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Breaking Down The Trade

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The excuse bank is now empty for the Vancouver Canucks. n one bold move, Nonis rid himself of a dressing room problem and big salary cap hit in Bertuzzi, who is due $5.27 million, and added what many believed has been the missing piece of the Canucks' Stanley Cup puzzle: an elite starting goaltender. The move was no less bold for Panthers GM Mike Keenan, who could not come to terms with Luongo in spite of offering him a five-year, $30-million deal that would have made him one of the highest-paid netminders in the game. Presumably, Nonis is prepared to make Luongo an offer that will make him happy enough to turn his back on a date with unrestricted free agency next summer, somewhere in the neighborhood of $7 million annually. If Nonis cannot pull that off, this trade is fraught with even greater risk for Nonis.
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Lowe Responds To Pronger Talk

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from the CP via Canada.com,

"I think they're more rumblings than anything,'' Oilers GM Kevin Lowe responded Friday evening. "I'm pretty focused on the draft right now I don't want to get too much into player personnel stuff.'' When asked if Pronger had asked to be traded, Lowe responded: "He hasn't' asked me. I'll just leave it at that.'' "We just got over a seven-game series in the Stanley Cup finals and there seems to be a lot of discussion about this and I'm not sure where it's coming from,'' added Lowe. "Let's put it this way. Why would we want to trade Chris Pronger?'' "One thing I've learned in my five or six years as a manager is that stuff tends to out of right field for whatever reasons. It can be agendas, hidden agendas, certain motivations, so nothing surprises me.''
more..including mention of the Luongo trade, then mention of Luongo still not traded, so the story needs to be edited, plus more goalie talk...

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San Jose Preparing To Trade Goalie

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from the Mercury News,

So don't be too shocked if Saturday's NHL entry draft in Vancouver, British Columbia, becomes the backdrop for a deal that could have serious ramifications when it comes to San Jose's goal of winning the Stanley Cup. If nothing changes, the Sharks have the 20th overall pick and at least nine selections over seven rounds. But that's a significant "if." "Are we going to be able to keep two No.1 goalies? No, probably not," General Manager Doug Wilson told a fan forum Monday, adding that a decision would be made "in the very near future."
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Luongo To Vancouver

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via TSN,

The Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers have completed a multi-player trade involving Roberto Luongo and Todd Bertuzzi, sources have told TSN. Netminder Luongo is amongst a package that is going to Vancouver in exchange for a package that includes Bertuzzi.
more to come added 9:53pm, Sportsnet reporting the same, nothing concrete yet... update 9:56pm, Sportsnet now reporting the package is Luongo, Lukas Krajicek and a sixth-round draft pick to Vancouver for Bertuzzi, Bryan Allen and Alex Auld. Follow the same Sportnet link... update 10:12pm, TSN confirms the same deal, but without the 6th round pick...follow the TSN link for updated information. added 10:30pm, from the Florida Panthers,
Florida Panthers General Manager Mike Keenan announced today that the club has acquired RW Todd Bertuzzi, D Bryan Allen and G Alexander Auld from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for G Roberto Luongo and D Lukas Krajicek. “This is a trade that addresses a number of needs for our hockey club,” Keenan said. “We’ve added an experienced and talented forward, a skilled goaltender and a strong defenseman that we expect to help our team immediately.”
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You Remember Him?

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Anyone recognize this guy? image

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Brind’Amour Stays With Canes

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from the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with Captain Rod Brind’Amour on a five-year contract. The deal will pay the veteran centerman $4 million in each of the first three years, and $3 million in each of the last two years, and is in lieu of the 2006-07 option on his prior contract.
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The Talk

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from the CP via Slam,

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland met with Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom and his agent Don Meehan on Friday. The star blue-liner can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. "We've had a number of meetings and I think today was a good meeting," Meehan said. "Ken will get back to us on Monday."
much more on many of the rumors and team decisions...

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Time For Brett

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from the Dallas Stars,

Hey Dallas Stars fans, it's Brett Hull here. Here's my latest edition of Brett's Bites -- my take on the playoffs, the Stars, and anything hockey. Who was your best roommate on the road as a player? Chirs Chelios and Adam Oates. They were completely opposite guys. Chelios and I are very good friends. We were both night owls and liked to have a beer or two. We talked about anything and everything. Oates and I were both much younger when we roomed together in St. Louis. We talked a lot about the game and the opponent and how bad other guys are in the league. It was more hockey talk then but it was great.
more Q & A with Brett...

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Things To Consider

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Now, the guesswork is gone. Or it should be for those who have done their homework. As a result, this weekend should be chock-a-block with intrigue and rumor as teams try and pull in the prospects they covet while preparing for the free-agent market that begins July 1. Herein a look at some of the stories that may evolve this weekend. The Luongo drama Steve Yzerman's decision Chicago hope?
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Report- Pronger Requests Trade

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from Sportsnet,

The Oilers' improbable run to the Stanley Cup finals may ultimately end with the trade of one of the team's biggest contributors: Chris Pronger. According to Sportsnet sources, Chris Pronger wants out. The defenceman is believed to have some personal issues that may be alleviated by a move. Neither the Oilers nor the Pronger camp will comment on the matter with respect to the hulking defenceman's privacy. However, it is believed Pronger made his position clear with Edmonton's management before departing for a vacation Friday morning. Word of his unrest surfaced prior to the playoffs and with it the understanding discussions between Pronger and Kevin Lowe had taken place inseason about the possibility of a trade.
continued I was listening to NHL Live this morning and they recevied an email stating that Lowe was on Edmonton radio this morning and said Pronger was not going anywhere. I don't believe they verified the email, then the guys from NHL Live promptly started ripping Al Strachan, for breaking this story a few days ago. update 5:43pm, Spector has been doing some digging on this story... added 6:55pm, via Sportsnet,
As much as Kevin Lowe had some choice words (and terms) for Toronto Sun columnist Al Strachan on Friday, Al has been in the business too long to be the first to report a rumour unless there is substantial smoke to the current fire in Oil Country. And we are finding out just how combustible fossil fuel is. However, the other important factor to consider is the stellar reputation of Kevin Lowe. You will not find a more up-front and honest general manager in the NHL. It’s part of what enabled Kevin to attract Chris Pronger to Edmonton in the first place. Signing Chris to a lengthy five-year deal is further evidence of that. So to speculate on the speculation wouldn't be showing Lowe the respect he deserves as a general manager.
added 7:09pm, via TSN,
The Edmonton Oilers are in the midst of what could be a severe shakeup to their roster just days after their Game 7 Stanley Cup Final loss. NHL sources indicate that Oilers' defenceman Chris Pronger has requested a trade from the club.

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