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Win A Ring

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from the Carolina Hurricanes, Carolina Hurricanes, announced that the team will raffle off a “#1 Fan” Stanley Cup championship ring this season. Raffle tickets will be sold at Hurricanes home games beginning with the home opener against the Buffalo Sabres at the RBC Center, with all proceeds going to benefit the Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation. The ring is identical to the rings each Hurricanes player from the 2006 Stanley Cup championship team received. It is a 14K white gold ring with the Hurricanes logo surrounding the Stanley Cup, set with quality rubies and black sapphires. There are more than 100 assorted collection quality diamonds on the ring. Thanks to a KK member for passing this along. image

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G & M RT

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from the Globe and Mail,

The new National Hockey League begins on Wednesday night with a trio of games, including the latest meeting in the Battle of Ontario when Ottawa travels to Toronto. Several members of the Globe's sports team were online Wednesday to discuss a range of issues surrounding the league both on and off the ice. Eric Duhatschek, David Naylor, Allan Maki, Grant Kerr, William Houston and David Shoalts took questions on a variety of topics.
Answering a question that basically asked, "Can the NHL get any better"?,
William Houston writes: It had better improve. Despite the NHL putting a happy face on the new game, scoring last year was up only marginally. And power plays seemed to account for most of the offensive production. The league has done its part by cracking down on obstruction. Now it's up to the teams to deliver compelling, offensive hockey five on five.
read on...long, but hey, it is hockey season...

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So Many Questions

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from Spector at FoxSports,

Which teams have the potential to become "dark horses" in the NHL playoff race? In the Eastern Conference, the Florida Panthers and Atlanta Thrashers could surprise their critics to nail down playoff berths.... In the Western Conference, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks could pull off some surprises.
read on...many questions answered but Spector passes on the Stanley Cup winner...good decision...

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Center Ice & HD

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Surprising Comcast has no plans to offer CI-HD this year. It just may be time for me to make the swtich to either Dish Network or Directv. from AVS Forum,

As for Center Ice: It looks like to me: Dish Network is planning on offering up to 7 HD games per night + HDNET + Versus. Directv: up to 1 game/night + HDNET + Versus? ExpressVu: up to 2 games/night + TSN HD and CBC HD Comcast: 0 games and no plans to add any according to JWhips interview with that Comcast guy + the Versus game.
read the whole thread to keep up-to-date...

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NBC Hockey Section

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The NHL section of NBC Sports is now available. Feel free to comment... image

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Don’t Forget College Hockey

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from CSTV,

CSTV Networks is gearing up for the network's fourth year of college hockey programming, featuring the nation's leading television and online coverage for the 2006-07 season and the most game coverage available anywhere. CSTV will once again feature a top-flight schedule showcasing the nation's elite teams, including all of the top ten ranked teams according to the USCHO.com/CSTV Division I Men's preseason poll. In addition, CSTV.com will serve as the ultimate resource for college hockey fans with exclusive and in-depth coverage, including weekly columns, features, news and analysis.
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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:
read on

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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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