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Talks Fail With Czechs

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from Reuters via metronews,

Czech and NHL ice hockey officials met for four hours on Wednesday but failed to break a deadlock over player transfer payments, an obstacle to National Hockey League participation in the Olympic Games. "We want an agreement that will be advantageous to both sides," said NHL Executive Vice-President Bill Daly, who attended the talks along with Czech officials and Rene Fassel, the head of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and Ted Saskin, the head of the NHL Players' Association.

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Don Cherry Looking Forward to the New NHL

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from the Mississauga News,

Mississauga's best-dressed hockey personality believes a revamped National Hockey League will also look pretty good to fans when it returns in October. Don Cherry, the popular and dogmatic star of Hockey Night in Canada's Coach's Corner, told The News that sweeping rule changes should result in a better game on the ice. With the player lockout over, NHL officials have introduced a series of new rules for the 2005-06 season, the objective being to increase offence and bring a faster flow to the game.

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Bill Clement on the Future of the NHL

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from advanceofbucks.com,

Bill Clement had just retrieved his baggage from the Philadelphia International Airport carousel. Fresh off of broadcasting Citgo Bassmaster Classic for ESPN from Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena - an event he described as "15,000 crazed fishing fans" - Clement placed a cell phone call to offer his take on the National Hockey League's freshly minted Collective Bargaining Agreement. Motoring north on Interstate-95 toward his New Hope residence, his words rushed through the line with the enthusiasm of a slap shot. "For the welfare of the sport, there had to be a correction," insisted the 54-year-old former Philadelphia Flyer. "The sport was headed for oblivion. The business model was completely shattered."

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Pens get Thibault from Chicago

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from TSN,

Spurned by Sean Burke on Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Penguins responded by acquiring goaltender Jocelyn Thibault from the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.

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Hossa Want Iginla Type Contract

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Marian Hossa is ready to go to war with the Senators to get what he wants. Hossa told the Sun yesterday he turned down a three-year deal -- sources say it was worth $11.5 million (all figures US) -- from the Senators last week. If he's going to sign a long-term contract with Ottawa, he wants close to the $21 million over three years that Jarome Iginla got from Calgary. Instead of settling on a deal, Hossa will likely file for arbitration -- along with teammate Martin Havlat -- at today's 5 p.m. deadline, accept a one-year contract from an arbitrator and then shop himself around as an unrestricted free agent next summer.

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Brad May Signing A Slap In The Face

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from the Denver Post,

After a broken neck, what's one more slap in the face to injured Avalanche forward Steve Moore? Colorado has hired a new hockey goon: Brad May, bounty hunter. He's certainly qualified for the job. Stupid is as May does. "Brad May is not a goon," Colorado general manager Pierre Lacroix said Tuesday, defending his team's recent signing of a controversial free agent from Vancouver. "What has he done wrong, other than be part of the team that was involved in a tragic incident?" The sight of May wearing an Avalanche sweater will hurt like a cheap shot.

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Wings Ticket Prices Remain the Same

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from the Detroit Free Press,

That'll be seven "Joe Bucks" for the beer, Mr. and Mrs. Red Wings fan. After observing other teams around the NHL, and looking at their own recent history and at projected expenses for the next 12 months, the Red Wings have finally decided on ticket prices for the 2005-06 season. Regular-season games for season-ticket holders will cost the same as last season, ranging from $22 to $85. But purchasers get 5% of their money back in what the team calls "Joe Bucks" -- a currency that can be used for concessions and merchandise at Joe Louis Arena.

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Bruins Increase Offer to Thornton

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from the Boston Herald,

With most of their free agent shopping done, the Bruins have pushed hard over the past couple of days to get franchise centerpiece Joe Thornton signed to a long-term deal. According to an industry source, the B's have offered Thornton a five-year deal worth $6.5 million a season – a pact that would keep the captain a Bruin throughout his prime. Both general manager Mike O'Connell and Thornton's agent, J.P. Barry, refused to discuss specifics of the negotiations.

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Avoiding Arbitration

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Although NHL owners sought and won a more favorable arbitration process for teams in the collective bargaining agreement, there probably will not be a rush to use their first opportunity to take players to arbitration. "I can't say there will be many, if any, teams taking a player to arbitration this summer because of the unique situation we have here," Mighty Ducks of Anaheim general manager Brian Burke said. "But in the future it could become critical when players are coming out of an entry-level or second contract and they don't file for arbitration." Players have until 5 p.m. ET Wednesday to file for arbitration, and teams have until 5 p.m. Thursday to file.

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NHL Get Rich- Signs $100 Million Deal with Comcast

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The NHL apparently has landed on his feet regarding a national television deal. According to a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the NHL and cable giant Comcast have agreed to a two-year, $100 million deal to televise games beginning this season. The deal reportedly is pending approval by the NHL's Board of Governors, a process widely believed to be just a formality. The agreement, which concluded 10 days of negotiations, includes one- and three-year options for Comcast, but the NHL reportedly has the right to end the partnership after the initial two years. The company will be required to air two games per week nationally, presumably on its Outdoor Life Network, according to the Inquirer. Once the deal is approved, the NHL will forward it to ESPN, which elected not to renew its two-year option to televise games in April. ESPN, which had carried the NHL since 1985, reportedly has the right to match any offer. The NHL completed a five-year deal with ESPN worth $600 million. NBC, which inked a two-year deal with the NHL prior to last year's lockout, will air seven regular-season games, six playoff contests and all but the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals.
via sports ticker

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