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Montreal Makes Sense For Lecavalier

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette, A few years back, the cries for Bergevin to sign Lecavalier would have been deafening. Even now, after several sub-par seasons for the big centreman, they’re still pretty shrill. A week after Bergevin said publicly that free-agency wasn’t necessarily the way to build, he’s confronted with a free agent who would appear to be a...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Smith Signing Is Official In Phoenix

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have re-signed goaltender Mike Smith to a six-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. "We are pleased to sign Mike to a multi-year contract," said Maloney. "Mike has emerged as a top NHL goaltender with his size, athletic ability...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Devils Close To Re-Signing Elias, Not So Close With Clarkson

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice, The Devils have already locked up forward Dainius Zubrus for three more years at $3.1 million per, which I reported first last Wednesday and he confirmed this morning. I’m hearing a deal that will bring Patrik Elias back for more than one season is basically done. There might be some final details to be ironed out, but that’s it. Devils...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Ready For This?

Bill Zito is a player agent...   Tim Thomas has asked me to explore possible options for next season. We'll have no further comment at this time. Thanks. — Bill Zito (@acmeworldsports) July 1, 2013
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Howie Meeker Going Strong As He Approaches Age 90

from CBC, If you're a certain age and a hockey fan, certain phrases can only mean one thing — Howie Meeker. There’s “Jiminy Cricket,” of course, “Golly gee willikers” and “Stop it right there!” Meeker is a former NHL star, broadcaster and resident of Newfoundland. He and his wife Leah have come to Newfoundland to visit family — and for a birthday...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Glendale City Council Will Decide The Fate Of The Coyotes Tuesday Night

from the CP at TSN, The Phoenix Coyotes' four-year bid for stability will finally come to a close soon. With Tuesday night's Glendale City Council meeting, the Coyotes will find out if the city will approve an arena lease agreement with Renaissance Sports & Entertainment, which has an agreement in place to buy the franchise from the NHL. Should the council...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Olympic Meeting Update

Today the NHL, NHLPA, IIHF and IOC met in NYC...   Bettman says constructive meeting...but not ready to announce a deal. Fasel has go back to Federation, Fehr to Players. — John Shannon (@JSportsnet) July 1, 2013   Still no formal Olympic agreement but the major issues are settled. But Don Fehr needs to talk to NHLPA exec board next week. "I'...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Draft Thoughts

With the NHL Draft completed yesterday we have a lot of interesting picks and some trades to digest.  I have already written on the Cory Schneider trade, which will probably make the biggest short-term impact.  It is really hard to figure out the impact of the draft picks.  Nobody can reliably project the career of a hockey player when he is 18.  A lot of the great prospects...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Eastern Conference Draft Grades

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated, The grades below are based on two primary criteria. Did the team maximize the value of each pick? Did it address obvious organizational needs? Both are highly subjective assessments, but hey, this is a subjective piece. Feel free to present your counter-arguments below. Boston Bruins Sitting idly for more than four hours while every...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings mid-day news: contract talk and more draft profiles

We can't have one without the other, as noted in the overnight report, so, while Red Wings GM Ken Holland told the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness that he was going to do what most GM's are doing this Canada day--going home and catching up on some sleep after four marathon days (starting with Thursday's Board of Governors meetings; KH and crew can place any of their...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

What To Do With DiPietro?

from Arthur Staple of Newsday, The Islanders soon may rid themselves of a much longer- standing issue, too. After failing to deal away Rick DiPietro's contract on draft day, Snow may have a decision on whether to buy him out in the next day or two. If the Isles decide to buy out the remaining eight years of DiPietro's deal, Newsday has learned it would be a compliance...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Who Said This?

