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Attention Shoppers:  Players Still Available

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from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

What’s left is a collection of unrestricted free agents whose best days are clearly behind them, but can still contribute to a team that might just need a little something extra to clear that last hurdle. There are also a handful of restricted and unrestricted free agents who, because of contract issues or various “reputation issues (injuries, character problems or the like), might be obtainable for teams willing to take a risk.
It’s not necessarily a bargain bin, but what follows is a Sportsnet.ca non-inclusive list of discounted, disrupted, discouraged or just dissed players who might help your hockey team (or perhaps your hockey pool if you or your favourite general manger can get them to the table on time.

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Great Deals

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Ah the lazy, hazy days of summer — sunshine, a hint of fall in the air, back-to-school sales … and NHL general managers, in a bargain-hunting mode, making one last pass at the free-agent market, with training camps less than a month away.
This week, two of the most respected players that had slipped through the cracks, found work — Trevor Linden and Michael Peca, who agreed to one-year deals respectively with the Vancouver Canucks and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Linden received $600,000 in base salary; Peca will get $1.2 million as soon as he passes his physical; and both contracts include incentives that could increase their eventual take-home day, depending upon how their seasons unfold.

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KK- Psst, Today Is Her Birthday

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Now that Alanah is up, has had her two cups of coffee, maybe we can wish her a Happy “29th” Birthday.
Alanah has been a great addition to KK and things will only get better, real soon.
HBA (Happy Birthday Alanah)!

Miss604 also pays tribute to the Queen.

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Harrah’s Building Arena in Las Vegas

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From the LA Times,

Prospects for an NHL or NBA franchise here increased Wednesday with the announcement of an arena partnership deal between AEG and Harrah’s Entertainment.
A privately financed, 20,000-seat arena, which would open in 2010, would be on 10 acres of Harrah’s land holdings, which is behind Bally’s and Paris resorts, one block east of the Strip. Groundbreaking for the facility is scheduled for 2008.
The AEG-Harrah’s alliance was first reported this morning in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. A news conference to discuss the project was scheduled here for later this morning.
There is no shortage of potential homes for hockey or basketball franchises in Las Vegas. There already are announced plans in the works for a multifaceted $9.5-billion project, which would also include a 22,000-seat arena, aimed for a completion date in 2010.

continued… *LA Times link may require registration

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Sit Down With Kolzig

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Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir met up with Olie Kolzig this morning and published his chat with him…

Anyway, Kolzig had some very interesting things to say afterward. Here’s the full transcript of the interview:
Q: Do you feel owner Ted Leonsis and GM George McPhee did enough in free agency to make the Caps a playoff team next season?
A: I think they did a great job this summer.
Poti is a guy who will give us someone on the power play and eat up some minutes. He’ll also stabilize our back end.
Kozlov is such a talent. When he plays to the level of his talent consistently, he’s a scary player. He’s also a very nice individual, quiet and unassuming.
And, of course, bringing Michael Nylander back is huge.

much more

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Decisions Ahead For Bettman

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

In the coming days and weeks, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is going to be asked to make difficult decisions on two prickly issues, decisions whose ramifications may reverberate around the league for years.
Both decisions involve how to deal with men who have run afoul of the law. Both will require Bettman to balance the desire for good public relations with what is right and just, and possibly even compassionate.
First, there is the issue of what to do with disgraced assistant coach Rick Tocchet, who pleaded guilty to a variety of gambling offenses and was ordered to serve two years of probation last week.

continued and Scott’s second issue is Mark Bell…

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Looking At The NHL Image

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from Black Athlete,

I don’t know about you, but if you’ve ever seen or been privy to a hit-and-run situation, you know that the act itself is tantamount to attempted murder when alcohol is added to the equation.
I’m amazed that an advocacy group like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) isn’t after Bell’s ass with the same passion as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) in Vick’s case.
For Bettman to make light of these incidents is to imply hockey has no problem—and the treatment in both issues further gives the impression ain’t nothin’ goin’ on but the ice.
Bettman’s laissez-faire attitude says “No problem—because ‘our guys’ aren’t troublemakers like those in those “other leagues”—and there are no moral issues in conflict with our athletes.”
Meanwhile, 50 years since the first black player, Wilie O’Ree, laced up his skates for the Boston Bruins, the NHL still wants to pretend that Black folks in America aren’t worth cozying up to sell their game to.

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Flyers Would “Tinker” Lineup To Fit In Forsberg

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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Forsberg told “Aftonbladet” he would play for Modo of the Swedish Elite League before deciding whether to jump to the NHL, perhaps sometime in December.
“He didn’t know what his (playing) status was and I left it that when he gets to that point let us know and we’ll talk,” Holmgren said.
Forsberg has since played a couple of benefit games with former Flyers teammate Simon Gagne in Sweden. Holmgren said Gagne told him Forsberg was “unbelievable” in the exhibitions.
Reuniting Forsberg to a vastly improved Flyers lineup is not a far-fetched proposition. Before he was traded to the Predators Feb. 15, Forsberg said he believed the Flyers could quickly rebound from the worst season in team history and be a Stanley Cup contender within a year or two.

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Canucks Still Looking For A Couple Of Players

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from the Vancouver Province,

With the addition of Linden, the team’s roster now sits at 21 players with a salary cap hit of $46.46 million. The NHL’s salary cap this coming season is $50.3 million.
But Nonis strongly hinted that the Canucks are in a wait-and-see mode for the moment in terms of additional players—notably someone who can score goals—whether through signing a free agent or making a trade.
“We’re still looking,” said Nonis. “I would add another defenceman if I could. There hasn’t been a forward out there so far from a free-agent standpoint that made sense financially, or if it did make sense financially it wasn’t an upgrade on what we had. So we’ll keep the powder dry and when an opportunity comes we’ll move.
“There might be a free agent that comes available at numbers that make sense, but I would say more than likely if we were to add to our forward group it would be through the trade route.”

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No More Excuses For Hitchcock

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from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

Excuse-making is out. Accountability is in. That means a talented, young player such as Nikolai Zherdev will work hard and get with the program or go to the bench. It means goaltender Pascal Leclaire will be in better shape than he has ever been or he will watch Fredrik Norrena play. It means playing time won’t have anything to do with where players were drafted or how much they have been hyped. It means it will be Hitch’s way or the highway, and the team’s general manager, Scott Howson, will back Hitchcock all the way.
While there’s no way to know how this will play out during the course of the season, it’s hard to see how this won’t change things for the better.

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