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Boyd Gordon Signs With Capitals

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ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed center/right wing Boyd Gordon 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.

Gordon, 25, completed his sixth professional season with the Capitals in 2008-09 and registered five goals and nine assists. He was third on the team with a 56.1% faceoff percentage in the regular season and led the team in the playoffs at 63.3%. Gordon was also third on the team in shorthanded ice time, playing an average of 3:39 per game, and his 16 penalty minutes tied Viktor Kozlov for the fewest on the team for anyone who played more than 30 games. He had two game-winning goals and the Caps were 12-0-1 when Gordon recorded a point (5-0-0 when he scored a goal).

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Panthers Show Interest In Tanguay

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via Steve Gorten of the Florida Panthers blog at the Sun-Sentinel,

I finally was able to get a hold of free-agent winger Alex Tanguay’s agent today for a few minutes on the phone.

Tanguay’s agent, Robert Sauve, said the Panthers are one of five or six teams he’s talking with that Tanguay is considering signing with.

“They’re one of the teams we’ve talked to, but that’s about all I can say,” Sauve said. He added that he’s received “a few offers,” but wouldn’t say whether the Panthers have made an offer.

“We’re still looking at everything, trying to find the best situation for him,” Sauve said. “We’re going to take a little more time. We have a feeling we’re close with some teams, but we don’t know how much time it’s going to take to finalize.”

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Bettman & Daly Will Answer Questions Regarding Phoenix Bids

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from Steve Church of Bloomberg,

National Hockey League officials agreed to answer questions about why potential buyers of the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes dropped out in favor of Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, lawyers in the bankruptcy said.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner William L. Daly will be deposed later this month in New York by attorneys who question their roles in the proposed Reinsdorf bid, lawyers for the league and the Coyotes said today in court.

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More Of The Same From Lemaire

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

It would certainly be a whole lot easier to rip the Devils for this one if not for one thing – Lemaire just happens to be an outstanding coach, arguably the best coach in the NHL, in fact. Ask any player for whom Lemaire has played and he will almost certainly tell you that Lemaire has made him a much better, much more complete player. Scott Niedermayer was all offense when he came to the NHL and bucked against Lemaire’s methods as a young player, but finally learned how to play in his own end and is regarded as one of the best defensemen of his generation.

Will the Devils present a boring, plodding product that will be the scourge of the game? You bet they will. But Lemaire has the pedigree, tenure and record of success that suggests he won’t care about that one bit. You see, coaches are judged on wins and losses and how much their teams improve. Almost every coach that has been fired in the history of the game has been because of his team’s record. Not a single one comes to mind who was fired solely for the style of game his team played.

If boring wins, boring generally stays.

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Thrashers Sign Stewart & Welch

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he Atlanta Thrashers have signed unrestricted free agent forward Anthony Stewart and unrestricted free agent defenseman Noah Welch, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

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Ducks Re-Sign Wisniewski

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The Ducks announced today they have signed defenseman James Wisniewski to a one-year contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

“James Wisniewski was a big part of our team’s turnaround last season,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “Being only 25 years old, we expect him to continue improving and make a large impact on our team going forward.”

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Do You Believe In Huet?

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from Mike Kiley at ChicagoNow,

The Blackhawks, even as they emerge as paper tigers among the NHL elite, will nonetheless be on trial next weekend at their fan convention.

As promising as their future appears for 2009-10, especially with the addition of high-scoring forward Marian Hossa, they will be asked to present indisputable evidence that shows Cristobal Huet is their No. 1 goaltender beyond a reasonable doubt.

Can that case be proven in a weekend of salesmanship? Was Huet worth 4 years at $5.625 million when the Hawks signed him as a free agent in July, 2008? Will you go home from the festivities next Sunday convinced that the net is in the hands of a master goaltender or a never-will-be?

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An Early Look At The East

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from Terry Frei at ESPN,

As with the West last week, this look at the events in the East is listed in a highly conditional predicted finish in the conference next season, albeit with the slotting of the defending division champions in the top three spots.

1. Pittsburgh Penguins

The only significant loss was Rob Scuderi, who signed with the Kings. Otherwise, with the young core (Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal and Marc-Andre Fleury) locked up for years to come, the only way they can slide is if it becomes clear that the Penguins are just too top-heavy in the cap age….

2. Washington Capitals

The somewhat under-the-radar and late signing of Brendan Morrison adds a steady and calming veteran voice up front, not to mention a reliable two-way center. The league would greatly benefit if it gets another Alex Ovechkin versus Malkin/Crosby matchup in the conference finals, and if this rivalry stays heated in the regular season….

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McGrattan On The Road Back

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from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

In a summer when more than 150 free agents went on the auction block on July 1, Brian McGrattan may have been one of the least likely players to find another NHL home.

Quietly, and away from the spotlight with the equally troubled Phoenix Coyotes, the 27-year-old enforcer struggled last season in more ways than one, failing at first to dress for games and then, according to members of the team’s staff, missing practice. In December, McGrattan voluntarily entered the league’s substance abuse and behavioural health (SABH) program, spending three months in a rehab facility before returning to the ice in mid-March.

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  Tags: brian+mcgrattan

Bettman In High Tax Bracket

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via The Detroit News,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was paid $7.1 million in salary and benefits for the 2007-08 season, according to league tax filings and reported by Sports Business Journal.

For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, Bettman earned $4,197,694 from the NHL and $2,911,550 from NHL Enterprises, the league’s business arm, according to the report. The total package represents a 27-percent raise over the previous season and the highest level of compensation Bettman has received in 16 years as commissioner.

added 11:53am, The Sporting News has posted the full article from Tripp Mickle of SBJ.

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