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Smith Contemplating Sharks Offer

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from the Mercury News,

Center Mark Smith remains the lone Shark from last season’s lineup without a new contract, but his agent said Thursday that San Jose put an offer on the table and money isn’t the big sticking point.
It’s playing time.
“San Jose is such a strong team at forward and at the center position that it limits his opportunity to play an expanded role,” agent Brian Feldman said from his Michigan office. “We’re just trying to find an opportunity where he’d have that expanded role.”

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MacTavish Can Coach Again

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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

MacTavish yesterday was a coach very much saying thank you to his general manager for giving him a chance to again contemplate success.
“I’d like to commend Kevin. It was not really that popular but at the end of the day, who cares?” he said of doing the dirty deed with Penner.
“Maybe someday it’ll look like a stupid play, but right now I feel pretty good about it.”
Asked to comment on the reactions of Ducks GM Brian Burke, MacTavish responded with a Burke-like quote.
“Irrelevant really. Listening to him is the equivalent of taking a drink from a firehose.
“Kevin did what he had to do for his hockey team.”

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More Exposure Needed

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from Evan Weiner at the NY Sun,

To that end, Bettman has reached over to the NBA and hired Jody Shapiro to see if he can get the league more eyeballs in front of television sets for NBC and Versus games. Shapiro is the former vice president of business development at NBA TV and once headed Home Team Sports in the mid-Atlantic area…
Shapiro has been around the cable TV block and knows all the players. He also has dealt with cable TV multiple systems operators in getting the NBA network on both basic expanded and digital cable throughout the country. One of Shapiro’s charges is to get an NBA or NFL-type hockey network on MSOs throughout the country. The NHL already has a network up in Canada.

more NHL broadcast talk…

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Your Friday Week In Review

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good morning troopers. First, let’s all congratulate our Detroit Tigers on earning a split with those tough D-Rays.  For those of you who claim allegiance to the Tigers and Wings (allowed, by the way), here’s some encouraging news:  if the Tigers are to win 98 games, a reasonable number if a playoff berth is in the cards, they have to go 35-13 over their last 48.  In other words, every game down the stretch is vital. 

Now…Wing fans.  Can you imagine the lines forming for that kind of stress train?  At some point, we’re going to find out what it’s like to worry and fret over just getting into the playoffs.  Kinda like Dive fans had to last year…for nought of course.

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More HNIC Talk

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Najak said a decision on the second-intermission Satellite Hot Stove hasn’t been made. Najak and Moore agree it needs more energy, opinion and debate. The departure of Al Strachan in 2005 and John Davidson in 2006 took an edge off the commentary and lowered the level of tension.
“We’re looking for the right chemistry,” Najak said. “If it does come back, it will come back with the right chemistry of people.”
Don Cherry’s first-intermission Coach’s Corner will return.
Moore said: “I told Don: ‘You’re like a thoroughbred. I’ll ride you until something breaks and then I’ll put you out of your misery.’ “

more on the HNIC changes… Heck, I thought the combination of Duhatschek, Morrison and Lebrun was just fine.  Very informative and I looked forward to the 2nd intermission of HNIC.

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Ron Low Will Be Named Assistant Coach For Sens

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via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

A familiar face will round out the Ottawa Senators coaching staff this season, the Sun has learned.
Newly promoted head coach John Paddock is poised to announce longtime goaltending coach Ron Low will act as the club’s other assistant next season.
While Paddock considered hiring former Senators captain Randy Cunneyworth and former NHLer Ryan McGill, Low is familiar with the players and has strong ties to the organization.

thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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Chicago Extends Savard Contract

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from the Chicago Blackhawks,

General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have extended the contract of head coach Denis Savard through the 2008-09 season.
“I’m delighted and excited to be a part of what we all feel will be an exciting team this season,” said Denis Savard. “I believe we have a good combination of youth and experience to make this a very exciting team to watch. I can’t wait for training camp to start.”

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Resch Finds That Balance

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from the Moose Jaw Times Herald,

“General managers, coaches and players are much more open to chapels and hearing the message of Jesus than they were when I first started 30 years ago,” said Resch. “You just got the door slammed in your face before you even got started.”
Resch lives five miles outside of Manhattan and is a colour commentator for New Jersey Devils television broadcasts. Still around the game, he feels spirituality is resonating in the lives or players and the public like never before.
“You’ve got the money, fame, fortune — you have everything you can ask for and you say ‘well what’s next?’ and there isn’t anything,” said Resch.
“I think that Christ’s principles really reach out to other people. Once you have your own house and your summer house, the two cars and the boat, then what are you going to do with the money?
“I think life is the physical, mental and the spiritual and I think it’s getting out of balance.”

more on Resch back home for a hockey camp…

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Hasek In Perfect Condition

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from Snapshots at Mlive,

Hockey goalie Dominik Hasek started with his off-ice training for the [upcoming] season, which seems to be definitely the last one in his career. His goaltending coach Josef Bruk says Dom is in perfect condition.
In the beginning of this summer training Hasek made two T-shirts sweaty. “I think this is standard for me. This was my first training and I am gonna have another 30 or 40 ones. I don’t know it exactly, Mr. Bruk counts it.”

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$206M For The Tampa Bay Lightning

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from Brian Milner of the Globe and Mail,

A group of investors led by Doug MacLean and partner Jeff Sherrin will pay slightly more than $206-million (all figures U.S.) for the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Globe and Mail has learned.
William Davidson, the current owner of the Lightning, was won over by the offer from Absolute Hockey Enterprises, the fact that the buyers are true hockey lovers with no intention of relocating and that the team would not be saddled with debt as a result of the deal, say sources familiar with the negotiations.

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