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Wings Trying To Sign A Forward In The Next Few Days

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George Malik of SnapShots at Mlive breaks down an interview Jimmy Devellano did on Fan590, .

..there are players out there that we’re interested in, and, the people like Jason Williams, who have played with us before, Todd Bertuzzi, uh, obviously, if the forwards that left, if they were still playing, these wouldn’t be considerations, but the fact remains now, we have to get some forwards that have some NHL experience, and can play in the league, and are NHL players, and that’s what, certainly, Ken Holland will try to do now, in the next few days, probably.

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Questions And Answers

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

What was the best under-the-radar signing of the summer? Even though he got fired a few days later, Chicago GM Dale Tallon’s acquisition of former Frank J. Selke Trophy winner John Madden more than adequately replaces the departed Samuel Pahlsson and should make the Hawks even more difficult to play against this season. An honorable mention goes to Anaheim and its signing of former Montreal captain Saku Koivu….

OK, then, which big-name signing has the biggest bust potential? Well, we already suggested that Gaborik’s longstanding health issues make him a high risk for the Rangers, but what about Jay Bouwmeester in Calgary? The onetime Panthers franchise player has played in the shadows his entire career; never played in an NHL playoff game; and will now be in the spotlight in Calgary, where once again Cup dreams burn brightly…

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Who Must Be The Most Improved Player…

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... on your team?  This player could have had a very good year last season, but in order for your team to improve this year, this player must step it up a notch.

Or you could name a player who comes out of nowhere and surprises everyone with the season they are about to have.

For the Wings, I say Nick Kronwall must continue to improve and it is time he starts to establish himself as a #1 or 2 dman.  If he does, expect the Wings to have another long post-season run.

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Pronger Contract Under Review Too

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Marian Hossa’ contract isn’t the only one being scrutinized by the NHL. An NHL source told SportingNews.com that the league is investigating Philadelphia’s 7-year deal with Chris Pronger to see if it circumvented the CBA and salary cap.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the investigation of Pronger’s contract in an e-mail to SportingNews.com.

Daly said Pronger’s contract was being investigated for the same reasons as Hossa’s deal.

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Afternoon Line

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Maybe the Hawks will fire Dale Tallon again.

But either way, the Rocky Wirtz-John McDonough-Bowman Family axis has spent the month of July making Bob Pulford look like Sam Pollock.

-Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune.  More on the Blackhawks.

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Blues Sign Bell

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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has signed defenseman Brendan Bell.

Bell, 26, played in 53 games with the Ottawa Senators last season, recording 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) along 24 penalty minutes.  He also played in 15 games with Ottawa’s American Hockey League affiliate Binghamton Senators. The 6-2, 211-pound defenseman has played in 101 NHL games, amassing 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists) and 24 penalty minutes.

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Flyers Are A Better Team

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from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

To me, the team that improved itself while also ensuring jersey sales will skyrocket is Philadelphia. Goaltender Ray Emery and defenseman Chris Pronger represent everything Flyers hockey has been known for – surliness, physicality and questionable netminding (ba-dum-ching!). Seriously though, I’ve always liked Emery and think he got a bad rap from crusty old media types and, likely, the local authorities more often than not. Razor’s no saint, but he’s no devil, either.

Emery already boasts something no other recent Philly goalie can, which is an appearance in the Stanley Cup final. True, his Sens were unceremoniously dumped in five games by the Anaheim Ducks in that series, but it was hardly his fault. The Ducks didn’t score more than three goals in any game until the final contest, at which point the conclusion was more than foregone.

As for Pronger, his reputation speaks for itself…

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Hudler Staying

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from Sportsnet,

Jiri Hudler is staying in Detroit rather than heading to Russia.

The Czech forward was awarded a two-year deal worth over US$5 million on Friday, a source told Sportsnet.

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added 11:34am, Does anyone else think this story is not over?

added 11:46am, via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said this morning that he hasn’t yet received the arbiter’s decision, but made it clear that this ship has sailed. Hudler is playing in Russia next season.

“The story’s over. He’s going to play in Russia,’’ Holland said. “We’re waiting on the terms (of the salary arbitration case) he has to (honor) if and when he returns to the NHL.’‘

Looks as if Sportsnet really blew this one…

added 1:15pm, Sportsnet has changed the text…

Detroit Red Wings forward Jiri Hudler was awarded a two-year deal worth over US$5 million in arbitration on Friday, a source told Sportsnet.

Hudler, drafted by the Red Wings in 2002, was claimed by the KHL on Thursday when the Russian league registered his two-year contract in Moscow.

same link as above…

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The Next Star

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Who will be this year’s breakout players? Here are NHL.com’s Top 10 candidates:

1. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay—The No. 1 pick in the 2008 Entry Draft put together a solid second half to his rookie season after a rough first half. He had 19 points in his final 20 games and 32 over the final 40. Count on Stamkos carrying that production into his sophomore season and stretching it out over the course of a full season.

2. Jack Johnson, Los Angeles—As the Kings improve, so should Johnson, who is a minus-42 in 120 NHL games. The No. 3 pick in the 2005 Entry Draft has offensive potential—11 points in 41 games last season—but the Kings expect Johnson to be much better in his own zone this season. He should be with two full NHL seasons of experience behind him.

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Why All The Hate Towards The Canadiens?

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from Topham of Lions in Winter,

I may have trouble pinpointing how this trend I feel around me has come about, I have no trouble understanding how an opposing supporter would hate me or my team. I am interested from a purely academic curiosity as to why it seems to be mounting. I suspect it has a lot to do with us not being a write-off anymore. There’s certainly that annoying arrogance we all get tagged with thanks to the amassing of a more connected and active “24 Cup brigade” – they say as much. The seemingly endless 100th anniversary (built up since season 97) is some bait, no doubt.

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