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IIHF Agreement Close

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

form Reuters via the Guardian Unlimited,

MOSCOW, May 4 (Reuters) - Russia is expected to reluctantly sign a new transfer agreement brokered by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the NHL on Saturday, ending a two-year boycott that threatened to throw the sport into chaos.
Representatives of the NHL, NHL Players’ Association, the IIHF and the seven top European player-producing nations will meet at a downtown Moscow hotel to the hammer out the final details of a pact that will reportedly pay European clubs $200,000 for every player signed by an NHL team.
According to reports, the 30 NHL clubs will contribute $10-$12 million annually to a transfer pool that will be administered by the IIHF.

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Don’t Blame Luongo

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from the LA Times,

And because Luongo took a chance and allowed his focus to falter, he was in the losing locker room.
“After the hit, I thought it was an elbow and I looked at the ref for a split second,” said Luongo, who had never advanced to the playoffs in his previous six NHL seasons.
“When I turned my head, the puck was coming and I couldn’t stop it. It was a mistake that I made there and it cost us the game.”
His teammates recoiled at the thought that Luongo would assume blame for a loss that they were so sure would be averted.

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And Bob Lang Will Lead Us

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Look, I’ve done my best to quell the naysayers.  When the rest of you were lighting the torches for B. Lang, demanding his benching, I was the voice of reason.  At no point did a disparaging word about The Enigma grace this blog.  I never once suggested anything but patience, and confidence that Bob would succeed for the good of his team, the state, Hockeytown and freedom.

I don’t know who sabotaged A2Y and posted this heresy on 30 April, but it sure wasn’t me.

 

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Drama & Intensity

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from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,

Don’t be fooled by the fact that there are long stretches when nothing seems to happen and that the score of just about every game is 2-1, or when teams really go on a scoring binge, 3-2. This still really is the “new” National Hockey League.
You can tell because the Rangers and Sabres still are alive.
Those two teams, who will continue the most exciting conference semifinal series with Game 5 tonight in Buffalo, are Exhibit A and Exhibit B for the new NHL. They both ought to lead the “thank you” handshake line for the overhaul that the league made after the lockout waved off the 2004-05 season as if it were one of those playoff goals rejected by a committee of TV-watchers in Toronto.

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Following Joe

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from the Mercury News,

ST. THOMAS, Ontario - The message beckons from a downtown sports bar’s marquee two hours east of the U.S.-Canada border at Detroit:
“Jump Into The Shark Tank As Joe And The Boys Go For Lord Stanley.”
The words appear above the door to Legends. And when the Sharks and Red Wings clash Saturday in Game 5 of their deadlocked playoff series, a big chunk of the crowd inside will be rooting for the team in teal.

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Uniquely Jagr

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from The Record,

“He’s a pretty unique player. Not too many players hold on to the puck as long as he does,” Brendan Shanahan said. “He’s got the combination of size and strength with his puck-handling skills. [Joe] Thornton is like that in San Jose right now. [Peter] Forsberg was like that without necessarily the size. He had the strength, but obviously it beat his body up over a career, but he played that style.
“To do it as long as Jags has, to have that puck control and strength, it’s pretty amazing.”
Buffalo has found out how difficult it is to defend Jagr, who everybody knew had the skill, but, as Shanahan said, maybe not the battle level he’s shown since the All-Star break.

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All About The Netcam

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from the Toronto Star,

With video review figuring prominently game after game, and adding 10 minutes to the games on some nights, the netcam and overhead cameras are playing a prominent role.
And that brings a swell of pride to Doug Beeforth, the man who invented the netcam and was involved in the arrival of the one in the rafters.
“Every time I see it, I think I don’t get a lot of good ideas but that one sure worked out,” says Beeforth, now president of Rogers Sportsnet.

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Address The Real Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

If these politicians really believe they have a right to question whether Doan is suitable to be captain of Team Canada at the current world championships, then they should have had their noses in there when Wayne Gretzky was putting Bertuzzi on Team Canada just months after pleading guilty to assaulting Moore, and they should be far more involved in other hockey matters of importance in the country, like violence, appropriate ages for bodychecking, skill development and abuse of referees.
Otherwise, they look like politicos cherry-picking issues that might sell a little bit on the home front. Which is, of course, what they are.

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Leafs Raise Ticket Prices

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from the Toronto Sun,

An across the board hike of roughly 5% has been approved by the board of directors of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. after a two-year freeze coming out of the lockout. Prices for 2007-08 will range from $37 to $182 for season-ticket holders, slightly more for the few thousand seats that are on public sale.
“We’ve spent a good deal more off the ice since last year,” said Richard Peddie, president and CEO of MLSEL. “We have expanded our coaching staff, there are travel costs and it has become more expensive for everything from player insurance to turning the lights on at the ACC for a game. We also have to pay 900 employees every game night.”

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Rangers Playing With Buffalo

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from Bucky Gleason at the Buffalo News,

The Sabres are a long way from being the cream of the crop after four games against the Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Ottawa had a 3-1 series lead over New Jersey. Anaheim was dominat-
ing Vancouver. You could argue Buffalo isn’t even the best team in the state now that it’s tied with New York.
Fans are pulling their hair out wondering what’s wrong with the lovable and supposedly unbeatable Swords, the so-called darlings of the new NHL. Granted, Buffalo didn’t play well in Madison Square Garden, but folks around here have been slow to recognize there’s another team on the ice in the Rangers.

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