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via the New York Islanders,
One of the most relentless defensemen in the National Hockey League is now a member of the New York Islanders. The Islanders have agreed to terms with Brendan Witt on a three-year contract. 'We were looking for competitors and today we signed one of the fiercest in the league in Brendan Witt," said Islanders Vice President and general manager Neil Smith. "Our coach Ted Nolan holds Brendan in the highest regard and was very interested in bringing him to Long Island, and I know Brendan was extremely excited about the prospect of playing for Ted."from TSN, T
he St. Louis Blues have signed unrestricted free agent Bill Guerin. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Sabres have come to terms with veteran defenseman Teppo Numminen. Numminen netted 2 goals and 38 assists in 75 games during the 2005-2006 regular season, his first with Buffalo and seventeenth in the NHL. The announcement comes on Numminen's 38th birthday.
The Atlanta Thrashers have signed unrestricted free agent center Steve Rucchin. Terms of the deal were not disclosed
from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,
-By Their Works Shall Ye Know Them: A year ago, big-mouth Bryan McCabe declared he’d quit rather than play under a hard cap. So, how come he just signed a five-year deal at $5.75 mil a year? Then again, you know the answer! -On the other hand, we have NHL heavyweight champ Georges Laraque, willing to take a pay cut from $1.083 mil if he can land another NHL spot other than Edmonton. -Nice Knowing You Dep’t. Michael Peca on his Edmonton farewell: “Some of us Unrestricted guys got the ‘Thanks for your great work in Edmonton speech.’ It was clear there wasn’t interest on their end.”read on
from the CP via TSN,
The Ottawa Senators re-signed restricted free agent forward Jason Spezza to a two-year contract on Monday. The 23 year-old had 19 goals and 71 assists for a career-best 90 points last season, which placed him third on the team in scoring. "We feel that he's a great asset to our organization," said Senators GM John Muckler. "We're happy to have him aboard."
David will give you the details.
from Phil Coffey and Shawn Roarke of NHL.com,
The changing of the guard is official for the Detroit Red Wings. Steve Yzerman, the Wings' longtime captain and inspirational leader, as well as one of the greats in NHL history, made his retirement official Monday at a press conference. "I just had this feeling it is time for me to move on," Yzerman said. "When you look at the Red Wings and see how Stevie and Chris Chelios help deflect the pressure of the situation from everyone else on the team, it makes it so much easier for the other guys -- Nicklas Lidstrom, Brendan Shanahan, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby and the rest. Those ultimate skills and leadership qualities ... you can't underestimate teams that have that in place." "When I first got here, I was in awe of him, and my buddies back in Toronto couldn't believe I was his teammate," Kirk Maltby told reporters recently. "But I quickly found out that he's just an easy-going, approachable guy, whether you're a young kid trying to make it or a veteran star." And, once the puck drops, he is the definition of a leader.read on...a few bloggers are mentioned too...
from the New York Rangers,
Another member of the 2006 Stanley Cup champion Hurricanes has opted to continue his career with the Rangers. On Monday, two days after signing forward Matt Cullen, the Blueshirts agreed to terms with defenseman Aaron Ward, 33.
Yzerman (now considered as management by Shanahan) said he spoke with Brendan last night and he really wants to come back to Detroit. Doesn't want to have to pick-up the family and move. Steve also mentioned the Wings need a goalie, maybe they will get one today or maybe not until December or January. It will be worked out. The Wings know what they are doing.
With Yzerman in the lineup, Wings fans knew we always had a chance to win a game. Now that security blanket has left us. July 3, 2006, the day Detroit Red Wings fans shed a tear or two. We knew the day was coming and tried to convince ourselves to be prepared. But it hit us like a ton of bricks, took away our breath and left us stunned and dazed. #19 will never be seen on the ice again. I joked with a fellow blogger a week or so ago the #19 is not worn by anyone in Detroit sports, both amateur and pro, but today I am not kidding. No more #19 for anyone in Detroit, we cannot look at someone else wearing it again. Besides, who could live up to it? I have been lucky enough to watch Gordie Howe perform when he still was a dominant player. Yzerman was different, he did not control the game like Gordie would, but his determination and effort allows me to put Steve and Gordie in the same class. How can we forget the constant drive and professionalism Yzerman has showed us? Simple, we can't! But we can pass those valuable assets on to our children and even to ourselves. Be like Stevie when times our tough, your chances of working things out are better if you follow the examples he has passed on to all of us Not only was Steve admired by Detroit fans, but by fans all over the world, especially Canada. How many times have I heard he was the inspiration for the Canadian National Teams. He lead the leaders, showed them how to handle themselves on and off the ice. Many of his fellow NHLers have mentioned Yzerman was their idol! Kids from B.C to N.S. list Stevie as the player they would most want to be like. Players who have retired from the NHL state Yzerman was the key to the Wings, without him they may have never won three cups in the last ten years. The game of hockey says good-bye to one of the greatest of all time. He will be missed, remembered and mostly thanked for all he gave back to the game. THE CAPTAIN leaves us wanting more and all we have now are the memories to hold on to.
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