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Rangers Agree to Terms with Dan Fritsche

From the Blue Seats at the NY Post:

The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Dan Fritsche.

Fritsche, 23, appeared in 69 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets this season, registering 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points, along with 22 penalty minutes.

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Wild Prepare Long Term Contract Offer For Gaborik

from Russo’s Rants,

Wild is busy working on its restricted free agents and getting ready to make Marian Gaborik a long-term extension offer, probably in the neighborhood of $8.5 million per season.

more on Minnesota…

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Blue Jackets Trade Lindstrom to the Ducks

From the Blue Jackets press release—

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired a conditional draft pick from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Joakim Lindstrom, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.

Aaron Portzline at Puck-rakers notes:

The pick will be determined by how many games Lindstrom plays with the Ducks during the 2008-09 season. It could be as high as a fourth-round pick or as low as a seventh-round pick.

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David Frost Set to Stand Trial

From CBC,

A judge in Napanee, Ont., on Monday dismissed a bid by former hockey coach and player agent David Frost to have sex-related charges against him dropped.

Frost faces six charges of sexual exploitation involving four teenagers dating from his days as a hockey coach in neighbouring Deseronto, in the early 1990s.

Frost, 40, will next appear in court on Aug. 25, and his trial is scheduled to begin in Napanee on Oct. 14. He is also facing trial next April on fraud charges over the alleged illegal use of a credit card belonging to jailed St. Louis player Mike Danton.

Danton, a Brampton, Ont., native and former St. Louis Blues forward, was sentenced to seven and a half years in a U.S. federal prison in November 2004 for plotting to have Frost killed.

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Note:  David Frost’s history is well-documented at CBC’s Fifth Estate

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The Truth Please

from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,

Hockey is a humble sport by most accounts. The players don’t do much bragging, teams rarely tinker with classic logos and the league prefers Americans don’t get over-stimulated by showing them games on TV stations they could watch at bars or even their homes.

But to say hockey people are honest is a stretch sometimes. There’s something lacking in several recent NHL stories that needs to be rectified. Let’s just call it The Realness. As in, “Get real, you don’t actually think we believe what you just told us, do you?”

The best recent example of this came when Jay Feaster “resigned” as GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Blues Building From Within

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Red Wings added explosive scorer Maria Hossa via free agency. The Blackhawks added offensive defenseman Brian Campbell and goaltender Cristobal Huet.

The Blues have countered by signing two depth players—defenseman Mike Weaver and forward Matt Foy, Ho and Hum—as free agents….

Instead of adding a lot more this summer, the Blues are planning to get a lot more from what they already have. Everybody has to do a much better job.

Watching the players and coaches respond to this challenge this fall will be fascinating.

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Montreal Is The Site For 2009 NHL Entry Draft

The Montreal Canadiens will host the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at Bell Centre, Montreal Canadiens Executive Vice President & General Manager Bob Gainey and the National Hockey League announced today. The Draft will be held over two days, Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27.

“The Montreal Canadiens are extremely proud to host the 2009 NHL Entry Draft,” said Canadiens President Pierre Boivin. “In December 2009, the Canadiens will become the first professional hockey team to celebrate a century of history. Thanks to the NHL, the Entry Draft is back in Montreal after 17 years. We are excited about this occasion, knowing the past history of the Draft and its origins in Montreal.”

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Players Speak On Nolan Departure

from On the Islanders Beat,

“Snowy called me and told me what happened,” Sillinger said. “Quite frankly, I don’t know that there was any kind of tug-of-war. I didn’t spend the last half of the season with the guys because of my [hip] injury. The year before, we made the playoffs, and Ted did a great job. Obviously, this year we had a bunch of injuries.

“Garth told me they had philosophical differences. So be it. That’s his decision. It’s really unfortunate. Ted and I had a great relationship. I enjoyed playing for him. I guess you move on.”

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Untrue Shanny Rumors

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

A U.S. report that unrestricted free agent Brendan Shanahan was offered and rejected a one-year, $2-million US offer from the Vancouver Canucks is inaccurate, according to his agent.

“I can tell you that I’ve never been approached or had any discussions with Vancouver regarding Brendan,” said Rick Curran, who added that San Jose and Montreal are not in the mix either.

“We’ve only been having discussions with one team and that’s the New York Rangers.

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Play Ball

from Greatest Hockey Legends,

Hockey and baseball have had some cross-over stars. Baseball stars Tom Glavine and Kirk McCaskill were both drafted by the NHL. On the other hand, Wayne Gretzky has said repeatedly that as a youth baseball was the sport he was most passionate about.

Here’s a few examples of NHLers who dabbled in baseball at a serious level:

Kevin Stevens - the son of a former minor league baseballer, Kevin Stevens was a heck of a high school ball player who was recruited to play at Boston College.

Paul Ysebaert - Played on Canadian national baseball team in summer of 1985.

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