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Old 07-06-2007, 11:58 AM   #1751
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Avs Sign Ryan Smyth!!

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2922952

5yr $31 Million.

Finally something for us Avs fans to cheer about this offseason
Dude, where have you been? That's old news, buddy.


Isles signed Billy Guerin and Mike Comrie last night.
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Old 07-07-2007, 04:42 PM   #1752
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Dude, where have you been? That's old news, buddy.


Isles signed Billy Guerin and Mike Comrie last night.
Just haven't been following the Avs offseason very closely. I assumed something big like that would have been easier to find on here
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Sid the Kid signs a 5-year extension for about $9M per year
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A 27-year-old man who was posing as a woman when he was arrested by Denver police during a prostitution sting has been charged with prostitution with knowledge of being infected with HIV or AIDS.

Darren Garcia is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond on the felony charge.

If convicted, he could face up to three years in prison.

According to a police probable-cause statement, officers were running a sting Thursday night because of community complaints when an undercover officer stopped at East Colfax Avenue and Josephine Street. Garcia climbed into the officer's car and offered to perform a sex act for $30, police said.

Garcia had long hair and makeup and was wearing an Avalanche jersey, according to authorities.

He allegedly told detectives he was infected with AIDS after he was taken into custody, said Lynn Kimbrough of the Denver district attorney's office.

Authorities said they couldn't discuss Garcia's medical history or verify his statement.

Garcia has had five previous prostitution cases in Denver County Court.

Records show he was sentenced to 45 days in jail and fined $999 in 2005 after he pleaded guilty to prostitution.

In 2004, one prostitution case was dismissed but in another he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 50 days in jail.

In 2003, he pleaded guilty to prostitution and received 90 days in jail. In 2002, he pleaded guilty to prostitution and got 10 days in jail and a $500 fine, records show.
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Balsillie group accuses Bettman of forcing Preds to break off talks
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Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie has accused NHL commissioner Gary Bettman of forcing the owner of the Nashville Predators to break off discussions about the sale of the team to Balsillie, ESPN.com has learned.



The Canadian ownership group also alleges Bettman directed Predators owner Craig Leipold to focus on closing a deal with William "Boots" Del Biaggio III, who is the front man for a group trying to bring an NHL team to Kansas City.



"We were advised by Mr. Leipold that the commissioner had found out about the existence of the negotiations and ordered him to immediately cease any further communications with us," Balsillie's legal representative, Richard Rodier, told ESPN.com this week.




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Craig Leipold confirmed in late May that he signed a letter of intent to sell the Preds to Jim Balsillie after losing $70 million in 10 years of ownership.

In a series of e-mails obtained by ESPN.com, Leipold and Rodier discuss Bettman's alleged involvement in the breaking off of negotiations between the two sides and the commissioner's uneasiness with the prospect of a deal being signed between the two parties.



Bettman declined to speak to ESPN.com directly, but denied the allegations through NHL spokesman Gary Meagher. Still, the accusations raise questions about whether the commissioner overstepped his bounds. The issue could lead to a showdown with the NHL's board of governors over whether Bettman acted appropriately and with the best interests of the league. The board is scheduled to meet next in September, likely in Chicago.



At the heart of the matter is a team whose sale will have repercussions for the NHL for years to come. The battle for ownership of the Nashville Predators might be the single-most important moment for the league in decades, even eclipsing in importance the lockout that scuttled the 2004-05 season.



On one side is Bettman, whose vision of the NHL continues to be one that includes teams scattered across America, even if many of those American markets are floundering. The failure of the Predators reflects badly on Bettman's vision. Their failure is his failure.



On the other side is Balsillie, who wishes to make the Predators the seventh Canadian team in a country whose love of the game seems to know no bounds. Balsillie has made it clear he would like to own an NHL team in Southern Ontario, specifically Hamilton, a blue-collar city west of Toronto. The six Canadian teams -- Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver -- currently generate one-third of the 30-team league's revenues.



