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Steve Yzerman Retires

image All he wanted to do is be a hockey player. And what a player he was!!! added 2:36pm, If you missed Steve Yzerman making his retirement speech, you can watch it via Sportsnet. added 2:50pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Captain has called it a career. Center Steve Yzerman, a Red Wing since 1983 and their captain since 1986, announced Monday afternoon that he had retired from playing hockey. “I feel very relieved and very comfortable,” Yzerman said at a news conference at Joe Louis Arena. “I want to let everyone know I’ve decided to retire, to hang up my skates.”
continued added 2:59pm, Great photo gallery of Yzerman through the years at the Detroit News. added 3:26pm, via the Detroit News, Reaction from Gretzky, Lemieux and Bettman on Steve's retirement. added 4:42pm, VCOE tries to cheer up Wings fans!

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Pens Sign Eaton

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed free agent defenseman Mark Eaton to a two-year contract, it was announced Monday by General Manager Ray Shero. Eaton, 29, appeared in 69 games with the Nashville Predators in 2005-06, recording four points (3+1) and 44 penalty minutes.

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Pronger A Duck

from TSN,

Chris Pronger, the biggest name on the summer trade block is going to California. The Anaheim Ducks have traded right winger Joffrey Lupul one roster player Joffrey Lupul, one non-roster player and several conditional high-end draft picks to the Oilers in exchange for Pronger.
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Yzerman Tributes & Memories Requested

Phil Coffey, NHL.com edditorial director has informed me he would like Red Wing bloggers to submit their Yzerman memories and tributes to him. Create a post in your blog and forward the link to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Your piece on Yzerman may be included in an upcoming article from Phil. Remember people of all ages may be reading your post, so make it acceptable reading for all ages. Also, please pass this on to any Red Wing blogger you know.

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Report- Yzerman Retires

via Sportsnet,

After 22 seasons, Detroit Red Wings' captain Steve Yzerman is calling it a career, Sportsnet has learned. The 41-year old is considered one of the greatest players ever to wear the red and white, and led Detroit to three Stanley Cups, which included a Conn Smythe trophy in 1998. Also sitting in the ten-time all-star's trophy case is a gold medal from the 2002 Olympics. Yzerman finishes his career with 692 goals and 1,063 assists for 1,755 points in 1,514 regular season games.
added 9:43am, I am trying to see if any major outlets will be video streaming the conference. I will keep you posted. Audio stream can be found at WDFN or WXYT. You may have to register to listen... added 10:30am, from the Detroit Free Press,
Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman most likely will announce his retirement this afternoon at 1 p.m. during a news conference at Joe Louis Arena. Team owner Mike Ilitch will attend, a strong indication that Yzerman’s decision is to hang up his skates rather than to return for a 23rd NHL season. The Wings have a front-office job ready for Yzerman, as special assistant to general manager Ken Holland. Yzerman repeatedly has said he is not very interested in coaching, although he concedes it is the closest a player can come to retaining the exhilaration of playing.
added 10:31am, via the AP,
The Red Wings called a news conference Monday to discuss the status of Steve Yzerman, their 41-year-old captain who has played his entire NHL career with Detroit. Asked whether the news conference was to announce whether Yzerman would stay or go, team spokesman John Hahn said, "I can tell you that it involves Steve. I can't tell you what it's about."
added 10:51am, While we sit and wait, enjoy some Stevie videos... added 11:00am, Just received an email stating the NBC affiliate in Detroit, WDIV, will be streaming the video of the press conference. added 11:12am, Shawn Burr, former Red Wing was just on WDFN and stated Stevie should have waited until July 15th to make this announcement. Season ticket $$$ is due July 14th! Shawn is still not convinced Steve is retiring. He said maybe the Wings don't know what this conference is about either, just that involves Steve. added 11:23am, via TSN,
The Wings have not confirmed the reason for the newser, but TSN has learned that Yzerman told some of his close friends in hockey that he would announce his retirement on Monday.
update 5:57pm, FSN Detroit will show the Yzerman press conference at 8pm tonight and again after the Tigers ballgame which starts at 10pm.

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Sabres Must Think Differently

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Owner Tom Golisano has said several times that he wished his employees had one-day contracts. It would be nice if there were world peace, too, but it's not reality. Golisano pulled the Sabres from bankruptcy, but let's not forget he was making an investment. He dropped $60 million on the franchise and has watched its value skyrocket in the past two years. No problem here with him turning a profit, but he can't have it both ways. The lines to the ticket counter will get much shorter very quickly if fans believe they're being taken for a ride. It starts with changing the Sabres' thinking and accepting the fact that long-term contracts are part of the new NHL. Regier conceded Sunday that they were moving in that direction. It's about time. The Sabres know what they have in their young players. The smart play would be locking them up for lengthy deals, which would keep the team intact and get tomorrow's talent at today's prices.
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Why Now?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Why, oh why, weren't the Bruins spending like this back in the day when there was no salary cap? Now that a limit exists on what NHL clubs can spend on salaries -- that ceiling being $44 million for the upcoming season, year No. 2 of the NHL cap -- suddenly Freres Jacobs and Friends have gone swashbuckling into the free agent market like a bunch of latter-day Rangers, Red Wings, Stars, Avs, and Flyers. Now, is spending a bad thing? No, it's not, provided the war chest is being emptied out for the right warriors. Before the cap came in, the Red Wings did the best job of spending, spending, and spending more, but they dished it to the right people (in other words, not to Marty Lapointe and Alexei Zhamnov).
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Report- Devils Lock-Up Colin White

from Bergen Record,

After re-signing unrestricted free agents Patrik Elias and Jamie Langenbrunner to long-term contracts on Saturday, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello continued the process of locking up his team's core Sunday by re-signing restricted free agent defenseman Colin White, sources told The Record. White, 28, passed up a chance to become an unrestricted free agent next year by signing a six-year contract at $3 million per season.

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Pronger Could Be Moved Soon

via TSN,

Sources have told TSN that Edmonton could finally deal the former Hart and Norris trophy winner possibly within the next 24 hours. Anaheim is believed to still be a major player which could be an absolute nightmare for teams matching up against a duo like Pronger and one of the other best defencemen in hockey- Scott Neidermayer.

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Arnott Wants To Be The Go-To-Guy

from the Nashville City Paper,

Arnott liked what he heard about the Predators from former and current players. He also liked what he hard from Poile and Predators coach Barry Trotz. “They answered everything I wanted to know without me having to ask,” Arnott said. “Nashville was where I wanted to be. It is the time in my career to move on. I want to be the go-to guy. I want to be the horse on the ice. I am going to try to do everything I can to help bring a Stanley Cup to Nashville.”
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