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Team USA Goalies

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from the AP via the Daily Press,

Ty Conklin became a goalie out of necessity -- his dad and brother needed someone to shoot pucks at. Rick DiPietro was drawn to the position because he thought the masks were really cool. Ryan Miller demanded to be a goalie because he couldn't stand watching his 8-year-old teammates do it all wrong. And Robert Esche liked the local minor league goalie because he was flashy. That was enough for him to give up baseball and football. Even though they are all in the NHL and strong candidates to represent the United States in next year's Olympics, this quartet of goalies question their desire to do what might be the toughest job in sports.

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Bondra Still Talking With Caps

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from the Washington Post (reg. req.),

The agent for unrestricted free agent Peter Bondra informed the Washington Capitals last weekend that his client was wil ling to drop his demand for a two-year deal and explore a one-year contract. Yesterday, the sides talked. Bondra's agent, Ritch Winter , said via e-mail that he had spoken to Capitals General Manager George McPhee . Another source confirmed that negotiations with Bondra are ongoing.

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Talking Escape Clause

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With the recent debacle with Datsyuk, why such a concern with an escape clause? The Russians are not part of the IIHF agreement and therefore if you want to sign a player from Russia to play in the NHL, just do it. The only rules that need to be followed are the rules set by the NHL. Kovakchuk is in the same boat. He signed with a Russian team a week or so ago and everyone said it was a fall-back signing. If he could not come to terms with the Thrashers, then he would play in Russia. So the escape clause scenario really doesn't matter when signing a player who has a Russian League contract. Here is an example of another story about Datsyuk. from Russian Prospects,

Pavel Datsyuk closer to rejoining the Red Wings in NHL. RussianProspects.com has learned that Dynamo has matched Avangard’s contract offer, making the young forward obligated to play for the Moscow based club if he decides to remain in Russia. As was the case with Alexander Ovechkin prior to that young forward joining the Washington Capitals, Datsyuk is not likely to rejoin Dynamo after clearly showing intent to leave the 2005 RSL Champion. Furthermore, RussianProspects.com has learned that neither Avangard’s or Dynamo’s offer sheets have been ratified by the PHL, Russia’s professional hockey governing body, which means the young forward remains free to sign a NHL deal until the start of the NHL season in early October.
What does it matter if the PHL ratifies the contract or not? The Russians are not part of the IIHF, if the player signs with an NHL team, what do the Russians do? In my opinion, they have no recourse.

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Russians In Olympics An Issue

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from the CP via TSN,

Not allowing Russian hockey players to participate at the 2006 Winter Olympics because their federation hasn't signed a transfer agreement would be stupid, Rene Fasel, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation, said Wednesday. ''It's not my way to do business,'' said Fasel. ''We have to bring the best athletes to the Games. Why punish good Russian NHL players by not allowing them to play in the Olympics? That would be a stupid decision.''

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OLN High Definition With Comcast

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For all of the Comcast subscribers, word is Comcast will be adding an OLN HD channel by the start of the NHL season. Nothing official yet, but just a heads up.

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Final Decsion On Datsyuk Nearing Conclusion

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Peter is at it again. He has followed the Datsyuk story with passion and has this to report. Seems like something is really going on. Greenstin is saying that Dats will give final decision where he will play (Detroit, Moscow or Omsk) on Sept.11. On Sept. 12 they will have a meeting in Omsk (game between Dynamo and Avangard) where the decision will be made. Greenstin: "Yesterday Holland called me and said he is ready to 2 year contract on our conditions. Yes, Garry, I understand the situation, but we want Dats in Detroit now". All this from this story in a Russian paper. Pavel Datsyuk's agent: it is necessary not to pull me or Pavel Pavel Datsyuka Gari's agent Grinstin said, that on 11 September, after the clubs will discuss between themselves the prevailingsituation, hockey player will take the final solution, where it will play - in Detroit, To Moscow or in Omsk."during these days it is necessary to pull not me, not Pavel Datsyuk. Especially as the 12th will be match "advance guard" - "dynamo", and to Omsk will arrive Anatoliy Kharchuk and Vladimir Krikunov. Everything together, including the management of "advance guard", let us sit down at the "round table" and let us be dismantled at thesituation ", - stated Grinstin to "Soviet sport"."yesterday to me again rang the general manager of the club Of kenHolland. It repeated, that it is agreeable to the two-year-old contract Datsyukom on ourconditions. "yes, Garry, I understand situation, but convincingly I please pasha to arrive in us. We want to see Datsyuka in "Detroit" already in this season ", - said Grinstin. A few words about Peter. He is a Wings fan and has been a great resource for many Wings stories. I believe he shares the passion that I have and wants to keep fans informed of what is going on. Great job Peter! update 8:56pm, See the comments in this post for more on this story.

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It Won’t Go Away

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from Sport Gazeta, I can't say anything on Pavel, - the head coach of Dynamo" Vladimir Krikunov now became careful. "Possibly he might go back to "Detroit red Of uingz". Let us wait a little".

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Holland Interview

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Holland just on Detroit radio. Wings and Zetterberg camp were both shooting for a long term deal. They talked last week and finalized it today. Everyone happy and the reported numbers are correct, $2.65 million per year for 4 years. Henrik may play center but decision is up to Babcock. Played center in Swedish League las year and Holland thinks he is a better center than winger. Holland said Rem Murray coming to camp on a tryout, has had injuries but wants to see if he can still perform. Plans on talking with Datsyuk's agent again this week. Said Dynamo has matched and right now will play for them. Holland said there is a bit of hope that he might play for the Wings, but operating as if he isn't coming. Thinks the Wings have made some progress in talks with Datsyuk, but Pavel has still made his decision to play in Russia as of now. Holland said the Wings will not negotiate a buyout with the Russian Club, up to the NHL to negotiate in the IIHF agreement. If there is a way to have Datsyuk get out of his contract, the Wings will explore those. Says Datsyuk must be with the Wings by October 5th if he plays a game in the Russian League, or else he has to clear waivers. If he doesn't play, Wings have until December 1st to sign him. Holland won't talk about dollar figures, but says he made some progress over the weekend but Datsyuk had to make a decision this weekend too. Feels the offer he made on Sunday was very fair and is comfortable with it. Talked with Datsyuk on Thursday and Sunday, Thinks his decision is partly about the money but is very happy in Detroit, his agent even stated that today. Holland not really sure what the offer was in Russia, but believes his offer was very fair. WIngs have 9 forwards on one way contracts, but want 13 on the team. Will audition some minor league players, two may make the team. He will work the phones to find the others over the next week. Has had conversations with a few GMs and will watch the waiver wire. Not looking for a top six forward. See the comment section of this post for more on Datsyuk from Spector.

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Datsyuk- Part 244

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from the Windsor Star,

Even though Pavel Datsyuk has signed a contract without an escape clause to play for the Russian team Avangard Omsk, the Detroit Red Wings haven't given up hope of re-signing the restricted free agent. Wings general manager Ken Holland talked with Datsyuk's agent Gary Greenstin Tuesday and was told Datsyuk is still interested in playing in Detroit this season despite signing the contract.

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Zetterberg Official Signing

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Zetterberg officially signs with Wings. 4 years, no money announced. Per WXYT in Detroit. Holland is scheduled to appear on WXYT between 6-6:30pm tonight. The do stream if you are interested. update 4:20pm, $2.65 million a year per TSN

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