Many players have told ESPN.com they believe a new team in Hamilton would generate significantly more revenue than a team in Kansas City. Governors and GMs have told ESPN.com in the past year they believe a second team in Southern Ontario would be a surefire success. Phoenix Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky, still one of hockey's most influential figures, recently said he thought a team in Hamilton would be a success.



In between these two solitudes sit Leipold and the Predators.



Leipold was sold on the league and the city of Nashville by Bettman a decade ago, but has since lost $70 million, $27 million in the two years since the end of the lockout. Even with one of the most active marketing departments in the NHL and one of the most exciting teams in the league, the Predators' average paid attendance last season was 13,815. After failing to find local investors to help shoulder the economic burden, Leipold decided to sell the team.



Enter Balsillie, the Canadian businessman who became wealthy beyond his wildest dreams by developing the BlackBerry personal technology device. A long-time hockey fan and player, it is Balsillie's dream not just to own an NHL team, but own a team in Canada.



Balsillie had been unanimously approved by the NHL's board of governors last winter as the new owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins. But when the league tried to enforce a number of last-minute stipulations on Balsillie's ownership, including restricting his ability to move the team and allowing for the league essentially to take control of the Penguins under certain circumstances, Balsillie walked away.



The Penguins, thanks to the intervention of Bettman and deputy NHL commissioner Bill Daly, ultimately were able to secure a new arena deal for owners Mario Lemieux et al. A short time later, unbeknownst to Bettman, Balsillie entered into discussions with Leipold to purchase the Predators.



In late April, the two sides were discussing the possible sale of the team to Balsillie at a price of $200 million. That figure was about $10 million more than the amount Del Biaggio's group was rumored to have been offering.



Contacted by The Sports Network of Canada hockey analyst Darren Dreger about the negotiations, Bettman denied there was any activity. According to Rodier, when Bettman found out they were on the verge of signing a letter of intent, he angrily called Leipold and told him to back off.



In e-mail communication during the first week of May, both Rodier and Leipold refer to the situation as Bettman's "cease and desist" order. In one communication dated May 4, Leipold writes, "I would say the cease and desist order is still in play."



When asked about the e-mail exchanges, Bettman would not answer ESPN.com directly. But in response to questions, NHL spokesman Gary Meagher said, "the commissioner never issued a cease and desist order to Mr. Leipold."



When pressed further about whether Bettman had ever asked Leipold to back off in his negotiations with Balsillie, Meagher said he "absolutely" did not, and further, "there is no e-mail properly read and understood that would indicate to the contrary."



But in another e-mail to Rodier on May 3, Leipold wrote that he needed time "to smooth things over" with Bettman. A few days later on May 6, Rodier asked Leipold in an e-mail: "Will you be talking to gary [sic] to calm him down some more??.[sic]"



The other issue is whether Bettman was trying to freeze Balsillie out of the purchase process.



On May 6, Rodier wrote to Leipold: "If we are to break off because Gary wants to kill any possible deal for a team in Hamilton, then let us know now … and we can move on and you can take the deal with the KC group which is inferior to ours in every way except one."



In response, Leipold wrote, "the 'cease and desist' analogy (my language not Gary's), applies to your situation because of the leak that generated from your side."



The response seems to suggest that Leipold was forbidden from speaking to Balsillie, but not any other parties.



Shortly after these e-mail exchanges, Balsillie elected to bump his bid to the current $238 million offer in an effort to keep the negotiations on track. Leipold reportedly went back to Bettman and said he couldn't afford to pass up an offer at that amount. Leipold later signed a letter of intent to sell the team to Balsillie.



Negotiations subsequently went off the rails in part after Balsillie secured a lease for Copps Coliseum in Hamilton and took 14,000 deposits for season tickets over a two-day period. Both activities received widespread media attention and prompted a number of NHL sources to complain Balsillie was being too brash. Others noted Balsillie's actions were an attempt to level the playing field with the other main contender in Kansas City, where an arena is ready and suites have been sold. That arena is operated by the Anschutz Entertainment Group. The Anschutz family owns the NHL's Los Angeles Kings.



