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Operating As A Small Market Team

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from the Buffalo News,

The Blues, the worst team in the league last season, were desperate. The Sabres would have preferred to retain McKee, whose skills they appreciate, but they know it couldn't be at a stratospheric salary. The fans, McKee's Buffalo teammates and some of the media are in a snit over the Sabres' willingness to see him depart. For them, owner Tom Golisano, who was portrayed as the franchise rescuer not long ago, is now being seen as a cheapskate. It says here that Golisano is operating the team as he operates his other businesses - realistically. The Sabres were in bankruptcy before he was convinced it would be a good idea to buy them. Before that there was a strong chance they would land in another city and Buffalo would be without one of its two major-league teams.
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Beat The Cap Floor

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Penguins and Caps remain substantially below the $28M cap floor. Wonder if either - more likely, Washington - would be interested in dealing for Vladimir Malakhov if Sergei Brylin and a third- or fourth-rounder were included in the package. There are no restrictions in the CBA against trading (or acquiring) suspended players. And if Malakhov remains suspended, the acquiring team would be able to use his contract to satisfy the cap-floor requirement without having to actually spend a nickel.
Larry also points out JFJ needs CBA 101 class,
Ferguson, who did not respond to messages left for him last week by Lindros, has apparently been unaware that the center is entitled to sign a one-year contract with performance bonuses under the CBA exception noted in Section 50.2 b C(2)(iii) for 400-game NHL players who'd spent at least 100 days on IR the previous season.
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Hatcher Plans To Be More Mobile

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from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Derian Hatcherhas a message for Flyers fans: He's not finished, and he can play in the "new" NHL. Hatcher admits he tried hard not to read the negative press clippings about how s-l-o-w he looked on the ice in the second half of the season. That's why he spent almost eight weeks arduously rehabbing his right knee, after his off-season surgery. "Did the knee contribute to my problems?" Hatcher asked this week. "Yeah, but I'm not going to use it as an excuse. I didn't play well, and I know that. But the knee felt entirely different after the surgery."
continued...plus more on the Flyers...

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No Team Interested In JSG

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from Reuters,

Russia's Ilya Bryzgalov says the Anaheim Mighty Ducks want him to be their first-choice netminder for the coming season rather than veteran J.S. Giguere. "I got a call from the club and they told me that they see me as their number one goaltender," the Russian told Sovietsky Sport newspaper. "They (Anaheim) also want to trade Giguere but no one wants him."
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Penguins Situation

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from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The process of selecting a bidder for the Penguins is expected to continue into next week, two people familiar with the situation said yesterday. Although it was thought one of the five bidders would be picked to enter into a letter of intent to buy the club by yesterday, Allen and Company, the New York firm brokering the sale, apparently is still analyzing details of the offers.
continued Also from the PPG, information on funding for a new arena...

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Update On Upgrades

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KK is very close to finalizing the upgrades but you still may experience some issues while browsing through the different sections but may actually find some of the enhancements if you look real hard. I will keep you posted as things develop. I also wanted to thank many of you who have referred many new readers to KK.

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Over The Boards

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from the Tennessean,

If Jason Arnott's jersey number choice is indicative of the role he'll play for the Predators, then Nashville hockey fans should be encouraged about prospects for the 2006-07 season. Arnott will make his blue-and-gold debut in jersey No. 19, the same number that was worn by future Hockey Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman in Detroit. Yzerman recently retired after a 22-year NHL career.
via the LA Daily News,
Did you hear that the NHL has asked members of the media to consider referring to a sudden-death overtime tally as a "skate-off" goal?
from the Niagra Gazette,
Drew Celestino has heard them all — how the recently leaked Buffalo Sabres logo looks like a slug, a creamsicle or even Donald Trump’s hairpiece. But rather than sit and moan, Celestino decided to use his talents to do something about it. A budding Web designer, Celestino designed fixthelogo.com and has been overwhelmed by the result — more than 5,000 people signed an online petition within two days of the site’s launch.

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Lewis Bolts Michigan To Sign With Kings

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from the Ann Arbor News,

In a new twist to an annual rite for the University of Michigan hockey team, a player has turned pro before even arriving on campus. Trevor Lewis, who was drafted 17th overall three weeks ago by the Los Angeles Kings, informed the Wolverines that he was signing with the pro club Thursday. When head coach Red Berenson spoke to him two weeks ago, Lewis gave no indication that he was thinking of signing. "Obviously, he was drafted a lot higher than anybody ever expected,'' Berenson said. "L.A. brought him in for a rookie camp, and then for one reason or another, he decided to sign.''
read on added 9:54am, Now that is a "thinking" GM... from the Salt Lake Tribune,
Before the draft, Lombardi told Minnesota GM Doug Risebrough that he had a specific player in mind for the No. 17 spot, and tentatively agreed to the trade, pending that the player - Lewis - was still available. "[Risebrough] didn't really like that,'' Lombardi said. "I didn't want to tell him who we wanted to select, and he said, 'How do I know you're not just going to back out?' So I told him I had an idea.'' Lombardi tore off a piece of paper, wrote down Lewis' name, folded it and told Risebrough to initial it. "I said, 'If I call off the trade, I'll show you the name of the kid who got picked,' " Lombardi said.

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Waiting For Another Chance

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

(Tyler) Wright, 33, is an unrestricted free agent, free to sign with any NHL club after the Anaheim Ducks bought out the final year of his contract last month. "I’ve never been in this position before," Wright said. "It’s a waiting-out process, and that’s tough on the nerves a little bit, but I’m confident I’ll get the right deal done. I’m trying to make the most of it, really. It’s motivating me every morning, with my workouts. I’m probably in the best shape of my life." Neither Wright nor his agent, Don Baizley, would discuss which NHL clubs are interested, but the Nashville Predators — the Jackets’ top rival in the Central Division — are high on the list, according to one NHL source.
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Crosby Trying To Relax

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from the Daily News (Halifax),

When he does go out, Crosby can rarely go unnoticed. A lot of the times, too, autograph-seekers will come his way. "I just make sure I don't head to the mall on a Saturday afternoon or anything like that," joked Crosby, while at the same time being brutally honest. "But I do find time to relax and do the things I want to do. I guess I probably just have to think things through a little more. Just be aware of where I'm going and things like that. "But I wouldn't trade playing in the NHL for anything. I'm lucky to be where I am." So how does Crosby, one of the league's biggest stars, spend a relaxing day at home in the summer? Actually, like most teenagers his age. "I like going to the lake, going to the beach and I like to golf a little bit when I can," said Crosby, who recently bought his first house, which is located outside of the city."
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