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“Rebuilding” Edmonton

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from Charlei Teljeur of the Hockey News,

Being within one measly win of another Stanley Cup still isn’t proof enough for the elite players in the league to want to play their hockey in Edmonton? Perhaps an overhaul of the city is in order. What will take to convince the hockey world that the city is big time and should be treated as such? First off, boost that sparse population base. On your best day you still can’t crack a million residents. Find a way to attract more immigrants. Not a couple, a whole mess of them. Make up a rumor about another gold rush. Offer free methadone at clinics.
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Reasoner Back To Edmonton

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from TSN,

The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with centre Marty Reasoner on a two-year contract. Reasoner returns to the Oilers from the Boston Bruins, where he played the final month of the 2005-06 season following a trade for Sergei Samsonov on March 9th.

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3 Years For Denis In Tampa

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vai TSN,

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Marc Denis to a three-year, $8.6 million contract. Denis, 28, was acquired in a trade with Columbus on June 30.

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Belfour Talk

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Red Wing coach Mike Babcock was just on Fan 590 in Toronto talking hockey. Nothing we haven't heard before, but he did mention the talk is Eddie Belfour is going to Florida.

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Forsberg Update

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According to the Swedish newspaper Afton Bladet Peter Forsberg will undergo surgery on his other foot next week. Recovery is going as scheduled on the first foot that was operated on soon after his season ended. Peter will be in Philly for rehab and will travel back to Sweden in late August. The paper reports his feet had defects in them and translated into English it is known as "wide lump foot".

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Either Way- Roberts Going To Toronto

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from the Toronto Star,

According to a source, Roberts told Florida Panthers GM Mike Keenan that he is leaving Florida for Toronto — either as a Leaf or to retire. Roberts' threat to retire certainly won't do much for Keenan's bargaining power when it comes to a trade with the Leafs. One thing working in Keenan's favour, however, is that he could allow Roberts to retire and it likely wouldn't have a big effect on his salary cap situation. Should Roberts retire, his entire $2.25 million (all figures U.S.) salary would go against the salary cap.
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Happy 4th

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Here's hoping everyone enjoys their Holiday here in the States. Be safe and be careful. When I was a kid I had a very unfortunate accident on this day. A pack of 80 firecrackers went off in my pocket, causing 3rd degree burns and ruining my summer. So please play safe when around any type of fireworks. I will be updating throughout the day, but maybe not as quickly as I would on a normal day.

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Move On

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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

It is what it is. And it's over. Chris Pronger ends up with a far better fate than he deserves. The Anaheim Ducks become a power with Pronger and Scott Niedermayer, the top two defencemen in the league, playing together. The Oilers couldn't win or even come close to winning in doing this deal, but Joffrey Lupul is a good young pro player, 20-year-old Czech defenceman Ladislav Smid will play next year and they've loaded up on drafts. Never a deal you'd make under any other circumstances. But GM Kevin Lowe doesn't have to apologize to anybody. Edmonton doesn't overcome an undeserved self-image hit where it hurts most - in hockey - with this deal. But you've been dealing with that for a couple of weeks already. It is what it is. And now you can get over it.
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Uncertainty In Buffalo

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from the Buffalo News,

"I loved it there in Buffalo," Grier said in a conference call. "Darcy and the organization treated me well. I just felt going forward San Jose was a better fit. There's some uncertainty in Buffalo." Grier echoed comments made last week by co-captain Daniel Briere, who said players were "a little nervous" about how the front office will handle the offseason. Numminen's signing gives the Sabres only four players under contract. They lost defenseman Jay McKee to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, a move Grier lamented. "It's a young team," Grier said. "They have a lot of guys who will be unrestricted free agents in a few years. It's going to be tough to keep everyone around. "Sometimes you have to make a business decision and go with your gut feeling on where you think things are going."
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Spending Continues

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from the Vancouver Sun,

"I have never been more embarrassed to work in the NHL as I was on July 1 and 2 because I know we can't support the salaries. We're going head-to-head with people who are nuts, absolutely out of their minds." - Brian Burke, 2001 Where is Brian Burke when you need him? When the National Hockey League in the summer of 2006 cries out for a voice of reason, for sobering perspective on this free-agent madness? Oh, yeah, Burkie was busy Monday lifting Chris Pronger and his $31.25-million-US contract from the Edmonton Oilers.
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