Having an arena and proving that the market can support an NHL franchise are both requirements spelled out in the NHL's bylaws as requirements for applying to relocate an NHL franchise.



In a series of e-mails with ESPN.com this week, Leipold insisted the e-mails between him and Rodier do not tell the whole story and the full disclosure of communication between the two sides would tell a different story. But Leipold would not provide further information and described Rodier as a "rogue lawyer."



Rodier told ESPN.com there was no other communication that would alter the perception of these e-mails.



What happens now is anyone's guess.



On Wednesday in New York, Bettman met with Leipold and a group of Nashville-area businessmen who would like to buy the team. But sources close to the talks say the local bid will be millions of dollars lower than even the Del Biaggio bid, which is said to be shrinking as this drama unfolds. Further, Del Biaggio is said to be more interested in a possible expansion franchise than trying to untangle the Predators' web and move the team to Kansas City.



Even local Nashville ownership hopefuls have acknowledged that simply hitting the 14,000-average paid attendance threshold needed for the coming season to keep the current lease alive isn't enough to secure the team's future in Music City. The Tennessean hockey writer John Glennon has reported that potential owners say the team would need to average 16,000 in paid attendance over 41 home dates to break even. The team has never approached that number since its inception.



Leipold has been seen as a model owner. He marketed the team aggressively, at least until this season when the marketing budget has been reduced, and hired top hockey people such as David Poile to manage and Barry Trotz to coach. The Predators drafted well and developed talent patiently. Still, it is almost certain to continue to be a financial failure for as long as the team remains in Nashville.



If that's the case, given Balsillie's claim of Bettman's alleged tampering in the sale process, it's hard to imagine a scenario under which Balsillie could become an NHL owner while Bettman is still NHL commissioner.



Ultimately, these will be issues decided by the league's board of governors.



Scott Burnside is the NHL writer for ESPN.com.

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The NHL and ESPN are in discussions about bringing the league’s games back to ESPN2 as soon as the 2008-09 season.

Multiple sources described the conversations as preliminary. The two started talking the week of July 16 when the NHL approached ESPN about NBC’s nine-game regular-season schedule, plus the playoffs. NBC holds the rights to air the coming season as part of a revenue-sharing agreement, and the network holds a one-year option for the 2008-09 season.
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It’s not certain that NBC would exercise that option, given the sport’s tepid ratings on the network. Regular-season ratings on NBC averaged a 0.9 during the 2006-07 season and a 1.0 during the 2007-08 season over nine telecasts.

The key to this whole scenario is Versus, which holds cable exclusivity to all of the league’s games through 2011 and is paying the league a rights fee in excess of $70 million annually. Sources close to the Comcast-owned network, however, indicated that Versus would be willing to waive that clause, but only if it gets something in return — either a lower rights fee, a stronger schedule or a deal extension.

Sources say the conversations are happening at the highest levels and include NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and ESPN executive vice president of content John Skipper.

The talks with ESPN mark a turnaround from three years ago, when Mark Shapiro, then-executive vice president of programming and production, publicly questioned the value of having the league on TV — remarks that still make league executives bristle. The arrival of Skipper in October 2005 could allow both sides to overcome that, as sources close to the league believe that Skipper values hockey more than Shapiro.

The NHL has faced immense criticism from hockey fans and media for its relationship with Versus, which is in about 71 million homes and sometimes difficult to locate. The first year of the NHL’s relationship with Versus was marked by complaints over the network’s limited distribution in markets such as Buffalo and Anaheim, as well as in hotels around the country.

Ever since, owners and team officials privately have pushed for a return to ESPN, which is in 92 million homes and a staple in bars, restaurants and hotels across the country, but few believed such a move would happen because of Versus’ cable exclusivity.

