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Finley Emerges As Future Star

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Despite an impending demotion back to junior hockey, Brian Finley has clearly established himself as a top flight prospect this week. After an impressive training camp which put him in serious contention for the backup goaltending job in Nashville, Finley was signed to a three-year contract on Wednesday. The contract has a potential value of over $9 million, but most of the money is tied to performance bonuses at the NHL level. The deal will pay Finley a base salary of $525,000 in each of his first two years, with a healthy increase to $1.025 million for the third year. The bonuses are based on statistics and earning votes for NHL awards, such as the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year. Since Finley will likely spend the entire 1999-2000 season in the OHL, he will not have an opportunity to earn those bonuses. And unless he can make the team and get significant playing time at some point during the next two years, it is unlikely that he will collect on them at all.

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OHL Newsroom

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Welcome to the ALL NEW Newsroom here at Hockey’s Future. Below is a list of teams, with all the corresponding newspapers listed after the team name.

Barrie Colts

Barrie Advance
SLAM! Hockey

Belleville Bulls

SLAM! Hockey

Brampton Battalion

SLAM! Hockey
Brampton Life

Erie Otters

GoErie.com
SLAM! Hockey

Guelph Storm

SLAM! Hockey

Kingston Frontenacs

Kingston Whig-Standard
SLAM! Hockey

Kitchener Rangers

Kitchener Waterloo Record
SLAM! Hockey

London Knights

London Free Press
SLAM! Hockey

Mississauga IceDogs

Mississauga News
SLAM! Hockey

North Bay Centennials

SLAM! Hockey

Oshawa Generals

Durham Post
SLAM! Hockey

Ottawa 67′s

Ottawa Citizen
SLAM! Hockey

Owen Sound Platers

Owen Sound Sun Times
SLAM! Hockey

Peterborough Petes

SLAM! Hockey

Plymouth Whalers

SLAM! Hockey

Sarnia Sting

SLAM! Hockey

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

The Sault Star Online
SLAM! Hockey

Toronto St. Michaels Majors

SLAM! Hockey

Sudbury Wolves

Sudbury Star
SLAM! Hockey

Windsor Spitfires

Windsor Star
SLAM! Hockey

Kärpät beats FPS 11-0 (4-0, 3-0. 4-0)

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It was clear before the game that Kärpät will win, but not many people
believed it would be with such a big score. Kärpät has now scored 26 goals
in 3 games, has shut-outed opponent in both home-games, and still they
aren’t leading, because of harmful 6-6 tie with Diskos last week. In
scoring, there are 6 Kärppä players in best 7. (Martin Bergeron 4+4=8,
Vjateslav Fandul 3+4=7, Miikka Rousu 3+3=6, Sakari Palsola 3+3=6, Kimmo
Salminen 2+4=6 and Juha Joenväärä 1+5=6)
Today there was only one team on ice. Kärpät was better in everything, FPS
had given up before the game had started, and they were just standing and
waiting for game to end. FPS didn’t have a single good scoring chance. It
seemed that all Kärppä-players were playing great, but maybe it is because
of weak opponent, who were always at least two steps behind. Kärpät
dominated the game completely, shot 46 times, FPS had only 14 shots. Kärpät
should make the first pass in own zone a little faster, so they could move
to offense more quickly.

1st period:

Kärpät had good scoring chances, but the game was played over 8 minutes,
until the red light turned on for the first time. The goal was scored by
Miikka Rousu, who went around FPS-defenseman, and shot to top-corner. Soon
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Kootenay Ice: ICE CHIPS

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The 99-00 WHL season has begun and the Kootenay Ice started off with their third consecutive home and home series with the Red Deer Rebels. In the previous two home openers between these teams, the club who wins the first game of the home and home series has gone on to win the second game. The Kootenay Ice opened their fourth season in the WHL 2-1-0 in season openers.

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Connolly and Biron, Newest NHLers

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Just as the junior signing deadline approached the tight walleted Islanders made a bit of a surprise move by signing two players, Tim Connolly and Mathieu Biron. Connolly topped off a strong training camp with a two point peformance in the Isles last preseason game including his first goal. Tim brings an instant element of excitement to the team that the Isles sorely need after the departure of Ziggy Palffy. Biron was a stalwart on defense throughout the preseason averaging almost 20 minutes a game. Mathieu is even better than the Isles scouting staff had anticipated and in the last week he beat out Branislav Mezei for the last spot on the blueline. Biron has been throwing his weight around, playing solid two way hockey, and using his 6-6 215lbs frame effectively. Mezei will rejoin Barrie in the OHL for another season.

Another high profile demotion was that of outstanding goaltender Roberto Luongo to Lowell. However, this situation may not last for long. Rumors are flying all over that the Isles will get rid of Felix Potvin, their most expensive player, to make room for the up and coming Loungo. Even though Robrto was their best player in the preseason rushing him into the NHL behind the kiddy corps blueline may not be the best idea. Luongo has been a winner at every level and even though he is confident now, he may not be ready for a full year on the island.
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Predators: Finley Silencing Critics

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“He is arguably the best goalie in the world at his age.” Dont worry, Art Williams has not bought another NHL team. Thats just Nashville Predators GM David Poile describing his five-star goaltending prospect, Brian Finley.

The Preds rewarded Finley with a three-year contract worth just over $6 million and up to over $9 million on Wednesday, two hours before the junior player contract deadline expired. For the next three seasons Finley will make $512,500; $512,500 and $1.025 million. As part of the deal he also recieves a signing bonus worth $1.025 million. The rest of the deal includes several bonuses and performance clauses that make up the contract. The contract’s financial numbers are just over what Preds prospect David Legwand signed at the end of last season.

