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Belfour Thinking About A Return To The NHL

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from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

For any team seeking a goaltending upgrade, Ed Belfour is tanned, rested and ready.

The future Hall of Famer, who turned 44 last April, is working out near his suburban Dallas home as he seeks a return to the NHL. Agent Ron Salcer confirmed that his long-time client has asked him to contact clubs to determine any interest level.


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Who Has Signed

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Remember to check out the TSN Free Agent Tracker which also lists players that have signed recently.

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Gionta Will Probably Listen To Offers

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

After not having any contact with the Devils since the end of the regular season, Gionta’s agent, Steve Bartlett said today that he’s had “a few casual conversations” with general manager Lou Lamoriello in the last week.

“I think everyone is on the same page in that there certainly is mutual interest and respect from both parties to get something done, but also an acknowledgement that that might not be possible to do so before July 1 for a lot of reasons,” Bartlett said.

The biggest is the salary cap. Teams were able to finally start budgeting their payroll for the 2009-10 season after it was announced on Friday that the salary cap will be $56.8 million.

Although Lamoriello has been trying to re-sign defenseman Johnny Oduya before he hits the open market and also has been working on a new deal for restricted free agent center Travis Zajac, re-signing Gionta apparently falls a little farther down the team’s list of priorities.


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Oilers Talk

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via Dan Tencer of 630 CHED,

With less than 48 hours to go before free agency, Oilers GM Steve Tambellini is focusing his efforts on two of his own key free agents. The club has tendered what they believe to be a “very strong” 1 year offer to goaltender Dwayne Roloson. But, Tambellini isn’t sure if Roloson is going to take the offer. “It’s Dwayne’s choice,” he says. “He’s earned the right to free agency and if he thinks he can do better elsewhere, maybe (he’ll leave). We’ve got a day and a half to go.”

Tambellini says they also hope to come to terms soon with defenseman Denis Grebeshkov. “Denis is in our plans and we’ll get moving on that soon,” Tambellini says. He admitted that the delay in negotiation so far was due to the Oilers wanting to see what was available on the trade market.

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Chicago Signs Boland To 5yr Contracct

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via TSN,

The Chicago Blackhawks have re-signed second-line centreman David Bolland, inking the restricted free agent to a five-year deal.

The Toronto native will earn $3.375 million per season throughout the term.

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Canes Re-sign Jokinen

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RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Jussi Jokinen on a two-year contract. The deal will pay Jokinen $1.5 million in 2009-10 and $1.9 million in 2010-11.

“Jussi was a good addition to our team last season, and he really stepped into his role in the playoffs,” said Rutherford. “His ability to contribute on the power play and penalty kill, and his versatility at different forward positions makes him a valuable player.”

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Not Making Fun Of This, But There Has To Be A Punchline Somewhere

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from the Vancouver Sun,

Infant pacifiers bearing the logos of the Vancouver Canucks and some other NHL teams have been recalled by Health Canada for posing a danger to children, the federal agency said Monday.

Testing by Health Canada has revealed that the pacifier button, ring handle and shield with nipple can detach, posing a choking hazard to children, Health Canada said in a press release….

lso under the recall are pacifiers featuring the logos of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings, Health Canada said.

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Gainey Still Looking For That Big Center

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens’ continuing failure to secure a big centre has left general manager Bob Gainey with a sizeable dilemma.

Gainey has some decisions to make in the next few days because the Canadiens currently have only two centres under contract - Maxim Lapierre and Glen Metropolit.

Gainey had hoped to trade for a big centre during the National Hockey League entry draft on the weekend, but it was one of the quietest drafts in recent memory, with the Canadiens general manager describing it as a logjam.


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Blues Buy-Out McKee

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via Jeremy Rutherford of the Morning Skate at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues today bought out the final year of defenseman Jay McKee’s contract. McKee was due to make $4 million for the 2009-2010 season, completing a four-year, $16 million contract he signed in 2006.
“I was at the gym and missed some calls,” McKee said. “I saw my agent and Larry Pleau called, so I assumed something was up. It’s not something I expected, especially after my most productive season in St. Louis. But I understand they had a decision to make and I was one of them. …
“The bottom line is, I didn’t fit in their depth chart and my salary was probably a hindrance to their payroll,” McKee added. “They have their reasons and I accept that.”

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What Teams Have Spending Money, What Teams Don’t

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from Vincent Cauchy of MontrealCanadiens.com,

The Canadiens are sitting pretty as the most flexible team in the league, counting more available salary cap space than any other franchise.  With $34.9 million at their disposal and just 11 players currently under contract, the Habs’ decision makers have plenty of room to work with when planning out next season’s roster makeup.  The Blackhawks are treading in similarly calm waters with the same number of players inked to contracts and a hefty $24.4 million on hand.  With 13 players currently on board, the Thrashers are also poised to strike with $27 million burning a hole in their pockets.

At the other end of the spectrum, there are some NHL teams bursting at the seams with personnel and their respective cap hits.  The Red Wings, Senators and Flyers all have less than six million dollars in cap space left to lure in free agent this summer.  With so little breathing room available, these three clubs’ lineups are shaping up to look almost identical to their 2008-09 counterparts.

read on

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