A return to ESPN could boost the league’s profile on the network’s news shows. According to an ESPN study of its 1 a.m. “SportsCenter” program, the show featured 29 fewer minutes of NHL coverage in March 2007 than in March 2004, the last year ESPN aired NHL games. That amounts to a 28 percent decline in hockey’s allotment of airtime, ESPN ombudsman Le Anne
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The move would mark a change at Versus, as well, which is open to giving up its cable exclusivity if it can tap into ESPN’s marketing prowess. Over the past two years, Versus executives have complained privately that ESPN ignored their network. They are hoping for a situation that mirrors the NBA, where ESPN and TNT push viewers to each network’s games.

The league’s talks with ESPN come as it is negotiating with cable and satellite operators for carriage of its planned NHL Network and its out-of-market Center Ice package. Cable sources describe the negotiations as progressing smoothly, with the league taking a page from Major League Baseball by tying carriage of its planned channel with the renewal of Center Ice.

Some well-placed cable sources were skeptical that the league would be able to launch a 24-hour U.S. channel by this fall, given that the NHL hasn’t appointed anybody to run the channel yet and the NHL season begins in just three months.

Sources close to the league say that will not be a problem because it will rely heavily on an NHL Network that already exists — Canada’s version. The U.S. channel will have a look and feel similar to the Canadian one. The planned channel will have 50 live games in 2007-08. Most of the content will be identical to what appears in Canada, although it will be repackaged with some U.S.-based programming, sources said.

An internal team of five to seven people also has been assigned to work on the channel when it arrives in the U.S. The team will be led by Jody Shapiro, former vice president of business development at NBA TV, and Patti Fallick, group vice president of NHL Productions.

The league has hired Ascent Media Network Services to manage and distribute the channel. A subsidiary of publicly traded Ascent Media Group, the company has offices in Stamford, Conn., from which it will maintain the new network’s satellite signal, advertising insertions and other aspects of NHL Network. The company currently works with YES Network and the NFL Network.

The league wants the widest distribution possible for the new network and wants to stay away from sports tiers. It will continue to pursue the strategy used by MLB during its Extra Innings negotiations in hopes of avoiding sports-tier placement, but executives with several of the biggest cable operators have said they would only carry the NHL Network on a sports tier.

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I hope they still use that same badass ESPN hockey intro music too.
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I hope they still use that same badass ESPN hockey intro music too.
Concur, Along with bringing back NHL2NIGHT...
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The name Eklund has been well-known to the online hockey fan community since the lockout, when the "anonymous hockey blogger" burst onto the scene with a site that became a clearinghouse of hot stove innuendo and power-circle whispers. Now the lead blogger and man-without-a-face for HockeyBuzz.com, Eklund did something last month that he has not done since the early days of his extremely popular blog: He inserted himself into a major story. Eklund took up the fight for Nashville Predators fans in their staggering battle against relocation; flying in to attend a fan rally and getting up in front of the crowd -- in disguise, naturally -- to offer words of encouragement.

"I did it for a very specific reason, for the same reason I managed to get this thing going during the lockout," he told me in a phone interview on Monday. "I saw hockey being taken away from people who love it, and that's crossing the line. All the rumors in the world don't matter in comparison to those kids who go with their dad every Thursday night [to a game], and then it's gone."

This passionate show of partisan advocacy isn't something you'd expect to see from a professional hockey writer, and that's because Eklund isn't one. But he wants to be, according to Kevin Allen, USA TODAY hockey writer and president of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, who said Eklund has "made it clear he would like to be included" in the organization. The question is whether the PHWA is willing to overlook serious questions about his ethics, tactics and candor in accepting him; and whether Eklund is ready, for the first time in his blogging career, for a little transparency.

Because as Eklund's popularity and influence have grown -- with surging Web traffic, high-profile radio gigs and an on-air role during an NHL trade deadline television special -- so have serious charges about a fraudulent biography, his lack of journalistic ethics and some online behavior that historically has gotten professional reporters fired. During our hour-long conversation, the "anonymous hockey blogger" finally began to answer to them -- with some startling revelations.