Finley is expected to back up Tomas Vokoun for about the first week of the season while number one goalie Mike Dunham works out to get back in shape after missing all of training camp over a contract squabble. After the week, Finley will be sent back to Barrie where he will resume his junior career.
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Kings Roster Starting to Take Shape

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The Los Angeles Kings roster appears to have taken final shape with a grand total of 0 of their top prospects on the squad. Injuries to Scott Barney and Eric Belanger, accompanied by poor performances by Justin Papineau and Pavel Rosa, have lead to the Kings roster full of veterans and older prospects.

These older prospects have shown tremendous promise, particularly on the blue line. Aki Berg and Frantisek Kaberle have had solid camps and will make the team and play of specialty teams. Other older prospects that seemed poised to make the team are Jason Blake, who will center the fourth line, and possibly Brad Chartrand on the wing. Marco Tuomainen has also showed promise and is sure to be a fan favorite because of his grit and the fact that he plays on the same line as Ian Lapperiere.

Points of concern would the the stagnant development of Pavel Rosa and Don MacLean. Neither made a dent with the new coaching staff and only Rosa seems likely to return any time soon. The Visa problems with Jere Karalahti have also dampened his chances to play in the NHL to start the season.

The Kings still have to make some roster cuts to get down to the 22 players that coach Murray wants to start the season.

Rangers: Roster Just About Set

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As the Rangers skated off the pre-season ice after a 5-2 victory over the Red Wings on goals by Theo Fleury, Valeri Kamensky, Petr Nedved, Tim Taylor and Adam Graves and strong goaltending by Mike Richter, the roster was basically set with the exception of a little tinkering here and there.

The final lines, no one knows for sure what they will be but it looks as though Petr Nedved, Theo Fleury and Val Kamensky will man the first unit with Brian Leetch and Stephan Quintal at no. 1 defense, the hotly contested no. 2 center slot has at least been filled with rookie Mike York who had an outstanding pre-season. The smallish center with crisp cuts and hands will man Adam Graves and perhaps John MacLean. The No. 3 unit is Manny Malhotra with Jan Hlavac and Mike Knuble/Kevin Stevens… Stevens a known dressing room leader had a strong pre season and was protected by the Rangers in the Waiver Draft.

The fourth line on Muckler`s three line team will be made up of Tim Taylor (he will see lots of ice time on the no. 2 and 3 units as well), Eric Lacroix, Darren Langdon, Knuble/Stevens and others….will audition. Defensively, Kim Johnsson and Sylvain Lefebvre will man the no. 2 unit with Mathieu Schneider and Peter Popovic at no.3 while Jason Doig will take the no. 7 spot or perhaps Ulf Samuelsson will be called back to MSG at the seasons` start.
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Bryan Kazarian named OHL player of the week

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The Ontario Hockey League saeson is a week old, and the season’s first player of the week has been named. Owen Sound Platers Centre Bryan Kazarian had a goal and eight assists in three games. Included was a game that the Platers lost 6-5 to the Soo Greyhounds. Kazarian assisted on all 5 goals, which tied a team record shared with Wayne Primeau, Kirk Muller and Keith Whitmore.

Kazarian’s 9 points leads the early OHL scoring race. The 18-year-old Owen Sound native is in his second season with the Platers.

In other news, Peter Reynolds got his wish. The disgruntled defenceman was dealt by the London Knights, along with a fourth round draft choice, to the North Bay Centennials in exchange for Overage centre Brett Gibson and Defenceman Brett Angel. Reynolds, a 1999 second round draft choice of the Toronto Maple Leafs, requested a trade during the summer, and had stayed away from the Knights. Angel was selected by the Nashville Predators in the third round last June.

OHL Career Profile
Bryan Kazarian
Born: Owen Sound, Ont.
Birthdate: June 30, 1981
Position: Centre
Shoots: Right
Height: 5.08
Weight: 172 lbs.
OHL – Owen Sound’s 6th round selection, 119th overall in the 1998 OHL PrioritySelection.

Season Club GP G A PTS PIM
1997-98 Owen Sound Jr. B 48 24 29 53 191
1998-99 Owen Sound Platers 41 1 5 6 27
1999-00 Owen Sound Platers 3 1 8 9 2
OHL Totals 44 2 13 15 29
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Reckoning Day For Two Nashville Prospects

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What a difference a day makes. As of Monday morning, standout prospect Brian Finley had a legitimate chance to beat out Corey Hirsch for the backup goaltending job in Nashville and defenseman Richard Lintner was just settling in for another season with the Milwaukee Admirals of the IHL. By the end of the day, Finley was facing a certain trip back to the junior ranks, while Lintner had a return ticket to the Predators and a roster spot for the coming season.

Finley can only blame himself for the sudden turnaround in his status. It may have been his outstanding performance during the preseason that pressured veteran goaltender Mike Dunham into finally signing a new contract and thus eliminating the need for a backup goaltender behind would-be starter Tomas Vokoun. At the very least, Finley’s strong showing gave the Predators more leverage in negotiations. He capped the preseason by shutting out the Florida Panthers on 18 shots during a half-game outing in the final exhibition game. The impressive effort improved his preseason goals against average to 1.62 and his save percentage to .929. Despite those numbers, Finley will now be returned to the Barrie Colts of the OHL, where Nashville hopes he can continue to elevate his game.
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