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NHLers Going The Other Way

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from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via News 1130,

While Evgeni Malkin's flight to the NHL has incensed Russian hockey officials, some NHL executives are growing hot under the collar at watching their players abandon North America for greener pastures in Russia. Already the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders have lost three players to Russia this summer. Mark Gandler, the agent who represents those players, says Russia is an attractive option for "young, vibrant talent which is not properly treated (by NHL teams)." Winger Eugeni Artukhin rejected Tampa's last offer and has signed on for more money in his native Russia. The same goes for Russian defenceman Denis Grebeshkov and Finnish winger Sean Bergenheim of the Islanders.
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Chasing Dumont

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from the CP via TSN,

Free-agent winger J.P. Dumont has narrowed his list of suitors down to three or four teams and it doesn't include the Montreal Canadiens. Some fans and media in Montreal have been pressing the Canadiens to make a move on Dumont, a 28-year-old Montreal native, but that hasn't happened. "We've never had an offer from Montreal," his agent Yves Archambault said Wednesday. "I've spoken to several teams. At this point we're really looking at 3-4 teams." The Detroit Red Wings are believed to be among the teams interested in Dumont, who became an unrestricted free agent earlier this month when the Buffalo Sabres exercised their walk-away rights after he was awarded a $2.9-million US, one-year deal in arbitration.
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Babcock On The Captaincy

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from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock says a report that star defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom will succeed retired legend Steve Yzerman as captain is premature. "I'm not saying Nick Lidstrom won't be the captain but what I am telling you is that we haven't spent one second on it yet," Babcock told The Canadian Press on Wednesday from his off-season home in Saskatchewan. "Anything written about it at this point is pure speculation."
more added 2:12pm, As I have stated throughout the summer, I believe Babcock favors Zetterberg for the "C". It still may be Lidstrom, but the report earlier today may have been a bit premature. added 3:15pm, Babcock was just on WXYT, said announcing a captain right now is like throwing a dart at a dartboard. The management team including Yzerman will sit down next week and make a decision. Babcock said he want a captain by the time training camp starts.

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Stuck In The Middle

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Seated in the sunny lobby of a beachfront hotel in Santa Monica, his feet in flip-flops and his long fingers skimming the keys of a cellphone, Evgeni Malkin looked more like a bellboy than a budding hockey superstar whose hurried departure from his Russian homeland echoed the plot of a Cold War spy novel. Barely 20 years old, a gangly 6 feet 3 and 178 pounds, Malkin stands at the center of a dispute that has strained the tense relations between Russian and North American hockey executives.
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Between The Lines

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from the Guelph Mercury,

Ray Scapinello was always one of the fastest people in the world's fastest game. Now, after four decades patrolling the lines in hockey rinks around the world in some of the sport's biggest games, the Guelph man is sharing his experiences in a book. Between the Lines captures the National Hockey League record holder's thoughts and memories about the game he still loves.
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NHL2K7 Trailer

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AS many of you know, I am not much of a gamer. But the video looks great...

2K Sport has released NHL 2K7's third dramatic installment of its official trailers. Bragging of an undoctored look at cinemotion, the scenes are shot with all new-dynamic cameras that bring you closer to the game.
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Head Gear

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A2Y points to a picture of Hasek in training. The question is, why the cover-up? He should have bought this fancy head gear to wear over his helmet! image

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KK- Going Satellite

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Thursday morning I will be appearing on 'Hockey This Morning’ on Home Ice XM Satellite Channel 204 with Cam Stewart at 7:25 am EDT. I have been told a link will be available sometime tomorrow that will allow you to listen to the recorded interview. I will post when it is sent to me.

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Kukla’s Korner Forum

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Visitors to Kukla's Korner- make sure to check out the Forum section of KK. We are nearing 200 members which means another drawing will be held for a $25 gift certificate from shop.nhl.com. Hockey conversation is beginning to pick up and many topics are discussed there which are not covered on KK.

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The Wait Is Over

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The father answered his cellphone late in the afternoon, heard the news and almost went silent. "I need a minute," the estranged father of Mike Danton said before catching his breath and digesting the words. "Can you read that back to me again?" Steve Jefferson doesn't have a lot of days of hope, not with his lost son behind American bars, not with everything that has gone on in his family's life. "Finally," he said, almost with elation. "I can't believe it has finally happened. I'm going to go home and my wife is going to bawl her eyes out. "We've been waiting so long for this."
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