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Antropov Agrees To Contract With Leafs

from TSN,

Restricted free agent forward Nik Antropov has agreed to a one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Terms have not been released.

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Give Up Wirtz

A Chicago Blackhawks fan speaks up! from the Chicago Tribune,

It is time for the Wirtz family, Tallon and Pulford to give it up. They are not prepared to operate a sports franchise in the 21st century. The salary cap, new rules, and need for speed and skill players have simply passed them by. Our players are not the only ones that can't keep up with the competition. It begins at the top. Now I suppose Daze and Ruutu will be our big wingers again and play five games apiece. Tallon is simply overmatched, and his moves so far say we are going nowhere fast
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Peca Talk

Howard Berger was just on Fan 590 and said he talked with Peca who said he has talked to the Leafs. His priority would be to sign with Toronto, but talks are in the early stage. Peca said it would be an honor to put a Leafs jersey on.

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Straka Stays With Rangers

from TSN,

The New York Rangers on Thursday re-signed veteran left wing Martin Straka. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Canes Sign Letowski

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 forward Trevor Letowski to a two-year contract. The deal will pay Letowski $800,000 per season.

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Can You Sing

from the Anaheim Ducks,

For the 2006/2007 Season, the Ducks are looking for one singer to perform the American (and Canadian) National Anthem and God Bless America before every Anaheim Ducks Home Game. The top candidates will be selected through a Ducks website fan poll as well as an internal panel of judges now through September 1, 2006. Four finalists will then be selected to perform at our pre-season exhibition games to allow fans one final opportunity to vote for their favorite anthem singer on-line.
I wonder what Lucy Lawless is doing these days? image

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Biron Waiting

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Slam,

In the meantime Biron finds himself reading up on the daily NHL transactions and trying to figure out what it means for him. "Yes, definitely, and for two reasons," he said while en route with his family from Buffalo to his native Quebec City. "First, because I'm in the middle of it. But two because I'm just a big hockey fan and I want to know where everybody is going. It was interesting to see Marc Denis go to Tampa and Dan Cloutier yesterday to go Los Angeles." Interesting because it eliminated two more spots for Biron. There are still openings out there. Detroit remains without a No. 1 goalie although they had veteran Ed Belfour in town Wednesday for a physical. Florida is also looking for a goalie to push Alex Auld. And the St. Louis Blues are beating the bushes as well, wanting some help for Curtis Sanford.
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Bruins Sign Mowers

from the Boston Bruins,

The Boston Bruins have agreed to terms with center Mark Mowers on a two-year contract, it was announced today by Bruins Interim General Manager Jeff Gorton. Terms of the contract were not released. “Mark has been a versatile player with the Red Wings and we feel he will help round out our lineup,” said Gorton.

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Addressing The Shanahan Rumors

Everyone and his brother has Shanny going to numerous teams. The latest talk, which was bogus, was Shanny was about to sign a $9.8 million, 2 year contract with Boston. Montreal media is reporting Shanahan is about to re-sign with the Wings. Other reports had him in LA talking to the Kings on the 4th of July. Leafs media sources are begging for the Leafs to sign him, he would be good in the lockerroom. My suggestion, wait and let it play out. added 3:30pm, I forgot one... Someone claimed they walked by the Madision Square Garden marquee last night and swears they saw "Welcome Brendan Shanahan" in lights! You see folks, rumors can fly like mad...

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Wesley Get $1.2 Million

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 defenseman Glen Wesley to a one-year contract. The deal will pay Wesley $1.2 million in 2006-07. “Glen has been a fixture on our blueline for many years and we are thrilled that he is coming back for another season,” said Rutherford. “His leadership and reliability are very valuable to our team.”

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