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$505K Base For Bondra

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from the AP via the Wichita Eagle, But Bondra kept lowering the price, finally agreeing on an incentive-laden deal that guarantees him a base salary of $505,000 - far less than he could have made with another team. He could earn another $2.9 million in bonuses if the Thrashers win the Stanley Cup. Bondra was so eager to play in Atlanta that he took part in the first day of training camp, even though he had yet to sign his new deal. Waddell said there were still some insurance issues to work out, but he expected things to be finalized in a day or two.

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Camping In The West

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN, On Monday, we took a look at what was on the training-camp docket for teams in the Eastern Conference. Now, here's what's happening in the West: read on

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Russians And The IIHF

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Translating this story, it appears the Russians will be meeting with the IIHF on September 15-17 in Portugal to discuss the upcoming Olympics. They will also be discussing limiting the size of goalie equipment and a few other items. The translation appears in the comments of this post and if you can translate any better, please pass it on.

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Russian Threats

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

The NHL is back in business as training camps open around North America, and still two teams have to worry about whether two of their best players will be in Russia once the season begins. The Detroit Red Wings started training camp Monday in Traverse City, Mich., knowing that Pavel Datsyuk has signed a provisional contract to play for Avangard Omsk in Russia if he can't reach an agreement with Detroit by Oct. 5. Meanwhile, agent Jay Grossman reaffirmed that his client, Ilya Kovalchuk, will be signing with Khimik Voskresensk or another team in the Russian League if he can't reach a deal with the Atlanta Thrashers. Kovalchuk is currently with the Khimik team, but if it cannot afford his asking price, he could look elsewhere in Russia. "(General manager) Don Waddell is trying to minimize the differences between us, but the difference is sizable," Grossman said. Grossman confirmed that Kovalchuk has withdrawn the last offer he made to the Thrashers. If he plays in Russia after Oct. 5, he would have to clear waivers to return to the NHL.

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Pens Ticket Sales Are Brisk

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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Imagine working for 14 hours, six days a week with your phone ringing off the hook. Now you know what it’s like to work in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ ticket sales department. While most people would cringe at the high demands of the job, the Penguins’ 20-member staff wouldn’t have it any other way. The Penguins have not seen a ticket-selling frenzy like this in years. Mario Lemieux’s return from retirement in December, 2000 was close, but that came in mid-season, when a large amount of ticket inventory had already been sold. Penguins tickets are among the the hottest in all of sports and the team has already sold more seats this year than during the last season in 2003-04.

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Brad Richards In Pain

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from the St. Petersburg Times,

Center Brad Richards continues to feel pain associated with his January surgery for a tear in his abdominal wall. It's not enough to keep him from playing, and tests show the pain likely is coming from scar tissue, not from the surgically repaired area. He doesn't appear to be at risk for reaggravating the abdominal wall. But he doesn't feel 100 percent. "I've been told it's probably going to take a year to get back to feeling 100 percent," Richards said. "I'm not worried. It only bothers me some days and it's not enough, I don't think, to affect my play. I expect to be able to do what I've always done on the ice.

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OLN Oops

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Anyone see a problem here. Plus, OLN needs to start ramping up for the NHL season. The same logo announcing the opening game is getting quiet boring. update 12:35pm, A reader just pointed out that the error has been corrected.

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Datsyuk Delay

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The arbitrator for the Datsyuk case is in "Portugal for the week" is the reason given for the delay in the hearing. Plus, Datsyuk only signed a preliminary contract, not a full contract. Read the full translation of this article in the comments of this post.

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Oiler Fans Ready

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from the Edmonton Sun,

It's a year without hockey. It's the Oilers back as a club that can compete again. It's Chris Pronger. It's Mike Peca. It's the room in the budget to add even another talent. It's the new rules, which might bring back Oiler Hockey. Roll it all together and it's really rather remarkable. Today is the on-ice start of training camp around the NHL. Not a big event in some cities. It's worthy of the mayor declaring a civic holiday in the Heartland of Hockey. Hockey Hall of Fame play-by-play man Rod Phillips is going to call the Joey Moss Cup tomorrow night, the Blue & White game, live on 630 CHED. "Can you believe that? An intrasquad game,'' marvels Phillips. "How do you do a play-by-play of the Oilers vs. the Oilers?''

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Get It Settled

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The NHLPA needs to get this settled quickly before it takes over the talk of camps opening. from the CP via TSN,

Ted Saskin has taken the high road and decided to let the executive board of the NHL Players' Association vote again on his five-year deal as the new executive director - this time via secret ballot. Despite overwhelming support from player reps during a late-night conference call with the executive board Monday night, Saskin decided to re-open the vote to once and for all end the criticism from a small group of players who questioned the process by which Saskin had been hired.

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