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“We’re still moving forward, we’re not finished.  There are other opportunities still out there, moves we’d like to make. There have been constant phone calls everyday for probably a month. We’ve been hard at it.”

-New York Rangers GM Glen Sather today after making one trade and signing RFA Dan Girardi.  More from Andrew Gross of Rangers Rants.

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Blackhawks May Be Faced With A Tough Decision

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from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune at Chicago Breaking Sports,

The Blackhawks’ salary cap difficulties took another hit Friday, as the San Jose Sharks signed defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to a four-year, $14 million offer sheet.

The Hawks have seven days to match the offer of $3.5 million per season but with negotiations continuing with fellow restricted free agent goaltender Antti Niemi, the team may have to choose between two players who helped them capture their first Stanley Cup since 1961.

“It always comes as a surprise when you get an offer like that, especially from a team such as San Jose,” said Kevin Epp, Hjlamarsson’s agent. “It’s a great opportunity. I’m sure we’ll still talk to Chicago. They do have seven days to match. At this point we haven’t spoken with them in regards to the offer sheet.”


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Zherdev Officially A Flyer

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from Flyers.com,

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed 6’2’’, 203-pound free agent right wing Nikolai Zherdev to a one-year contract, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

“Nik is a highly-skilled player who, at 25-years-old, we feel will be a good fit to our core of forwards,” said Holmgren.  “Prior to playing last season in Russia, Nik ranked as one of the top young point-producers in the NHL. We are pleased to add him to our team.”


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It’s Friday, Let’s Get A Little Crazy

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Top 10 Crazy Hockey Moments.

Part 1 first, followed by part 2 below…

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Will Modano Still Say Detroit Or Retire?

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from Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas,

The market for Mike Modano’s services appears to be growing. The 40-year-old forward said Friday that the San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild have contacted him about the possibility of playing next season. That comes days after he met in Detroit with Red Wings personnel.

Modano said Minnesota may want to meet face-to-face with him soon, but no date has been set.


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Ducks/Rangers Trade

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from Ducks.com,

The Ducks have acquired left wings Aaron Voros and Ryan Hillier from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Steve Eminger.

Voros, 29 (7/2/81), played in 41 games with the New York Rangers in 2009-10, scoring 3-4=7 points with 89 penalty minutes (PIM). He had a career-high 8-8=16 points with 122 PIM in 54 games with the Rangers in 2008-09.


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The Best Ever NHL Draft Class

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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

As if we needed any more reasons, the 2003 NHL Entry Draft — widely regarded as the all-time best — keeps getting better.

This is a draft that gave us potential Hall of Famers in Marc-Andre Fleury (1st overall), Eric Staal, (second), Thomas Vanek (fifth), Dion Phaneuf (ninth), Jeff Carter (11th), Brent Seabrook (14th), Zach Parise (17th), Ryan Getzlaf (19th), Ryan Kesler (23rd), Mike Richards (24th), Corey Perry (28th), Louie Erksson (33rd), Patrice Bergeron (45th), Shea Weber (49th), David Backes (62nd), Dustin Byfuglien (24th) and Jaroslav Halak (271st).

To date, all but one player selected in the first round — Hugh Jessiman, who was the 11th overall pick of the New York Rangers — have played at least one game in the NHL.


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Two Reasons For Giving Weber The ‘C’

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Naming Shea Weber captain was an obvious move by the Nashville Predators; but from this vantage point, it was also a very strategic one.

Weber is entering the final season of a three-year contract that pays him $4.5 million annually, and the Preds hope it won’t be his last in Music City.

So giving the star defenseman the “C” is a way for the franchise to give Weber their biggest possible endorsement.

“I don’t think we can give any stronger message than that,” Preds GM David Poile told ESPN.com. “And it’s certainly our intention to sit down with his representatives, probably closer to training camp, and talk about the future. I think our relationship has been good and this was just the right thing to do for our organization.”


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Forever Free

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from the Windsor Star,

The casket of former NHL tough guy Bob Probert was taken to the cemetery today on the sidecar of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, following about 60 other thundering hogs.

The procession of mourners and motorcycles — half a dozen of which belonged to Probert — was led by a piper from Windsor Christian Fellowship through an honour guard of NHL players and officials.

Hockey legend Steve Yzerman and two of Probert’s young daughters were among those who spoke at his funeral.


added 1:09pm, from Tom Leyden of WXYZ,

Not surprisingly, Bob Probert went out with a roar.

A line of more than 50 motorcycles led a lengthy procession to Windsor Christian Fellowship, in Windsor, Ontario, where hundreds of mourners gathered to honor the former NHL player.

continued and watch the video report from Tom below…

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Report- First Offer Sheet Of The Year

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via Bob McKenzie tweet,

I am not working, but I can tell you TSN’s Gord Miller reports San Jose has signed Niklas Hjalmarsson to a four-year, $14M offer sheet.

added 1:14pm, from NHL.com,

“We feel Niklas is a top-three defenseman in the National Hockey League,” Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson said. “We saw his abilities first-hand in the playoffs last season and he was an important piece of a Stanley Cup-winning team. He is a solid player that would be a good fit on our team now and in the future.”


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