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Caps #1 Pick Will Stay In Sweden

Japer's Rink has all the details on Nick Backstrom. Most people thought Backstrom was NHL-ready...

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Tallon Thrilled With Havlat

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon found time during Monday's Prospects Camp scrimmage to talk to chicagoblackhawks.com about his new top line winger, the need for flexibility in the new NHL and much more. How does a complicated deal like this get done? Well, it started as a two-way deal. As the conversations continued on, we tried to widen it and make the deal bigger. We started talking to San Jose, then brought in Ottawa. Ottawa wanted a piece that San Jose had, and we were able to get it. Does Havlat have the character you're looking for to go with his skill? He's been known to tick off a few opponents... That's why we like him. He plays with passion. He plays on the edge. Our fans will really like him. He creates havoc. Besides being skilled, he can get under your skin, so that's what we like.
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Holland Talks- Belfour Will Be Wings Goalie, Maybe

Ken Holland was just on WXYT in Detroit. Talked about finding a forward who can get the Wings 20 or so goals. Anticipates some teams having cap issues later in the summer, so they may go after that type of player. Holland has been trying to get in touch with Belfour today, but hasn't yet, but he will be the Wings goalie as soon as they connect. I swear I heard this, but is my brain fried? Anyone who listened please respond. added 5:10pm, Still talking, Wings trying to build a program. Most teams have 5-7 key players and must commit to those guys. Wings will find guys that fit in with the Wings during the summer or trade deadline. They have to fit into the cap system. Holland believes the Wings still have a playoff type team and want to keep their younger players in the system. Talked about Jimmy Howard. Said if he put him in during the playoffs and they lose, pressure is tremendous on him. Wants Howard to play 60 games in Grand Rapids. He is no position to be handed the #1 goalie position but can change the Wings thinking in training camp. Belfour wants to come into camp knowing he is the #1 goalie and Hasek would have wanted the same. Now Holland says he hasn't offered anyone the goalie position to anyone. I know what I heard earlier, did anyone else hear it? added 5:34pm, The guys on WXYT just said it is clear as soon as Holland gets ahold of Belfor's agent, the Wings will make an offer to him. That is what I heard earlier. Then Holland goes on and talks about Hasek, saying he (Holland) may have some groin issues... update 9:37pm, from the Detroit Free Press (Tuesday edition) via the Mercury News,

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland spent Monday immersed in phone calls. John Hahn, senior director of communications, said Holland talked to the camps of Ed Belfour and Dominik Hasek - both are vying to become the Wings' starting goaltender for next season.

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Montreal Signs Komisarek

from the Montreal Canadiens,

Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Monday the signing of defenseman Mike Komisarek to a one-year contract. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Upgrades On The Way

Over the next few weeks, you may notice a few interruptions to KK. The upgrade and enhancements are starting to take place and it will be necessary to take KK offline at times. Thanks for your understanding. added 3:15pm, One of these interruptions will take place today and KK will be down anywhere between 15-45 minutes. added 4:15pm, Well that was quick. More of these "outages" will be experienced the next couple of weeks, so please be aware of them. Also, rss feeds thru Bloglines, Feedburner, etc. will also experience outages, but will self-correct after a period of time.

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Other Signings Today

Teams are beginning to announce more signings today. Instead of listing everyone, just check the Sportsnet Tracker throughout the rest of the day. I will continue to announce major signings and trades...

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A Few Days Early

via the Boston Bruins,

The Bruins have announced that General Manager Peter Chiarelli will begin working with the team immediately. Chiarelli was named as the seventh General Manager in Bruins history on May 26, 2006 after seven seasons as Assistant General Manager with the Ottawa Senators. An agreement mediated at that time by the NHL between the Bruins and Senators stipulated that Chiarelli remain working in his capacity with the Senators until July 15, 2006. The Senators have released Chiarelli from that agreement.

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Holland Keeps Us Waiting

from Ansar Khan at Mlive,

As of noon, the Wings still hadn't announced anything on goaltender Ed Belfour, after broadcast reports Sunday night indicated that they will sign the 41-year-old today. This much has been confirmed: They have ruled out the possibility of signing Dominik Hasek. Conspiracy theorists have suggested their public courtship of Belfour was designed to drive the asking price down for someone like Buffalo's Martin Biron or San Jose's Vesa Toskala. We'll know soon, as GM Ken Holland indicated a decision would be made today.

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Stars Sign Ott

via Sportsnet Tracker, Dallas signs Steve Ott to a 2yr deal.

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Legace A Great Fit For The Blues

from Jeff Gordon of St. Louis Today,

If the Blues are serious about adding a veteran goaltender – and Mike Kitchen reiterated that desire during a chat Saturday – then Legace appears to be an excellent fit. This guy is your classic journeyman. But he has made a lot of good things happen for himself and he would be one of the more highly motivated players in the Blues camp. Davidson has taken an interesting approach with this team. While acknowledging that the Blues face a multiyear rebuilding process, he wants to put a competitive team on the ice next season. If Legace is willing to come here for a one-year deal – for about the same money ($1.16 million) he made last year – then he would be a solid addition.

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