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Wings Nowhere Near A Deal With Datsyuk &  Zetterberg

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from Mlive,

As the NHL moves toward resuming play, the Detroit Red Wings are not close to re-signing restricted free agents Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg. "We're nowhere near a deal with either player," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press. "We've made a number of offers and they've made offers, but we still have a long way to go to reach deals." It's a priority for the Red Wings to retain both young forwards, but with the league's new collective bargaining agreement the team's salary cap is $39 million — about half of what Detroit has spent in the past.

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Russia In Conflict With NHL

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from the Russian News and Inforamtion Agency,

The first round of the Eurohockey tournament, called the Ceske Pojistovny Cup is under way in the Czech Republic which is traditionally a token marking the start of a new ice hockey season in the Old World. Its opening has always been eagerly anticipated and for obvious reasons. To this year's purely sports expectations are added different kinds of emotions, at least in Russia. Relations between Russia's ice-hockey authorities and the NHL have never before been in such a deep crisis. In essence, the sides are conducting a "cold war" or shall we call it an "ice war," that just yesterday seemed to have frozen over. Actually, the reasons behind the current crisis that culminated in Russia's refusal to sign a Player Transfer Agreement with the International Ice Hockey League (IIHL) and the National Hockey League (NHL) are far from the sport itself. Hockey players have become valuable commodities therefore adding to a clubs' "bottom line" in terms of assets. Their value in terms of cash flow and its effect on a clubs' ability to conduct business have become incredibly important.

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Let The Competition Begin

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from the Globe and Mail,

The Sidney Crosby hysteria that has gripped the National Hockey League and its fans this summer has allowed Russian hotshot Alexander Ovechkin to fly under the radar. That suits the high-flying Ovechkin, drafted first overall by the Washington Capitals in 2004. "He's a Canadian, he should get more attention," Ovechkin said yesterday from Washington. He is slated to hold his first news conference for the Washington media today. "If the National Hockey League was in Russia, I would be getting the attention," Ovechkin added. "I don't mind. It takes the spotlight away from me and maybe I will have less pressure to produce.

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Brodeur Expects Stevens to Retire

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from the Montreal Gazette, Brodeur said the Devils will miss Scott Niedermayer, who has signed with Anaheim, and Scott Stevens, who has been sidelined with a concussion. "I expect (Stevens) will retire," Brodeur said. "He's 41 and we haven't heard anything from him for a while. It will be strange not having Niedermayer in front of me for the first time in about 12 years, but we re-signed (Brian) Rafalski and added (Vladimir) Malakhov and (Dan) McGillis. We'll be OK."

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FYI

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I will be unavailable for the next 3 hours or so. Wings fans are awaiting word on any Datsyuk or Zetterberg news, but I don't think anything will happen today.

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NBC Snubs Gretzky

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from the Arizona Republic,

NBC has snubbed Wayne Gretzky and the Coyotes. The television network, which is broadcasting NHL games this season, released its regular-season schedule Wednesday. Phoenix is noticeably missing. NBC Sports spokesman Brian Walker said the network's schedule was made, in conjunction with the NHL, before Gretzky was named head coach of the Coyotes last month. Nevertheless, multiple team officials said they were disappointed that the network is ignoring the team. "Wayne coaching in the NHL is a national story," said veteran NHL broadcaster Darren Pang, who recently joined the Coyotes organization. "How can you not put him on NBC? It's mind-boggling."

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Datsyuk News

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Many Wings fans think September 1st is the deadline to sign Datsyuk but the real date is September 5th. The Russian League starts September 7th and rosters need to be finalized by the 5th. Wings want to sign him to a long term deal, but Datsyuk wants to test the UFA market and would prefer a 2 or 3 year contract. Look for the Wings to agree to that with a salary of $3.5 million or so. update 1:25am Thursday, via the Detroit News,

