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The Game Needs More Canadian Teams

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from Alan Adams at Fox Sports,

It's time for the National Hockey League to bite the bullet and high tail it back to Canada. It's not that the NHL is on life-support in the United States. Far from it. It's alive and well, for the most part. There are a lot of solid markets in the U.S. and youth hockey is a growing sport in parts of Texas, California, Florida and Arizona. The vital signs are good. But the NHL should play to its strengths and move a couple of franchises north of the border. The NHL has nothing to lose and much to gain by going back to its roots.
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Sykora Cares About His Shot

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from the Edmonton Journal,

A day seldom goes by without Petr Sykora calling his stick rep at Easton. And when he isn't on the phone discussing subtle adjustments, he's tinkering with his weapon. He calls it a hobby. Others call it time well spent. "I tried to block his shot twice today in practice, and twice it went right by me," said Oilers rookie defenceman Tom Gilbert. "He is so accurate."
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Another First- Flyers Will Stream Game Tonight

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from the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers are excited to provide fans with an innovative way to catch the team’s on-ice action. The Flyers will air their preseason game vs. the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, September 26 at 7pm live on the internet since the game is not televised. This unique medium, which combines the Flyers’ in-house TV feed with audio from play-by-play announcer Tim Saunders and color analyst Brian Propp, can only be accessed by fans living in the local Philadelphia television market. A high-speed internet connection and Windows Media Player 9 or higher is needed to view broadcast.

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Wings Captain Will Be…

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vai the AP,

The Detroit Red Wings plan to keep people waiting for them to announce who their captain will be now that Steve Yzerman has retired. "We're going to name a captain opening night," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said Thursday before an exhibition game against Colorado. The Red Wings open the season Oct. 5 at home against Vancouver. Nicklas Lidstrom is expected to be the new captain this season, his 15th with the Red Wings.

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Offers For Johnson Don’t Meet Canes Needs

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from TSN,

The Jack Johnson trade watch is suspended until further notice. ''We're not close to doing anything with anyone right now,'' Rutherford told TSN. ''We explored some things because we wanted to look at filling some of our immediate needs, but I never said we had to trade anyone. And as of right now, we're not.''
Also, Rutherford was just on Leafs Lunch and stated Woolley has more of a chance to make the team than Hulse, but their play during pre-season will determine that.

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Edmonton Season Rests On Roloson

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

As Roloson was backstopping the Oilers to the finals, he was characterized in some quarters as a one-hit wonder, an NHL journeyman who caught a wave for the first time in his career. The facts actually tell quite a different story. Ever since his second season with the Wild, he has been among the league's leaders in several important statistical categories — and played in an All-Star game for the hometown Wild.
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Yotes’ Owner Facing Lawsuit

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Arizona Republic:

The majority owner of the Phoenix Coyotes borrowed $110 million from a trust set up for his children, and now they are suing to get it back. A lawsuit filed in Maricopa County Superior Court says Jerry Moyes obtained more than $33 million from the Moyes Children Limited Partnership in January 2002 when he signed a promissory note. The note entitled him to borrow up to $110 million with interest equal to the prime rate. He did hit the limit, the lawsuit says. The money was due to be repaid in January 2005, but the court records say it has not been.
The lawsuit's a problem as he may have used the money to bankroll his purchase of the Coyotes:
The former chief executive officer of Phoenix-based Swift Transportation has been the financial muscle behind the Coyotes for years. Moyes, developer Steve Ellman and former NHL star Wayne Gretzky bought the team in 2001 for a reported $127 million. In 2002, Moyes became the majority owner when he paid off $60 million in loans and invested an additional $20 million that allowed Ellman to purchase the team for about $125 million.
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Wings Still Elite

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from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

This season, the Wings will still be an elite-level club, especially with defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom manning the blue line and young guns like Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg filling the opposing net with pucks. But, Detroit's fortunes will clearly rest on the old, and oft-injured, legs of the 41-year-old Hasek.
continued If you have not been following along, the NHL team previews are starting to roll out.

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Hamhuis Signs

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from the Nashville Predators,

Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced Thursday that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Dan Hamhuis (Dan HAM-yoos) on a four-year contract that will pay him $1.5 million in 2006-07, $1.75 million in 2007-08, $2.25 million in 2008-09 and $2.5 million in 2009-10.

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Six Years For Morrow

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from the Dallas Stars,

You could say that Brenden Morrow is the heart of the Stars while Modano is the soul. Either way, Stars management made sure that the player known by some as "Mini Mo" would remain a big part of the team's future by locking up the gritty left wing with a six-year contract extension worth $24.6 million ($4.1 million per year) through the 2012-2013 season. Morrow's current contract was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2006-07 season. "Signing Brenden to a long-term extension was a top priority for this hockey club," said Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong. "We consider him a cornerstone player and an integral part of our team. Brenden is one of our main leaders and sets the tone for the club with his work ethic. He brings a lot of energy and tenacity to the lineup each night and we're glad to him here over the next seven seasons."
more...and congrats to the Stars for releasing salary information...

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