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Sabres UFA Situation

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from the Buffalo News,

Although the All-Star Game MVP claimed he hasn’t given up on re-signing with the Sabres, his decision to man a war room of sorts with Brisson doesn’t bode well.
“It’s exciting,” Briere said of free agency. “I’ve never been though it before. If it gets there, I just want to be around where it’s going to happen and where my agent’s going to be so we can deal with it directly and not over the phone, relaying messages. I want to be there when the offers come in.”
Briere on Thursday confirmed the Sabres, after nearly six weeks of indifference, had finally extended an offer. Minutes later, he learned Brisson had rejected it.
Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn declined to discuss any of the club’s pending free agents.

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Teams Interested In Emery

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

J.P. Barry, Emery’s Calgary-based agent, confirmed yesterday he has had talks with two teams willing to make the Senators goalie an offer sheet as a restricted free agent.
“He is an elite goalie so I’m not surprised by the fact some teams would consider making an offer for his services,” said Barry, co-managing director of CAA Sports.
Boston, St. Louis and Los Angeles are believed to be among the teams looking for goaltending help and may have held discussions with Barry about the 24-year-old Emery.

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Another Non-Traditional Market

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from Mike Zeisberger at the Toronto Sun,

Come on. Kansas City?
When will commissioner Gary Bettman and his colleagues finally stop this pipe dream of shoehorning the NHL into each nook and cranny of the U.S.?
Hockey is a niche sport in many pockets south of the border. Many Americans just don’t care about it.
Phoenix. Florida. Nashville ... the list goes on concerning struggling, non-traditional hockey markets there.
Perhaps this is all about the all-mighty dollar and the NHL’s tangled web of bureaucracy but Mr. Bettman should remember one thing.
More than 14,000 season tickets were sold in Hamilton in two days.

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Foote Sorry He Left Denver

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from All Things Av Blog at the Denver Post,

Well, Adam Foote has finally broken down and admitted he regrets the day he put pen to paper to go to Columbus, Ohio.
Foote told Colorado’s News 4 - there’s a shout to a TV station for some good journalism - the following: “”I’d be lying to you, and I think you all are aware, we love Colorado. … We wish we’d never left, but we did, it’s unfortunate, but, it’s a business — and one day, you never know….”
That’s doublespeak for: “Lord Almighty, if there’s a way I can possibly convince someone to get me out of this purgatory, I promise I’ll never ask for another thing, ever again. Please, please, Stan Kroenke, get me out of here.”

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Strader Heading To Phoenix

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from the East Valley Tribune,

The Coyotes are on the verge of hiring Dave Strader to be their new TV play-by-play announcer, multiple NHL sources have confirmed.
The deal is expected to be announced by the team within the next few days.
Strader will replace Curt Keilback, who had been with the organization for 27 seasons but did not have his contract renewed.

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Flames Sign Pair

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from the Calgary Flames,

Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of centre Wayne Primeau to a three year contract and defenseman David Hale to a one year contract. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Larionov Classy With HHOF Rejection

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from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,

“It’s not the end of the world, I can tell you that,” Larionov told The Canadian Press upon learning the news. “It’s OK with me. I’m absolutely not disappointed.
“Those are four great players, and I just wish them all the best. It’s a good day for them and that’s fine.”
Larionov, in Alaska on a golfing trip, understood it was a tough year to get in.
“I guess I have to wait and see,” said the 46-year-old. “But to me it’s not a big disappointment. That’s the way it is, it’s nothing I can control.”

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Briere Turns Down Sabres Offer

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from Darren Dreger at TSN,

The Buffalo Sabres are going to have dig a lot deeper if the team intends on holding on to veteran forward Daniel Briere.
The Sabres tabled an offer to briere on Wednesday night. The offer is believed to be very similar to the package Briere tried to get Buffalo to agree to last summer—which was $25 million over five years.

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Forsberg Inactive For Weeks

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If you read Spector today, you know he received a heads-up on Peter Forsberg undergoing surgery.  Here is a bit more from the Denver Post…

Peter Forsberg’s hockey future once again is under a cloud of uncertainty as the former Avalanche star is scheduled to undergo surgery today on his troublesome right ankle, two sources close to the player confirmed.
Forsberg was scheduled to have his right ankle operated on at a hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, near his hometown of Ornskoldsvik.
Forsberg, 33, must be inactive after the surgery for several weeks, casting doubt on whether he’ll be ready to play at the start of the coming NHL season.

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Stumpel Stays With Panthers

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via TSN,

Jozef Stumpel has re-signed with the Florida Panthers.
Sources say he agreed to terms on a two-year contract for a total value of $4.5 million for an annual average salary against the cap of $2.25 million.
Stumpel was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

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