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Stan Wonders

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-Although Gary Bettman and Colin Campbell may not want to hear it, many NHL hockey people are fed up withthe outlandish number of 5-on-3's. Darren Pang is not afraid to speakout on the issue. “We could improve the game by not having as much specialty teams play,” says the ex-goalie and Coyotes’ TV analyst. “The amount of 5-on-3's got old.” -What makes rookie Colorado GM Francois Giguere believe that Tyler Arnason will help his Avs? The spoiled forward couldn’t play for either Brian Sutter or Trent Yawney in Chicago and flubbed his chance with Bryan Murray in Ottawa. Bottom Line: Giguere blew it! -Where is it written that the NHL Awards Ceremony must be held in Canada? And must be emceed by Ron MacLean, who must be backed by a lousy comic?
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Canada Planning For 2010

from the Globe and Mail,

Craig MacTavish and Darryl Sutter are at the top of Wayne Gretzky's list to coach the Canadian men's hockey team for the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010. Gretzky, who served as the executive director of the men's team that competed in the Olympics in 2002 and 2006, also said that Philadelphia Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock and Jacques Martin deserve consideration. However, Gretzky suggested, because Sutter led the Calgary Flames to the 2004 Stanley Cup final and MacTavish followed the same path this past spring, they are the front-runners, with the Vancouver Games 43 months away.

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Sens Need Work Up Front

from the Ottawa Sun,

After GM John Muckler has concentrated on remaking the Senators' back end -- they are the Jennifer Lopez of the NHL right now -- here's hoping he's ready to get a little enhancement for the front. Thing is, a Jessica Simpson is now out of the question given the amount of money left in the kitty, most of which will be spent just bringing back into the fold the likes of Peter Schaefer, Antoine Vermette, Chris Kelly, Chris Neil, Christoph Schubert and rookie centre Alexei Kaigorodov (if they can ever get the NHL-Russia transfer agreement finalized.) Near as I can figure, they have committed $34.7 million (all terms US) in salary cap dollars (the average of players' deals rather than what they make next year) to 14 players. That leaves about $5.5 million to bring in the remaining five free agents and prospect mentioned above and another player...
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A Whole New World

from the Detroit Free Press (Tuesday edition) via the Mercury News,

Brace yourself, Red Wings fans. You are about to read a sentence nobody in the Wings organization has uttered in at least 13 years. "Hopefully," general manager Ken Holland said, "we can be a playoff team." Hopefully? Who are these guys? The Atlanta Thrashers?
continued added 6:43am Tuesday, link to Detroit Free Press now available...

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Simon Close To Signing With Islanders

from Alan Hahn of Newsday,

Along with the free-agent additions of forward Mike Sillinger and defensemen Brendan Witt and Tom Poti, the Islanders are believed to be close to signing veteran winger Chris Simon.

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The Maven On Shanahan

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

Shanahan is a dependable playoff ace, having skated for three Red Wing Cup teams with a total of 633 points in 716 games. He will make a noticeable difference in the postseason.
Hmmm, Shanahan in his last 22 playoff games has 3 goals... Something I did not read in the Detroit papers from Shanahan...
“I said to Glen (Sather) that I was trying to bust the door to get out of Detroit.”
read on for more from Stan on the Rangers, Islanders & Devils... update 10:52am Tuesday, The "was" has been changed to "wasn"t...

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Caps #1 Pick Will Stay In Sweden

Japer's Rink has all the details on Nick Backstrom. Most people thought Backstrom was NHL-ready...

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Tallon Thrilled With Havlat

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon found time during Monday's Prospects Camp scrimmage to talk to chicagoblackhawks.com about his new top line winger, the need for flexibility in the new NHL and much more. How does a complicated deal like this get done? Well, it started as a two-way deal. As the conversations continued on, we tried to widen it and make the deal bigger. We started talking to San Jose, then brought in Ottawa. Ottawa wanted a piece that San Jose had, and we were able to get it. Does Havlat have the character you're looking for to go with his skill? He's been known to tick off a few opponents... That's why we like him. He plays with passion. He plays on the edge. Our fans will really like him. He creates havoc. Besides being skilled, he can get under your skin, so that's what we like.
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Holland Talks- Belfour Will Be Wings Goalie, Maybe

Ken Holland was just on WXYT in Detroit. Talked about finding a forward who can get the Wings 20 or so goals. Anticipates some teams having cap issues later in the summer, so they may go after that type of player. Holland has been trying to get in touch with Belfour today, but hasn't yet, but he will be the Wings goalie as soon as they connect. I swear I heard this, but is my brain fried? Anyone who listened please respond. added 5:10pm, Still talking, Wings trying to build a program. Most teams have 5-7 key players and must commit to those guys. Wings will find guys that fit in with the Wings during the summer or trade deadline. They have to fit into the cap system. Holland believes the Wings still have a playoff type team and want to keep their younger players in the system. Talked about Jimmy Howard. Said if he put him in during the playoffs and they lose, pressure is tremendous on him. Wants Howard to play 60 games in Grand Rapids. He is no position to be handed the #1 goalie position but can change the Wings thinking in training camp. Belfour wants to come into camp knowing he is the #1 goalie and Hasek would have wanted the same. Now Holland says he hasn't offered anyone the goalie position to anyone. I know what I heard earlier, did anyone else hear it? added 5:34pm, The guys on WXYT just said it is clear as soon as Holland gets ahold of Belfor's agent, the Wings will make an offer to him. That is what I heard earlier. Then Holland goes on and talks about Hasek, saying he (Holland) may have some groin issues... update 9:37pm, from the Detroit Free Press (Tuesday edition) via the Mercury News,

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland spent Monday immersed in phone calls. John Hahn, senior director of communications, said Holland talked to the camps of Ed Belfour and Dominik Hasek - both are vying to become the Wings' starting goaltender for next season.

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Montreal Signs Komisarek

from the Montreal Canadiens,

Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Monday the signing of defenseman Mike Komisarek to a one-year contract. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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