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  • no doubt will show up at training camp for physicals. But all signs indicate that The Russian Rocket¿s knees are too battered to enable the onetime whiz-kid to make the kind of moves that made him a superstar. "He can¿t pivot on his right knee," says agent Mike Gillis. How very sad that is.
  • The concluded one of the biggest play-by-play announcer searches in recent memory. The winner: Matt McConnell. Along with being the voice of telecasts, he¿ll also be integrated into the organization¿s sponsorship efforts. Matt previously had been original tv broadcaster for the .
  • The extend their ownership group to eight by adding Clay Riddel as a new member. He¿s been added with the hope to help strengthen the commitment and stability in the community.
  • If you¿re wondering why the NHL will have six teams donning vintage jerseys during games, just ask . ¿Many of today¿s kids see the rappers wearing these jerseys and that has meaning for them,¿ says the defenseman. puts it another way: ¿In hip-hop, when you hear the term crossover, you¿re talking about going from urban to suburban. Here, you¿d be talking about going from suburban to urban.¿
  • returns to the for a 21st season. We¿re assuming it¿s Steve¿s finale. Yzerman is the longest-serving captain in NHL history.
  • Speaking of captains, newly-anointed and the brass agreed on an estimated $9.5 million one-year extension preventing Mike from becoming a free agent until the Summer of 2005. The deal keeps Modano from being in limbo during a possible Lockout and makes it easier for a long-term deal to be worked out later.
  • Manchester¿s AHL franchise continues to be a model for pro hockey, which helps explain why directory of hockey operations Hubie McDonough and head coach Bruce Boudreau had their contracts extended.
  • Longtime acquaintances Rick Dudley and Augusta Lynx head coach Stan Drulia announced that Augusta has entered into an affiliation agreement. The Lynx will join the AHL¿s San Antonio and aid in the development of prospects.
  • Sens owner Eugene Melnyk invited the Eagles to perform a private concert for Ottawa ticket package holders, sponsors, and suite holders at Corel Center. ¿I want to say ¿Thank You¿ to the fans who support our ,¿ says Melnyk.
  • Do you know the way to San Jose? D-man and the rest of the ¿ free agents sure do, as all of them will be in training camp. Way to go, GM Doug Wilson.
  • Superpest survives again. He¿s now a member of the .
  • The Newark Bears are honoring at a home game where he will not only sign autographs and throw out the first pitch, but also take part in the batting practice session
  • For the first time, and Bobby Hull had a joint speaking engagement where they easily became the most quotable guys in the NHL. When Brett was asked about butting heads with Ken Hitchcock, who coached him in Dallas, he offered, ¿He tried to coach here. He couldn¿t coach a dog out of a storm with a T-bone steak.¿
  • One of the NHL¿s most feared fighters, and all-around good guys, , is mulling retirement. Ever since his right hand caught the helmet of over a year-and-a-half ago, Laus¿ wrist hasn¿t been the same. ¿I almost don¿t do anything right-handed now,¿ says Laus, ¿Pouring milk, I can¿t do it. Shaking hands, I have to bite my lips to do it. Picking up my kids, turning keys, I just have to live with it. You just adapt.¿
  • Montreal has re-upped to a two-year pact.
  • Here¿s a surprise: signed with Omsk of the Russian Elite League.
  • After much media fuss, the signed their 2001 first-round draft pick Tuomo Ruutu, as well as right wing Matt Ellison.
  • Ex-Blueshirt Kevin Miller is closer to his East Lansing digs, having signed with Detroit.
  • The will hang up the skates and take a break from the ice for a day and have a day of running and beach volleyball. Known as "The Hockey Maven" in both local and national circles, Stan Fischler is one of the most outspoken authorities on the game of hockey. Fischler can be seen offering NHL analysis on "MSG SportsDesk" and on Fox Sports Net's "Regional Sports Report — New York Edition." Fischler also provides studio interviews and pre- and post-game features and reports for both the and on FSN. His columns appear regularly on MSGNetwork.com.
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