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Snow Disappointed With Last Year’s Backup Goalie

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from the Bangor Daily News,

Garth Snow, who recently went from being the New York Islanders' backup goalie to their general manager, said his former Black Bear goaltending partner Mike Dunham is being considered for the Islanders' backup goaltending job behind Rick DiPietro. Dunham is an unrestricted free agent. "He's on the board [of possibilities]. We have a vacancy. The backup goalie we had last year didn't play up to par. So we [ditched] him,"....
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New Look For BTJ

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Behind the Jersey has a new look. Christy does great work and is an avid Red Wing fan. Check it out!

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Letter Of Intent Signed For Pens

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from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

A group of four led by Samuel Fingold has signed a letter of intent to purchase the Penguins, the team announced tonight. The letter of intent gives the Fingold group exclusive negotiating rights to reach a purchase agreement. After such an agreement, the NHL would need to give its approval. Fingold, 34, grew up a hockey fan in Toronto and now is principal of Kenyon Investments in Hartford, Conn. Although he earlier indicated an interest in moving the hockey team to Kansas City if he was successful in purchasing it, Fingold now seems intent on keeping it here.
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Email Garth Snow

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The New Islanders GM Garth Snow wrote an open letter to NYI fans and even asked them to email him if they had any questions.

I understand last Tuesday was an interesting day for you, to say the least. I'm a sports fan, too. My head was spinning for a while there. I can only imagine how you guys felt. But now that the dust has settled and we're moving on, I wanted to reach out to you. First off, thanks for your kindness and support during my four seasons as an Islanders player. I loved playing here, and so much of that was because of you. Long Island is a special place. My wife Erica, son Glenn and I have cherished our time here and plan on being Long Islanders for a long time. To that end, and just as importantly, I'm not going to stand for anyone taking shots at this franchise. My philosophy during my 13 years as a player was that members of a team back each other up. It's one of the many reasons why I'm so happy to get to work with Ted Nolan. That's the way Ted's teams play. Starting in October, I have no doubt that you're going to be excited and proud to root for this Islanders team.
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Duck Number Alert

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via the Anaheim Ducks,

Several Ducks players are changing numbers for the 2006-2007 season including Teemu Selanne's switch back to his familiar #8. Number Changes for 2006-2007: Teemu Selanne will wear #8 (#13 in 2005-2006) Corey Perry will wear #10 (#61 in 2005-2006) Ryan Getzlaf will wear #15 (#51 in 2005-2006) Dustin Penner will wear #14 (#76 in 2005-2006) Stanislav Chistov will wear #24 Chris Pronger will wear #25

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Hockey Talk

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It is 90+ degress in many parts of North America and you want to talk hockey!!! Get cool, check out the KK Forums and join to have a chance at a $25 gift certificate from Shop.NHL.com. Membership is free and will have many benefits in the near future.

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Vishnevski Awarded $1.55 Million

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from Sports Ticker via TSN,

Two days after presenting his case in an arbitration hearing, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski was awarded a one-year contract worth $1.55 million on Friday.

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Schaefer Signs With Ottawa

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from TSN,

The Ottawa Senators managed to completely avoid salary arbitration hearings this summer, now that forward Peter Schaefer has signed a multi-year contract. The Senators announced the signing Friday without providing financial details.

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Where Have They Gone?

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Eric Duhatschek- I understand he has been shopping for a cowboy hat in Calgary, but for the last month! Bruce Garrioch- Got married a few weeks ago, will his honeymoon last forever? Scott Burnside- I understand he was in Bristol this week. Could he be replacing Harold Reynolds? Larry Brooks- Come on Larry, we need some dirt!!! Phil Coffey- OK Phil, you have had enough rest, we need Iceage now. Al Strachan- once every two weeks doesn't cut it Al. OK boys, enough fooling around. Get back to work, enough Fedorov flying around stories, we need hockey and we need it now!

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Ticket Sales Up For Buffalo - New Logo Talk Too

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from the Buffalo News,

The Sabres usually tally their season-ticket count by adding full season-ticket holders to those who hold 10-packs and mini-packs. In that scenario, four 10-pack holders equal one season-ticket holder. The Sabres haven't even begun counting mini-packs yet - sales started July 17 - but the number of full season-ticket holders alone is almost at 12,000. The Sabres started last season with a combined season-ticket count of about 8,000. The arena seats 18,690. ...Despite the early negativity, Quinn is convinced people will embrace the new uniform, which will make its on-ice debut Sept. 30 during the Sabres' only preseason game in HSBC Arena. He said it will have sabres and word markings on it but didn't elaborate further, other than to say the secondary insignia of a capital B with a sword through it will not be used.
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