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Wings Still Take Hit On Fischer Salary

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Interesting... via the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings' cap number is at $43.6 million, including $1,444,000 for Jiri Fischer. "I talked to the league a number of times and was given hope that Jiri Fischer would not count against the cap, but as it played itself out, there was nothing in the CBA to allow Fischer to be off the cap," general manager Ken Holland said.

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Fashion Statements

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from Paul Lucas at ESPN Page 2,

Uni Watch loves to obsess over such typographic minutiae but admits, grudgingly, that there are some bigger uni issues hovering over the NHL, most notably Reebok's long-rumored slim-fit unis, which could revolutionize how the game looks. The new template was originally supposed to be rolled out last season, but GMs reportedly balked over the tucked-in jerseys, so it was back to the drawing board. The plan now is to roll out the new look next season, although Uni Watch has been unable to confirm any details. Meanwhile, several teams have new looks this season. Here's the scoop:
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Since Camps Opened…

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from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

Training camp has passed in a blur and the regular season is just hours away. Here are 10 intriguing story lines that developed since the opening of camp and what they mean: Captain, my captain No matter how Dallas GM Doug Armstrong and coach Dave Tippett spin it, stripping Mike Modano of the captaincy in Dallas and bestowing it on Brenden Morrow will definitely come with repercussions. Maybe it galvanizes a team that looks a little aimless after a disappointing playoff exit last spring.
much more...

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Butt & Legs

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from the Anchorage Daily News,

“My forte is my ass and legs,” said Gomez, a 5-foot-11, 200-pounder. “That’s what pays the bills. “I’m definitely in the best shape I’ve ever been in. I can’t sit in a gym for two hours a day lifting weights. I just gain muscle and put on weight, and I don’t want any more weight. I’m more concerned about keeping my legs strong and fresh.” So, it has come to this: Happy-go-lucky Gomez, who never played a shift in the minor leagues before he broke into the NHL at 19, is beginning to sound like a cagey veteran. Not that Gomez has begun taking himself too seriously.
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It’s Here, It’s Here

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Tony, a very active KK member, started a thread in the KKF (Kukla's Korner Forums) called "It’s here, It’s here". Well what do you think, what are your views of the upcoming NHL season? Express your thoughts and as an added bonus, anyone responding in that thread will be eligible for a random drawing (see note). The prize will be a replica NHL jersey- your choice with name and number!!! This is open to all KK members and if you need to register, do so here (free registration). Note: A very short phrase won't cut it as a response... you will need to respond in at least 40 words or more, so no short cuts allowed. Also, all responses must be time stamped no later than Sunday, October 8th at 11:59pm. The winner will be announced on Monday morning. New members may want to read this area of the KKF too- a primer for the forums and additional benefits too. update 1:13pm, I will be moving this post to the top of the page area until Sunday. It will not be a "sticky post", but it will be moved to the top area when needed. The original timestamp on this post was October 4th at 10:35am.

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Let The Game Begin

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from the London Free Press,

Let's play some hockey. People are really looking forward to watching the NHL this year. It isn't just morbid curiosity, as it was last year. The league was coming off a lockout year and like an ugly car wreck, fans just wanted to see what had survived.
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The New Spots

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Surfer dude (will opem wmp video) Cheechoo and lights out Foppa (will open wmp video). image image update 10:09am, More on the ads from NHL.com, plus the video links are available there too.

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In The Mood

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Hockey (will open mp3 audio) is in the air!!! Play it all day & night...

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Applause & Improvement

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from Bob Dicesare at the Buffalo News,

There are drastic differences between today's NHL and the one that hobbled into the new millennium. A league that had been resistant to change, mired in a misguided sense of traditionalism, has broken free of its shackles and upped its entertainment value. Here are five reasons why it happened, and five things the league could do to fine-tune its improved product. -Referees deserve a tip of the cap for adhering to a league directive mandating strict enforcement of the rules, particularly when it comes to interference and obstruction -Move up the trade deadline by at least a month, maybe to Jan. 31. Force teams to identify their strengths and weaknesses before the stretch run.
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82 Reasons To Enjoy The Season

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from Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com,

...as the League's players, coaches and front offices finish the final preparations before embarking on what promises to be a long and wild ride through the fall and winter months before culminating in the warmth of the spring, I figured it would be a good time to take a look at some of the things I am looking forward to seeing during the regular season as I embark on my 14th season of chronicling this wonderful sport. The list, in no particular order, features 82 things -- one for each regular-season game on the schedule of each team -- that I plan to savor as we wind our way through the 2006-07 season. 67. Quality goalie Manny Legace finding peace in the crease of the St. Louis Blues, a quest that eluded him in Detroit despite his best efforts. 37. Watching the Boston Bruins return to their hard-working ways under the influence of new coach Dave Lewis and new defenseman Zdeno Chara.
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