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Lecavalier About to Sign Long Term Deal

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from RDS (translated from French to English),

Those which dreamed to see Vincent Lecavalier in the uniform of the short-term Canadian will have to forget that. The attacker high-speed motorboat got along on a long-term contract with Ligthning de Tampa Bay, which should confirm the news in the next hours. The details of the agreement are not yet known but it is known that Lecavalier will be treated like a player of frankness.

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IIHF Reaches an Agreement

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The Finnish Station YLE is reporting the IIHF has come to an agreement. The Russians will not be part of the agreement but the Czechs will be. It will become a free-for-all with the Russian players and for Wings fans, means more bargaining power for Datsyuk. I imagine the NHL will be playing hardball with the REL (Russian Elite League) to force them to come on board. Until then, we may see some players deciding to stay in Russia even if they have committed to an NHL team this year. update 1:12pm, PRAGUE, Czech Republic - The Czech hockey federation has agreed to sign a compromised proposal of the player transfer agreement between the NHL and the sport's world governing body. The International Ice Hockey Federation delivered a compromised draft late Monday and the 14 Czech league clubs met Tuesday for a vote. The teams agreed to the deal "by a narrow majority," Czech federation spokesman Pavel Barta said. According to the compromised deal, the minimum compensation for any European player selected in the draft will be $200,000. The Czechs had balked at the pact because they wanted the proposed $150,000 minimum raised to $300,000. In the originally proposed five-year player transfer plan, the NHL would pay $12.5 million annually to a fund managed by the IIHF - a $3.5 million increase from the previous deal. The compromised one-year plan will call for $9 million, and the IIHF would distribute the money among six national federations and clubs that lose players to the NHL. Russia was not part of the deal, Barta said. The deadline for players to transfer to the NHL was set for Aug. 26. Besides the Czechs, five other federations have said they would sign the new plan - Sweden, Finland, Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland. The Russian federation refused to sign because the Russian clubs would like to deal directly with NHL teams in determining player compensation.

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Marketing The Game

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from John Buccigross at ESPN,

I don't care how popular the NHL is. My affection for hockey is not determined by the number of people who call the sport a friend. I have listened to the CD "Keep It Together" by Guster 48 out of the last 51 days. I wonder how many copies the album has sold -- 25,000, 50,000, 100,000 records? The fact that an extremely small number of people enjoy Guster doesn't matter to me. The sound lifts me. Just like a certain sport. The NHL is clearly a better game than the NFL, which is slow and plodding, with very little action. It is a once-a-week culture based on large consumptions of food, alcohol and gambling. Add the fact that it televises well, that it's comprised of players who are mostly American, and that people are inclined to gravitate toward what is popular, and you have a prosperous industry.

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A Lot More Goals

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One of those hman interest stories from the Gaylord Herald Times,

"It was a very tough year, we lost a lot of fans," Weight said. "It was tough not getting a pay check. We're excited to get back into action and to sell this product." The new NHL features a bevy of rules changes designed to increase scoring. This could benefit a player like Weight, who has 224 career goals and 604 career assists. "I love it," he said with a smile. "There is going to be a lot more goals scored and that's what the fans want. They want to see the superstars out there scoring goals and that is what will happen."

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IIHF- From the Russian Point of View

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from Kommersant,

Yesterday, the president of Hockey Federation of Russia (HFR) Alexaner Steblin and vice-president of Professional Hockey League (PHL) Vladimir Shalaev one more time made a telephone call to presidents of all super league clubs. The presidents said that their position has not changed. They still insist to include into the text of the agreement that NHL will recognize the Russian contracts between a player and a club. Americans are totally against that. If NHL would go along with Russian proposal, than the agreement is loosing all its sense – the clubs would be able to negotiate amount of compensation directly with each other. Rene Fasel, president of IIHF, was informed about the opinion Russian clubs’ presidents. Today, Fasel should relay this opinion to Bettman. From now on, everything will depend of Americans – if they will not propose another version of agreement, than it would not be signed at all. However, the events might develop in different direction. The heads of the federation have a bit different position towards the agreement. They are sure that if the agreement will not be signed the way it is, than Europe might not get anything at all from NHL.

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Bobby Clarke To The Rescue

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from the Delco Times,

Every 30 years or so, it becomes Bob Clarke’s job to rescue North American hockey, and then it is up to him whether to do so by breaking something, or by putting something back together. In 1972, with the pride and reputation of a hockey and a social system floating in the balance, Clarke was known to slash the ankles of Valeri Kharlamov. The star of the Soviet hockey system then unable to play, Clarke and Team Canada survived the 1972 Summit Series and salvaged North American hockey superiority, at least for that one Cold War moment. This time around, Clarke put something back together when, with the NHL wobbling as if on splintered ankles, he signed Peter Forsberg, then introduced him Monday as a Flyer. And if North American hockey was not saved by Forsberg wiggling into a black, No. 21 Flyers sweater, it had energy again in Philadelphia, which is a decent place to start. Advertisement Now, despite a labor stoppage that hid the NHL for a season, the Flyers have received 83,000 requests for various season-ticket plans, and there is, there must be, a connection: Bob Clarke would not allow his sport to be buried.

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Wings Trying to Sign Trio

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from the Detroit Free Press,

Negotiations continue with forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg and defenseman Niklas Kronwall. Holland played telephone tag with the agent for Kronwall -- whom the team sees as part of its top-four defensive core -- last weekend and hopes to connect with him this week. Datsyuk and Zetterberg are considered part of the team's young nucleus. "I've talked to agents for both players recently," Holland said. "We're not close to a deal."

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Best Dmen Corp

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from the Calgary Sun,

On a team with the best group of defencemen in hockey today, you might say the Calgary Flames addition of Roman Hamrlik borders on overkill. You could go so far as to categorize the team's embarrassment of rearguard riches as gluttony, greed or even hoggish. Yep, the Flames just may have too much talent, too much character, and too much potential patrolling the area in front of Miikka Kiprusoff this year. However, being the swell guy he is, Darryl Sutter is willing to shoulder the burden of overseeing a bevy of blueliners supersaturated with skill.

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Bits & Pieces from The Maven

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from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-ESPN’s chance to match Comcast’s two-year, $120 million bid for NHL telecasts ends Wednesday (Aug. 17). Since ESPN rejected a $60 mil a year opportunity in May, it’s doubtful there’d be a change. Then again, ESPN just might want to keep Comcast off the network ice altogether. After all, $60 mil is chump change to the boys from Bristol. -Here’s the inside on Bill Daly’s new title -- Deputy Commissioner. He essentially had been in that role for the past year. But with the official title, it’s now clear at NHL Headquarters that Daly is not only the Number 2 man, but there are no numbers 3, 4 or 5 behind him. Daly’s closest competition, John Litner, is now firmly ensconced at the Mets TV network.

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Gamer Alert:  Gretzky NHL ‘06

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If you are a gamer, you may be interested in the interview Game Daily did recently. They spoke with David Perkison Sr, the producer of Gretzky NHL '06.

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