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Dallas Still Interested In Mitchell

from the Star-Telegram,

Re-signing Klemm would seem to signal the impending departure of soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Willie Mitchell, but Armstrong and Mitchell said that isn't the case. "We'd love to have Willie back and I think he knows that," Armstrong said. "We'd have to make some moves to get it done." Mitchell said he and the Stars are trying to reach a deal before free agency begins Saturday. "I met with Doug personally in Vancouver [during the NHL Draft last weekend], and he was real straightforward and real honest about things," Mitchell said. "With the defensemen signed...Doug called me and let me know that that has no impact on our situation."
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Redden Close - Chara Not

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

"I know (Meehan) was going to talk to (Muckler) again and I'm sure I'll be getting some kind of update here in the next few hours," said Redden. "I'd like to be back with the Senators. I think we're going to have a good team and I've always felt like I'm going to have a chance to win here. Hopefully, we're able to get it done. We'll see how this goes. I'm pretty certain we're going to know something quickly." Redden said his decision won't be influenced by what happens with Chara. Redden did admit he's been keeping a close eye on his fellow blueliner's negotiations as well as any moves Muckler will make to improve the team. "I guess we're going to have to see how the situation develops," said Redden. "Obviously, it would be great if both (Chara) and I were back to help the team win. "But I don't know if they're going to be able to keep both of us and I guess if (Chara's) not there, then that's going to be a big gap for us to fill. I want to be in a situation where I have a chance to win."
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Arnott Going UFA Route

from WFAA.com,

The Stars and Jason Arnott have ended discussions, and Arnott is awaiting the start of free agency Saturday, according to his agent. "We've had our discussions, and it's clear that it won't get done now, so Jason will look at the marketplace," said Wade Arnott, Arnott's brother and agent. Wade Arnott said the major stumbling block is length, and Stars GM Doug Armstrong confirmed that he will only consider long-term contracts for younger players. Arnott will turn 32 on Oct. 11.
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Who Is Andrew Murstein

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Andrew Murstein is the third-generation owner of a business that's made a fortune putting taxi cabs on the streets of New York City. Now Murstein, president of Medallion Financial Corporation, is heading an investment group including homegrown celebrities Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, and Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, hoping to buy the Penguins. "The only other team I seriously looked at was the St. Louis Blues, and in the last five years I've only looked at two teams seriously -- the Blues and the Penguins," Murstein said. His group is one of five serious bidders looking to buy the team from the group led by Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux. "The next step is to wait to hear the groups that they are going to be working with," Murstein said. "They're going to limit the field to a couple of potential buyers sometime in the next two weeks."
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Roberts Wants To Play In Toronto

from the Palm Beach Post,

Veteran left winger Gary Roberts has asked the Panthers for a trade back to Toronto this off-season so he can be closer to his teenage daughter, Florida General Manager Mike Keenan confirmed Wednesday. Keenan said Roberts is concerned that his daughter Jordan, 16, who attends boarding school in Toronto, would be without supervision if he remains in Florida after Roberts' ex-wife Tammy recently moved to Calgary, where Roberts played for the Flames from 1986-96.
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Taking The Heat

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Indications are Lauren didn’t like living in the provincial capital, prompting Chris to make a trade request that became public knowledge just over a week ago. Locals took the news like a kick in the teeth, making the St. Louis socialite Public Enemy No. 1. “I spoke to her about a month before the regular season ended and I knew the backlash was going to happen, especially in Canada because they’re so passionate,” said Jessie (Craig Conroy's wife). “Lauren is such a sweet person. She’s taking the heat but she’s probably OK with that.” No one knows how Lauren or Chris feel about it as the couple has been in Mexico since the day Pronger’s agent confirmed the star defenceman wasn’t the one behind the trade demand. “I think they both knew the criticism was going to come and they were prepared for it,” said Jessie. “I’m sure it will blow over.” Not in Edmonton, it won’t. The it’s-not-you-it’s-me tone Pronger’s agent delivered will sink No. 44 (and his wife) lower than Mike Comrie on the popularity scale.
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Wings Still Negotiating With Potential UFAa

from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has made offers to re-sign defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, forward Brendan Shanahan and goaltender Chris Osgood but doesn't know if any of the three will agree to deals before free agency begins Saturday. "I'm trying to work with each of those players, and their agents, to find a number that works for them and works for us," Holland said Wednesday. "Hopefully, we'll find something that works for both sides in each of those three cases." "We really want Nick back, but we have to reach a deal that works for both sides," Holland said. "I talked to him and his agent recently, and we negotiated again on Monday. "If he and the other players we'd like to get back want the top end of market value, we're not going to be able to do all the things we want to do with our team."
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McCabe Staying In Toronto

from TSN, Sources say defenceman Bryan McCabe, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on Saturday, has informed the NHL club he is accepting the five-year deal worh $5.75 million a year that was essentially negotiated a few weeks ago. McCabe had told the Leafs he needed some more time to settle some personal matters before making the commitment. The Leafs gave McCabe a deadline of Thursday to let them know whether he would accept the offer or not and sources says the Leafs received that commitment today. A formal announcement is expected in the next day or two. Update on hosting issue- I am still experiencing slow access to KK and about 10% of KK readers are too. Hopefully this will be addressed tonight by my hosting company. A full explanation is down a few posts.

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Vancouver Closing In On Luongo Deal

from TSN,

Is goaltender Roberto Luongo on the verge of signing a four-year, $28 million US with the Vancouver Canucks? Sources close to the recently traded netminder suggest he is close to finalizing a long-term agreement for $7 million US a year, but Canucks General Manager Dave Nonis says reports of a new contract for Luongo are premature. "It's not done," he said. "I've had some conversations with (Luongo's agent) Gilles Lupien and we are continuing to work toward getting something done. But it's not done, not yet."

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Grier Looks At Free Agency

from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

Veteran forward Mike Grier is prepared to test free agency after the Buffalo Sabres said they aren't likely to re-sign him. Grier's agent, Jay Fee, said his client is open to returning to Buffalo and the two sides haven't ruled out making a deal later this summer. The NHL's free-agency period begins Saturday. "We'll see,'' Fee said Wednesday. "It's not like at this point it's a 'See you later,' type thing.'' Sabres general manager Darcy Regier, was not immediately available for comment, but has previously said he expected all three of Buffalo's unrestricted free-agent regulars - Grier and defensemen Jay McKee and Teppo Numminen - to test free agency.
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