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Is a New Sports Network Possible

from CNN Money,

Could the home of Lance Armstrong and professional bull riding be the next home for the Tom Brady and the Detroit Red Wings? Stranger things may happen by 2006. By then, it's possible that the Outdoor Life Network could carrying both NHL and NFL games. Or maybe those games will be found on a new all-sports network from Rupert Murdoch's media empire. Or maybe prime time NFL games will find their way to the league's own NFL Network. Or maybe some cable network will join the fray. It's tough to look at the ESPN empire and think what this nation needs is another all-sports network. But that's pretty much what the nation's sports leagues believe is needed.

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Ottawa Sign Spezza and Four Others

from TSN, The Ottawa Senators have re-signed five players, with centres Jason Spezza and Antoine Vermette, right-winger Chris Neil, and defenceman Christoph Schubert signing one-year deals. Defenceman Anton Volchenkov signed a two-year contract.

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Pittsburgh Revived, Arena Isn’t

from the CP via Canada.com,

Mario Lemieux looks 29, not 39, Craig Patrick has money to spend, Ed Olczyk has players to coach and the Igloo may be sold out for nearly every game this season. These are heady times for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The arrival of first overall draft pick Sidney Crosby in combination with a new collective bargaining agreement that has levelled the playing field for all 30 NHL clubs has the city of Pittsburgh buzzing about hockey again. "I was anticipating a year of recovery," Penguins president and governor Ken Sawyer said in an interview in his office. "Even with all the good news, I thought people would wait and see. But we just eliminated that year." Forget the recovery period, the good times are here.

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Leftovers- What are they Worth

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Certainly for the esteemed members of the Leftover squad, the new NHL means having an open mind, in terms of both geography and finance. "To get the price they want, they may have to go somewhere they don't want to go," player agent Sosa said. In presalary-cap days, squeezing an extra $100,000 or $200,000 out of a team wasn't a problem. "But to bend and stretch over a $100,000 or $200,000 now is problematic," said veteran agent Ritch Winter, who this week helped Jan Hrdina land in Columbus, but still has Team Leftover stars Hamrlik, Bondra and Eriksson, along with Michal Rozsival, to deal with. "You have to be aware of the market, and you have to be concerned about it. The only ones who are not concerned about it have to be in a coma."

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Cole Re-signs with Carolina & Caps Acquire Muir

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the Hurricanes have agreed to terms with left wing Erik Cole on a one-year contract worth $1.14 million. The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Bryan Muir from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for future considerations, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

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Trottier Keeping an Eye on the Game

from the Barrie Advance,

Like many of the former men who made their living in the National Hockey League, seven-time Stanley Cup winner and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Bryan Trottier, has been wide-eyed, as he watches current events unfold in the league he used to dominate. "Like the rest of the world, I'm standing back and seeing where the chips fall. For those involved in hockey, it's a fascinating time," said the former Art Ross Trophy winner, during a conversation with The Advance. Even with the vast hockey knowledge he collected as both a player and a coach in the NHL, Trottier admits the new Collective Bargaining Agreement signed by the players and the owners is major document for hockey people to digest. "Everyone is on a long learning curve for this one," he said.

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Flames Sign Rhett Warrener

Calgary Flames General Manager and Head Coach Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of defenceman Rhett Warrener. As per club policy, terms and conditions of the agreement were not disclosed.

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No IIHF Agreement Without Russian Consent

from Kommersant,

On August 11, ruthless presidents of Russia’s Super League Hockey Clubs ultimately rejected to ratify the IIHF-NHL agreement, calling for NHL to acknowledge the Russian contracts between a player and a club. Federation president Alexander Steblin departs today to hold talks with his counterparts in other countries. But the standing of Russian clubs' presidents doesn’t leave any hopes for positive results.

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Yotes After Joseph

from the East Valley Tribune,

An NHL source confirmed Thursday that the Coyotes, who are in the market for a second goaltender with NHL experience, are interested in Curtis Joseph and that the team has had talks with his agent, Don Meehan. Meehan told the Toronto Sun on Wednesday, "I’m talking to a couple of teams, and I hope to have something at the end of the week."

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