you hear?" I say. "Dominik Hasek is back. He's the Red Wings' goalie again." "So?" he says. "So?" I say. "Who knows what's next?" I find my white shoes from the Billy (White Shoes) Johnson era. I pull them over my Fab Five gym shorts. I lift an old can of hairspray, Dry Control, by Vitalis.
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Good News For TV Viewers

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-The NHL’s most vexing officiating problem - Diving - is being examined and re-examined, in the hopes of producing a better handle on the penalty next season. Meanwhile, don’t expect any notable rule changes. League officials believe both fans and players need another year to fully digest and acclimatize themselves to the new standard. -Expect some startling improvements in team telecasts next season. We’re told the NHL’s pro-active, new TV guru, John Shannon, made an emphatic impression with team production people at the recent league-wide meetings. The results will be on screen starting in October! -John Davidson means business in St. Louis. He’s added Doug Weight, Jay McKee, Bill Guerin and Dan Hinote. Expect a vet goalie to arrive within the next weeks. How about Manny Legace?
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A Seinfeldian Theme

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Sportswriters are generally viewed as occupational hazards by front-office officials — disliked, tolerated, occasionally respected, but hardly viewed as the type you'd want to bring into the organization. That's why Doug Risebrough's decision to make Boston Red Sox beat writer Chris Snow the Minnesota Wild's director of hockey operations did more than raise eyebrows. It was a shocker. Risebrough, the Wild's president and general manager, laughed when he was asked whether his move was met with disapproval by his National Hockey League colleagues. “What I've found most amusing is the reaction from the media,” he said. “They're saying, ‘What were you thinking?' I'm saying, ‘What's the big deal?'”
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Take A Deep Breath

from the News & Observer,

Jones -- who broke the law by tearing jerseys down from Union Square statues dressed up for the Canes' playoff run -- blasted the Historical Commission for its silence about the jerseys during the 2002 playoffs and again this year. "Do you think Andrew Jackson, sitting majestically on his horse while wearing a Hurricanes jersey was awe-inspiring and thought provoking?" Jones said to the commission. "No, it was a distraction and derailed the purpose of the monument to both educate and honor."
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Real Hope For Minnesota

from CBS Sportsline,

Well, so much for using the "F-word" to describe the Minnesota Wild these days. And if frugal doesn't apply anymore, neither does cheapskate or any similar labels often associated with an organization that has sold out almost every home game it has played but has put only one playoff team on the ice since joining the NHL in the 2000-01 season. In the space of a few short weeks this summer, the Wild has pointedly shifted gears. They have become big spenders -- not to mention legitimate playoff contenders -- by undertaking a remodeling effort that would make Ty from Extreme Makeover proud.
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Wings Talking With Carter

Ken Holland was just on WDFN in Detroit and mentioned if he could get Anson Carter to agree to a one year deal, they just may have something. But Carter wants a longer term deal and Holland only wants a player to commit to a deal for one year. Ken also mentioned he is talking with a few teams who may have that type of player available. He is looking for someone to score 20-25 goals and also stated if things work out with this type of player, he would extend a contract offer like he did with Samuelsson.

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Hasek A Wing

Wings will announce shortly that Dominik Hasek will be joining the team for the upcoming season. added 12:19pm, added a poll in the KKF on this subject. update on the tele-conference that took place at 1pm, Both Holland and Hasek were available on different phone lines. Holland: In early July he called Hasek's agent to see if Dom had interest in the Wings. He had numerous conversations with Rich Winter, Hasek's agent and was excited about the possibility to have Dom back. Holland knows his groin is an issue. Very low based salary, playoff incentive for Dom. Looks at Osgood and Hasek as 1a and 1b. Hasek: He could not believe the Wings called him. He knew right away this was a wonderful opportunity for him. Discussed it with his family and got back to Holland after 10 days. He is looking at this as a one-year deal. Very excited, looking forward to helping the Wings win the cup. Holland was asked about the cap, Wings are about 4-5 million below the cap. Want to sign Franzen and add another forward. Wants some $$$ available at the trade deadline. note: this is a raw feed so please excuse any typing errors. more...Hasek was asked about his groin now. Says he feels great, has been playing many sports and is losing a little weight to help with any groin issues. His goal is to be healthy for the season and the playoffs. even more...Dom said he doesn't care if he plays 40 to 50 games this season. He wants to be healthy for the playoffs. Hasek mentioned his family will come to Detroit after Xmas and stay with him there. one more update...Holland was asked about Belfour. Holland said the team doctors said his back was fine but there would always be a concern about it. Holland said he became more and more convinced that Dom was the way to go and stated before the Olympics, Hasek was the Vezina winning goalie in the NHL. That's it for me folks...now get back to work... update 2:09pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Dominik Hasek is returning for a third tour of duty with the Detroit Red Wings. The team announced Monday it has signed the 41-year-old to a one-year deal, believed to be worth about $500,000 plus incentives.
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Czech Greats Need Some Help

from Czech Business Weekly,

Provoked by the poor living standards of some communist-era hockey champions, a group of retired players is calling on Parliament to grant financial aid to see them through their golden years. “Some past champions now struggle as a result of the communist regime having [routinely] ripped off successful athletes,” said Augustin Bubník, a huge star in the late 1940s who went on to have a successful coaching career.
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The Difference Is…

From A2Y,

Sports blogging seems to carry with it a sense of courtesy that doesn’t exist in the mainstream media. If a story, or thought, originates somewhere; that writer is referenced. It’s natural and it happens every day at every blog. Mainstreamers? Not so much. Why? Credibility, cash and competition. Thousands of writers for papers, tv and radio all battling for the same leads, the same stories and, most importantly, the same type of name recognition that comes from that one story that can take them to the next level, or bring their employer the all-important advertising buck. For instance, if I were to post this and attribute it to Spector’s, you’d most likely give it some serious consideration. Two more sources confirmed that the Red Wings are seriously considering Hasek as their number 1, but one source believes the team may be doing so “out of frustration.” That source went on to say, “If Anson Carter does land in Toronto in the next day or so, the Wings will not be able to pick up the top 6 forward they need to feel comfortable moving a top 6 guy for Biron or Giguere.” But when I tell you that it actually came from the child-like imagination of Dwayne Klessel (aka Eklund), your natural—and correct—reaction is to laugh it off.
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