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Havlat Won’t Sign Long Term

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Don't expect Martin Havlat to make life easier for the goalie-hunting Senators by signing a contract extension. Sources insist Havlat must first sign an extension before the Senators will be able to trade him to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for goalie Vesa Toskala. And, according to his agent, Havlat has no intention of doing that. "I had a meeting with Muckler before the draft, after which I spoke with (Havlat), and I very clearly communicated to John Muckler that Marty was only interested in a one-year deal," Walsh said yesterday from Los Angeles. "I cannot imagine any scenario that would change Marty's wishes at this point."

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Bondra & Three Other Thrashers Not Offered Contracts

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

With the NHL's free agency period to begin Saturday, the Thrashers will not offer contracts — for now — to forwards Peter Bondra, Ronald Petrovicky, J.P. Vigier and Serge Aubin. General manager Don Waddell suspects Bondra, 38, will retire. He stands two goals shy of 500 for his career after scoring 21 in 60 games last season. A sports hernia injury greatly affected his performance in the second half and caused him to miss 22 games. Nonetheless, a national hero in his native Slovakia, Bondra chose to play in February's Olympics despite the injury. While he was impressive in Turin, he scored only six goals after the Olympic break. "I haven't heard any word from him or his agent as to whether he's going to play again," Waddell said. As to whether he thought Bondra was going to retire, Waddell said, "I think he is."
more (reg. req.)

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Chicago Buys Out Barnaby & Brown

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have bought out the contracts of forwards Matthew Barnaby and Curtis Brown. “Matthew and Curtis are two classy guys who represented the Blackhawks very well,” said Blackhawk General Manager Dale Tallon. “However, we are moving in another direction right now. We certainly appreciate everything they did for us last year.”

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After Thoughts

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-One high NHL official tells us that the two referees – Bill McCreary and Brad Watson -- “blew” the controversial goal-no-goal for Carolina late in the first period of Game Seven. “It should have been a penalty shot,” the man says. Many agree with this view. Imagine the furor had the Canes lost the Cup by one goal. -Just Wondering Dep’t: Why was it so hard for Pavel Datsyuk to show up for his Lady Byng Trophy; not to mention other Award Night absentees, Teemu Selanne and Miikka Kiprusoff? -The Free Agent Goalie Derby is a beaut. Netminding-seekers, such as Tampa Bay can feed on Marty Biron, Evgeni Nabokov and J.S. Giguere, among others.
read on...and a hint to The Maven, you may want to check the status of those three goalies again...

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Boynton For Mara

from TSN,

The Boston Bruins have traded defenceman Nick Boynton and a 4th round draft choice in 2007 to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Paul Mara and a 3rd round draft choice in either the 2007 or 2008.

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Bruins Qualify Nine

from the Boston Bruins,

The Boston Bruins have tendered qualifying offers to nine players, it was announced today by Bruins Interim General Manager Jeff Gorton. As of 5:00 p.m. on June 26, the following players become Group II (restricted) free agents, with the Bruins having the right to match any offer made by another team or due draft pick compensation should the team decide not to match an offer: Andrew Alberts, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Boyes, Nick Boynton, Milan Jurcina, Nathan Robinson, Martin Samuelsson, Jordan Sigalet and David Tanabe. A qualifying offer had also been sent to Andrew Raycroft prior to his June 24 trade to Toronto. Brian Eklund, Ivan Huml, Josh Langfeld and Pat Leahy were not tendered qualifying offers and will become unrestricted free agents able to sign with any team as of July 1.
added 5:21pm, from the Dallas Stars,
Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has made qualifying offers to the following players: defenseman Trevor Daley, goaltender Dan Ellis, right wing Junior Lessard (pronounced leh-SAHRD), center Steve Ott, goaltender Mike Smith, and left wing Mathias Tjarnqvist (SHARN-kwist). Left wings David Bararuk (BAIR-a-ruhk) and Jaroslav Svoboda (svah-BOH-da) were not extended qualifying offers. Per club policy, financial terms of each respective qualifying offer were not disclosed.

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Carlyle Creates Competition

from the Winnipeg Sun,

“Right from the first day I got the job, we were able to create competition for positions and we were going to play an up-tempo style. If you didn’t want to do that. At one point, our team made a change and took on a personality, they understood how they had to play and what we were trying to do to give ourselves the best possible chance at success.”Ducks GM Brian Burke was adamant Carlyle was the right man for the job and he was not mistaken. “He did a great job for us, he’s been terrific,” said Burke. “When you finish in sixth place in the West, you don’t get any votes for coach of the year and he should have. “I like ass kickers behind the bench and he’s an ass kicker. He demands accountability of the players and he gets them to perform.”

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Hollywood Producer Shows Interest In Penguins

from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

Hollywood movie and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer is the latest to express interest in buying the Pittsburgh Penguins, financial sources said. He has received bid information from the team’s banker, Allen & Co., though he had not submitted an offer last week. "As far as I know, they are the only NHL team free to move,” said Bob Caporale, chairman of Game Plan, which represents bidder Lawrence Gottesdiener. That may be what is attracting Bruckheimer, who, sources said, wants to move the club either to Kansas City or Las Vegas. A representative for the producer, known for hits such as TV series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and feature film “Pirates of the Caribbean,” declined to comment specifically on the Penguins situation. “Jerry Bruckheimer loves hockey, and if the right opportunity came along he would consider it,” said Michelle Bega, vice president of the public relations firm Rogers & Cowan, which represents Bruckheimer.

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Arnason Not Qualified

from RDS (translated),

The Senators of Ottawa decided not to make of qualificative offer with Tyler Arnason before the hour limits Monday so that the veteran player of center will be an autonomous player without compensation on July 1. It ordered wages of 1,2 million $ last season and the director general John Muckler stated Monday that it was not worth his wages. “I am sure that it will sign a contract some share. One spoke to put it under contract at less wages but it refused”, explained Muckler.
added 2:39pm, from the CP via TSN,
The Ottawa Senators declined to make a contract qualifying offer to Tyler Arnason before the Monday deadline, making the veteran centre an unrestricted free agent July 1. "I still think he's going to play in the NHL and probably get a contract somewhere else," said Muckler. "We asked him if he'd take a reduction in pay and he refused to do that. "Our assessment was that we could do better in the free agency or trade markets."

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Luongo To Talk Long Term With Canucks

from TSN,

The Canucks have made their first move in negotiations with new goaltender Roberto Luongo Monday, making a qualifying offer to the restricted free agent, and there is more to come according to CKNW 980 AM in Vancouver. The Canucks qualified Luongo at $3.2 million, which gives the club his rights for the 2006-07 season, but the radio station is also reporting that Luongo's agent, Gilles Lupien, will meet with his client in Montreal this week to discuss the prospects of a long term deal.
continued...including a few shot from Luongo's agent at the Panthers.

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