Eklund began blogging during the NHL lockout, developing a site called Eklund's Hockey Rumors that provided nuggets of information from unnamed sources which were quickly devoured by hockey fans starving for positive news. With an unquestionable passion for all things hockey, Eklund -- the name came from Pelle Eklund, a former player with his favorite team the Philadelphia Flyers -- claimed to have sources inside the negotiations between the players and the owners, and would boldly (and falsely) predict milestones along the way towards labor peace.

Although his rumors' hit-to-miss ratio would have made him the world's worst Battleship player, his blog blew up; Eklund was being interviewed by the likes of ESPN's Darren Rovell and was going ahead with a plan to create HockeyBuzz, a site with blogs from professional writers and NHL players, along with his own daily scuttlebutt. Since Sept. 2005, HockeyBuzz has expanded dramatically: including fan blogs, podcasts and a subscription service for added access and "exclusive" rumors from the man himself. Eklund has landed several regular radio gigs, including one with XM. He also was a featured "insider" on Sportsnet Canada's Trade Deadline TV Special earlier this year -- an appearance that was viciously panned by both The Toronto Star ("More food is delivered to the Sportsnet set. It isn't clear whether Eklund had predicted the arrival of more pizza.") and the Globe and Mail ("Eklund reported that Smyth had signed a new contract with Edmonton. That was wrong, too." ) Eklund said he isn't sure what Sportsnet's plans are for next deadline; he's leaning towards not having a second go-round, and instead concentrating on breaking news on his blog.

Despite that success, Eklund's reputation has taken more hits than Eric Lindros's cerebellum. The mere mention of his name on sites like the HF Boards draws more jeers than cheers. While there should be no question about the legitimacy of many of his informants, he has been known to cultivate his rumors from such solid sources as Carolina Hurricanes fans on Internet message boards and callers to WFAN in New York. And following that great advice about keeping your enemies closer, Eklund has also offered jobs to his toughest critics, as FanHouse's own Jes Golbez found out first hand.

One of the most controversial aspects of the Eklund legend is his biography. The background he had given to ESPN was in direct contrast with the fanciful origin story he gave FanHouse's Eric McErlain in an early (and must-read) interview in 2005. Self-aggrandizing aside -- I still love the part about having written a book that sold so well he no longer had to work full-time -- the fact was that the official bio on his Web site changed significantly after he began attracting a larger audience.

My theory had always been that Eklund kept his anonymity partly because the public confirmation of his real name -- Google "dwayne" and "klessel" and "eklund," but you ain't heard that from me -- would solidify the contradictions in his biography. And we're talking George O'Leary-level contradictions: Saying he worked for the NHL in one bio and saying he had nothing to do with hockey after college in the other. In the context of the PHWA and professional journalism in general, biographical pissings aren't taken too lightly. "In most cases, if he made up a resume, he'd be fired," said Allen.

So how does Eklund explain the dueling bios? He's given the answer to the writers on his site, to some members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and to NHL officials. And while he wouldn't confirm it on the record with me -- please note he would not deny it, either -- here is that answer:

Eklund worked for the NHL under both John Ziegler and Gary Bettman. Eklund interned with the Quebec Nordiques. Eklund wrote for the Hockey News. Eklund did all of these things, even though Eklund also had nothing to do with hockey after graduating from college. This is because Eklund -- at least in the pre-HockeyBuzz, rocket-to-lockout-stardom days -- wasn't a person.

"He" was a committee.

Eklund was the byline, but the information about high-level ownership meetings and inside scoops from the NHLPA came from a consortium of plugged-in individuals that wanted to break through the spin machine and speak directly to the fans. The biography on the site was crafted together from different members of this League of Extraordinary Eklunds.

It is my belief that the "blogger by committee" apparently ended when HockeyBuzz started, although Eklund would neither confirm or deny that. Eklund said, on the record, that he writes every blog that appears under his shadowy picture -- and next to what is the "correct" biography for the current incarnation of the anonymous hockey blogger.

But close one door and another opens: McErlain told me that original interview wasn't conducted in the third-person, although that's what Eklund now claims. More importantly, Eklund -- pictured below at this year's NHL Draft in Columbus -- began offering an "insider" service for a subscription fee to readers on his old blog; how many were hoodwinked by what's now clearly just a fairy tale instead of one maverick fan who "personified the passion and ache so many of us felt in that sorry solitude?"

