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• Writer Drew Mindell went to a Durham Bulls baseball game and found buy one/get one coupons for Carolina Hurricanes games. "Limit 8 tickets per person." For regular season games. Against teams like the Montreal Canadiens and division rivals. And the kicker is, no one was actually taking them. "NHL Southern Expansion. Born 1995. Dead 2008. Never fully emerged from an amorphous state." [Illegal Curve]

• For just $3,062 per person, you too can watch the Pittsburgh Penguins play the Ottawa Senators in Stockholm. Er, uh ... plus airfare. Yikes! [The Two Line Pass]

• Our friend Mirtle encourages you to get involved in designing Vancouver Canucks backup goalie Curtis Sanford's mask, using this template provided by the Canucks. Our design has Mike Milbury on one side and Mike Keenan on the other, so Sanford can always be surrounded by other people praying for the failure of Roberto Luongo. [Mirtle]

• Cammi Granato, Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Mike Richter will be enshrined into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2008. Even if we all know Hull is a Canadian sleeper agent. [Dallas Stars Blog]

• Hey, turns out Mats Sundin hasn't started skating after all. Until we get another translated Swedish story that says that he has. [Waiting for Stanley]

• The Kontinental Hockey League is in EA Sports' NHL 09? "No word yet if the 'Be a Pro' mode allows you to bolt from the AHL for a seven-figure contract from Dinamo Minsk." [Orland Kurtenblog]

• The Tampa Bay Lightning need to trim salary, which means Jussi Jokinen, Michel Ouellet and Jason Ward could be on the block. It does not mean that Bryan McCabe, Darryl Sydor or Pavel Kubina are going to drink the Koules-Aid. [Lightning Strikes]

• Hockey Joe offers some general conspiracy theories about the NHL preseason schedule and doesn't believe a word coming out of the Los Angeles King' management. [Gross Misconduct]

• Meanwhile, Scotty Wazz sees the preseason schedule neutral sites as a trial balloon for expansion. [The Strangest One of All]

• Staples Center, Madison Square Garden and the Air Canada Centre are your most lucrative arenas in sports. What, no love for the Nassau Coliseum? [Forbes]

• Finally, do you have what it takes to be the Chicago Blackhawks mascot, Tommy Hawk? Tasks include convincing fans you're not the biggest embarrassment in sports and doing your best not to sleep with the hottest ice girls in the NHL. [Hockey Jobs]

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