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Chris Kelly Re-Signs With Ottawa

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via the Ottawa Senators,

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today the club has re-signed centre Chris Kelly to a one-year deal.
Kelly returns to the Senators for his third full season in the NHL. He recorded his best season in 2006-07, scoring 15 goals and adding 23 assists for 38 points in 82 games. The Toronto native also had seven points (three goals and four assists) while playing in all 20 post-season games.

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Sabres Have Only Themselves To Blame

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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

The Sabres also could have established the market price for their own players rather than have the league do it for them. How? You get Drury and Briere signed in the $5 million range, acceptable for both players. You reference their contracts while aggressively pursuing Vanek long before he hits the market. It would have been the Sabres’ contribution to cost certainty.
At the very least, Buffalo would have had options before getting Vanek’s seven- year contract worth $50 million forced halfway down their esophagus. Who would have blamed them, with Drury and Briere locked up, for walking away and taking four first-round picks from Edmonton? Certainly not me.
For a team quick to blame others for jacking up salaries, the Sabres did a pretty good job themselves.

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Jamie McLennan Heads To Russia

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from the Calgary Herald,

Jamie McLennan figures he has it coming to him.
For six different National Hockey League clubs over 10 seasons, the prankster puckblocker wasn’t above poking a little fun at the Europeans with whom he shared a dressing room. Now that the former Flame has signed with defending Russian Super League champions Metallurg Magnitogorsk, an outfit featuring not a single other North American player, the skate is on the other foot.

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Montreal May Not Keep Ryder Around

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Few fans feel Ryder will be with the Canadiens after the current season, and there are many who have already jumped on the Trade Ryder bandwagon.
I share the belief that Ryder’s days in Montreal are numbered. When he agreed to a one-year contract during the weekend, Ryder put himself in a position to become an unrestricted free agent next July. And his salary - a relative bargain at $2.95 million U.S. - means Ryder might be an attractive pickup for a team looking for a sniper at the trading deadline.
Both sides probably would have preferred a multi-year contract, but they couldn’t agree on a dollar figure. I think Ryder might have been awarded more if he had gone through arbitration, because $2.95 million is a bit below market value for a 30-goal scorer.

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NBC Fading

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from the Vancouver Province,

Turn out the lights. The NBC-NHL party is just about over. The U.S. TV network has one year plus an option left on its deal with the hockey league and with numbers sinking faster than the Lusitania the rats are already jumping ship.
The NHL on NBC now makes “Joanie Loves Chachi” look like an Einstein-like programming decision.
In response, the network has now cancelled its studio show and has reduced three games on Saturday to just one on Sunday.
Gone are Brett Hull, Bill Clement and Ray Ferraro.
“Of course I was disappointed,” says Ferraro. “Three minutes into the call and you know you’ve got to start earning a living some place else.”

read on & some HNIC news too…

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Staying Sharp

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from the StarPhoenix,

Windsor has become a summer hotspot for some in the hockey business.
From Europe, the United States and Canada, Bob Allen welcomes a new group of students each week to his Maximum Edge shop to get the ins and outs on skates.
“A lot of people don’t realize what goes into skate sharpening, from moms and dads to professionals,” said Washington Capitals head equipment manager Brock Myles. “I always want to improve myself and know different techniques and different systems.”

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Phoenix Talking With Ballard

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from the Arizona Republic,

Discussions are continuing between the Coyotes and restricted free agent defenseman Keith Ballard, whom General Manager Don Maloney calls “a priority player right now.”
Maloney said the talks are not antagonistic, and that one of the snags is the length of the contract, but that the financial terms are still being hammered out.
“I would say we’re in the preliminary stages of getting a feel of where we each want to go with this thing,” Maloney said. “I like Keith. He’s going to be an important part of our team, but like anything else, we have to make a deal that makes sense to us….”

continued... including the Yotes are about $5 million below the salary cap floor…

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The Next Offer Sheet?

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from the Sun-Sentinel,

With a wide gap separating the Panthers and restricted free agent center Stephen Weiss in contract negotiations, at least other three teams have inquired about signing him to an offer sheet, Weiss’ agent, Pat Morris, said Monday.
“Not to get into the parameters of it, but we’re talking about a long-term deal and there seems to be a major difference in how they view Stephen as compared to Nathan Horton,” Morris said. “That’s why we’re not signed.”

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Avery In Shock

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Post has learned that in addition to referring to Avery as, “a reasonably effective player as well as a detriment to the team,” in the team brief that was presented to the arbitrator, Ranger management also said:
“Avery is not a mature player. He plays, at times, like an individual rather than a member of a team. This is sometimes referred to as an inability to see the ice, and in Avery’s case this seems to fit with his overall approach to the game.”
Understand. These are the words chosen to represent Rangers management’s view of Avery’s worth….
“I have no idea what to say,” Avery, who went into the hearing seeking $2.6M, wrote in an e-mail to The Post following the hearing in Toronto. “I don’t know what this was about.
“I’m shocked.”

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Ticket Situation In Nashville

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from the Tennessean,

Almost two weeks after a daylong rally generated the sale of 726 season ticket equivalents for the Predators, the team continues to garner interest but is still short of last year’s total.
Since the July 19 event at Sommet Center the Predators have sold an average of 20 a day, according to Steve Violetta, the team’s executive vice president of business affairs….
The season ticket renewal rate is about 73 percent. Historically, Violetta said, it’s from 82 percent to 88 percent, so at least an additional 10 percent in renewals should come.
New season ticket sales are at 2,100 since the sales push begin in March, when the Preds were heading to the playoffs.

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The Tennessean also has a story regarding the local investor group trying to purchase the Predators…

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