His biography wasn't the only issue in conflict with professional standards. Eklund has long been accused of coming to his own defense under different names -- including "Susan" and "Flyguy31" -- on critical blogs like that of Paul Kukla, an NHL.com columnist and founder of the popular hockey news site Kukla's Korner. "I have him dead to rights," Kukla said. "I've got his IP [address] from the damn arena in Edmonton and from his hotel in North Carolina." Another instance was recorded by a Hurricanes blogger named The Acid Queen, who claimed she tracked a pro-Eklund commenter under the name "ESPN HOCKEY GUY" back to a Philadelphia IP address. "ESPN HOCKEY GUY" also made an appearance on a post critical of Eklund on Fox Sports contributor Mike Chen's blog. The Acid Queen also published what she said was a contentious Instant Messenger conversation between she and Eklund, who told me it wasn't his AIM account and that it was someone claiming to be him -- a common problem for him all over the Web, he said.

There have also been cases in which bloggers critical of Eklund have received anonymous e-mails regarding their posts, either defending him or attacking them. FanHouse's J.P. was one of those bloggers; Eklund would follow up with an e-mail claiming he had nothing to do with the insulting original message to Japers' Rink.

Allen said he and the PHWA are aware of these accusations, which from a journalistic standpoint are quite serious: Not even a Pulitzer Prize could save L.A. Times columnist Michael Hiltzik from punishment for message board sock-puppetry, while Lancaster Intelligencer Journal reporter Justin Quinn's anonymous comments got him canned.

But Eklund made it crystal clear to me: He's never gone on someone else's message board under (another) pseudonym to defend himself, and he's never sent an anonymous e-mail to another blogger. "I don't even know how to send an anonymous e-mails, even though they're sent to me."

He said he didn't want to get into a pissing match with Kukla over his claims because he avoids this kind of "he said, she said" on his blog. But Eklund said Kukla never sent him "the proof" about the IP address situation, and sees it as part of a larger disinformation campaign that specifically targets him. While he had his theories about how the IP addresses may have in fact been spoofed, he refused to go on the record with them. "I'm not a computer guy like [Kukla] is, so I don't know how that's even done."

He may not be a computer guy, but for the PHWA he's been the voice of hockey blogging. Eklund was invited to speak to the PHWA in Dallas during the NHL All-Star Game festivities; introducing himself with his real name, he was involved in a discussion about credentials for hockey bloggers. "It didn't go particularly well," said Allen, "but I bear some of the responsibility for that because of where he was placed on the agenda. It was late."

Much of the internal debate about bloggers in the PHWA has centered around issues of accountability. "Bloggers are a one-man band. If you're unhappy with how a blogger is conducting his or herself, the only recourse is to go to the blogger," said Allen.

Eklund, who considers himself a "de facto" member of the PHWA, said his blog has plenty of accountability, including liability insurance and having to answer to his investors and advertisers. "I think I've proven myself accountable. I think the greatest accountability is to your readers and to your advertisers," he said. "There's no one protecting me. If I want to maintain my relationship with the NHL, I can't be a jerk."

When asked about the editorial accountability many PHWA members have, he said the best thing about bloggers is that they don't have editors to answer to. "With their chain of command, there are pluses and minuses. There are a lot of writers who would rather be blogging for me right now then their newspapers because their newspapers don't get a lot of traffic," he said.

Eklund has received a chilly reception from some PHWA members off the record and behind the scenes. "Every writer that I talked to at that draft, 99% of them absolutely hate the guy [because] they have to go and chase stories," said Kukla. The fact is that HockeyBuzz is a gossip site with destination readership and a catapult for innuendo, with the mainstream media trying to keep up despite the shackles of professional conduct; forcing hockey writers like Michael Russo of the Star Tribune to chase down ghosts.

