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Clarke Plans To Sign Gagne

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from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Even though on paper the Flyers payroll is currently at $39.2 million for 22 signed players, Clarke said there is plenty of room under the cap to accommodate Gagne without moving another player off the roster. "We've got plenty of money to sign him," said Clarke, who on Wednesday signed free-agent left winger Geoff Sanderson to a two-year deal worth $1.5 million a year. "Really, we're not even close to the cap." That would be good news for Gagne, whose agent, Bob Sauve, said yesterday the two sides are "a ways apart." "We spoke last week and we changed some stuff, but that's about it," Sauve said.
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Be Like Drapes

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from the Detroit News,

Last year Warrior acquired Innovative Hockey, a small California company that made high-end hockey sticks in Tijuana, Mexico. After rebranding and re-engineering the sticks, Warrior scored big in the National Hockey League in its first selling season. More than 100 NHL players switched to Warrior sticks, including Kris Draper and several other Detroit Red Wings players. Morrow said Warrior Sports has the quality control to meet the exacting standards of professional hockey players and can respond faster than competitors that have transferred manufacturing operations to China. "We can get a guy a new stick or a new design in three or four days," he said. "It might take three or four weeks from Asia."
more Check out Warrior sticks...and hopefully they can put a little extra scoring in Draper's stick this year. image

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Long Or Short Term Deals

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from Kevin Allen of USA Today,

With the cap increasing by $5 million for next season, teams have aggressively tied up players to longer-term contracts. "Longer-term contracts have been a recent tendency produced by the system," said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. "Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing depends on the player circumstances and the club circumstances." What the new cap has done is spread around the talent, and big-market teams seem to be having as much trouble keeping top players as smaller-market teams because they have cap issues. Daly says it's too early to make any lasting analysis about the system because general managers are still trying to figure out what works best.
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Lindros Fits In With Dallas

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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated via Yahoo,

All right, so Eric Lindros is not the wrecking ball he was when he crashed his way to the Hart Trophy in 1995. He's not even the guy who scored 93 points in just 71 games with the Flyers back in 1998-99. Sure, Lindros is about as sturdy as a porcelain doll, but consider the big picture. The team gave up no assets to acquire him. His cap hit, a reported $1.5 million plus performance bonuses that can be shifted to the cap in 2007-08, is very manageable. And his surgically repaired wrist -- his primary health concern at the moment -- is expected to be fully functional for the start of the new season.
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Pens Get Ekman

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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired left wing Nils Ekman and goaltender prospect Patrick Ehelechner from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2007 second round draft choice, it was announced today by General Manager Ray Shero. The second round draft choice was previously acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes on March 9, 2006 in exchange for Mark Recchi.

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The St. Louis “Buzz”

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from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,

The St. Louis Blues have a pulse after a nightmarish season that saw the proud franchise place dead last in the NHL. ADVERTISEMENT Buoyed by new ownership and looser purse strings, the Blues were active on the free-agent front this month and are turning things around. "There's a real nice buzz in the city," Blues GM Larry Pleau said Thursday from St. Louis. "We're out of neutral anyway."
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Who’s Your Goalie

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Terry Frei at ESPN has a very good column regarding goalies. Trade talk, etc... The last line of the article is true...

The other goalie tends to look better to you than your own. Whether he is or not.

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My Son Meets The Great One

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from ESPN,

Most boys have a dream to meet their sports idol. They envision seeing them and hanging out with them and even becoming their friend. I did it when I was a kid and I'm sure that most people did when they were younger also. But most of us don't get to see that dream come true. Luckily for my son Dillon, in that regard, he's one of the lucky ones. Wayne Gretzky Wayne took Dillon to his childhood home in Brantford, Ontario, where the 12-year-old met Gretzky's father. My son is a huge hockey fan so I wasn't surprised at all that he wanted to meet Wayne Gretzky.
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Keep On Looking Eddie

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from TSN,

Ed Belfour's search for a new home in the NHL continues. The Florida Panthers have had a sudden change of heart and intend to put their faith in recently acquired goaltender Alex Auld. The Panthers brought Belfour, a 41 year old veteran into Sunrise, Florida yesterday for medical testing and were expected to offer him a contract. Instead Florida has rescinded its offer and have decided to go with what they have.

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They Were Bad

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The Worst Ten Expansion Teams from Tom Layberger of Sports Illustrated,

10. 1970-71 Vancouver Canucks Record: 24-46-8, 56 points (.359) The Canucks were placed in the East Division with fellow newcomer Buffalo and were the only team outside the Eastern Time Zone. Given their excessive travel, one can conclude that Hal Laycoe's squad fared pretty well. Vancouver had six 20-goal scorers led by Rosaire Paiement's 34, with Andre Boudrias and Wayne Maki each netting 25.
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