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Penguins Sign Dman Mike Weaver

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via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Mike Weaver to a one-year, two-way contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Weaver, 29, spent the 2006-07 season with the Los Angeles Kings scoring nine points (three goals, six assists) in 39 games played.  He scored his first NHL goal on February 6th vs. Tampa Bay.  Weaver also spent the 2005-06 season with Los Angeles recording nine points (nine assists) in 53 games.  Previously, he played parts of three seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers registering a total of six points (six assists) in 57 games.

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Good News For Some Canadian Hockey Fans

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from Market Wire via Yahoo,

Shaw Communications Inc. announced that it will offer the NHL Centre Ice package to its Shaw Digital Cable and Star Choice Direct-to-Home satellite customers beginning with the 2007/08 hockey season.

continued... I know this has been an issue for some hockey fans in Canada…

added 12:05pm...

THE NHL AND CANADA’S LEADING DIGITAL TELEVISION SERVICE RENEW AGREEMENT TO DISTRIBUTE NHL CENTRE ICE IN CANADA

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Welcome Back Doug

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

In his introductory news conference as Bolts co-owner, MacLean did not disappoint those who’ve become accustomed to his endless array of excuses why his teams have shown a remarkable ability to reek like dirty diapers year after year.
“I had the 28th (lowest) payroll in the league last year in Columbus,” MacLean said. “I didn’t like it.”
However, as intrepid Columbus Dispatch reporter Aaron Portzline points out, the Blue Jackets actually had the 24th-lowest payroll in the league in 2006-07, were just $4 million under the salary cap, and three of the six teams that spent less qualified for the playoffs.

read on... and if you want to see the video of the “monkey” story Adam referrers to…

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Training With The Pros

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from the South Side Journal,

Polizzi, 17, a junior-to-be at CBC, was awarded the Bryce Salvador/Jamal Mayers Hockey Dedication Award and has trained with several NHL players over the summer, as part of the Hockey Academy of St. Louis’ Impact Hockey Training Project.
St. Louis Blues teammates, Salvador and Mayers have sponsored Polizzi through this summer’s 12-week program of vigorous workouts, skills training and nutrition counseling.
Beginning every weekday morning at 8:30 a.m., Polizzi joins Mayers and Salvador, along with Reed Lowe (St. Louis Blues), Neil Komadoski (Ottawa Senators), Greg Mauldin (Columbus Blue Jackets), Travis Turnbull (Michigan University) and Tom Fortney (University of New Hampshire), at the gym for a 2-hour workout.
And, according to Polizzi, it’s not your normal workout. After all, he’s training with pros.

read on

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NHL Sales Continue To Rise

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NEW YORK (August 8, 2007) – Sales of NHL-licensed product on Shop.NHL.com for July increased 49% compared to the same period last year, the National Hockey League (NHL) today announced. July marks the 11th consecutive month that sales of NHL licensed product have increased online.

Twenty-four of the 30 teams increased their Shop.NHL.com sales in July, with 12 teams experiencing a triple-digit increase. Buffalo Sabres merchandise remains among the most popular, experiencing a 746% increase in sales year-over-year. Other teams that experienced noteworthy sales for July were the Nashville Predators (425%), Washington Capitals (228%), Florida Panthers (225%) and Pittsburgh Penguins (196%).

The Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks showed significant gains for the second consecutive month, up 190% over last July. New faces in new places helped contribute to the growth, as the second- and third-top-selling jerseys were of notable free agent acquisitions.

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Saprykin Will Play In Russia

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

Oleg Saprykin, the winger acquired by Ottawa at the trade deadline, recently signed a three-year deal with CSKA Moscow of the Russian League.
That news doesn’t exactly break the heart of new Senators general manager Bryan Murray, who is glad to get out from under the $1.064-million U.S. qualifying offer tendered to Saprykin by GM John Muckler, prior to his firing in June

more on the Senators…

thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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Tampa Deal Came Quickly

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from the Tampa Tribune,

MacLean, who brings the most hockey experience to the new group, said the deal was unusual because his group is replacing a successful group.
The investment group reached a final agreement with Davidson on Friday during a conference call.
“We thought it was the ultimate compliment that Mr. Davidson took such care in wanting the team to be in the right hands,” Sherrin said. “I think our ownership group will be the only one to actually be in the trenches day to day.”
Irwin Kishner, a lawyer in the sports entertainment practice at Herrick, Feinstein LLP in New York, said the Lightning deal is remarkable because it was handled more quickly and quietly than many other major sports franchise sales he’s seen.
“This was really fast,” Kishner said. “I’ve never seen a deal in one of the majors happen this quickly “

more

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Leafs Still Searching For Senior Executive

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Richard Peddie says the Toronto Maple Leafs are still looking for a senior hockey executive, but he declined to say if Scotty Bowman is a candidate.
However, the president of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment said no one has been offered the position of president of the Maple Leafs. Peddie said the team is scouring the National Hockey League for candidates and will be “patient” enough to land the right person, be it a president or senior adviser to general manager John Ferguson.
The search is slow because some candidates, such as Bowman, who is a consultant to the Detroit Red Wings, are under contract.

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Tverdovsky Signs 5-Year Deal With Salavat Yulaev

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from Sovsport.ru (translated below)...

Oleg Tverdovsky’s headed to Bashkortostan, where he’ll play for Salavat Yulaev for the next five years:


In [the arena] the player and the agent appear at 11:40. Oleg [Tverdovsky] in a strict black suit, but without a tie, in the same colors the elegant varnished shoes. At once follow in a cabinet of the general director of club Vadim Rybinskogo. There Oleg Gross, wthe GM “Salavat,” waits for them. All is settled literally in fifteen minutes of formality, and Tverdovsky leaves obviously happy. Beside him, Gross with a pack of papers.
Question: Oleg, the contract with Ufa is signed?
Tverdovsky: Yes. For five years.
Question: Whether is not present in the agreement [an] item, where you can break off [the contract] and return ahead of schedule to the NHL?
Tverdovsky: No.
Question: It turns out, that at the termination of the contract to you will be 36 years old. Whether follows from this, what you finish your career in Ufa?
Tverdovsky: Only 36! It is not necessary to think so far forward. For me now the main thing – stability, it would be desirable to play and receive pleasure from hockey that, in the NHL, did not suffice. And conditions of life and other moments – are secondary.

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Buying Into The NHL

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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

But despite the NHL’s many troubles — the rapidly escalating salaries, the lack of new revenue streams, the lack of a major U.S. television agreement — people are buying into commissioner Gary Bettman’s show. Not only that, they’re paying more and more money to do so….
This is all very strange. How can franchise values be going up at a time when the NHL looks to be struggling all over again?

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