"I thought I had a great playoff, and I'm kind of stumped. I'm really kind of lost why they didn't play me more.  I think I'm a great player, and I'm not sure. You'd have to ask them, I really don't know." Hint, he was traded yesterday. Who is it?
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Lamoriello steals the show with Schneider dead

Amidst reports of more financial turmoil surrounding the New Jersey Devils, Lou Lamoriello sent a clarion call Sunday at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft with the trade that brought goalie Cory Schneider -- and his two-year contract worth approximately $8 million -- to the Devils. “I’m not going to get into anything that has to do with our organization, but if you notice what we did...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Bobrovsky Officially Staying With The Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to a two-year contract extension through the 2014-15 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed. “Re-signing Sergei Bobrovsky was a top priority for our organization and once again ownership has given...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Leafs Continue Working To Get Better

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun, “We are working on some things that might free up some (salary) cap space and if that happens, it will have an impact (on what the Leafs might do in free agency),” Nonis said on Sunday. “We’re definitely going to look at our options between now and Friday at every position and there might be some things that open up, more likely...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Lack Of Action In Edmonton

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun, It was a big build-up for an extra large letdown. The hype and anticipation for new Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish to be bold and exceptionally active. And nuthin’. It was the complete opposite of the projected plan, the expressed and even trumpeted mission to move draft choices and assets to acquire missing links and support...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Wrong Pick Colorado

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post, The Avalanche is going to rue the day it passed on the chance to draft Seth Jones. I couldn't shake that feeling Sunday after attending the team's NHL draft watch gathering at Chopper's Sports Grill. Chopper Travaglini — the legendary former Nuggets trainer who died in 1999 — indirectly helped convince me. His picture hangs...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Happy Canada Day - Fête du Canada

Well the Canadians get a well deserved break today and can kick back and relax after yesterday's draft day. I think everyone is moving a bit slow today, including myself but I do wish a great day for all celebrating this day in Canada.
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Dealing With Luongo

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, ...instead of trading away Roberto Luongo, who’d been practically run out of town on a rail, the plot took a fresh twist. Ultimately, it was Cory Schneider moving elsewhere and Luongo back in the team’s good graces as the old/new No. 1. No, you really can’t make this stuff up. Luongo put his condo up for sale during the...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

NHL notes, facts and figures from the 2013 draft; 2014 draft to be held in Philly

From the NHL: NOTES FROM THE 2013 NHL DRAFT NEWARK, N.J. (June 30, 2013) -- A total of 211 players from 12 countries were selected at the 2013 NHL Draft, held today at Prudential Center. Following is a breakdown of draft selections by birthplace: Canada          96 United States  57 Sweden          23 Finland        11 Russia   ...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Garrioch, Matheson weigh in on the post-draft trade landscape

If TSN's Insider Trading and ESPN's Pierre LeBrun's "Rumblings" didn't sate your post-draft trade rumor needs, the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch dug into the absolutely bizarre Corey Schneider trade and other fronts of note in an after-the-draft rumor roundup... OFF THE GLASS: Tampa centre Vinny Lecavalier can write his own ticket after being bought...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings overnight report: Lecavalier and UFA talk take spotlight away from Wings’ draft haul

Beware, Wings fans, auto-play clips lurk within: After more "rumblings" and "insider" talk than anything else at the draft (the Wings' 18-for-20-and-58 swap was more indicative of the day's events than any other trade), I'm not thrilled starting this overnight report discussing the Red Wings' courtship of one marquee cap compliance buy-out player...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

‘Insider Trading’ and ‘Rumblings’ about the deals that weren’t and deals that may be

It wouldn't be nice to say, "I told you so," so let's go with, "I'm used to it." After watching or following the draft in some form other than reading the newspaper for over a decade, I've become accustomed to witnessing a couple of shocking trades (Schneider to New Jersey, Bolland to Toronto, Clutterbuck for Niederreiter), some more pedestrian...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Martin Brodeur selects Anthony Brodeur at the draft

With the 208th pick...
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June 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings conclude 2013 draft by picking Hampus Melen 199th overall

The Red Wings have drafted Anthony Mantha, Zach Nastasiuk, Tyler Bertuzzi, Mattias Janmark-Nylen, David Pope, Mitchell Wheaton, and Marc McNulty, and as TSN's Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun suggested that Vincent Lecavalier will narrow down his list of teams to 4-5, will visit some of them, and is asking for $5 million a year for 5 years... The Wings wrapped up the part of...
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June 30, 2013  |  Discuss
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