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Moving On

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Getting Evgeni Malkin to North America and with the Penguins this year may require more creativity than originally planned if the Russian Ice Hockey Federation doesn't sign a transfer deal by a Monday deadline set by the NHL. "We have informed the (International Ice Hockey Federation) that, to the extent we do not have an agreement signed by the Russian national association on the terms previously offered and communicated to them by (Monday), we will proceed without a deal for the coming year," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Thursday.

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Bush Want Canadian NHLers Fingerprinted

An estimated 200,000 Canadians who work in the United States — from nurses to NHL players — will be fingerprinted and photographed when they enter the country under new rules proposed by the Bush administration yesterday. Join the discussion at the KKF...

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Talking With Two Goalies

from the NY Post (reg. req.),

A battle to be Martin Brodeur's backup is brewing. This one stands to be decided at the bargaining table when Lou Lamoriello decides which free agent to sign - the incumbent or a predecessor. The Post has learned the Devils are talking to former Ranger Mike Dunham about returning for a second stint in New Jersey at the same time they're courting Scott Clemmensen, their No. 2 last season.

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Ziegler Doing Just Fine

from Treasure Coast Newspapers,

Fourteen years after retiring as NHL commissioner, Sewall's Point resident John Ziegler can't help but think like a lawyer, a commissioner and a hockey fan. The 11-year Treasure Coast resident served as commissioner for 15 years before moving to Sewall's Point. And even amongst the Florida heat he still has a passion for the game on ice. During his stint as commissioner, Ziegler had to deal with the competing World Hockey Association. He did so by adding four WHA teams to the NHL for the 1979-80 season. Ziegler retired after a strike over a collective bargaining agreement led in 1992. "It just didn't have to happen like that," Ziegler said. "After that, I just felt it was a good to retire." For a career that lasted three times as long as he thought it would, Ziegler is pretty satisfied. "I don't regret my choice to stay commissioner for as long as I did," he said. "I was in the great position where my avocation became my vocation."

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Thursday Recap

In case you missed all of the NHL signings yesterday, the Toronto Star has a nice recap.

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A Few Signings

A little late, but as I have stated, I am trying to take some time off the next few weeks. I need a bit of a break. via the AP,

The New Jersey Devils re-signed Scott Gomez to a one-year, $5 million contract Thursday, ending speculation that the team would be unable to fit the 26-year-old forward's contract under the NHL's salary cap. The details of the contract were confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the negotiations who requested anonymity because the team had not yet announced the signing. The Devils did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.
The Detroit Red Wings avoided arbitration with Jason Williams on Thursday, re-signing the center to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed for Williams, who was scheduled for arbitration next Monday.

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Dowd Wants To Play In The East

from the Brick Township Bulletin,

Jim Dowd has been keeping his ear peeled to the phone in recent weeks waiting for a call from his agent, Hugh Gorman of Boston, and from the National Hockey League to see where he may be playing next season. After beating the Dallas Stars, 4-1, in their NHL playoff series opener, the Avalanche was swept out of the next series by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, although Dowd had some very good moments, including a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss. He had five goals and 13 assists on the season. "We didn't make adjustments and they played smart and waited for us to make mistakes," said Dowd. "It was one of the best experiences of my career being on a team that every year expects to be in the playoffs. I've had 14 years in this league. Now I'm looking to play back East."

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Sergei Joins Maltby

from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

On the ice, Fedorov is used to moving fast...but not this fast. The Blue Jackets' pivot flew with the world-renowned Blue Angels on Wednesday afternoon reaching speeds of up to 760 mph during his 45-minute flight on the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet.
more If you missed the Matlby ride... image

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Celebrating A Career

Bob Duff at the Hockey News has a fitting tribute to Steve Yzerman,

For much of his speech, Yzerman was even able to smile. The man who first brought Yzerman to Detroit felt that was the way it should be. “I don't look upon this as a sad day,” said Red Wings senior vice-president Jimmy Devellano. “This is the celebration of a tremendous career.” A career that may never be repeated.
continued added 12:19pm, Another tribute from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated...

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Could Nagy Get $5 Million

from the Arizona Republic,

Daniel Briere hasn't played for the Coyotes in three-plus years, but the one-time Phoenix center may have an impact on his former team this summer nonetheless. An arbitrator recently awarded Briere a $5 million salary for this season after Briere notched 58 points in 48 games for Buffalo in 2005-06. Briere's point and game totals from last season are similar to Coyotes left wing Ladislav Nagy's (56 points, 51 games). Hence, multiple NHL sources are predicting Nagy, who was paid $1.98 million last season, also will be awarded a salary around $5 million for this season.

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