There's no denying that Eklund now has legitimate sources; if not with NHL franchises themselves, then with player agents and even within the top brass of the NHL, including a relationship with commissioner Gary Bettman. Yet he continues to mix the occasional breaking news with dozens of false leads, bad information and outlandish proposals. Allen said when it comes to the PHWA, there are plenty of different kinds of writers under the tent -- from columnists and rumor-mongers to feature writers -- so Eklund's chosen form of hockey writing isn't an issue. In the end, and even before questions about his ethics would even be addressed, there's only one primary reason why Eklund will not be admitted into the PHWA.

It's the very thing that's brought Eklund both fame and infamy: his anonymity.

"In order to be a part of our organization, you have to have your name out there so you have the accountability for who you are," said Allen. "Eklund is sort of a shtick, with his anonymity being part of his entertainment value, and we are simply not going to admit him because of that. It's a deal-killer, and he's aware of that. Most people know who he is. But on his Web site he doesn't identify himself, and because of that we will not admit him."

The PHWA has decided over the course of its last two meetings to maintain its existing policy on bloggers -- which is to let local chapters decide on local membership applications. "What we're saying is that local chapters know their area and know what's best," said Allen. "In Philadelphia [where Eklund is located], it's up to the local chairperson, Tim Panaccio, to make the decision about local bloggers." Panaccio, the Flyers beat writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, was one of the first professional journalists to blog on HockeyBuzz for Eklund. Allen said Panaccio's status as both the local PHWA chair and a paid HockeyBuzz columnist isn't a conflict of interest when it comes to Eklund; just like with the national association, Eklund's anonymity prohibits his joining the local chapter as well. Allen also said that while the PHWA may question Eklund's standards and ethics, he has no problem with PHWA members like Panaccio writing for the blogger's site.

In fact, Allen said "a couple of [HockeyBuzz] writers could get in" before Eklund could. So the obvious question is: Why keep up the charade? Why not publish under a real byline, with a real bio, offering the kind of transparency that would answer Eklund's critics and give him PHWA membership?

It's actually something Eklund has been considering.

"I've thought about it. It is a pain in the ass. I don't have the need for the quote-unquote fame of it all. During the lockout, it was really important to be anonymous. But that was a whole different Eklund, too," he said. "I could always do it. But to me, it's more entertaining this way. If I was to give up the anonymity, the Web site might not be as much fun. There really aren't that many people who care about who Eklund is. The truth is that it's such a tiny group."

When it comes to the PHWA, Eklund said he'd be honored to be a member but understands that remaining anonymous is, as Allen said, a deal-killer. "I have never applied to be a member because I would not want to put people in that uncomfortable position, and I frankly do not believe I should be a member," he said. "I appreciate Kevin Allen having me join in the meetings, as they are very educational, and if I can help clear up any Internet questions I will."

The truth is that Eklund doesn't need the PHWA -- he's been embraced by the NHL to the point where access isn't an issue. He said he's working with the organization for the benefit of other bloggers. "There are some great writers out there, and they should be recognized," he said, adding that he one day hopes to have a better relationship with many of the bloggers who are critical of him.

So if he never becomes a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, does Eklund consider himself a journalist, a blogger or both?

"Probably more like an entertainer," he said.
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Back in the Canadiens’ dressing room under the familiar bright lights of Montreal’s media glare, a refreshed Brisebois admitted to already counting the days until he can start coughing up the puck on listless ill advised passes across the zone.

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Anybody else think this is a mistake by burke, i thought this kid showed glimmers of a serious hockey stud down the road.

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The Anaheim Ducks have announced that they have not matched the offer sheet tendered last week by the Edmonton Oilers for winger Dustin Penner. As a result, Penner becomes property of the Oilers.

The Ducks had until 11:05 a.m. Pacific today to match the offer of $21.25 million over five years made seven days ago by the Oilers.

The Ducks will receive the Oilers' first-, second- and third-round picks in the NHL Entry Draft as compensation.

