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Could Nagy Get $5 Million

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from the Arizona Republic,

Daniel Briere hasn't played for the Coyotes in three-plus years, but the one-time Phoenix center may have an impact on his former team this summer nonetheless. An arbitrator recently awarded Briere a $5 million salary for this season after Briere notched 58 points in 48 games for Buffalo in 2005-06. Briere's point and game totals from last season are similar to Coyotes left wing Ladislav Nagy's (56 points, 51 games). Hence, multiple NHL sources are predicting Nagy, who was paid $1.98 million last season, also will be awarded a salary around $5 million for this season.
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Cuban Group Still In The Running

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Penguins Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux, part-owner of the team, was at a golf tournament Tuesday and was asked about Murstein's group, which includes Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino. "I think they still are in the running," Lemieux told the Toronto Sun. Lemieux's comment, coupled with the fact that there is no letter of intent yet, could be an indication that team owners want to see if they can coax the price higher.
more You can also follow along on this subject in the KKF...

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Players Are Winning

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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

"Salary arbitration is an inflationary process," said a different team official. "That's why you don't see it in the National Basketball Association or the National Football League [both of which have salary caps]." So if arbitration is so bad, why did the NHL agree to it after humbling the National Hockey League Players' Association in their labour showdown? Again, the NHL had it carved in stone that it could spend only 54 per cent of its revenue on salaries. It also wanted to build a partnership with the people it had been feuding with before the lockout. The players were insistent on salary arbitration and they got it. Now we know why they wanted it so badly. Salary arbitration is their right. They can request it. They can manipulate it. They can also win at it. And these days, the winnings are sizable.
more added 8:05am, from the Edmonton Journal,
The arbitration results are just the latest in a slew of bad news for hockey fans, who ultimately will be expected to pay more for the privilege of watching games. Indeed, late last month, the NHL and players' association agreed that the new salary cap for the coming year would be $44 million, up 13 per cent. They also announced that the minimum payroll for clubs would rise from $22 million to $28 million, or 27 per cent.
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Some Win, Some Lose

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Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun choses the winners and losers during the off-season....

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING With Brad Richards, Vinny Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis chewing up almost half of the $44-million US cap, the Lightning's roster is undeniably top heavy, creating questions about depth. The departures of Kubina and ex-Leaf Fredrik Modin will sting, but at least Tampa should be more stable in goal with the arrival of Marc Denis from Columbus.
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Pink Is In

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from the National Post,

There will be a rose-coloured haze in the stands next hockey season. The NHL is producing team jerseys in bubble-gum pink. "It allows women to be fashionable and still support their teams," said Jenny Lyons Cohane, a spokeswoman for Reebok, which manufactures official NHL team jerseys. Reebok's pink jerseys, like the official version, will feature the NHL's shield and tags. Available starting Oct. 1, the pink jerseys will retail for about $70 compared to $110 for the licensed men's jersey. The women's product is made of a softer polyester and it features a screen print of the team crest instead of the embroidered crest and shoulder patches.
more Readers of KK may remember the Flyers pink jersey (with picture)...

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On Edmonton Radio Tonight

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Just a quick reminder, I will be on 630CHED in Edmonton tonight at 10:30pm ET. If you have the chance, feel free to listen online. image

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Start The (R)Evolution

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The Pittsburgh Penguins launched their advertising campaign for the 2006-2007 National Hockey League season yesterday, debuting the slogan, "Experience the evolution." The campaign will include print, television and radio advertising, produced in-house by the Penguins' marketing, graphics and video departments. image

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Malone Gets $1.3 Million

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via Sportsnet,

An arbitrator was very kind to Pittsburgh Penguins youngster Ryan Malone on Wednesday, awarded the forward a 85 per cent raise over the next two seasons. Malone now slated to earn $1.3 million in 2006/07 and $1.45 million in 2007/08. Pittsburgh is expected to accept the decision if a long-term deal is not worked out.

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Bouwmeester Gets $4.35 Million For 2 Years

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from TSN,

An arbitrator has awarded Jay Bouwmeester a two-year settlement worth $4.35 million. Bouwmeester would make $2.1 million this season and $2.25 million the following year.

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MacLean Looks Like A Genius Now

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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Need tonight's winning lottery numbers? The winner in the seventh race at Pimlico? You might want to check with Doug MacLean. He obviously has a crystal ball. MacLean, after all, is the man who foretold -- or maybe started -- a sea change in the way NHL teams approach their salary structure. It was last August when the Columbus GM was widely ridiculed for giving Rick Nash, a burgeoning star but one with only two seasons under his belt, an unprecedented five-year, $27 million contract. Less than a year later MacLean has been vindicated as a true early adapter of the new CBA.
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