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Dancers- Take The Ice!

from the Arizona Republic,

When it comes to winning your support, the Coyotes have tried everything. They've trotted out new logos, new sweaters, new captains, new owners, new eras and a brand new Jeremy Roenick. After all these years, they've finally gotten smart. Or maybe they've hit rock bottom. Starting this season, the Coyotes will unveil their own dance team. This new unit - expected to feature between 18-20 dancers - will be known as "The Pack." It will become the first NHL dance team to perform directly on the ice.
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MA Fleury Signs New Deal

from RDS (translated),

Marc-Andre Fleury signed its first contract with single direction in the national League of hockey, pact a two years which will bring back $989,520 to him the next season and $1,6 M in 2007-08.
update 11:26am, from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to a two-year contract, it was announced today by General Manager Ray Shero.

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Move Along, Joe

from the Detroit News,

The Ilitch family is taking another step closer to deciding the fate of Joe Louis Arena, home to their Detroit Red Wings. This week, the Ilitches -- who own a billion-dollar Detroit empire of sports teams, entertainment venues and downtown property -- moved one of its longtime senior executives into a newly created job to determine whether Joe Louis should be renovated or a new hockey arena should be built for the Red Wings.
continued...I say time to build a new arena. The JLA is outdated and this time, make sure to draw up a press box in the original plans...

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Say Goodbye To The Bookie

from the Toronto Star,

Here's the hypothetical scenario: A rich hockey player with a gambling itch spends this summer losing a pile of cash laying bets on, say, the Blue Jays. When September rolls around, he owes a bookmaker $500,000. The bookmaker calls to collect. The player might have the means to write a cheque, but then his wife and agent might find out it wasn't just J.P. Ricciardi who threw big cake at A.J. Burnett's untapped potential.
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RDS Reporting Calder For Handzus

via RDS (translated),

Our colleague Renaud Lavoie learned that Blackhawks of Chicago exchanged Kyle Calder in Flyers of Philadelphia in return of Michal Handzus.
added 5:45pm, Blackhawks now have it up....

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Work Needs To Be Done On Transfer Agreement

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Malkin, the second overall pick in 2004, is a sublimely gifted center who some scouts believe to be the equal of Alexander Ovechkin. If he signs, it'll be one more giant step toward respectability for the Pens. It will also represent a major failure for the league. Despite his stated desire to play in Pittsburgh, Malkin's arrival is not a sure thing, at least not yet. At issue: The absence of a signed player transfer agreement between the Russian Ice Hockey Federation and the NHL.
read on

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Report- Sabres Walk Away From Dumont

A radio station in Vancouver (see KKF) is reporting Buffalo has walked away from the Dupont contract, making him a UFA. update 3:21pm, Has anyone else heard this report? update 3:31pm, I have been listening to CKNW since the post, and haven't heard a thing in an official sports update. Maybe they were just talking about it, but until I hear something more, I will leave it as a report.

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Rucinsky Will Help

from Jeff Gordon of St. Louis Today,

By signing free-agent winger Martin Rucinsky, the Blues finally gained the critical mass of offense needed to compete next season. This move was astute on several levels. Rucinsky is a smart all-around player who fit in nicely during his earlier stint with the Blues. He isn’t a big-time goal scorer -– his career high is just 28 -- but he complements skilled players well.
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Let’s Go To The Tape

from the Ottawa Senators,

Roger Neilson, the late Ottawa Senators assistant coach, paved a new way of coaching when he regularly used video as a teaching tool. In 2006, the use of video to illustrate what coaches want from their players continues. “Teams often change strategies from the last time you played them; watching video can give the players an idea of what to expect against a certain club,” Ottawa Senators video coach Tim Pattyson says. “We show our guys clips from the most recent games the opposition has played and that gives us a better idea of what they're going to do.
continued...nice breakdown on what the video coach does...

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Waiting For A Chance

from the Simcoe Reformer,

NHL tough guy and local hockey hero Ryan VandenBussche is training hard and waiting -- waiting to see how he heals from neck surgery, waiting for a decent contract offer from a big-league club, and waiting for a court date on charges of assaulting police. VandenBussche, 33, is undaunted. The unsigned free agent says he believes he still can play in the NHL. He is optimistic and upbeat but also realistic about the future of his career. As general managers peruse the free agent market this summer, “players like me are on the back burner,” he acknowledges.
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