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Crosby Turns 20

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Can superstar center Sidney Crosby still be Sid the Kid at age 20?
“Good question,” general manager Ray Shero said with a slight laugh yesterday.
“I don’t know. It’s a nice handle. And 20 years old is still pretty young.”
As of today, he is no longer a teenage phenom.
Born 8/7/87—begetting his uniform No. 87 and the average salary of $8.7 million on his five-year contract extension that kicks in next year—Crosby wakes up this morning to his 20th birthday.
“It does make me step back a little,” Crosby said. “Just to have the opportunity I’ve had, I feel fortunate.

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Players Head To Germany To Extend Career

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from the Edmonton Journal,

While young, inexperienced National Hockey Leaguers take advantage of exorbitant offers—Dustin Penner and Thomas Vanek easily come to mind—other veteran athletes are taking their talents overseas in an attempt to continue making an honest living.
Germany has become a solid market for former NHLers not quite ready to hang up their blades and no longer interested in battling for positions in the minor leagues or experiencing lengthy bus trips across North America.

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Katz Will Continue His Sales Pitch

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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Now comes Daryl Katz’s latest pitch to buy the Edmonton Oilers: a $170-million (all currency U.S.) offer that includes his promise to spend to the salary-cap limit every season while helping lead the charge for a new downtown arena in the city where he lives and does business.
Will the third time be the charm? Will the Edmonton Investors Group, which will meet today to vote on Katz’s bid, take his money and run happily to the bank?
Don’t count on it. Not yet, that is….
If it’s true that everyone and everything has its price, then bet that the Oilers owners vote no today and that Katz regroups for yet another pitch.

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Nobody Wins In Arbitration

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Dean Lombardi conference call transcript via Inside the Kings,

Q: Is it fair to say that it was significantly closer to your figure than his figure?
Lombardi: Yeah, that’s fair to say. What I don’t want to do here is… nobody wins at these things. I think it is safe to say that it came out closer to our end, but these situations aren’t for winning and losing. The L.A. Kings and Cammalleri have got to be on the same team. So that’s the danger of saying, `Well, it was closer to us,’ is that you have to connotation of winning and losing, and that’s not what this is all about.

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Interest In Forsberg

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from All Things Avs by Adrian Dater,

I do know for a fact the Red Wings are sniffing around Forsberg’s corner, and I think you can add Anaheim, Buffalo, Nashville, Edmonton, the Islanders, Pittsburgh and, yes, the Avalanche to that list.
One person with intimate knowledge of Forsberg’s situation is that his agent, Don Baizley, wants to get one last good-sized contract for him. Let’s be clear about one thing: those who think Forsberg will take a hometown discount to return to the Avs are forgetting one big thing: he’s never done that before.

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August In Toronto

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

David Shoalts, the writer who “broke” the “Bowman to Toronto, no really I mean it” story over the weekend was on Sportsnet radio this afternoon.  Predictably, he backpedaled, tossed some alibis (a close friend of Bowman’s told him it wasn’t “complete hogwash”), then started dropping names left and right. 

 

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Cammalleri Ruling

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings has been doing a great job following this ruling and will be releasing the numbers soon.  If they are correct, the ruling came in lower than people expected.

added 8:46pm, per Rich Hammond,

$3.1 million next season and $3.6 million in ‘08-‘09 for Cammalleri. Those are the numbers I have, and I have them from a very good source who is confident that they are correct.

added 9:43pm, OK Kings fans, enough of “is something up” questions on this ruling.
On the LA Kings homepage... The Kings have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with restricted free agent Michael Cammalleri.
You should also trust what your beat writer is saying, forget the other stuff, it is all fluff!

added 9:48pm, from Rich Hammond,

As for the range, the Kings came in at $2.6 million and Cammalleri came in at $6 million.

more... looks like the Cammalleri was shooting for the moon…

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JSG Expected In Camp After Surgery

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via the Anaheim Ducks,

Jean-Sebastien Giguere underwent successful surgery this morning to correct a sports hernia injury. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bill Meyer at Durham Regional Hospital in Durham, North Carolina.
Giguere is expected to return to the ice during training camp, possibly as early as the club’s first on-ice practice on Sept. 10.

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Bruins’ Chistov May Play In Russia

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fro the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

Peter Chiarelli has heard that Stanislav Chistov might sign with Salavat Yulayev Ufa of the Russian Super League for the upcoming season.
But the GM has not heard definitively of the winger’s plans.
“A couple of people have mentioned that to me,” Chiarelli said of Chistov’s possible departure. “I don’t know one way or another. I have a call into his agent. We’ll see where it goes.”

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Iafrate Knows Hockey Sticks

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from Sharkspage,

In an online video posted by Hockey Player Magazine, former Sharks defenseman Al Iafrate discusses his role with Warrior Hockey in equipment research and development, product development, grassroots and pro services, and how Warrior stick technology can enhance a player’s game.
Iafrate was previously involved with the design and development of Black Beauty Custom Hockey Sticks, and he just finished a series of summer shooting clinics for warriorhockeycamps.com in Michigan.

read on... pretty informative video…

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