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Trying For the Big Leagues

From Kerry Collins at The Forum,

One day after becoming the latest ex-Moorhead High School player to sign an NHL deal, [Brian Lee] the 20-year-old defenseman was still understandably excited.
“I’m ecstatic about it. I was all smiles the entire night after I signed the contract,” said Lee in a phone interview. “It really is a dream come true for me.”
Lee – the ninth overall pick in the 2005 NHL draft – was at the Ottawa Senators’ annual development camp for the past week.
He went in a college kid, and came out with a three-year deal worth $850,000 per season, if he plays in the NHL. He also has a lucrative bonus package attached and got an $85,000 signing bonus.


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Leafs & Muckler Will Talk - Poile Possible Too

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

A source confirmed yesterday that the 73-year-old Muckler is interested in the new senior adviser position that team owner Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment wants to fill this summer to give Ferguson assistance in rebuilding the struggling National Hockey League franchise into a playoff team.
Muckler will stop by for an interview session with MLSE president Richard Peddie and possibly MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum in the next two or three days.
There have been rumblings the Leafs also have interest in talking to Nashville Predators general manager David Poile. The 57-year-old Poile is under contract to the Predators until June of 2009 and it is unknown whether the Leafs have received permission to talk to Poile.


added 7/5/07, Jim Kelley of Sportsnet reporting Poile not interested in the job.

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Just Expect It

from Spector at his Fox Sports Blog,

Better get used to more surprises over the remainder of the collective bargaining agreement.
First, save yourself the shock of seeing the cap rise every year and just expect it to happen. It might not increase as much as it did this summer, when the NHLPA exercised its right under the CBA to boost the cap by five percent, but it will likely keep rising by various degrees over the remainder of the deal.
Canadian Press hockey columnist Pierre Lebrun recently said a team executive predicted the cap could rise to $62 million within the next four years.

much more

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Another Question Wings Fans- Has Hudler Signed?

NHLPA is listing 07/08 compensation for Hudler, see Gorilla Crouch for the details.
FYI, a few of the Wings MSMs have blogged today, no update on this…

update 7/5/07, from Mlive,

The Wings have signed restricted free-agent forward Jiri Hudler. They’ve yet to announce the deal, so the term is uncertain. But, according to the NHLPA web site, he’ll earn $880,000 next season. He made $525,000 last season.

added 7/507, 2yr deal, Wings confirm.
$880K year one and $1.15M for year 2.  Thanks to a KK member for the info.

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Clearing Up Forsberg In Montreal Today

RDS (translated here) said Forsberg was in Montreal to play in a golf tourney.  Would like to return by December and maybe Philly if I am reading it correctly.

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Sabres Re-Sign Numminen

From ESPN,

The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed unrestricted free-agent defenseman Teppo Numminen to a one-year contract worth $2.6 million, The Buffalo News reported on its Web site.
The contract was the same deal Numminen played with last season, the newspaper reported.


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Oilers Retain Matt Greene

via the Edmonton Oilers,

The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Matt Greene to a two-year contract.
The 6’3”, 223-pound native of Grand Ledge, Michigan is coming off his first full NHL season in 2006-07. The 24-year-old defenceman scored 1-9-10 with 109 penalty minutes in 78 games to establish single-season career-highs in games, goals, assists, points and penalty minutes. Greene led the Oilers in penalty minutes and was second in both hits (135) and blocked shots (143).

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Ruslan Fedotenko to NYI

RDS (translated here) stating Ruslan Fedotenko is an Islander- 1yr, $2.9M.

added 2:10pm, via the NYI,

“I’m very happy to be an Islander,” said Fedotenko, who tied Conn Smythe Trophy winner Brad Richards with 12 goals in the 2004 playoffs. “Last season was a disappointment for me and I’m determined to show the Islanders and our fans what I can do. We have a very good team of talented young players and experienced guys and I really like Ted Nolan’s style of play. I looked at a lot of offers, but I know I’ve come to the right team.”

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Tortorella Says Good-Bye To Perrin

from Lightning Strikes,

Coach John Tortorella wished Eric Perrin well but also said not to let the door hit him on the way out.
“He can kiss my (butt),’’ Tortorella said.
Perrin, who in 2004 at age 29 got his first NHL opportunity with the Lightning, which got a recommendation from Perrin’s college buddy Marty St. Louis, signed with the Thrashers as a free agent for two years, $1.5-million. That, apparently, was just $150,000 more than the contract offered by Tampa Bay, which also offered a three-year deal worth $1.575-million.
“This organization spent a lot of time with this guy, a lot of time,’’ Tortorella said. “Eric Perrin did some really good things for us, and the ice time he got, he deserved, but every year it’s nothing but a pain to sign him.’‘


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Kozlov Stays In Atlanta

from the Atlanta Thrashers,

The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed forward Vyacheslav Kozlov to a multi-year deal, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.

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