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A Dream Site

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from Jay Mariotti of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Hang some ivy. Rent the rooftops. Use the center-field scoreboard. Play the organ. Open the Cubby Bear and Harry Caray’s. Let the bleacher creatures mate and throw back flying pucks. Have players dress in the clubhouses. Tell Ronnie Woo Woo to stay at home. Ask the singer to do winter jingles between periods as the Zambrano—I mean, the Zamboni—cleans the ice.

And, please, ban all goat references.

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added 9:03am, from Darren Pang at the Coyotes website,

I am looking forward to experiencing the walk into Wrigley. I just want to see the boards and the ice and the look on the faces of the players as they step onto the ice. It won’t be the 24 steps it once took to reach the ice surface from the locker room at the Stadium, but it is going to be darn close, I’m sure.

I am looking forward to seeing the Blackhawk Alumni, one of the best in all of sports. The Hawks will make sure they are a part of the festivities and the old players have been looking forward to being a part of a special hockey event in Chicago for some time. After all, for years they were the ones that had to answer all the negative questions and criticism from the dwindling fan base.

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Senators Hands Are Tied Right Now

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from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

With trade speculation and denials surrounding the Ottawa Senators continuing to run fast and furious, the only given in the situation is that general manager Bryan Murray currently has his hands tied financially in his efforts to make further changes.

While the club’s current payroll is approximately $47 million U.S.—$9.5 million to $10 million shy of the NHL’s salary cap of $56.7 million—Murray doesn’t have any room to manoeuvre. At least until there’s some movement in the status of restricted free agents Antoine Vermette and defenceman Andrej Meszaros.

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Regarding all the rumors involving Ottawa, yes we are aware that a well known hockey forum and a hockey entertainment site had posted both Jason Williams was a Senator and Chris Neal had been traded.

Numerous emails from KK readers asked why we did not mention them and our response was they were not true.  You may not realize it, but we do have a system of checks and balances at KK, we want to keep our readers informed of what has happened in the hockey world but will not post trades or signings that DID NOT happen.

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Halpern Not Expected Back Until Late December

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from Lightning Strikes,

Jeff Halpern’s knee is responding slowly, and the center likely won’t be back in the lineup before Christmas. When Halpern underwent reconstructive surgery on his right knee, the window for his return was the end of October to the end of December. Seems as if the Lightning is shooting for the later of the dates.

“It’s a big injury,” said Brian Lawton, the Lightning’s vice president of hockey operations. “There was a lot of atrophy.

more on the Lightning…

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Kings Will Announce New Coach On Thursday

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from the LA Kings,

The Los Angeles Kings will hold a press conference tomorrow, Thursday, July 17 at 1pm PT, to introduce the club’s new Head Coach.

The press conference will also be streamed live on LAKings.com.

added 7/17/08, As expected…

via Inside the Kings,

Terry Murray will be introduced as the Kings’ head coach tomorrow at 1 p.m. in El Segundo. He signed a three-year contract. Murray will be allowed to pick his assistant coaches but Nelson Emerson, Jamie Kompon and Bill Ranford are expected to return.

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Lockout Achieved A Rational Relationship

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from TSN,

(Bill) Daly told the Team 1040 in Vancouver that losing the entire 2004-05 season was worth it - financially.

“It achieved, for us, a rational relationship in the amount of dollars we pay out on a yearly basis to players and the amount of revenues we take in as a league.” Daly told the Team 1040. “That was the goal from the start, and now we have an enforceable relationship between our salaries and our revenues at this point, and that’s what we were trying to achieve.”

read on

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Oilers Extend Horcoff

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via the Edmonton Oilers,

The Edmonton Oilers have signed centre Shawn Horcoff to a six-year contract extension. More details to follow.

added 6:38pm,

Oilers General Manager Kevin Lowe says, “Shawn has proven himself as one of the premier players in the National Hockey League and has been and will continue to be an integral part of our organization moving forward.  By being proactive with this deal, we avoid being in a situation where Shawn could become an unrestricted free agent after next season and the unknown free agency can bring to the organization. Having him under contract long-term is something that has been on our radar for a long time and we are extremely pleased to finalize this deal.”

more at the above link and it is a 6 year extension…

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Lehtonen Agrees To One Year Contract

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Just got word that the Thrashers signed goalie Kari Lehtonen to a one-year deal worth $3 million. It’s an interesting number because that means backup Johan Hedberg is on the books longer than the franchise goalie.

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KHL Backing Radulov Contract

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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Despite the fact the NHL and the Kontinental League reached an agreement last week not to poach each other’s players under contract, the KHL has ruled it will uphold the three-year, $13 million contract Alexander Radulov of the Nashville Predators signed with Ufa Salavat.

That means as far as the KHL is concerned, Radulov will play in Russia next season. And that, sources say, will set up a showdown with the NHL that could throw the entire process into chaos and thwart the original agreement, which effectively would make it open season on players playing in both leagues.

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Islanders Sign Bergenheim

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from the New York Islanders,

The New York Islanders and forward Sean Bergenheim have agreed to a two-year contract worth $1.725 million. The energetic forward will earn $800,000 in 2008-09 and $925,000 in 2009-10. Bergenheim has also voluntarily made a large donation to the Islanders Inspire.

“We’re very happy to have Sean locked up for two years,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “He’s another young player who we’re excited to see at training camp and competing.”

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All For The Winter Classic

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

I understand the risks that come with playing outdoors - the unpredictable weather, the horrible playing surface among other things. But the upside is too hard to overlook. It was a rare U.S. television ratings hit on NBC and I don’t think it’s a leap to think it helped give the sport momentum on the network when the playoffs rolled around.

I get the idea of trying to keep it special, but once a year is hardly overkill. I’m already excited about the prospect of covering this game as a working member of the media, even it means I have to type with mittens on.

The other interesting aspect about all of it is the matchup: Red Wings vs. Blackhawks. I think the only way the NHL could have done it better was to match up the Penguins and Red Wings in Pittsburgh or Detroit.

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Wings fans, are you planning on attending?  I am considering taking the Amtrak, so let’s all meet in the bar car!

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