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Waiting For Another Chance

from the Columbus Dispatch,

(Tyler) Wright, 33, is an unrestricted free agent, free to sign with any NHL club after the Anaheim Ducks bought out the final year of his contract last month. "I’ve never been in this position before," Wright said. "It’s a waiting-out process, and that’s tough on the nerves a little bit, but I’m confident I’ll get the right deal done. I’m trying to make the most of it, really. It’s motivating me every morning, with my workouts. I’m probably in the best shape of my life." Neither Wright nor his agent, Don Baizley, would discuss which NHL clubs are interested, but the Nashville Predators — the Jackets’ top rival in the Central Division — are high on the list, according to one NHL source.

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Crosby Trying To Relax

from the Daily News (Halifax),

When he does go out, Crosby can rarely go unnoticed. A lot of the times, too, autograph-seekers will come his way. "I just make sure I don't head to the mall on a Saturday afternoon or anything like that," joked Crosby, while at the same time being brutally honest. "But I do find time to relax and do the things I want to do. I guess I probably just have to think things through a little more. Just be aware of where I'm going and things like that. "But I wouldn't trade playing in the NHL for anything. I'm lucky to be where I am." So how does Crosby, one of the league's biggest stars, spend a relaxing day at home in the summer? Actually, like most teenagers his age. "I like going to the lake, going to the beach and I like to golf a little bit when I can," said Crosby, who recently bought his first house, which is located outside of the city."
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Big E In Big D?

from the Star-Telegram,

Stars general manager Doug Armstrong said Friday that unrestricted free agent Eric Lindros is among the players the team is considering this summer. "When you're looking at any free agent, you have to weigh in all those factors -- injuries, health, production," Armstrong said. "There's a calculated risk with all those guys. I don't want to put too much stock in one player, but he's a big, strong center-ice man and right winger who has produced offensively in the past."
more update 4:23pm, from TSN,
Eric Lindros is expected decide on which team he will sign with by the end of the weekend, and the Western Conference champion Edmonton Oilers believe they are very much in the mix. The Oilers, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, Toronto Maple Leafs appear to be the front runners in landing the veteran centre, who became an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
continued update 8:50pm, Using a "source" as a reference, the Dallas Morning News is reporting the Stars are expected to sign Lindros.

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All Turco

from the Dallas Stars,

DallasStars.com: What was the hardest part for you personally following the playoffs? Turco: "Knowing that the results could have been better is tough. The thing that hurts the most though is what I didn't do for my teammates. It was hard to see the guys faces afterwards because you want to be there for them. Not playing as well as I can was tough because you can see the disappointment in the players' faces. We expected more out of our team last year, but it's not going to be something that drags us down. It will be something that only motivates us. We're looking forward to the challenge that lies before us next season."
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New Hockey Insider At TSN

from TSN,

TSN today announced the addition of Darren Dreger as the network's Hockey Insider alongside Bob McKenzie, complementing an already stellar NHL broadcast team. Dreger, a 19-year veteran sportscaster, begins July 31. He is the latest addition to the TSN family, following recent announcements of new hires Brian Williams and James Cybulski.

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Attention Detroit Area Sports Fans- Comcast Needs To Respond

Many of you have been following along with the issue Detroit area Comcast subscribers are experiencing. If you want to watch the Tigers and just announced Red Wings and Pistons in HD and have Comcast, you are out of luck right now. Ken gives us the news at AVS Forum and scroll down a few posts to see it appears to be a contract issue with FSN and Comcast. FYI- Numerous emails to Comcast have gone unanswered.

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Brashear A Cap

from the Washington Capitals,

The Washington Capitals have signed free agent left wing Donald Brashear, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer...

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Signings Today

from the CP via TSN,

The Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed top-four defenceman Joni Pitkanen to a one-year contract. The 22-year-old Finn had a career-high 46 points (13-33) and 78 penalty minutes in 58 games last season while leading the team in ice time (23:42).
Also from the CP via TSN,
First-line centre Shawn Horcoff signed a $10.8-million US, three-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, avoiding salary arbitration.
added 3:11pm, from the Sportsnet Tracker, Alex Auld officially signs with Panthers, 1yr $1.475 million.

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Two Teams Fighting Back

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

They are two franchises fighting to make it back -- the Lightning back to the ranks of the absolute elite, the Blues back to at least the status of a competitive franchise that can rekindle the passion for the sport in what off and on has been one of the league's best markets.
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Kevin Allen Talk

Kevin Allen was on WDFN in Detroit today during their radiothon and mentioned Nashville is concerned about the health of Vokoun. They are not commenting much on his progress but something to keep an eye on. Kevin mentioned Samsonov is a great fit in Montreal and should have a great season. He also believes many of the Eastern teams have improved their team make-up through trades and signings this summer. Commented on Jiri Fischer, believes an option for him would be to play in Russia, doesn't see him returning tot the NHL. On Belfour, thinks it would be a great move by the Wings if Eddie agrees to the terms the Wings are offering. Allen sees no reason why the Wings should overpay for other goalies who are not yet established.

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