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Avs Sign Clark & Skratins

from the Colorado Avelanche,

The Colorado Avalanche announced today that the club has signed defensemen Brett Clark and Karlis Skrastins to multi-year contracts. Both players were unrestricted free agents and could have tested the free agent market beginning tomorrow.
from the Denver Post,
Skrastins, the NHL's second leading shot-blocker last season, signed a three-year, $7.2 million deal with the Avs, foregoing a chance at unrestricted free agency starting tomorrow. Clark, who had an excellent season for Colorado in 2005-06 after a journeyman career to that point, signed a two-year, $3 million contract.

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Shanahan Available

According to WXYT radio in Detroit and the flagship station for the Wings, Brendan Shanahan has not come to an agreement with the Wings and will test the UFA market.

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Williams Locked-Up By Canes

from TSN,

Justin Williams picked the perfect time to have a breakout season. After setting career highs in all major scoring categories and helping the Carolina Hurricanes to their first Stanley Cup, Williams was rewarded Friday with a $17.5-million US, five-year contract.
update 5:36pm, from the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed defenseman Niclas Wallin to a four-year contract. The deal will pay Wallin $1.725 million per year.

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Report- Bolts Get Denis

via TSN,

Sources have told TSN that the Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired Marc Denis from Columbus for forward Fredrik Modin and Finnish netminder Fredrik Norrena.

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League Movement

from the Boston Bruins,

The Boston Bruins have bought out the final year of contracts for left wing Shawn McEachern and center Travis Green, it was announced today by Bruins Interim General Manager Jeff Gorton. Both players had been under contract through the 2006-07 season. “We are going in a different direction with our team next season,” said Gorton. “We felt that this was the best thing for both the team and the players at this time.”
from the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with right wing Craig Adams on a three-year contract. The deal will pay Adams $600,000 per year.

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Savard ReadyFor Free Agency

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The NHL's free agency period begins on Saturday and already Marc Savard has moved on mentally from the Thrashers. The 29-year-old unrestricted free agent is grateful to the organization — coach Bob Hartley said he speaks to Savard once a week and that Savard will work at his camp in York, Pa., in July. But that doesn't lessen Savard's disappointment. "Kind of [disappointed] in a way because I loved playing there," he said via phone while in his offseason home of Peterborough, Ont. "Everyone's been great to me. Nothing's wrong. Everything that happened there, I'm not leaving on any bad terms. [Thrashers general manager] Donnie Waddell was great for my career. I don't leave anything bad behind. Atlanta was my first decision, but things didn't work out right now."
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Chara Rejects Sens Offer

via TSN,

Chara's agent Matt Keator has rejected the Senators' last contract offer and says he and his client will try the market as an unrestricted free agent on Saturday. Senators' GM John Muckler said Friday that the team will be looking to replace Chara beginning this weekend.

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Lidstrom Signed

via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings have taken 2006 Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom off the free agent market, signing him to a two-year contract. The deal will pay him $7.6 million in each season.

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Report- Domi Bought Out

via TSN,

It appears Tie Domi's days as a Toronto Maple Leaf are over. Sources tell TSN the team has initiated the buyout process which starts with Domi being placed on waivers at Noon et on Friday. Assuming he isn't claimed by any other team on waivers, the Maple Leafs are then eligible to buy out Domi on the remaining year of his $1.25-million a year contract. And that is their intention.
update 1:26pm, Belfour gone too! from TSN,
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Friday that the club has bought out the contract of forward Tie Domi and have elected not to exercise the option year on the contract of goaltender Ed Belfour.

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Remembering Keith Gave

Red Wings fans should remember Keith Gave. from AbeltoYzerman,

Yesterday I posted an article found in the Bay City Times (I also pointed to it on KK) that claimed the Red Wing organization is hoping Steve Yzerman will retire. But it was clear in a near hour-long conversation with Devellano that the club is hoping the captain will call it a career – for his own good. A huge statement. An epic statement, but one that is paraphrased and not attributed to Devellano. The writer is providing us his impressions of his interview rather than a quote from Jimmy D directly stating that the organization would prefer the Captain step down. Further down, the writer injects his own opinion. It’s best for the franchise that he calls it quits. There was no byline. No contact information. Only a reference within the body of the story to his significant time spent covering the Wings. Today I received confirmation from Bay City Times editor John Hines that the writer is, in fact, Keith Gave.
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