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Dino Would Have Considered Tampa Ownership Deal

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from Lightning Strikes,

Ciccarelli said he wasn’t asked but sounded as if he wished he were. “I’m going to have to call Dougie and bust his chops about that,’’ said Ciccarelli, co-owner of the Sarnia Sting, a junior team. “I’d like to have heard what he had to say.’’

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Four Inductees Announced For U.S. HHOF

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from USA Hockey,

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Aaron Broten, Bobby Carpenter, John MacInnes and John Vanbiesbrouck will be enshrined into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2007 it was announced today by USA Hockey.
“The members of the Class of 2007 represent the highest standard of excellence and accomplishment,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. “It is my great pleasure to congratulate and welcome them into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.”

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Islanders Sign Vasicek

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from Newsday,

Continuing to shore up at center, the Islanders have signed free agent Joseph Vasicek to a one-year deal. The 6-foot-4 Vasicek, a native of Slovakia, was 19-26-45 in 82 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season.

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Morgan Into The Wings

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via the Edmonton Sun,

How does Morgan Pressel, a teenage golfer from Florida, become a huge Detroit Red Wings fan?
“My family is from Detroit, so I’m a huge Red Wings fan and have always been,” she said. “I love it. I grew up watching them play. My whole family is into it.”

note: The Canadian Women’s Open is being played in Edmonton this week…

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Canucks Deciding On What To Do With Linden

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from Canada.com,

“I know I have a skill set that can complement this team and I think I bring some other tangibles that are good for this team,” Linden, the 37-year-old unsigned free agent, said before the meeting. “Quite honestly, if they feel they can be a better team without me, I’m fine with that, don’t have any problem with that. But I need to know.”
It’s hard to believe Linden will feel fine if Vigneault, for reasons that may be difficult for the coach to explain and even harder to defend, decides there isn’t a place on his roster for a versatile veteran who was the Canucks’ best forward in the playoffs and, by coincidence, happens to be the most popular player in team history.
Certainly, few fans in Vancouver will be fine with it.
“I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t aware what all this means,” Vigneault said Tuesday. “I know all the love there is for him from the fans and the city. But there’s also a lot of respect for Trevor with management and coaches and everyone in our organization. He has earned that respect.”

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Forsberg Still 2-3 Months Away From Making A Decision

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from the Ottawa Citzen,

“I talked to (agent) Don Baizley last week and (Forsberg) is still two to three months away from making a decision (on retirement),” Murray said yesterday. “It would be a disservice to us, I would be doing a disservice as a general manager, if I didn’t make a call. I’m calling agents all the time, and I just asked, ‘What’s going on with Peter?’ His foot isn’t 100 per cent and he has a small hernia problem.”
If Forsberg does opt to resume his career, he would be in a position to shop himself to the highest bidder.
While the Senators can sell themselves as Stanley Cup contenders, they aren’t in position to offer a lucrative deal.

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Sharks Ownership - Who Runs The Show

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from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

Earlier this month, local investor William “Boots” Del Biaggio sealed a deal to purchase a large chunk of the Nashville Predators. He and eight Tennessee businessmen will take over the team next month.
Then came last week’s stock-option backdating fraud conviction of another Sharks owner, Silicon Valley executive Greg Reyes. Barring a successful appeal, Reyes almost certainly will be forced to divest his considerable share of the team. The NHL has taken such action in similar cases, following fraud convictions of former Los Angeles Kings owner Bruce McNall and former New York Islanders co-owner Sanjay Kumar.
Sharks fans, of course, care much more about backchecking than backdating. And they wonder if any of this will affect what they see on the ice this season, or into the future.

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Following Every Peca Step

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from the NY Post,

Two-time Selke Trophy winner Mike Peca is two of three steps closer to joining the Rangers, and the final item, finishing up contract negotiations, could be completed as early as today.
The 33-year-old checking center is believed to have undergone a Rangers-requested physical, and was scheduled to meet with Rangers coach Tom Renney to discuss his potential role with the team.
Once both those points are completed to the satisfaction of both sides, contract negotiations for the unrestricted free agent are expected to resume, likely today.

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Report- Selanne’s Ready To Hang ‘Em Up

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Hockey News:

According to reports on two Finnish websites, yle.fi and iltalehti.fi, Ducks right winger Teemu Selanne is leaning towards retiring from the NHL.
“Hockey has been a career of life for me, but there are so many other things in life,” said Selanne. “Winning the Cup crowned that career. What scares me most is if I decide to keep on playing for something else than my motivation and hockey.”
The 37-year-old sniper posted 48 goals and 94 points while playing in all 82 games last season and could clearly demand a hefty raise over the $3.75 million he earned in 2007-08, but Selanne says money will not factor into his decision.
”Many have asked me, ‘why not take those millions?’…but it is not
about that,” said Selanne. “I have never played for money, so I will not play for it now. If hockey is not fun, I will do something else.”

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Report- Mark Bell Will Serve Time In Jail

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from Sportsnet,

Newly acquired Toronto Maple Leaf Mark Bell is headed to jail, Sportsnet has learned.
Bell pleaded guilty in a San Jose courtroom Tuesday to charges of drunk driving causing injury and hit and run.
The Leaf forward, picked up in the Vesa Toskala trade with San Jose in June, will be sentenced to six months in a Santa Clara ,California county jail to be served at the end of this upcoming season.
Official sentencing will be in October.

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