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Boogaard May Hit The UFA Market

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from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

The next time the Boogeyman uses a hockey player’s face as a punching bag, he might be doing so wearing a different uniform.

Derek Boogaard, the Wild’s 6-8 enforcer, remains unsigned two weeks prior to free agency. And, although General Manager Chuck Fletcher says he’s had “regular conversations going back three months” with Boogaard’s agent, Ron Salcer, Fletcher has indicated that he’s unlikely to re-sign Boogaard prior to July 1.

“We haven’t closed the book either, and maybe we revisit it July 1 or 2 if we don’t [re-sign him before],” Fletcher said. “But we have several areas we’re looking to improve. It comes down to, ‘How much cap space can you allocate to a certain area without compromising other areas?’”


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Bertuzzi Remains With The Wings

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Todd Bertuzzi has agreed to a two-year, $3.875 million deal with the Detroit Red Wings.

“It’s just a really good fit for me,” the forward said. “My kids were so pumped when they found out we’re going back for two more years—now my son gets to stay in his hockey program, and they get to go back to the same schools.”


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Ice Edge Meets With The NHL

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from Rebekah L. Sanders of the Arizona Republic,

Ice Edge Holdings, the lone bidder for the Phoenix Coyotes, met with National Hockey League officials in New York City Tuesday to discuss its offer, group spokesman Robert Johnson confirmed….

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was part of the meeting, said Johnson, of Phoenix-based HighGround Public Affairs Consultants, which was recently hired by Ice Edge to handle public relations.

“It was a very productive session as Ice Edge Holdings and the league work together to keep the Coyotes in Arizona,” Johnson said.

The NHL is expected to continue examining Ice Edge’s proposal before team owners hold a vote. Meanwhile, the group continues to work out final details of the arena lease agreement with Glendale.

read on

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Nathan Horton May Be Headed Out Of Florda

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from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Nathan Horton’s agent said Wednesday he believes “there’s a very good chance” the Panthers right winger will be traded before or at the draft next weekend in Los Angeles.

“It would not surprise me at all if he’s dealt by the draft,” Horton’s agent Paul Krepelka said, adding that Horton’s aware of the possibility. “If it happens, it happens.”

Krepelka said he spoke with Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon after Tallon’s hiring and noted, “he likes Nathan as a player, but no one’s untouchable.”


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Wings Extend Ken Holland And Jim Nill

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from John Hahn of DetroitRedWings.com,

The Red Wings announced today that the team has signed executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland, and vice president and assistant general manager Jim Nill to five-year contract extensions.

“Kenny and Jim have been the core of our front office for well over a decade and cornerstone to this franchise’s success,” Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch said. “Marian and I feel strongly that stability is key to success for any organization and having these new agreements in place with these two top-notch NHL executives is important to the Red Wings’ organization and its future. They are committed professionals and outstanding individuals, and we have great respect for their respective talents. We’re pleased they will continue to lead our hockey club for the next five years.”


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  Tags: jim+nill, ken+holland

Jay Mohr Hosting NHL Awards Show

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from NHL.com,

Actor and comedian Jay Mohr will host the 2010 NHL Awards on June 23 at the Pearl Concert Theater inside The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas as the stars of Hollywood and hockey come together to honor the National Hockey League’s best.

As previously announced, the star-studded show will feature Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg, CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos, Florida rockers Shinedown, Grammy Award-nominated rapper Snoop Dogg, the world famous Cirque du Soleil and many of the NHL’s biggest stars. Drummer, musician and music producer Travis Barker has joined the lineup of performers.


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The Year Of The UFA Goalie

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Yes, this year’s free-agent crop lacks in overall depth. But if there’s one position that bucks the trend, it’s in goal, where there’s a multitude of unrestricted free agents looking for jobs.

“It’s the year of the goalie, it seems,” netminder Marty Turco told ESPN.com on Wednesday.

Turco is among the bigger netminder names headed for unrestricted free agency; the Dallas Stars ended his reign in the Lone Star State after replacing Turco with Kari Lehtonen this past season.

As Turco looks at his options, he’s got competition. Depending on whether they re-sign between now and June 30, joining Turco in the free-agent waters July 1 will be Evgeni Nabokov, Martin Biron, Dan Ellis, Michael Leighton, Chris Mason, Jose Theodore, Antero Niittymaki, Vesa Toskala, Johan Hedberg, Patrick Lalime, Manny Legace, Wade Dubielewicz, Alex Auld, Steve Valiquette, Andrew Raycroft, Yann Danis and Curtis Sanford.


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Yzerman Wants To Extend The Contract Of Martin St. Louis

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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman put into motion a process which he hopes will end with a contract extension for star wing Marty St. Louis. Yzerman said he spoke on Wednesday to St. Louis’ agent and hopes a deal that “makes sense” for both sides can be worked out.

“He’s a first-class guy and he deserves to be treated with the utmost respect, and I’ll do that,” Yzerman said. “Where it ends up, we’ll see. They want to make a deal that makes sense for them, and I have to make a deal that makes sense for us. We have some time to get it done, but it definitely is a priority for me.”


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You World Hockey Summit Leaders

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from NHL.com,

The 2010 Molson Canadian World Hockey Summit Steering Committee on Wednesday announced the four individuals who will serve as the Summit Leadership Team for the four-day event to be held in Toronto from Aug. 23-26.

They include Daniel Alfredsson, a 14-year member of the Ottawa Senators, an Olympic gold medalist and longtime member of Sweden’s national team; Brian Burke, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the GM of the United States’ silver medal-winning team at the 2010 Winter Olympics; Hayley Wickenheiser, a member of Canada’s National Women’s Team since 1993-94 and four-time Olympic medalist; and Steve Yzerman, a four-time Stanley Cup winner with Detroit, a two-time Olympic gold medalist with Canada and now the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning.


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Should Lindros Be In The HHOF?

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Eric Lindros is a Hall of Famer.

No question about it.

The question is, will he be made to pay the price for being a controversial figure during his too short, but nonetheless illustrious career? Will he be held out of the Hall when the latest additions are announced next week—the first time he is eligible to be inducted—only to be inducted down the road?

With 372 goals and 865 points in 760 career games, Lindros’s numbers speak for themselves. He added another 24 goals and 57 points in 53 playoff games. You don’t average better than a point per game in the regular season and in the playoffs if you aren’t a dominant player.


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  Tags: eric+lindros

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