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Looking Ahead

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The major questions on the table heading toward training camp are mostly hockey questions, rather than economic or systemic ones. Here are the 10 most compelling ones: 1. What impact will Evgeni Malkin have in Pittsburgh? Enough to make a playoff berth a realistic possibility. He can go into his first season with the Penguins as a second-line centre, a nice starting point.
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Clarke, Gagne At Loggerheads

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from the Courier-Camden Post:

With nine days remaining until the start of training camp, Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said Tuesday he has reached the end of the line in negotiations with leading scorer Simon Gagne.
“We made him a pretty substantial offer and I’m not going to go up from that,” Clarke said on his first day back from a vacation in western Canada. “He can sit out, but I’ve never seen a player sit out and then have a good year.”
Gagne, who at 26 is in the prime of his career, is believed to be seeking a long-term contract of at least four years at more than $5 million a season. The Flyers would also like to lock up Gagne for four years, but at slightly more than $4 million a season.
“If we were fooling around trying to sign Simon to a low number that would be one thing,” Clarke said. “He’s not going to be paid like Peter Forsberg ($5.75 million), but it’s close.”

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Ranger Preview

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Pre-season preview of the NY Rangers from Fox Sports,

In order to be one of the beasts of the East in 2006-07, the Rangers will need to be more than just a one-man show on offense. If the team is serious about contending for its first title since 1994, it can't be Jagr against the world any more. It's not enough for Renney's bunch to just play like a team, they must also score as a team. This squad can't live and die on Jagr's touch. New York needs to have consistent scoring up and down the lineup. Players like Prucha, Nylander and Straka must produce like they did last year and give a little bit more. Newcomers like Shanahan, Cullen and Hall also have to chip in consistently in order for this squad to avoid another meltdown like that. Bringing in Cup-winning vets like Shanahan, Ward and Cullen who know what it takes to win should also go a long way in helping the team overcome any other obstacle that might arise during the regular season and playoffs.
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Wings Season Tickets Available

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What happened to the 16,000 person waiting list Jimmy D. kept on talking about last year?

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A New Season Begins

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Action Packed 2006 National Hockey League Begins

Some exciting international players will spice up the League, in addition to home grown talent. A feast of spectacular goal scoring action is expected. Regular NHL followers will notice a host of coaching changes this year. The MVP awards have been tweaked this season to ensure a fairer approach. Teams will vote for most valuable players from opposition sides but will not vote for players from within their own ranks.
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So Many Questions

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David at the Ice Block asks many questions but his last was...

All these questions might be able to be answered by this one: Is the NHL willing to take some heat from its fans to show how many fans it has?
Now that I have your attention... read on...

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Bell Facing Charges

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from NBC11,

San Jose Police confirmed to NBC11 reporter Susan Siravo Tuesday that a member of the San Jose Sharks was arrested over the Labor Day Weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence and allegedly causing a collision. Police told NBC11 one person was hurt in the crash, but their injuries were considered minor with cuts and bruises. Police said Sharks player Mark Bell faces felony hit-and-run and felony DUI charges.
continued Thanks to KK member Puckhound61 for the heads up in the KKF.

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Quebec Players Fading

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from Sportsnet,

Though the NHL still has a number of talented hockey players hailing from Quebec, the decreasing numbers are causing concern in the province, according to the Journal de Montreal newspaper. As recently as the 1999-2000, no fewer than 82 players were Quebecers. But last year, that number was down to 58, which constitutes a 29 per-cent decrease.
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No ‘C’ For AO

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from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Canada.com,

Alexander Ovechkin has told Washington he's not ready to captain the Capitals. Both the Washington Post and Washington Times speculated in July that head coach Glen Hanlon was considering handing the captaincy to Ovechkin, chosen last season's top rookie in the NHL. Fellow phenom Sidney Crosby is reportedly a candidate for captain in Pittsburgh. Ovechkin says it won't happen for him this season. "This year I'm not ready because my English isn't good enough," the Russian superstar told The Canadian Press in an interview Tuesday.
continued added 6:39pm, Putting this here along with the AO story since without AO, Ted may not be writing what he did....Ten Reasons Why Hockey Is Becoming Hot in Washington... from the blog of Ted Leionsis,
6. Charitable requests for Caps autographed merchandize hit more than 100 per month and it is August. 7. A Sportstalk 980 announcer says something disrespectful about the NHL and the emails to me are immediate and the message board threads get opened in earnest.
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Looking For Financial Compensation

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Needing to replace both Malkin and Alexei Kaigorodov, their two top centres, Metallurg Magnitogorsk signed Jan Marek, the Czech league scoring champion, away from Sparta Prague. The cost: about $200,000 (U.S.) — or around the price that they may one day get from the NHL for Malkin's rights, assuming the two warring leagues ever do get a transfer agreement hammered out. "That's what makes it so interesting for us," says Dave King, the Magnitogorsk coach. "The NHL doesn't pay for any players leaving Russia — but we have to pay to get a player from the Czech Republic. We lose players to the NHL for free and then we've got to buy a player to replace them. I can tell you, the Russians are not a happy group right now."
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