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Rathje Working On Comeback

from the Courier-Post,

Rathje still has three years and $16.5 million remaining on his contract, but his annual salary of $3.5 million will not count against the $50.3 million salary cap unless he’s removed from the Flyers’ long-term injury list.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said he would welcome Rathje back onto the Flyers’ roster if he is medically cleared, but by obtaining Jason Smith from the Oilers, Kimmo Timonen from the Predators and Lasse Kukkonen from the Blackhawks it’s clear Holmgren is planning on life without the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Rathje.
“He’s a young man, why wouldn’t he try to come back?” Holmgren said. “He’s got our full blessing….”

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Heatley Contract May Top Them All

from Darren Dreger at TSN,

Ottawa’s Dany Heatley, Atlanta’s Marian Hossa, and San Jose’s Patrick Marleau headline the list of potential 2008 unrestricted free agents.
Of the three, Heatley’s numbers over the past two years have been staggering. Back-to-back 50-goals seasons, one hundred plus points, comparitively he blows Briere, Gomez and Drury out of the water….
Heatley’s agent J.P. Barry is expected to meet with Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray this week to discuss Ray Emery’s extension with the Senators. Heatley’s future is likely to come up, but unless Eugene Melnyk has the money truck parked outside Scotiabank Place, this negotiation isn’t even close to being finalized.

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Quick Decision

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Riksman said Monday that he had just one day to opt out of his contract in Europe and notify the Blues he would sign a deal with them and try out for the club in training camp.
“Jarmo Kekalainen sent me a text message, asking if I’m hungry to play in North America,” Riksman said. “I said, ‘Of course I want to take the chance.’”
The signing went a little under the radar because at the time it wasn’t clear what the plans were for the 30-year-old Riksman, whose pro career has bounced around from Sweden to Italy to Finland. But with the Blues deciding not to offer Curtis Sanford a contract — he has since signed with Vancouver — it appears that Riksman will challenge Jason Bacashihua for the Blues’ backup goalie job in September.

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Cost Of Game: Free - Cost Of Jersey: Not Free

from the News & Observer,

The first chance to see the Carolina Hurricanes in their new uniforms won’t cost a thing—although buying one for yourself won’t be cheap.
The NHL is switching to new, high-tech uniforms designed by Reebok this fall. The Hurricanes will wear them for the first time in their exhibition-season opener against the Washington Capitals on Sept. 16. Admission to the game will be free.
The jerseys also will be on sale that day as part of the annual “Caniac Carnival” fan festivities. The prototypes used at this past winter’s All-Star Game retail for $350, with replica models going for $110.

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Shanahan Close To Returning To Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers and Brendan Shanahan are on the verge of completing a one-year deal, with the club seeking league approval on the structure of the bonuses that will be included in the 38-year-old winger’s contract, The Post has learned.
It is believed that Shanahan, who told The Post on June 20 he would work with the Blueshirts in order to grant the team as much cap maneuverability as possible, will sign for a base of approximately $2.5M with an additional $1.5-2.5M in readily attainable bonuses.

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Stars Sign Fedoruk

via the Dallas Stars,

Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has signed left wing Todd Fedoruk to a one-year deal ($875,000) for the 2007-08 season.
“Todd adds the elements of size and toughness to our hockey club,” said Armstrong. “We expect our fans to enjoy his style of play and we look forward to his contributions to the Dallas Stars in 2007-08.”

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Vancouver Canucks Sign Aaron Miller

From Canucks.com,

Vancouver Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced today that the Canucks have signed free agent defenceman Aaron Miller.  In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Miller, 35, joins the Canucks from the Los Angeles Kings where he played 82 games in the 2006-07 season recording eight points (0-8-8) and 60 penalty minutes.

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Update 5:43pm ET:
TSN:  “It is a 1-year contract worth $1.5 million.”

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Captain Guerin

via TSN,

Bill Guerin, a veteran of 15 NHL seasons and 1,026 NHL games, was named the Islanders 11th team captain in franchise history.
“This is an absolute honor and a responsibility I will not take lightly,” said Guerin. “Coming to a team with such a rich tradition and history is special in itself, but wearing the ‘C’ is something much greater. I’ll do everything I can to make the Islanders organization and our fans proud.”
Added Snow: “Bill is the epitome of what being a captain stands for, so this was an easy choice. Ted and I discussed it at length over the weekend and felt it was a fairly easy decision.”

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Increased Purchases Continue

Shop.NHL.com has experienced the biggest sales year in its 11 years of operation, riding exciting on-ice performances and the onset of new merchandise such as St. Patrick’s Day themed items to a 47% increase in sales of NHL-licensed product compared to the 2006 fiscal year. The Buffalo Sabres and Anaheim Ducks were the two biggest gainers for the 2007 fiscal year on Shop.NHL.com, increasing sales 497% and 339%, respectively. Overall, 27 of the 30 NHL clubs showed gains in the fiscal year compared to 2006.

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The Battle Against Autism Continues

from Russell Levine at NHL.com,

This is the battle that has been joined by Athletes Against Autism’s founding players: Washington Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig, recently retired Atlanta Thrashers captain Scott Mellanby, and former NHL goaltender Byron Dafoe….
With over 35 athletes in attendance and over 100 golfers on the course Monday, the event raised more than $300,000 for autism research and awareness, bringing the two-year total to over $500,000. In addition to the three founding hockey players, the NHL was also represented by Kolzig’s Washington teammate Matt Pettinger and Brian Willsie of the Los Angeles Kings. They were joined by current and retired players from the NFL, NBA, and MLB, as well as the world of professional volleyball….
At the end of the day, awards were handed out to the winning foursome—a group headed by former NFL player and action star Fred “The Hammer” Williamson—but the real winner on this weekend was the autism community. Thanks to the concerns of a trio of NHL players, a wide spectrum of athletes has lent their voice to this fight. If the growth from Year One to Year Two is any indication, it is a voice that will only gain strength.

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