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“Right now neither the Eliteserien (Sweden)  or KHL entice me. When I’m finished with the NHL, I’ll be finished with hockey, too.”

-Wings defenseman Nick Lidstrom.  Much more on Nick from Geore Malik at Mlive.

Also, this should put an end to a very stupid rumor that Lidstrom was thinking of offers from other leagues after next season.

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Bertuzzi Talking With US Based Teams

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from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

Bertuzzi expects to land with an Eastern Conference team south of the border.

“I’m speaking to about three teams right now,” he said. “We’re just trying to figure things out.

“If the stars align here, I could end up somewhere where the travel is a lot easier. Hopefully we’ll get something done here in the next 48 hours.”

Could that be a reunion with Brian Burke and the Toronto Maple Leafs?

“I’ve heard the same thing,” he said of the rumour that just won’t go away. “I’ve got a lot of friends out here who are Leaf fans. They seem to have heard it too, but no.

“Not going to happen.”

Will he end up in Canada?

“No,” he said. “I think I’ve been in Canada enough now.”

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Capitals Sign Jurcina

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ARLINGTON, Va.

– The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Milan Jurcina to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jurcina, 26, appeared in a career-high 79 games for the Capitals in 2008-09 and led defensemen in games played. He had three goals and set career highs in assists (11) and points (14), and the team was 10-3-0 when he recorded a point. Jurcina was first on the club with 131 blocked shots and second with 157 hits. He added two goals in 14 playoff games and was third on the team at +6. 

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NHL Wants To Push Back Phoenix Auction Date

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from Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL wants to postpone an auction for the Phoenix Coyotes until Sept. 10 to give two potential bidders more time to finalize their offers. U.S. bankruptcy court Judge Redfield T. Baum was scheduled to hold an auction Aug. 5 for bidders interested in keeping the club in Phoenix. If that auction failed to produce a decent offer, a second one would be held Sept. 10 for bidders who want to move the club.

In a court filing last night, the NHL and the City of Glendale argued the second auction is no longer necessary because the league has rejected the ownership application of RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie…

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A Look At Zherdev On His Arbitration Day

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The 24-year-old winger, acquired last summer from Columbus in a trade featuring once-untouchable, young defenseman Fedor Tyutin going the other way, was the team’s Art Ross leader with 58 points, with his 23 goals, 35 assists and plus-six rating all second on the club in those respective categories.

From both the statistical viewpoint and CYA analysis, GM Glen Sather would be justified keeping Zherdev, even if he’s awarded $4M. But there is no subjective eyes-on analysis under which Zherdev is worth that investment. His inconsistency was matched only by his indifference.

He barely competed for the puck, rarely went to the front, and hardly ever seemed hungry enough to score that he’d give up his body to drive to the net.

Invisible down the stretch run in which he recorded only two assists in the season’s final seven games while going minus-three, Zherdev disintegrated in the playoffs, going pointless and minus-three in the seven-game defeat to the Caps.

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Morrison Looking Forward To Ice Time In Washington

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from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post (Friday edition),

Brendan Morrison received a handful of offers when free agency opened earlier this month, including a few that were more lucrative than Washington’s.

The Capitals, though, offered the veteran center three things worth more to him than a bigger paycheck: the chance to play on a team widely expected to contend for a Stanley Cup, no small matter for a player who turns 34 next month; the potential to skate on the second line with Alexander Semin and maybe take some shifts with two-time MVP Alex Ovechkin; and the opportunity to prove his worth to NHL executives in the hope of securing a multiyear deal—if not in Washington, elsewhere—next summer.

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There Could Be A Problem With Hossa’s Contract

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via the London Free Press,

The NHL is investigating whether Marian Hossa’s new 12-year, $62.8-million (all terms US) contract with the Blackhawks circumvents the collective bargaining agreement and the salary cap, Sun Media has learned.

The ’Hawks could be facing a maximum fine of $5 million and the loss of draft picks if the league’s investigation uncovers proof of allegations that Chicago discussed the possibility of Hossa retiring before the end of the deal, which would end Hossa’s cap hit.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the investigation in an e-mail yesterday, stating that league officials are concerned with the structure of the contract.

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What Else Is New?

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Jerry Moyes is challenging Jerry Reinsdorf’s bid to buy the Coyotes.

Read the AP story via the Star-Tribune.

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The New Boys In Montreal

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Video of Gomez,Gionta, Cammalleri, Mara and Moen’s visit to the Bell Sports Complex.

 

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A Look At The Central

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from Wes Goldstein of CBS Sportsline,

Detroit is starting to feel some heat in its own backyard though, with three other young and improving Central teams making the playoffs last season. The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues entered the postseason for the first time since the lockout and the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first-ever time. And lurking not far behind it are the Nashville Predators, who had to deal with several key injuries yet still narrowly missed the postseason cutoff line.

Here’s a graded looked at what they’ve been doing so far this summer…

Detroit still has some tweaking to do with a lineup pushing against the cap and needs a couple more depth players, but what matters here is that the very good core remains intact and ready for another run. Grade: B

Dale Tallon was retired as GM, ostensibly because qualifying offers weren’t mailed in time to several restricted free agents. That cost the team serious re-signings premiums and cut into the cap space for retaining several key young players whose contracts are coming due next year. But Tallon wasn’t replaced by his assistant Stan Bowman until the middle of July. After making all the roster moves. Bowman, by the way, was previously the Blackhawks point man when it came to contracts, and is the son of legendary coach Scotty Bowman, a trusted consultant to team president John McDonough. Grade: C

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