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Finding The “Right” Players For Edmonton

from the Edmonton Journal,

You can hear a loud, large chorus of jaded fans already: "Here we go again, back to the future and the old 'catch-and-release' system of talent acquisition." Just when the New NHL seemed so tailor-made for small-market Edmonton, here comes another slap in the face, real or imagined -- big-time players love the Oilers, but their families don't necessarily love the hockey-mad city they play in. Anyway, late on Friday night, Pronger's agent, Pat Morris, confirmed that his client, far and away Edmonton's best player all year, and the Oilers' leading Conn Smythe Trophy candidate, wanted to be traded. ...The high-energy analyst urged Oilers fans not to panic, that Lowe, assistant GM Scott Howson and their staff would leverage the asset that is Pronger into "something big and helpful" on the trade market. That assumes the rumour is true. And that any trade involving Pronger, especially under forced circumstances, could possibly fetch anything like equal value. It does not address a more sensitive issue: that in the New NHL, Edmonton may well remain, in the eyes of some players, an undesireable destination.
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Talking Redden & Chara

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators are closing in on a new deal with defenceman Wade Redden. And while sources say the club could announce the re-signing of Redden as early as today, the team has also made progress in talks with blueliner Zdeno Chara. One source indicated Redden will likely sign a two- or three-year deal in the range of $6.25-million-to-$6.5-million (all terms US) per season, while it's believed Chara is being offered a similar deal.
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Wings Waiting

from Mlive,

"We had good conversations," Holland said (regarding Lidstrom). "We've gone back and forth the last couple of weeks with different ideas and numbers. I'm trying to convince Nick on a number, he's trying to convince me on a number. We're trying to find a compromise. I'd like to get something done (next) week." Holland also hopes to speak to the agents for forward Brendan Shanahan and goaltender Chris Osgood today at the draft. He made Osgood an offer last week and is waiting to hear back. Trade talk, as expected, is heating up as the league's 30 general managers have a chance to meet face-to-face. "I don't have anything going on," Holland said. "I've talked to a lot of managers. They're aware of what I'm trying to do and I'm aware of a lot of people who may be available."
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Breaking Down The Trade

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The excuse bank is now empty for the Vancouver Canucks. n one bold move, Nonis rid himself of a dressing room problem and big salary cap hit in Bertuzzi, who is due $5.27 million, and added what many believed has been the missing piece of the Canucks' Stanley Cup puzzle: an elite starting goaltender. The move was no less bold for Panthers GM Mike Keenan, who could not come to terms with Luongo in spite of offering him a five-year, $30-million deal that would have made him one of the highest-paid netminders in the game. Presumably, Nonis is prepared to make Luongo an offer that will make him happy enough to turn his back on a date with unrestricted free agency next summer, somewhere in the neighborhood of $7 million annually. If Nonis cannot pull that off, this trade is fraught with even greater risk for Nonis.
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Lowe Responds To Pronger Talk

from the CP via Canada.com,

"I think they're more rumblings than anything,'' Oilers GM Kevin Lowe responded Friday evening. "I'm pretty focused on the draft right now I don't want to get too much into player personnel stuff.'' When asked if Pronger had asked to be traded, Lowe responded: "He hasn't' asked me. I'll just leave it at that.'' "We just got over a seven-game series in the Stanley Cup finals and there seems to be a lot of discussion about this and I'm not sure where it's coming from,'' added Lowe. "Let's put it this way. Why would we want to trade Chris Pronger?'' "One thing I've learned in my five or six years as a manager is that stuff tends to out of right field for whatever reasons. It can be agendas, hidden agendas, certain motivations, so nothing surprises me.''
more..including mention of the Luongo trade, then mention of Luongo still not traded, so the story needs to be edited, plus more goalie talk...

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San Jose Preparing To Trade Goalie

from the Mercury News,

So don't be too shocked if Saturday's NHL entry draft in Vancouver, British Columbia, becomes the backdrop for a deal that could have serious ramifications when it comes to San Jose's goal of winning the Stanley Cup. If nothing changes, the Sharks have the 20th overall pick and at least nine selections over seven rounds. But that's a significant "if." "Are we going to be able to keep two No.1 goalies? No, probably not," General Manager Doug Wilson told a fan forum Monday, adding that a decision would be made "in the very near future."
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Luongo To Vancouver

via TSN,

The Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers have completed a multi-player trade involving Roberto Luongo and Todd Bertuzzi, sources have told TSN. Netminder Luongo is amongst a package that is going to Vancouver in exchange for a package that includes Bertuzzi.
more to come added 9:53pm, Sportsnet reporting the same, nothing concrete yet... update 9:56pm, Sportsnet now reporting the package is Luongo, Lukas Krajicek and a sixth-round draft pick to Vancouver for Bertuzzi, Bryan Allen and Alex Auld. Follow the same Sportnet link... update 10:12pm, TSN confirms the same deal, but without the 6th round pick...follow the TSN link for updated information. added 10:30pm, from the Florida Panthers,
Florida Panthers General Manager Mike Keenan announced today that the club has acquired RW Todd Bertuzzi, D Bryan Allen and G Alexander Auld from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for G Roberto Luongo and D Lukas Krajicek. “This is a trade that addresses a number of needs for our hockey club,” Keenan said. “We’ve added an experienced and talented forward, a skilled goaltender and a strong defenseman that we expect to help our team immediately.”
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You Remember Him?

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Brind’Amour Stays With Canes

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 Captain Rod Brind’Amour on a five-year contract. The deal will pay the veteran centerman $4 million in each of the first three years, and $3 million in each of the last two years, and is in lieu of the 2006-07 option on his prior contract.
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The Talk

from the CP via Slam,

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland met with Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom and his agent Don Meehan on Friday. The star blue-liner can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. "We've had a number of meetings and I think today was a good meeting," Meehan said. "Ken will get back to us on Monday."
much more on many of the rumors and team decisions...

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