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Fedotenko Signed By Tampa

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Sportsnet Tracker- Tampa Bay signs Ruslan Fedotenko, 1 yr. $1.65 million.

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Signings Today

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Some signings considered "minor" will be posted in here today. Sportsnet Tracker reports Flames sign goalie Jamie McLennan fro $575,000 for 1 year. added 12:36pm, from the Minnesota Wild,

Branko Radivojevic. The name alone oozes old-time hockey. It says, “gritty,” “energetic,” “rough and tumble.” All are pretty accurate descriptions of Branko Radivojevic, the latest in a slew of recent signings by the Minnesota Wild that are beginning to make October 5 look like Christmas morning. Radivojevic, who spent the last two NHL seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, stands 6-foot-2, 207 pounds, and uses every ounce of it when digging in the corners and hassling opponents.
update 1:35pm, from the Edmonton Oliers,
The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with free agent defenceman Daniel Tjarnqvist on a one-year contract. The 6’2”, 200-pound native of Umea, Sweden spent the 2005-06 NHL season as a member of the Minnesota Wild. In 60 games with the Wild, the 29-year-old blueliner scored 3-15-18 with a career-high 32 penalty minutes. He averaged 19:46 minutes of ice time per game to rank third on the Wild roster and second among defenceman.
update 1:36pm, via TSN,
The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have re-signed centre R.J. Umberger to a new two-year contract. "We think that R.J. Umberger proved that he is a good, solid National Hockey League player with tremendous upside and he is only going to get better," said GM Bob Clarke in making the announcement.
added 1:49pm, from the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Ty Conklin and defenseman Tomas Kloucek to two-way National Hockey League - American Hockey League contracts, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced Thursday. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed

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Pronger Couldn’t Tie Stevie Y’s Skates

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from the Edmonton Journal,

Without a doubt, the hulking 220-pound Pronger was worth every penny of his $6.25-million US salary. Without him, the Edmonton Oilers would never have contended for the Stanley Cup in 2006. But Pronger is no Steve Yzerman. Stevie Y, the quintessential team leader, defines the word class. When Monday's trade was announced, Pronger continued to stonewall, uttering not a single gracious word about the city of Edmonton, and not a syllable of thanks to the thousands of Oiler fans who cheered him on. Classy? Hell, Pronger couldn't tie Stevie Y's skates. Good riddance, I say. So why is a business columnist writing about Pronger? Because the man signed a contract. A supposedly binding five-year agreement.
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Playoff Material

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from the Pioneer Press,

There's no cause for alarm, folks. No need to call the fire department. That smoke pouring out of the windows at the Wild's executive offices is coming from two non-threatening sources: Bob Naegele Jr.'s checkbook and Doug Risebrough's ballpoint pen. Both the pen and the checkbook still are smoldering after a frenetic couple of weeks in which the team payroll elevated from about $25 million to $39 million. Risebrough put the pen to another big check Wednesday, signing Marian Gaborik to a three-year contract. Suddenly, the Wild are playoff material.
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Thinking About Group 2 Signings

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from the Vancouver Province,

The new CBA, however, has different rules and there are a couple of sweet spots where there definitely should be some Group 2 (RFA) offers -- and even some of the GMs are thinking it's a pretty good idea. Take the case of outstanding players coming off their rookie contracts. Most will be offered $1 million US, will opt for arbitration and end up getting $1.2 or $1.3 million. But if another team comes in and offers them a $1.99-million deal, which is to say they keep it under $2 million, the compensation is only a second-round draft pick. Who wouldn't want a player like Michael Cammalleri, Marek Svatos or a John-Michael Liles for that kind of money?
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Morozov Too Expensive

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Former Penguins right winger Aleksey Morozov, coming off two excellent seasons in the Russian Super League, still is a candidate to return to the NHL this winter. He apparently won't do it with the Penguins, though. General manager Ray Shero said this week that Morozov is "not [in] my price range." Morozov, an unrestricted free agent, is believed to be seeking at least $3 million per season, although his precise contract demands are not known.
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Tough Decision For Halpern

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from the Washington Times,

The hockey world Jeff Halpern has known since his dad first started taking him to Washington Capitals games will change dramatically starting in September. "Playing in the area was a dream come true, obviously," he said. "And I'm going to miss not playing in front of my dad and friends. I hope the fans understand because I've loved my time here, I really have. It would be wonderful if I got the same reception in Dallas." Dallas offered a deal twice as long and significantly richer than Washington's offer. "This was a real nice story in Washington, that a local kid realized his dream of playing in the NHL for his hometown team and was kept by that team," Caps general manager George McPhee said. "No other youngster playing in this area should doubt their ability to make it in the NHL one day. Jeff kicked in the door, and now others can take advantage of that." "My dad has been very supportive of this," Halpern said. "He's known all the details from the very start. But it's going to be different; he could walk from work [to Verizon Center] to watch games. This has been a very hard decision for me to make."
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Rangers Still Have Money

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from the Star-Ledger,

With plenty of available cash at their disposal to offer to the free agents remaining on the market, Rangers assistant general manager Don Maloney said the team is sit ting pretty despite not having landed any big names since the free-agent signing period began Saturday. "There are lots of players still out there, and we have room on our payroll," Maloney said. "We're well positioned." He said the team is in contact with the agents for wingers Petr Sykora and Martin Rucinsky, and would like to re-sign both under the right conditions. "It comes down to price and fit," Maloney said. "Do we have interest? Yes." ...Asked if Ozolinsh would be ready for training camp, Maloney said "there is a question" as to whether he will be, but declined to answer more questions about the 33-year-old defenseman.
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No More Spending For Flyers

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from the Philadelphia News,

Some big-name free agents might be left looking for work in the NHL today, but as far as the Flyers are concerned, they should forget about Philadelphia. The Flyers are done spending. "Right now, I would say we're $9 [million] or $10 million under the cap," Clarke said yesterday. "And we have a lot of players that we have to get signed. We know what the numbers are going to be, and it's higher than we expected. "You see what [Alex] Tanguay got and what some of these other guys are getting. It's higher than we expected. It's like there was never a lockout at all," Clarke said. "Even midlevel players are going for $4 million contracts."
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Laraque- “They Didn’t Want Me Anymore”

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from the Edmonton Journal,

He (Laraque) desperately wanted assurances he wouldn't be dealt, and when it became clear that that wasn't going to be part of any new deal, he decided his days here were numbered -- and Edmonton's fan favourite became a Phoenix Coyote. He got a two-year deal that will pay him $2.4-million. It's a deal that includes a no-trade clause. "I had tears in my eyes. I've been here nine years and I know it's a business, but it was hard to take," Laraque said on Wednesday. "It really wasn't a decision. "I always wanted to be an Oiler and I wanted to stay here ... I thought I was going to be an Oiler for life. But I went to Phoenix because they didn't want me here anymore.
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