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Who Is Signed - Who Is Available

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ESPN has an all in one place tracker of those NHL players that have signed and those still looking for a place to play.

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Flames Sign McGrattan

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Calgary, AB – Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of forward Brian McGrattan.

McGrattan, a native of Hamilton, ON, has played 148 career NHL games accumulating 309 penalty minutes. Originally selected by the LA Kings in the fourth round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft (104th overall), the 6’4”, 235 lb right winger has played with both the Ottawa Senators and Phoenix Coyotes.

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Reggie Fleming Passes Away

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from Chicago Breaking News,

Reggie Fleming, a member of the Chicago Blackhawks 1961 Stanley Cup champions, passed away this morning at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, his son Chris said today. He was 73.

A hard-nosed defenseman known for the kind of grittiness that earned him the reputation as one of the toughest hockey players in his day, Fleming was especially valuable as a penalty-killer. He also set what was then a single-game NHL record for penalty minutes as a rookie with the Hawks during a matchup with the New York Rangers.


Reggie’s son Chris did a series of interviews with his dad after he suffered a stroke and heart attack four years ago .  Watch the first of the series…

The rest of the interviews can be watched here, with the last interview done about a month ago.

If I may suggest, maybe take a few minutes of your day to watch the first video of the series which may in fact lead you to watch the rest of the series.

added 6:41pm, Chicago Blackhawks Chairman W. Rockwell “Rocky” Wirtz and General Manager Dale Tallon have released the following statements regarding the passing of former Blackhawks forward Reggie Fleming, 73.

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Wanting To Play In Washington

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from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

Although we will all miss Victor Kozlov and Sergei Fedorov in our line-up, the two new free agents that we signed - Mike Knuble and Brendan Morrison - actually had better individual statistics last season in comparison so you could rationalize that we have indeed upgraded in each position. Time will tell.

What is most important to me is that we stayed on plan. We added free agents to our line-up on short term deals and at reasonable financial terms and these are really talented veteran players who WANTED to come and play in Washington, some taking less money than they could garner elsewhere because of the quality of our team; our city and fan base; and because everyone wants to play on a Cup contending team. Everyone loves the Kettler Capitals Iceplex and wants to enjoy its comforts.


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Kyle Chipchura Signs With Montreal

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MONTREAL  – Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced Saturday the signing of forward Kyle Chipchura to a one-year contract for the 2009-10 season. As per Club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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The Latest KHL/Hudler Talk

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from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

K.H.L. president Alexander Medvedev struck a conciliatory tone toward the N.H.L. in an article in the Russian daily Sport-Express on Saturday, but he seemed to be speaking before Friday afternoon’s revelation that the N.H.L. is disputing the signing of Detroit free agent Jiri Hudler by Dinamo Moscow.

In the same Saturday issue of Sport-Express, Hudler explained the main reason why he left Detroit for Moscow. “At Dinamo,” the 25-year-old Czech forward said, “I’ll get something that I was not getting with the Red Wings: a lot of playing time and the opportunity to become a leader.”


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It Is All About Winning Now For Nash

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from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

When the contract expires—after the 2017-18 season—Nash will be 34 years old, a 15-year NHL veteran, most likely an 11-year captain of the Blue Jackets and in the latter stages of what could be a Hall of Fame career. The 25-year-old chuckled yesterday when asked if he’d picked out a spot for his statue on Nationwide Plaza, but that’s the trajectory his career is on.

“One of the things that Scott (Howson, Blue Jackets general manager) mentioned repeatedly during this process is that the organization sees me as their Steve Yzerman,” Nash said, “a guy who is loyal to the organization and a longtime leader. That appealed to me, too, obviously.

“When you look at the championship teams … they always seem to have (a consistent) captain, whether it’s Sidney Crosby, Nicklas Lidstrom, Steve Yzerman or Joe Sakic. I think it’s especially important for the homegrown talent to be that guy.”

read on

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Edmonton Still In The Mix For Heatley

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from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Heatley has not changed his mind about the issues that provoked the trade demand, which was sent to Murray in the guise of a formal request. He isn’t going to tuck his tail between his legs and slink back into Ottawa, where he tops even the Bloc Quebecois, Canada Revenue Agency and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s myopic PR man on a list of pariahs.

The only resolution is an acceptable trade proposal and the waiving of Heatley’s no-movement clause, in that order. That sequence of events won’t occur unless and until Murray presents the Heatley camp with at least two more potential destinations in addition to Edmonton.

As luck would have it, a source close to the situation said Friday that Murray is in fact dealing with two other teams who have a genuine interest in acquiring Heatley, but neither team had formalized an offer.


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Ruff Comfortable With His Team

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from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Folks in Sabreland have been worriedly and angrily wringing their hands the last couple of weeks. They’ve watched teams throughout the NHL make changes to their rosters and can’t figure out why the Buffalo Sabres are sticking with what they have.

Lindy Ruff, however, isn’t worried.

“I like what we have here as a team, and these guys can continue to grow,” the coach said Friday….

“I’m OK going in,” said Ruff, whose team finished two points out of a playoff spot. “We were pretty close to being where we wanted to be, and a couple disappointing things happened, and we ended up not getting there. The fact that we were able to put on a strong finish [7-2-1 in the final 10 games] was something that I really felt was important for our team.”

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Ducks Clse To Signing Wisniewski

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via Mark Whicker of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

The Ducks are a few days away from wrapping up their off-season player acquisition activities, and they are expected to take a big step by re-signing James Wisniewski, who is a restricted free agent.

Although it hasn’t been announced, the indications are that the Ducks are close to giving the talented defenseman a 1-year deal with a salary in the neighborhood of $2.5 million, which would hold off an arbitration hearing.

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