Finally, perhaps, there was a positive sign late Wednesday in the ongoing negotiations between the Red Wings and restricted free agent Pavel Datsyuk. A report in today's Soviet Sport newspaper in Russia indicated Datsyuk was a last-minute no-show as the Russian national team left Moscow Wednesday for today's EuroTour game against Sweden in St. Petersburg, Russia. Datsyuk had been practicing with the national team this past week. Datsyuk's agent, Gary Greenstin, last week told The Detroit News he wanted to have the framework for a new deal for Datsyuk in place by Sept. 1. He also said Datsyuk faced a Sept. 5 deadline for signing with Moscow Dynamo, the Russian SuperLeague team he played for last season during the NHL lockout. Last weekend, Datsyuk, 27, rejected multiple contract offers from the Wings, ranging from 1-5 years in length. Greenstin, who met with Datsyuk in Moscow earlier this week, is believed to have faxed the Wings a counteroffer either Tuesday or Wednesday -- a three-year deal appears to be the common ground -- but neither Greenstin nor Wings general manager Ken Holland could be reached for comment Wednesday.

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Enjoy The Weekend

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The long Labor Day holiday weekend for the U.S, and Canada is upon us. I will be posting over the weekend but I really don't see much player movement until next week. Enjoy the weekend with family and friends and remember, no drinking and driving. Our lives are so precious and the tragedy in the Gulf States is proof our plans and dreams can change in a matter of moments.

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Canadian National Pond Hockey Championship

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The race is on for Canadian and international recreational hockey players to register their teams for the inaugural Source For Sports Canadian Pond Hockey Championships. To be contested January 27-29, 2006, the championships will take players, spectators and volunteers back to the roots of hockey, set amidst the rustic northern setting at Deerhurst Resort, Muskoka, Ontario. Hundreds of players will make the journey for a chance to stake claim to pond hockey superiority and to have their names engraved on the Championship Cups for all to see at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Eligibility to the tournament is open to men's and women's adult pond hockey teams from Canada and all over the world, and registration has now officially begun. The official championship web site is www.canadapondhockey.ca.

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OLN & NBC Schedule

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The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the U.S. national television network schedule for the 2005-06 regular-season. New television partners OLN and NBC will highlight the national television debuts of teen-age Pittsburgh phenomenon Sidney Crosby, Phoenix head coach Wayne Gretzky, and Philadelphia superstar Peter Forsberg. The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the U.S. national television network schedule for the 2005-06 regular-season. New television partners OLN and NBC will highlight the national television debuts of teen-age Pittsburgh phenomenon Sidney Crosby, Phoenix head coach Wayne Gretzky, and Philadelphia superstar Peter Forsberg. OLN, the exclusive cable partner of the NHL, begins its 58-game schedule Opening Night (Oct. 5, 7 p.m., ET) when the re-vamped Philadelphia Flyers, led by scoring sensation Peter Forsberg, host Atlantic Division rival, the New York Rangers. On Monday, Oct. 10 (7 p.m., ET), U.S. fans will see Crosby's national television debut when the Penguins visit Buffalo. The following night, Tuesday, Oct. 11 (7 p.m. ET), Wayne Gretzky will be behind the Coyotes' bench as Phoenix faces a Pacific Division foe, Dallas. OLN's exclusive NHL coverage, which spotlights the new rivalry based-schedule, continues throughout the season on Monday and Tuesday nights. Featured are such games as Boston vs. Montreal (Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., ET), Chicago vs. Detroit (Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., ET), Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia (Nov. 16, 7 p.m., ET), Anaheim vs. Los Angeles (Jan. 23, 10:30 p.m., ET) and Colorado vs. Detroit (Feb. 12, 5 p.m., ET). NBC Sports' broadcast season begins Saturday, Jan. 14 with three regional games, highlighted by Forsberg facing his former team, Colorado, for the first time. Other games include marquee matchups between the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, and Mike Modano and the Dallas Stars visiting Joe Thornton and the Boston Bruins. NBC will preview the NHL season, and examine how the new rule changes will transform the game, with a half-hour show on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m., ET. NBC Sports will present six weeks of Saturday afternoon regular-season action: Jan. 14, Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, April 8 and April 15. Schedule highlights include Crosby, Pittsburgh owner and captain Mario Lemieux and the rest of the Penguins hosting the Flyers on Jan. 21, and the Red Wings visiting their Conference rivals, the Avalanche, on Jan. 28. On-air talent, new broadcast enhancements and playoff coverage will be released at a later date for both networks.

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