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In Search Of Defense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Journal,

Better in goal. Better up front. Better find a defenceman. Just a week away from training camp, that's the morning line on the 2006-07 Edmonton Oilers. Compared to their prospects at this time last year, the Stanley Cup finalists are better off everywhere but on a blue-line that shrunk in stature, confidence and effectiveness following the defections of Chris Pronger and Jaroslav Spacek.
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Shanny Arrives Early

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from the Journal News,

With the start of training camp still more than a week away, the seven-time All-Star was the most notable figure on the ice for the Rangers during another informal workout at the Madison Square Garden Training Center yesterday. Come the regular season and then potentially the playoffs, the 6-foot-3, 218-pound Shanahan is expected to be one of the Rangers' most productive forwards both at even strength and on the power play — not to mention an influential presence in the locker room. On Day One, though, he was just another player trying to get used to his surroundings.
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Pens Re-Open Sale To Bidders

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

With Sam Fingold still trying to iron out details to reach a purchase agreement, the Penguins have contacted at least two other original bidders for the team, sources close to the sale process said yesterday. The team also has changed its approach about slots money for a new arena, telling the bidders they should base their offers on the "Plan B" funding, rather than counting on getting $290 million from Isle of Capri should that gaming company get the city's slots casino license. Jim Renacci, a Ringgold High School graduate and now Ohio mayor and businessman, and New York businessman Andrew Murstein, whose investment group includes Western Pennsylvania sports figures Mark Cuban and Dan Marino, apparently are back in the running to buy the Penguins.
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NHL’s Owner-GM Resolution Policy Faces Challenge

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from TSN's Darren Dreger:

The NHL's constitution states the Commissioner shall have exclusive jurisdiction when it comes to these disputes. However, Bettman's "exclusive jurisdiction" has been shelved in favour of a Canadian court in one case and this has general managers around the league buzzing. Without attacking Bettman's objectivity, he works for the owners. And many of the general managers contacted by TSN believe third party arbitration needs to be taken outside of the league's headquarters to determine executive disputes. Former Ottawa Senators general manager Marshall Johnston has done exactly that. Johnston, who left the team in 2002, will have his civil case heard in an Ontario court on Dec. 5 in Ottawa.
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Fischler: PA Discovers Marketing, Part II

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the New England Hockey Journal:

A new era in player-owner marketing relations appears on the horizon. If current plans jell, NHLPA members will be hustling The Game as never before. Launched this summer, the program features one “marketing” player per team who’ll orchestrate the idea. The player-league promotion already has received a big play in Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and is being talked up by the likes of Marty Turco. “It’s part of an effort to generate awareness in the dressing room of how critical it is for players to promote the on-ice product,” writes SSSBJ’s Allan Kreda. It all sounds good but we won’t believe the program will work until the season starts and players deliver on their promise. They should start off by making themselves more available to the media for postgame interviews.
He always has to add some sort of insult when he's talking about the PA... more from Fischy...

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Russia’s Legal Battle With NHL Just Beginning

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

A Russian panel has delayed a decision on whether Evgeni Malkin breached his contract with a team in that country by signing to play for the Penguins. The three-member board, known as the arbitration committee of the Russian Hockey Federation, postponed a hearing on Malkin's case until Sept. 15. Tuesday, however, it ruled that two other players, Alexei Mikhonov and Andrei Taratukhin violated their contracts with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl by signing with Edmonton and Calgary, and said those two cannot play in the NHL until their Lokomotiv deals expire.

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KK- Early Morning Wake-Up

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Once again I will be appearing on "Hockey This Morning" on XM radio station 204 tomorrow (Thursday) morning. I am scheduled to be on around 7:25am EDT so have a listen if you have the chance.

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Spector- Fireman Of The Off Season

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Spector once again tells his Fox Sports readers why a Gomez or Gianta trade to Calgary will not happen.

Add up the facts, and any talk of Gomez or Gionta going to Calgary equals pure fiction. Which is why it's today's Stupid NHL Rumor of the Day!
He has been busy this summer, putting out numerous "rumors" and deserves some recognition for it. Some hockey fans still don't get it. image

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Allison Wants A One Year Deal

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from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Yahoo,

Centre Jason Allison remains without a new home with NHL training camps set to open next week. "Teams have shown some interest but we're just not there yet," agent Matthew Oates said Wednesday from Chicago. "It's a bit of a waiting game. "We've talked to teams in both (conferences)," the agent said. "A lot of it has to do with Jason and what he likes and where he wants to be. "We're looking for good fits. This will be a one-year deal and Jason wants it that way so he can go out and prove himself, but there's a few teams who are interested."
a little more mentioning other UFAs and nothing new on Leetch...

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NHL Needs Big Market Comeback

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL came back moderately well in 2005-06, thanks to some pro-active rule changes and a new partnership between players and owners, but to come all the way back, it surely needs to see its major-market franchises resurrected. The Blackhawks have been such a laughing-stock (out of the playoffs in seven of the past eight seasons) that NBC, the national rights holder, won't go near their games. The Kings have been less dreadful, but they too failed to build on the cachet that Gretzky's presence created, becoming a niche sport in the Los Angeles market, to the extent that the L.A. Times, one of America's most influential newspapers, won't bother covering them on the road this season
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