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Davidson Named Blues President

from the AP via MSNBC,

The sale of the St. Louis Blues to a group led by Dave Checketts was completed Friday, and the new owners immediately named top NHL broadcaster John Davidson as team president.
continued added 8:08pm, St. Louis Blues release...including enhancements to the Savvis Center...

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Pronger Wants To Set The Record Straight

from Hadley On Sports,

Pronger to set the record straight… Chris Pronger is annoyed and disappointed with the misinformation and lies being bandied about through the media regarding his professional life in Edmonton and personal life in general. Pronger informed me he will have a press conference on Tuesday to discuss his career moving forward in addition to releasing a statement setting the record straight regarding his professional and personal situation in Edmonton.
continued... I have kept away from pointing to the reports and blogs of what supposedly happened to force Pronger to request a trade. Over 1500 searches in the last few days to KK, looking for anything and everything on Pronger. Glad to read he will try to set the record straight on this situation. No one had any evidence at all, no pics, no quotes from any of the people involved. Maybe the presser will bring everything out into the open.

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Avs Sign Clark & Skratins

from the Colorado Avelanche,

The Colorado Avalanche announced today that the club has signed defensemen Brett Clark and Karlis Skrastins to multi-year contracts. Both players were unrestricted free agents and could have tested the free agent market beginning tomorrow.
from the Denver Post,
Skrastins, the NHL's second leading shot-blocker last season, signed a three-year, $7.2 million deal with the Avs, foregoing a chance at unrestricted free agency starting tomorrow. Clark, who had an excellent season for Colorado in 2005-06 after a journeyman career to that point, signed a two-year, $3 million contract.

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Shanahan Available

According to WXYT radio in Detroit and the flagship station for the Wings, Brendan Shanahan has not come to an agreement with the Wings and will test the UFA market.

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Williams Locked-Up By Canes

from TSN,

Justin Williams picked the perfect time to have a breakout season. After setting career highs in all major scoring categories and helping the Carolina Hurricanes to their first Stanley Cup, Williams was rewarded Friday with a $17.5-million US, five-year contract.
update 5:36pm, from the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed defenseman Niclas Wallin to a four-year contract. The deal will pay Wallin $1.725 million per year.

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Report- Bolts Get Denis

via TSN,

Sources have told TSN that the Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired Marc Denis from Columbus for forward Fredrik Modin and Finnish netminder Fredrik Norrena.

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League Movement

from the Boston Bruins,

The Boston Bruins have bought out the final year of contracts for left wing Shawn McEachern and center Travis Green, it was announced today by Bruins Interim General Manager Jeff Gorton. Both players had been under contract through the 2006-07 season. “We are going in a different direction with our team next season,” said Gorton. “We felt that this was the best thing for both the team and the players at this time.”
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 right wing Craig Adams on a three-year contract. The deal will pay Adams $600,000 per year.

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Savard ReadyFor Free Agency

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The NHL's free agency period begins on Saturday and already Marc Savard has moved on mentally from the Thrashers. The 29-year-old unrestricted free agent is grateful to the organization — coach Bob Hartley said he speaks to Savard once a week and that Savard will work at his camp in York, Pa., in July. But that doesn't lessen Savard's disappointment. "Kind of [disappointed] in a way because I loved playing there," he said via phone while in his offseason home of Peterborough, Ont. "Everyone's been great to me. Nothing's wrong. Everything that happened there, I'm not leaving on any bad terms. [Thrashers general manager] Donnie Waddell was great for my career. I don't leave anything bad behind. Atlanta was my first decision, but things didn't work out right now."
continued...(reg. req.)

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Chara Rejects Sens Offer

via TSN,

Chara's agent Matt Keator has rejected the Senators' last contract offer and says he and his client will try the market as an unrestricted free agent on Saturday. Senators' GM John Muckler said Friday that the team will be looking to replace Chara beginning this weekend.

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Lidstrom Signed

via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings have taken 2006 Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom off the free agent market, signing him to a two-year contract. The deal will pay him $7.6 million in each season.

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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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