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Published Oct. 8, 2005

Games lost: 10; total 125.

Negotiating session: No.

Next negotiating session: None scheduled.

Sweden says no

The Swedish Elite League voted not to allow NHL players to sign short-term deals with their former Swedish teams during the lockout, saying only players who agree to a full season in Sweden can join their old teams. "We think it would be unfair to let NHLers play for a shorter period," said Tommy Topel, president of the Swedish Elite League. "It could affect the league in an unnatural way. And the rosters have already been set a long time ago." Patrick Carnback, who played for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks last season, made his debut for Vastra Frolunda last week after he agreed to stay with the club throughout the season.

Gretzky honored

The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League will retire the jersey numbers worn by Wayne Gretzky and Craig Hartsburg. Gretzky will miss the ceremony honoring his No.

99 jersey. But Hartsburg, who wore No.

4 as one of the OHL's best defensemen, will be present Oct. 30. Gretzky played for the Greyhounds in 1977-78 and set a club record for most points in a season with 182. Hartsburg, now a minor-league coach, played two seasons in Sault Ste. Marie, from 1976-78.


"Any idiot can send this kind of (memo) out."

_ Dallas Stars president Jim Lites, referring to a memo NHLPA director Bob Goodenow sent to player reps.