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It Was Different Back Then

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from Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune,

Members of the Original Six franchises faced vengeful behavior and scandal while fighting for postretirement benefits. Only in the past decade has the league’s rank-and-file recovered from the shock waves generated by Alan Eagleson’s contentious tenure as executive director of the NHL Players Association.
“We fought our tails off in the 1960s for decent benefits,” said Lightning founder Phil Esposito, the No. 5 goal scorer in league history.
The former NHLPA president turned 65 in February, and Esposito said he’s receiving an annual pension of $32,000 (Canadian) following a 19-year Hall of Fame career.

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Dallas Looking For Top 6 Forward

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A Q & A with Dallas Stars GM Doug Armstrong in the Dallas Morning News,

Now, if we can find a player to go into that top six, via trade or free agency, we’ll do that. But if not, we’ll count on the group of Modano, Morrow, Lehtinen, [Mike] Ribeiro and players like [Jussi] Jokinen and Loui Eriksson. If those players can’t get it done, then we’ll go looking for others.

much more on the Stars…

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Fans are Rabid For Hockey In Okinawa

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Unbelievable interest in the NHL in the Far East.  As I ordered my Orion beer, seaweed and raw fish the waiter was discussing Nick Lidstrom’s 5th Norris Trophy with a few patrons just to my left.  They were speaking in Japanese so I couldn’t understand precisely what was being said.  In fact, I couldn’t understand a single word.  But I could tell by their excited tone that Lidstrom was the subject.  Rumors on the streets here (e5) are that Gary Bettman heard a similar converstaion while watching Speed Racer in a Karaoke bar in Tokyo four weeks ago, just before he sang “Chevy Van.”  Heading to the airport to begin my 25 hour trek back to the states.  Semi-regular posting will re-convene soon.

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Samsonov To Chicago

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from the Chicago Blackhawks,

Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the team has acquired the five-time 20-plus goal scoring left winger Sergei Samsonov from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Jassen Cullimore and left winger Tony Salmelainen.
“We believe Sergei can rebound a give us a spark on the power play and offensively as well as improve our overall skill level,” said Tallon. “We feel he has a lot left in the tank and playing under Denis Savard will bring out the offensive creativity that he has shown in the past.”

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added 1:13pm, from Habs Inside/Out,

The Gazette’s Pat Hickey says the Canadiens intend to buy out Cullimore, who earned $1.9 million this past season and would have earned $1.925,000 in 2007-08.
It would have cost the Habs $1.175 million each of the next two years, against the cap, to buy out Samsonov. Cullimore will cost them $611,666 each of the next two years.

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Marleau Not Talking Like A Man About To Be Traded

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I have had a few emails asking me what team would be getting Marleau in a trade.  I respond, relax, he isn’t going anywhere…

from the Mercury News,

If the sides cannot strike a deal during the summer, Marleau said he is willing to continue negotiations during the season. Some players have used the start of the season as a cutoff date for contract talks.
“If you’re talking and if things are going in the right direction, I guess it makes sense to keep talking,” Marleau said.
The downside of not reaching an agreement is the Ryan Smyth scenario. Edmonton traded Smyth, the heart of the franchise, at the trade deadline because contract talks collapsed as the clock was winding down.
“I understand what you’re saying, but I think we’ll have a good grasp of the situation way before that,” Marleau said. “Also, Edmonton was out of the playoffs, and I don’t see ourselves being in that position.”

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Insider Talk Of The Nashville Situation

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from Theresa Tedesco of the National Post,

According to insiders, Mr. Bettman and William Daly, the NHL’s deputy commissioner, told Mr. Balsillie that if he wanted to buy the Predators, he had to make a “good faith” attempt to keep the team in Nashville, and not to sabotage its chances of surviving in that city.
Apparently, Mr. Balsillie was troubled about not having certainty about his ability to move the team, and was clearly uneasy about his previous experience with the league. Before he publicly announced his bid for the Penguins last October, he had a similar conversation about moving Sidney Crosby and the team if the arena funding didn’t materialize. Apparently, Mr. Bettman agreed at the time, saying “I’ll be the first to help you pack your bags.”

more... long but interesting read…

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Oilers Try To Impress UFAs with DVD

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from the Edmonton Journal,

The Oilers have put together DVDs before, trying to get the gospel out to sponsors, but, in this case, the spiffy eight-minute presentation is a marketing tool for the free agents like centre Scott Gomez or Daniel Briere or defenceman Kimmo Timonen and Brian Rafalski. They’re trying to sell players on wanting to tug on an Oiler jersey. It features highlights from the club’s Stanley Cup run in 2006 and pictures of their glory days in the 80s, fans singing 0 Canada at Rexall Place in the playoffs, a few scenes from backyard outdoor hockey games, spliced around a narration from assistant coach Craig Simpson. He settled here after joining the Oilers in a 1987 trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins for Paul Coffey.

read on

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Nashville May Keep Payroll At A Minimum

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from Canada.com,

If the Nashville Predators are not sold by June 30, which seems unlikely now, sources say club owner Craig Leipold is prepared to vastly trim his player payroll next season, even if it means dismantling a Stanley Cup contender.
The so-called scorched earth tactic, reminiscent of baseball’s Florida Marlins, is designed to minimize financial losses next season, which will almost certainly approach US$10-million, and force the City of Nashville to buy more tickets if it wants to keep professional hockey in the Tennessee capital.

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Bruins Looking At Milbury

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Madness appears to be on the verge of returning to the NHL, once again in Boston and once again behind the bench.
Sources have told The Post that mercurial Mike Milbury, who two weeks ago left his ceremonial front-office position with the Islanders, has interviewed for the Bruins’ head-coaching position. He is in line to replace Dave Lewis, who seemingly out of nowhere was dismissed yesterday, 10 weeks after completing the first season of a four-year contract.
Milbury, whom The Post has learned has interviewed for the post as long as 10 days ago, coached the Bruins to 101- and 100-point seasons in 1989-90 and 1990-91, r

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Leipold Delivers Expected Notice

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from the Nashville Predators,

The Nashville Predators today delivered written notice to the Sports Authority of Metropolitan Government (as required by Section 2.3 (b) of its license agreement) that the club reserves the right to cancel the license agreement at the end of its 2007-08 NHL hockey season if the average number of tickets sold to home games played at the Sommet Center (excluding exhibition and preseason games) during the “cure season” does not equal or exceed 14,000 per game.

read on for a statement from Leipold…

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