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“It’s going to be special and neat to have a chance to come back to the arena and I’m sure there will be a lot of memories going through my head and that I’ll be nervous too, but I’m really looking forward to it,”

-Markus Naslund on the Vancouver Canucks retiring his number.  More from Derek Jory of Canucks.com.

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Adding A Canadian Team Could Cause TV Issues

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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

The Globe and Mail has been examining the potential for NHL hockey returning to Quebec City Winnipeg and adding a second team in Southern Ontario. While it would be a happy moment for Canadians to see both the Jets and Nordiques repatriated – and a Southern Ontario franchise added – there are a number of red flags on both sides of the border when adding Canadian media markets of around 750,000 people.

In the Canadian market (where there are three years remaining on the current NHL TV contract), the issues are distribution and dividing a limited market. “It’s a complicated answer with regional versus national rights and some scheduling issues,” says Scott Moore, CBC vice-president for sports and sales. “Our position is that more teams in Canada would be good for general interest in the NHL, and [for] local and regional sponsorship sales in any new markets. Certainly in playoffs there would be a greater chance of increased Canadian team presence, which would have a positive affect on ratings.”


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Honoring Bob Probert

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from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

The shock of Bob Probert’s unexpected passing is still rippling through the hockey world, but there are already plans in motion to honour the former NHLer.

The Windsor Minor Hockey Association, where Probert first learned to play the game, held a meeting Wednesday in which honoring the Lakeshore resident was a main topic of business.

“There’s a number of things were looking at doing, but I think one of the things for sure we’ll do is rename our Christmas Novice Tournament in his honour,” said WMHA president Dean Lapierre, who said Probert quietly made several charitable contributions to the organization over the years….

John Hahn, the Detroit Red Wings senior director of communications, said the NHL team is also going through the process of trying to figure out the best way to honour one of the most popular players in club history.

Though he spent seven of his 16 NHL seasons with Chicago, Probert is best known for his years in Detroit.

“It’s still very preliminary at this point, but there have been discussions on what we can do,” Hahn said. “We’ll definitely do something, but we want to the right thing.


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Lebda To Toronto

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via Toronto Maple Leafs twitter,

Leafs have signed unrestricted free agent D-man Brett Lebda to a 2 year contract.

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Lebda To Leafs…Seriously, I’m Not Kidding

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Via the Maple Leafs and plenty of Wing bloggers with senses of humor, Toronto has, umm, solidified their blue line.

Leafs have signed unrestricted free agent D-man Brett Lebda to a 2 year contract.

Laugh all you want.  But know this…the Wedding Singer said he’s an “impact player.”


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Hahn Turns Up The Heat…Staffers Stalking Modano Boyhood BFFs

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It would appear that the renowned Red Wing communications directorate is taking The Courtship of Mike Modano to a new level.  The official Wing web site has contacted Modano’s boyhood coach, third post-pubescent girlfriend and his 8th grade Latin tutor for their views on his pending contract with Detroit.

Former Little Caesars coach Chris Coury vividly remembers the first time he saw Mike Modano play — 26 years ago.

“I remember his first exhibition game … I was thinking to myself, ‘Wow. This kid’s a surefire NHLer,’” said Coury, who coached Modano during the 1984-85 season in the Detroit-based program.


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Kovalchuk Negotiations Continue

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from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum,

The Kings, who became “reengaged” in talks with free-agent winger Ilya Kovalchuk on Tuesday, according to General Manager Dean Lombardi, have received a proposal from Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman.

However, the proposed deal is so complex—and the ramifications so big from the Kings’ perspective—that they are not expected to respond for at least a day and possibly longer.

The Kings dropped out of the hunt Sunday, after Kovalchuk’s representative did not submit a counteroffer to the Kings’ initial proposals. Kovalchuk’s only other confirmed NHL suitor has been the New Jersey Devils, but they would have to clear substantial salary cap space to sign him, and they have not made any transactions that would allow them to sign the 27-year-old left wing.

The KHL in Kovalchuk’s native Russia appears to be his other option. The money there is big and tax-free, but he obviously couldn’t win the Stanley Cup there—if that, indeed, means more to him than a big payday.


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Lalime Stays With The Sabres

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BUFFALO, NY (July 7, 2010) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent goaltender Patrick Lalime on a one-year contract. Lalime – who turns 36 today – has spent the past two seasons with the Sabres after signing as a UFA on July 1, 2008.

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Avs Re-Sign Brandon Yip

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DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Brandon Yip to a two-year contract through the 2011-12 season.  Yip was a restricted free-agent.

Yip, 25, was recalled by the Avalanche on Dec. 18 of last year and went on to tally 11 goals and 19 points (11g/8a) in 32 games during his rookie campaign.  He finished first among all NHL rookies in goals-per-game at 0.34.  The 6-foot-1, 180-pound right wing also appeared in all six playoff games for Colorado, recording two goals and two assists to rank second on the team in postseason scoring with four points.

“We’re pleased to have Brandon under contract,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “With his energy and style of play, we think he can be a solid player for our team.” 

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Corvo Back To The Canes

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via Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Joe Corvo signs with Carolina, team announces. $4.5 million over two years.

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