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Time Will Tell

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from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

The New York Islanders have agreed to an unprecedented $67.5-million (U.S.), 15-year contract for goaltender Rick DiPietro. DiPietro will earn $4.5 million annually. The Islanders scheduled an afternoon news conference to officially announce the contract that would keep DiPietro in the fold until 2022 when he would be 40. The deal is believed to be the longest in NHL history and second only in major North American pro sports to the $25-million, 25-year deal Magic Johnson signed with the NBA Lakers in 1981. "Clubs are free to make their own decisions within the confines laid out in the collective bargaining agreement and other applicable league rules," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Canadian Press. "Some decisions turn out well, others not so well. Time will tell whether this will be a good decision or a bad one for the Islanders."
continued...the press conference is at 3pm... added 1:30pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Maybe the Islanders' hope is that the business of hockey will become so attractive and boom in such an unprecedented way that the average of the DiPietro contract - $4.5 million — will seem cheap by the time he hits his prime. That had to be the primary logic behind such a move, if logic is a word can ever be applied to the Islanders' decision-making.
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KKF Update

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I have added a new discussion area to the Kukla's Korner Forums. Hockey "Trade" Talk is now open. Not the typical trade talk subject, this one is about exchanging hockey cards, jerseys, equipment, etc... A few members asked for this, and as you know, membership has its benefits. added 12:55pm, I have made some recent updates to the KK Shopping & Review section. Some great deals available.

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Touch Me

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Have you heard, seen or felt the Caps new slogan? AO can you hear me?

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Doctor In The House

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Dr. David S. Mulder Chair in Trauma Care, still looking after men who play a boys' game as the team physician of the Montreal Canadiens? The Game makes him do it, he says. Hockey does. "I played hockey in a little farm town in Saskatchewan ... in Eston," Mulder said. "It's a grain farming town of 1,500 people. My father was a farmer. He immigrated from Holland. He played soccer. We didn't even know what soccer was in this little town, but everybody played hockey, and I got into playing at all levels: atom, peewee ... all through the ranks. "I was going to be the next Gordie Howe," he added with a tight, little smile. Say what?
read on...long but take the time out to read it...

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The Name Helps

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from the Rocky Mountain News,

Think of hockey playing families and the Sutter brothers of Viking, Alberta, quickly come to mind. Brent, Brian, Darryl, Duane, Rich and Ron Sutter played in the NHL with varying degrees of success. Then there are the Stastnys, led by Hall of Famer Peter, who in 15 seasons with Quebec, New Jersey and St. Louis recorded 450 goals and 789 assists; he retired after the 1994-95 season and ranks second behind Joe Sakic on the Nordiques/Avalanche career scoring list with 1,048 points. Peter's brothers, Anton and Marian, also enjoyed successful NHL careers, combining for 373 goals and 557 assists in the 1980s. Now it's Paul Stastny's turn to keep up the family tradition.
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Battle In Goal

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from the Boston Herald,

Based on youth and pedigree - the 22-year-old Toivonen was drafted 29th overall, the 32-year-old Thomas was an unheralded free agent signee - it would appear Toivonen is poised to make a push for the No. 1 spot, though Thomas proved capable of carrying the load for a stretch. “My interests are, first off, making the team, secondly, getting playing time and then getting to my own level and just improve and improve,” said Toivonen, who skated with a nearly full complement of rookies yesterday. “I know I can play in this league, and I know I’m capable of doing it well.”
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Sykora Likes Edmonton

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from Robin Brownlee of the Edmonton Sun,

It's only September, but Sykora likes it here! He wants to be here. Really "I would like to do that. I'd like to stay," said Sykora, who hasn't played a single shift for the Oilers yet. "I really see myself doing well here. It's a good team. It's an offensive team. It's a team on the way up. It's a good situation here."
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Still To Be Answered

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from the Toronto Sun,

The big story last year was the rebirth of the NHL and in Year 2 of the rebirth, it's on to proper parenting techniques. Here are some major questions heading into the 2006-07 season: 1. HOW HAS THE SALARY CAP CHANGED THE WAY TEAMS OPERATE? - The goal of letting small-market and frugal spenders compete on a level field was achieved to a degree when the final four included Carolina, the Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks. But this year will be more challenging with the cap rising to $44 million US, tricky salary arbitration and a lower bar for unrestricted free agency that will impact a team's highest-paid player down to its first-round draft pick.
many more questiona & answers...

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Without Yzerman

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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star via the Ottawa Citizen,

His teammates knew the anguish Yzerman put himself though in an effort to prolong his playing days. "He was suffering a lot," Holmstrom said. "He couldn't play as well as he wanted to. "There was a lot of pain that he was going through, especially with his (surgically repaired right) knee. You could see how much it hurt him. "Before he had the bad knee, he could do so much with the puck. And even with the bad knee, he could be our best player still." With Yzerman gone, life goes on for the Wings, defending President's Trophy winners as the NHL's top regular-season team. There is still a season to prepare for and games to be played.
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Gionta Going “Camping”

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from the NY Post (reg. req.),

The Devils will owe Brian Gionta one. Their record goal-scorer intends to attend training camp on his own dime. After considering sitting out camp while unsigned as a restricted free agent, the 48-goal man was in the process yesterday of obtaining insurance to cover the substantial career risk of scrimmages and exhibitions to a star without a contract.

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