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One year ago today the wait was finally over. image

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Oilers Sign Hejda

from the Edmonton Oliers,

Just two days after obtaining him in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres, the Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Jan Hejda to a one-year contract. Hejda, a 6’3”, 209-pound native of Prague, Czech Republic, was obtained from the Sabres on July 10th in exchange for the Oilers’ 7th round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Some additional Oilers news- Assistant GM Scott Howson was on 630/CHED radio tonight in Edmonton and mentioned at this time Harvey, Murray, Peca, Dvorak and Tarnstrom are not in the Oiler plans for next season.

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Bertuzzi Happy To Be In Florida

from the Miami Herald via the Merury News,

You meet Todd Bertuzzi for the first time and you start with the pleasantries, of course. Small talk. Hockey stuff. Did the trade surprise you, and what do you think of the Panthers, and et cetera and so forth. But everything is leading somewhere else, somewhere darker, and you know it, and he knows it. South Florida's newest NHL star, the goal-scorer counted on to end the club's long playoff drought, moves a pinch of Kodiak tobacco from a tin to under his upper lip after a while and looks you in the eye as he opens the door slightly, just enough. ``It was uncomfortable and very distracting,'' he says, meaning this past season with the Vancouver Canucks. ``It was tough to stay focused. Maybe the fresh start is what was needed. No strings attached.''

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Shanny Arrives

from the AP via the CBC,

Brendan Shanahan thought the tough part was over once he decided to leave the Detroit Red Wings and move to Manhattan. After one day of house-hunting Wednesday, he's not so sure. "With three kids under four and a dog, it's a challenge," said Shanahan, who agreed with the New York Rangers last weekend on a one-year deal worth $4 million US. Shanahan looked calm and very relaxed on a hot summer day in New York. He took a break from strolling the streets to visit his new workplace, Madison Square Garden.
continued...and there is no truth to the rumor that the Rangers have hired Ronan Tynan to sing an Irish tune everytime Brendan scores! image

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Famous Hockey Blogger

Nice write up on Alanah from VCOE. Sure is great to see hockey bloggers getting the recognition lately! image

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Breaking Down The NHL Schedule

from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

Making the NHL schedule is a difficult and thankless job. I'm glad it's not my job. No, my job is looking at the schedule, seeing the good and the bad, and pointing it out. I have the much better job. And because I feel bad that I often look to criticize before I seek to praise (a personality flaw, I'm sure), particularly when it comes to this league, I will take this opportunity to reverse that. Let's see the good before the bad. Highlights of the first week of the 2006-07 NHL season: - Opening night, October 4 -- A rematch of the Eastern Conference finals between the Sabres and the Hurricanes. This game is in Raleigh, where the Buffalo players will get to watch the 'Canes raise the Stanley Cup banner. These two teams will be fighting at the top of the conference standings all season, and they get a start on that battle from game No. 1.

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Canadiens Make More Moves

via Sportsnet,

Sportsnet has learned winger Mike Johnson of the Phoenix Coyotes has been traded to the Montreal Canadians for a fourth round pick. In another trade, Richard Zednik has been traded to Washington for a third round pick.
update 8:19pm, via Sportsnet,
The Montreal Canadiens have been quiet since the free-agent market opened July 1 but on Wednesday made a flurry of moves, signing free agent forward Sergei Samsonov, trading away winger Richard Zednik to the Washington Capitals and acquiring winger Mike Johnson from the Phoenix Coyotes.

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Aebischer Signs With Montreal

via TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens have signed goaltender David Aebischer to a one-year contract. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Fischer Update

Art Regner of WXYT radio in Detroit mentioned Jiri Fischer reportedly is in Dallas this week seeing a heart specialist trying to get clearance to play again. Fischer has been trying to find a doctor who would allow him to play. Regner states he does not think the Wings or the NHL would allow him to play. Doctors still have not discovered what ailment Fisher suffers from.

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NHLPA Elects Interim Board

from the CP via Yahoo,

The NHL Players' Association elected a five-member interim executive committee Wednesday, a move designed to follow the union's constitution and appease members who questioned the way things were done in the past. Being named to the interim executive committee was- Kevyn Adams of the Carolina Hurricanes Alyn McCauley of the Los Angeles Kings Wade Redden of the Ottawa Senators Mathieu Schneider of the Detroit Red Wings Marty Turco of the Dallas Stars
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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