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Is It Safe To Hit The Couch?

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I have been in front of the computer since 6am today.  I usually get up early to write my NHL.com blog on Tuesday’s so I am feeling a little weary-eyed right about now.

Tomorrow is a big day so I am heading to the couch to catch a little Tiger baseball but will check for any news on occasion over the next hour or so.

I just realized I failed to point out the NHL.com blog today, so here it is.

Enjoy the rest of your night and see you tomorrow.

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Ted Nolan Returning To Coaching?

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via the Sault Star,

Legendary Soo Greyhounds head coach Ted Nolan is expected to return to the hockey Wednesday, following the expiry of his contract with the NHL’s New York Islanders.

Nolan, a former Jack Adams Trophy winner as NHL coach of the year, was fired by the New York Islanders prior to the 2008-09 season.

Reached Tuesday, the 51-year-old native of Garden River refused to confirm that he would he signing with a new club, he said earlier this year that he would be free to do so as of Canada Day.

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Evening Line

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“If Hossa comes back at a number we can’t refuse, we’ll go through the process of moving bodies around to get him in.  But based on our space, I’m not optimistic. He can receive offers from other teams that don’t have the star contracts we do, and he can be their star.”

Wings GM Ken Holland.  More on the Wings from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press….

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Report- Bouwmeester Agrees To Terms In Calgary

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via TSN,

Sources tell TSN Jay Bouwmeester has agreed to terms with the Calgary Flames.

Bouwmeester avoids unrestricted free agency, agreeing to a 5 year deal.

added 8:34pm,

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to a multi-year agreement.

The Flames acquired Bouwmeester on June 27, 2009 from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jordan Leopold and the 67th pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

“Jay is one of the most complete defenseman in the game, and we are very pleased to have reached an agreement that will make him an important component of the Calgary Flames success,” said Sutter. “We identified Jay as the priority player where we were going to focus our money. We wanted an opportunity a few days in advance of the deadline, and that’s why we made the move we did this past weekend.”

“I am happy to have this deal done as Calgary was a team I was very interested in playing for. I was encouraged by the commitment Calgary showed by acquiring me prior to July 1,” said Bouwmeester. “I am familiar with some of the players and believe we have a strong club that is poised to make the next step in becoming a championship club. I look forward to contributing to that success.”

added 8:42pm, TSN has added this to their story from above,

Bouwmeester avoids unrestricted free agency, agreeing to a 5 year deal worth $6.6 million per year against the salary cap.


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Scott Gomez On The Trade

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from the Montreal Gazette,

“I learned about the possibility of a trade when I was playing softball with some friends last night and then I got a call from Mr. Sather,” Gomez said from his native Alaska, where he was on a fishing trip.

Gomez said he had a limited no-trade clause. “I had a list of teams where I didn’t want to go, but obviouslty Montreal wasn’t on that list.”

“I’m happy to be going to the Mecca of hockey,” he added. “I know there’ll be some pressure, but that’s what it’s all about. I got some taste of the Montreal tradition playing for Larry Robinson.”

more on the Canadiens…

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All Over The Hossa Talk

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George Malik of SnapShots at Mlive points to numerous sources regarding Hossa and other Wings,

As we stand about seventeen hours from the start of the unrestricted free agent period, my best educated guess suggests that Marian Hossa will sign somewhere else between 12 and 2 PM tomorrow, with Mikael Samuelsson and Ty Conklin soon to follow, Tomas Kopecky to last until July 3rd at the latest, and I expect someone to toss a $2.5 million offer sheet at Jiri Hudler before the week’s out.


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Your Daily Bouwmeester Talk

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Local agent Byron Baltimore has talked to Calgary general manager Darryl Sutter twice in the last two days and he is expected to make Bouwmeester an offer before Wednesday’s 10 a.m. MDT opening of the free-agent marketplace. The Flames acquired Bouwmeester’s negotiating rights from the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

If they want to sign Bouwmeester, 25, the youngest and arguably biggest free agent prize out there, the Flames appear to be restricted in how much money they can pay the Edmonton-born defenceman.

That’s because Flames captain Jarome Iginla, one of the top-10 players in the league, took a hometown discount when he signed his latest deal with Calgary for five years at $7 million per year. The optics of paying Bouwmeester more than Iginla would not be good.

So does that put the Flames out of the running for the smooth skating defenceman?

Not necessarily.

read on

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Jere Lehtinen Re-signs With Dallas

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FRISCO, Tex. – Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced today that the club has re-signed right wing Jere Lehtinen to a one-year contract for the 2009-10 season. His deal includes a $1.5 million base salary, and as much as $1 million more in incentives.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Jere Lehtinen back with our club next season,” said Nieuwendyk. “He has been one of the cornerstones of this franchise for many years, and we feel he will continue to be a significant contributor going forward. Jere is a consummate professional on and off the ice, and we look forward to his healthy return next season.”

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Watch What You Read

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A few people are reporting the Sedin’s have agreed to a contract with Vancouver.

Nope, not true and if you go back to those sites, they may have been deleted or changed, either way, they were wrong to begin with.

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  Tags: daniel+sedin, henrik+sedin

Helping Those In Need

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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

San Jose Sharks

Biggest Need: A spiritual makeover

The Solution: Chad Larose, Mikael Samuelsson, Erik Cole…

Washington Capitals

Biggest Need: Overloaded with too many fancy dancers who’d rather avoid contact than drive the net to create a chance, they’re desperately in need of a fearless power forward presence.

The Solution: Mike Knuble…

read on

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