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Biron Hopes To Sign Soon

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via Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files at the Courier-Post,

Just spoke with Marty Biron, who is on his way to Buffalo with his faily.

Biron said he is “a little surprised” he has not signed a contract with an NHL team in the first three days of the NHL signing period, but also said he has had discussions with teams and hopes to sign with one of them soon.

“I’m waiting for some options to open up,” he said.

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Shane Hnidy Signed By Minnesota

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via Michael Russo’s Twitter,

Wild signs tough defenseman Shane Hnidy

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  Tags: shane+hnidy

Moving Dollars

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Some final thoughts following another wild week on the NHL free-agent front.

Even as teams spent staggering sums of money – upwards of half-a-billion dollars – to either secure their own unrestricted free agents, or to sign players away from other teams, you wonder if the frenzy is less about the actual dollars going out, and more about the roster and trade gridlock that has smothered player movement in the NHL’s salary-cap era.

Think about it.

In the old days, if a team wanted to change its culture the way the Montreal Canadiens did, they could do it any number of ways, at any number of times during the season. The trading game was never easy exactly, but it was a lot easier than it is today, when every move is filtered through the team’s chief financial officer before the hockey operations people get a crack at it.

continued & many more hockey topics…

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Samuelsson Canada Bound

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via Sportsnet,

The Detroit Red Wings are about to lose another of its free agents as Mikael Samuelsson is poised to sign elsewhere.

Sources tell Sportsnet that the Swedish winger is close to a deal with one of the six Canadian teams.

Samuelsson, 32, has played the past four seasons in Detroit, averaging $1.2 million in salary. In 2008-09 he appeared in 81 games, scoring 19 goals and 40 points.

added 12:14pm,

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have signed right winger Mikael Samuelsson to a three-year deal. In keeping with club policy terms were not disclosed.


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  Tags: mikael+samuelsson

Arnason Signs With Rangers

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via Sportsnet Tracker, Tyler Arnason signs with Rangers, no details yet.

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Hey Vancouver - How About Sundin?

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from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,

Based on how Day 1 of free agency unfolded, it shouldn’t be any surprise that Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis is talking seriously about trying to bring 38-year-old Mats Sundin back for another season.

The kind of eye-popping deals being signed over the course of the day, with the dollar figures and terms being thrown around, simply didn’t fit with Gillis’s salary cap management model.

With all the blue-chip forwards — both real and imagined — having been signed on Wednesday, it leaves the Canucks to look at other options. And, that’s where Sundin comes in.

Some in Canucks Nation will be groaning at this prospect, but take a look at it from Gillis’s perspective.


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  Tags: mats+sundin

Wilson Keeps Talking

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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

For a couple of days now, Internet message boards have been humming with amateur sleuths who have been trying to determine if the Toronto Maple Leafs should be investigated for tampering with the Sedin twins.

Even if most media have ignored this story, they are not alone.

Privately, team execs have been wondering the same thing. Did Leafs coach Ron Wilson breach NHL bylaws on a Toronto radio show when he suggested his team was targeting the Sedin twins a day before the start of free agency?

“I heard what he said and it seems to be a clear-cut case of tampering. He basically tells those two free agents: ‘Hey, we’re coming for you, wait for us,’” one NHL executive said. “There’s not a question in my mind. It could have left the Canucks high and dry. Look at what he said, then look at what (Leafs GM) Brian Burke did. He flew to Sweden.”


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  Tags: ron+wilson

Bettman- The Early Years

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Because it is Friday and I am in relax mode…

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

This is simply one of the most fascinating video artifacts we’ve ever viewed on YouTube: Gary Bettman making his television debut as NHL commissioner, interviewed by the great Marv Albert on NBC during the 1992-93 All-Star Game in Montreal. It plays like an eerie prequel to the 16 years that followed.


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  Tags: gary+bettman

Morning Line

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“Can we win the Cup? Yes, but 20 teams can win the Cup. I believe we have the potential. The only thing I worry about is do we have the energy to get to the Final three straight years? I’m hoping that the energy of kids like Jonathan Ericsson, Ville Leino, Jimmy Howard, and Justin Abdelkader adds excitement to the core of the team that is in its prime.”

-Ken Holland, Wings GM.  More on the Wings from John McGourty of NHL.com.

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Hossa Now The Other Guy

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from Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press,

In sports, people want lightning rods. Winning is more fun if you really want the other guy to lose. To Wings fans, Marian Hossa just became the Other Guy.

Professional sports rivalries ebb and flow more than college or high school rivalries. A Michigan State-Michigan football game always will feel special, no matter how good the teams are, but Lions-Packers is only truly huge if one of the teams is trying to go 0-16.

Red Wings-Blackhawks is now the biggest pro sports rivalry for any Detroit team. You have two Original Six teams who just faced each other in the conference finals and should battle for division and conference supremacy for the next five years. They are ancient and modern rivals.


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  Tags: marian+hossa

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