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Bouwmeester Gets $4.35 Million For 2 Years

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from TSN,

An arbitrator has awarded Jay Bouwmeester a two-year settlement worth $4.35 million. Bouwmeester would make $2.1 million this season and $2.25 million the following year.

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MacLean Looks Like A Genius Now

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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Need tonight's winning lottery numbers? The winner in the seventh race at Pimlico? You might want to check with Doug MacLean. He obviously has a crystal ball. MacLean, after all, is the man who foretold -- or maybe started -- a sea change in the way NHL teams approach their salary structure. It was last August when the Columbus GM was widely ridiculed for giving Rick Nash, a burgeoning star but one with only two seasons under his belt, an unprecedented five-year, $27 million contract. Less than a year later MacLean has been vindicated as a true early adapter of the new CBA.
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Report- Markov A Wing

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The Fan590 In Toronto reporting Danny Markov has signed with the Wings. update 10:45am, from the CP via TSN,

Free agent defenceman Danny Markov has agreed to terms with the Detroit Red Wings, a source told The Canadian Press on Wednesday.

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AO 52

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Everyone one of his goals from last season. image

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Getting Defensive

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from the Globe and Mail,

The days of wide-open, run-and-gun affairs at GM Place may be only a memory come the fall, judging by off-season manoeuvring as the Vancouver Canucks reload with emphasis placed on defensive responsibility. That approach may be Vancouver's ticket for returning to the National Hockey League playoffs, but it's a dramatic shift for a team that was once one of the most entertaining, at least in the Western Conference. “We won't have restrictions in offensive play,” Steve Tambellini, vice-president and assistant general manager, noted Tuesday. “The idea will be to have a better sense of commitment to the detail in our own zone. That's how teams in the final four played. It was fantastic hockey.”
read on

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Belfour Wants To Prove “People Were Wrong”

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from the Miami Herald,

''A healthy Eddie Belfour does nothing but boost the competitive nature of the position,'' Keenan said. ``In Auld's mind, he's the starter, and in Eddie's mind, he's the starter. If your bullpen is deep, you can have more than one starter.'' Said Martin: ``I see both of them getting a lot of ice time. This was a good risk for the team. If [Belfour] is healthy, he's one of the premier goalies in the league. . . . I think we have a great goaltending tandem.''... A two-time Vezina Trophy winner as the league's best goalie, Belfour played just 49 games with Toronto last season. ''I love proving people wrong,'' he said, ``and look forward to getting in net and doing just that.''
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Wings Close To Signing Top 4 Dman

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from the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings, meanwhile, are close to signing a top-four defenseman. Holland wouldn't reveal a name, but it is someone who can play 20 minutes a night, indicating a shake-up to the rotation that finished last season's playoffs. Since the newcomer wouldn't bump Nicklas Lidstrom, Niklas Kronwall or Mathieu Schneider, presumably Brett Lebda, Andreas Lilja and Chris Chelios would rotate as the odd man out.
more on the Wings...and when Holland says "they are close to signing", I would take that to the bank!

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Ultimate Team Commitment

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from the Edmonton Journal,

"I haven't gone back in history, but it might be the longest since Wayne's. There's not many contracts of this length out there on any team." The Oilers are gambling that Hemsky, who turns 23 on Aug. 13, will continue to rack up points to where he becomes a 100-point player like Eric Staal in Carolina. "We hope Ales has only scratched the surface of his ability after his breakout year last season," said Howson of Hemsky's team-high 77 points in 81 games.
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Feeling Good In Alaska

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from NorthJersey.com,

"We have every intention of keeping the team together," Lamoriello said when asked if Gomez would definitely be on the team this season. That's not going to be easy considering Gomez's award increased the Devils' salary cap commitments to within $200,000 of the $44 million cap with restricted free agents Brian Gionta, Paul Martin and David Hale plus a backup goaltender still to be signed. "It's what I wanted," said Gomez, who planned to fly back to New Jersey from Alaska on Tuesday night. "I wanted a one-year, $5 million [contract] anyway. It's all good in Alaska right now."
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Athletes Trying To Deal With Heart Disease

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A KK & A2Y reader forwarded an article to us from the Wall Street Journal that deals with heart disease and athletes. I am going to point you to Bill at A2Y for the rest of the story but I will leave you with this from the WSJ.

...Other cardiologists wrestle with similar decisions. As a sports-medicine specialist, Paul Thompson has diagnosed dozens of athletes with cardiac conditions too dangerous to let them compete. But as a marathon runner who once qualified for the Olympic trials, Dr. Thompson knows how painful that message can be. He says he has cleared for play athletes whom other cardiologists had benched. "When you tell an athlete he can't compete anymore, a part of him dies," says Dr. Thompson, chief of cardiology at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut.

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