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Friesen To Calgary

Sportsnet Tracker reporting Friesen to Calgary 1 yr, $1.3 million. The Rangers have signed Karel Rachunek, also reported by Sportsnet Tracker.

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Lindros Update

Eric Lindros was just on Fan 590 and said he talked with JFJ last ngiht and waiting for a response from the Leafs. He is feeling good, but his wrist does need to gain some strength. He said it is getting there and it should be great. Mentioned he is looking forward to training camp. He mentioned he hasn't been through a lot of team scenarios, just taking it a step at a time. Eric said he would like to know from the Leafs soon, he wants to be upfront with other teams if needed. Sounds like Eric is waiting to hear from the Leafs, if that option is exhausted, then he will start talking with other teams in a serious manner.

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Official- Stars Sign Halpern

from the Dallas Stars,

Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has signed center Jeff Halpern (pronounced HAL-pern) to a four-year deal through the 2009-10 season. Per club policy, no financial terms were disclosed.

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Not All Has Changed

from Jeff Gordon Of St. Louis Today,

The new system certainly levels the competitive playing field, er, ice rink. That is how the NHL ended up with a Carolina-Edmonton matchup in the Stanley Cup Finals. But the lockout did NOT bomb the players back to the bad old days, when, relatively speaking, they were mere serfs trapped in a feudal system. NHL owners can still overspend on talent -– and they have done so this summer, throwing massive contracts at prime-age stars and rewarding ordinary and/or aging players as well. The New Economic Order does not prevent mid-market owners from losing lots of money, if they so choose. The owners retain their free will, which has led to frantic bidding on talent just one year after the lockout ended.
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Thanks KK Readers- Stats For June ‘06

The stats continue to show a nice growth pattern. You can review the stats from previous months starting here. image

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Watch Blake Press Conference

via the LA Kings, The Los Angeles Kings will hold a press conference on Wednesday, July 5, 2006 to welcome back veteran All-Star defenseman Rob Blake to the hockey club. The press conference will take place at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California beginning at 1:00 p.m. (PT). LIVE WEBCAST TO BEGIN WEDNESDAY JULY 5 AT 1:00 PM (PT)

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Ruutu A Good Fit For Pens

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

"He came here for the right reasons," Shero said. "He had other options. I don't think we were on his radar on Day 1 [of free agency Saturday]." That apparently began to change when Ruutu, who is in his native Finland, and Shero had a telephone conversation. "He just listened," Shero said. "I told him what we're trying to do here, and why I thought it would be a good fit for him. "I know people from Finland who know him very well. He has leadership and character and can help us get this thing turned around and going in the right direction."
more Also from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette- The Pens have some interest in Yanic Perreault.

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He Was Wrong

from the Mirror,

Last week, I wrote a column about a hockey fan I saw on television while watching Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals between Carolina and Edmonton. I turned on the tube late in the game and watched the final minutes. During those last few minutes, I noticed a Carolina Hurricanes fan waving an American flag. This upset me, because I thought that he had an Americans vs. Canadians mentality and that the U.S. team was superior. I found this odd because most of the Carolina players either were native Canadians or from other countries, mostly European. If only I had watched the entire game. After reading my column online, a few people from the Atlantic Coast set me straight about what really was going on at that game.
continued...readers of KK also brought out the point last week...

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Blues Doing It The Right Way

from Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

So into that mess step Checketts and Davidson, who seem to have a basic intuition about what they need to do to salvage such a bad situation. There is only one way to win back the few fanatical hockey fans they still have (who by the way are still steaming mad after last season's debacle and would like nothing better than to have someone from the old regime's bloody carcass tossed onto center ice like a dead squid) and lure in the much larger base of casual hockey fans whose interest sways easily with the dwindling winning percentage: Just care, baby. In a flurry of activity since taking ownership, Checketts' Blues are doing something that just might work. These guys seem to be at least smart enough to know that the interim product between rebuilding and championships has to be worth looking at.
read on...Burwell goes on stating the Blues should overpay and sign Shanahan, but reports I have read state Shananhan has eliminated the Blues...

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Bruins Learning

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

To their credit, the Bruins learned. They learned that the old Jerry Jacobs/Harry Sinden strategy of always looking for a bargain would be a ticket to failure in the “new” NHL. This time, Jacobs, Sinden and acting general manager Jeff Gorton, whose extraordinary performance the last few weeks should mean that one day, in Boston or elsewhere, he’ll have the GM title for real, waited approximately 60 seconds after the opening of free agency. However it happened, the Bruins pulled off the coup of the free agent market, a single mega-transaction that drastically changed the direction of this team.
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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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