The 24-year-old Penner was second on the Ducks with 29 goals in 2006-07, adding 16 assists for 45 points in 82 games. He had three goals and five assists in 21 playoff games during the Ducks' run to the Stanley Cup title.
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Anybody else think this is a mistake by burke, i thought this kid showed glimmers of a serious hockey stud down the road.

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The Anaheim Ducks have announced that they have not matched the offer sheet tendered last week by the Edmonton Oilers for winger Dustin Penner. As a result, Penner becomes property of the Oilers.

The Ducks had until 11:05 a.m. Pacific today to match the offer of $21.25 million over five years made seven days ago by the Oilers.

The Ducks will receive the Oilers' first-, second- and third-round picks in the NHL Entry Draft as compensation.

The 24-year-old Penner was second on the Ducks with 29 goals in 2006-07, adding 16 assists for 45 points in 82 games. He had three goals and five assists in 21 playoff games during the Ducks' run to the Stanley Cup title.
45 point player for 4 million plus? Pass.

Burke made a good move and got some draft picks in return, Oilers will suck next year so Burke and the Ducks will probably get a nice pick in the first round along with 2 more picks in a deep draft. As much as I bag on the Ducks, it's a good move.
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45 point player for 4 million plus? Pass.

Burke made a good move and got some draft picks in return, Oilers will suck next year so Burke and the Ducks will probably get a nice pick in the first round along with 2 more picks in a deep draft. As much as I bag on the Ducks, it's a good move.


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According to an insider, Cammy gets awarded 3.1 million and 3.6 million for the second year by an arbitrator.


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The Colorado Avalanche signed defeneman Wes O'Neill and centre Wyatt Smith to one-year contracts on Monday.

Both players were free agents.

"These players provide us additional organizational depth," said Avalanche assistant GM Greg Sherman. "We have the ability now with our affiliates to sign and develop players with our own staff and philosophy."

O'Neill, 21, played four years at Notre Dame University. He finished second among Irish defensemen in points last season with 21. The native of Essex, Ont., was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in 2004.

The 30-year-old Smith has appeared in 186 NHL games with Minnesota, Nashville, Phoenix and the Islanders. He played a career-high 61 games with the Wild last season and registered six points (3-3).
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Just a real good write up on the confusing salary game.

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KINGS SIGN FREE AGENT DEFENSEMAN

DREW BAGNALL

TO A MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT



LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed free agent defenseman Drew Bagnall to a multi-year entry-level contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Bagnall, 23, a first-team All America, ECACHL Player of the Year, ECACHL Outstanding Defensive Defenseman award winner and Hobey Baker award finalist, recorded 25 points (6-19=25), a team-leading 74 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating in 39 games with St. Lawrence University this past season. In addition, the 6-3, 220-pound native of Oakbank, Manitoba, led all club defensemen in goals, assists and points.

Bagnall served as captain of the Saints, who won the 2006-07 ECACHL regular season title and advanced to the NCAA Northeast Regional semifinals. He also closed his amateur career at St. Lawrence University by earning ECACHL All-Academic honors for the third straight season.

In 2005-06, Bagnall recorded 10 points (1-9=10) and 32 penalty minutes even though he appeared in only 24 games because of an injury. In 2004-05, he recorded 19 points – including seven goals to lead all team blue-liners – in 37 games and his 68 penalty minutes led the team. In 2003-04, he was named the Saints Rookie of the Year after compiling 18 points (5-13=18) and 61 penalty minutes in 40 games.

Prior to his four seasons with the Saints, Bagnall was named the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Top Defenseman in 2002-03 after recording 64 points (17-47=64) and 252 penalty minutes in 59 games with Battlefords North Stars.

Bagnall, a teammate of Kings forward John Zeiler for three seasons at St. Lawrence University (2003-06), was originally selected by Dallas in the sixth-round (195th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. His rights were later traded to Florida during the 2003-04 season.


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Bernier at a practice with Team Canada on friday. Is slated to start Game 2 of the Russia vs Canada Super Series. Canada won game one 4-2.


Also Kings 4th overall pick Thomas Hickey is playing as well for Team Canada.
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