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Blackhawks Still Seeking Players

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from Bob Foltman of the Chicago Tribune,

As the free-agent dance got under way in the NHL on Saturday, the Blackhawks looked like the wallflower--waiting, in vain, for someone to ask them onto the floor. The lack of interest established NHL players have shown the Hawks is yet another slap at the franchise, which should be one of the league's prime destinations. "There is no one we haven't talked to, no one we haven't identified and we've never worked so hard," Hawks general manager Dale Tallon said Thursday at the team's prospects camp. "It's a small talent pool with so many teams." ...His best bet to add could be via trade. When the dust clears after free agency and arbitration, teams should be looking to move players to fit below the $44 million cap. One of those teams will be New Jersey, which has nearly $43.5 million committed with center Scott Gomez still unsigned.
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What’s Going On In Edmonton

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from the Edmonton Journal,

It's a good thing I'm not a native Edmontonian, because by now I'd be getting a complex, what with all the ex-Oilers fleeing the city like it was Chernobyl on the North Saskatchewan. And one of them -- Jaroslav Spacek, citing travel and family issues -- chose Buffalo, N.Y., over the Heartland of Hockey, for crying out loud! Mother of Mercy, what is going on here? The Oilers came this close to winning the Stanley Cup and the boys were off the bus and into a dead run down Calgary Trail for the airport faster than one of Spacek's one-timers. And no, you can't squeeze all the hockey players into the same parachute harness. It has to be case by case.
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Having Fun Yet?

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from the Vancouver Sun,

A computer scientist believes it's only a matter of time before she can develop a system to measure the amount of fun and excitement each video game generates. Regan Mandryk is the first person in the world to measure heart rate and facial muscle movements to quantify the emotional states of gamers while they play. Three groups of men between the ages of 18 and 27 played NHL 2003 by EA Sports while they were attached to physical sensors that included electrodes sewn in velcro strips placed on the index and ring fingers of the same hand.
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Blues Still Looking To Improve

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from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

There's a lot to like about what the Blues accomplished since new owner Dave Checketts took over one week ago. But there are also a lot of questions about this club even after the free-agent signings. The Blues needed scoring, and the biggest offensive acquisition they came up with was Guerin, who scored 13 goals in 2005-06 with the Dallas Stars. Either they're asking a lot of Guerin, or they'll be counting on several unknown quantities. "Everybody could use scoring," Davidson said. "Who else out there is a scorer? There's Brendan Shanahan. But Brendan Shanahan is going to be able to pick his own city and his own price. I know he loved playing in St. Louis. I'm not going to say we didn't look at Shanahan, because we did ... but right now it just doesn't make sense for us."
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Belfour Could Sign Soon- Shanahan Not So Soon

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from the Detroit News,

The Red Wings got the results of free-agent goalie Ed Belfour's physical Thursday. And they liked what they saw. General manager Ken Holland said the tests showed Belfour's rehabilitation from back surgery in April has been successful. While Belfour could be signed in the next couple of days, forward Brendan Shanahan, who had 40 goals last season, is no closer to deciding his future with the Wings. Shanahan's agent, Rick Curran, said six teams are showing interest in his client.
continued added 8:55am, via the Boston Herald,
According to a knowledgeable source, the possibility of free agent winger Brendan Shanahan signing with the B’s is now dead. Reportedly, St. Louis and Detroit are in the running for the 37-year-old’s services.
added 9:00am, via Mlive,
Holland spoke to Rick Curran, the agent for forward Brendan Shanahan, again on Thursday. Holland also left a couple of messages on Shanahan's cell phone, telling him the team wants him back. "(Curran) tells me Brendan says we're a strong option,'' Holland said. "He just wants to see what's out there.''

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Touring The NHL Team Websites

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Every so often I will take a tour of the NHL teams websites. See what is shaking, etc. Tonight I thought I would go to some of the big spenders in the past, checking out the headlines on the home page always has some interesting news. Hmmm, something is up... Colorado...Avalanche Signs Tyler Arnason Dallas...Stars sign Halpern, Barnaby Detroit...Osgood Returns to Wings NYR...Rangers Agree to Terms With Defenseman Ward Philadelphia...Flyers Sign Center Mark Cullen St. Louis...Blues’ Introduce Bill Guerin and Jay McKee Toronto...Lindros Looking to Return Not really earth shattering news. Guerin and Lindros might be newsworthly, if it was 2001. Boy have the times changed!!!

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Antropov Agrees To Contract With Leafs

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from TSN,

Restricted free agent forward Nik Antropov has agreed to a one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Terms have not been released.

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Give Up Wirtz

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A Chicago Blackhawks fan speaks up! from the Chicago Tribune,

It is time for the Wirtz family, Tallon and Pulford to give it up. They are not prepared to operate a sports franchise in the 21st century. The salary cap, new rules, and need for speed and skill players have simply passed them by. Our players are not the only ones that can't keep up with the competition. It begins at the top. Now I suppose Daze and Ruutu will be our big wingers again and play five games apiece. Tallon is simply overmatched, and his moves so far say we are going nowhere fast
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Peca Talk

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Howard Berger was just on Fan 590 and said he talked with Peca who said he has talked to the Leafs. His priority would be to sign with Toronto, but talks are in the early stage. Peca said it would be an honor to put a Leafs jersey on.

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Straka Stays With Rangers

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from TSN,

The New York Rangers on Thursday re-signed veteran left wing Martin Straka. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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