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The KHL takes a bow on ESPN2 tonight with a 7:00 p.m. Central broadcast of today's Lev Praha vs. Dynamo Moscow game. Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara skates for Lev Praha, while Alex Ovechkin leads the way for Dynamo Moscow.
Nashville Predators News
Preds On The Glass: Predators staff continues longstanding tradition of "Community Relations Week"
Usually this week we see the players doing a lot of community outreach in the leadup to the regular season, but in their place, the team staff are stepping up. I think this is pretty damned outstanding.
Smashville 24/7 - Wilson puts playoff benchings in past
Willy is going to be one of the most interesting players to watch, whenever the season does start.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Next round of NHL labour talks won’t focus on key issues - The Globe and Mail
If the owners want a larger share of the loot, I imagine the deal to be struck is to give up some things that the players want. The big items, like how long it takes to qualify for unrestricted free agency, or the length of entry-level contracts, aren't apparently on the table in this next meeting, however.
NHL, Glendale looking to kick Coyotes can forward another 30 days - Phoenix Business Journal
...and the beat goes on...
Councils could finalize Seattle sports arena deal on Oct. 15 | KING5.com Seattle
Meanwhile in Seattle, things are proceeding apace for building their new arena.
Money is diminishing hockey enrollment above all else | Backhand Shelf
It's unfortunate, but the cost of participating in youth hockey is prohibitive for many folks. That's why I'm glad to hear when I can help someone save some bucks using the deals I feature over at Hockey Gear HQ.