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Report- Yzerman Retires

via Sportsnet,

After 22 seasons, Detroit Red Wings' captain Steve Yzerman is calling it a career, Sportsnet has learned. The 41-year old is considered one of the greatest players ever to wear the red and white, and led Detroit to three Stanley Cups, which included a Conn Smythe trophy in 1998. Also sitting in the ten-time all-star's trophy case is a gold medal from the 2002 Olympics. Yzerman finishes his career with 692 goals and 1,063 assists for 1,755 points in 1,514 regular season games.
added 9:43am, I am trying to see if any major outlets will be video streaming the conference. I will keep you posted. Audio stream can be found at WDFN or WXYT. You may have to register to listen... added 10:30am, from the Detroit Free Press,
Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman most likely will announce his retirement this afternoon at 1 p.m. during a news conference at Joe Louis Arena. Team owner Mike Ilitch will attend, a strong indication that Yzerman’s decision is to hang up his skates rather than to return for a 23rd NHL season. The Wings have a front-office job ready for Yzerman, as special assistant to general manager Ken Holland. Yzerman repeatedly has said he is not very interested in coaching, although he concedes it is the closest a player can come to retaining the exhilaration of playing.
added 10:31am, via the AP,
The Red Wings called a news conference Monday to discuss the status of Steve Yzerman, their 41-year-old captain who has played his entire NHL career with Detroit. Asked whether the news conference was to announce whether Yzerman would stay or go, team spokesman John Hahn said, "I can tell you that it involves Steve. I can't tell you what it's about."
added 10:51am, While we sit and wait, enjoy some Stevie videos... added 11:00am, Just received an email stating the NBC affiliate in Detroit, WDIV, will be streaming the video of the press conference. added 11:12am, Shawn Burr, former Red Wing was just on WDFN and stated Stevie should have waited until July 15th to make this announcement. Season ticket $$$ is due July 14th! Shawn is still not convinced Steve is retiring. He said maybe the Wings don't know what this conference is about either, just that involves Steve. added 11:23am, via TSN,
The Wings have not confirmed the reason for the newser, but TSN has learned that Yzerman told some of his close friends in hockey that he would announce his retirement on Monday.
update 5:57pm, FSN Detroit will show the Yzerman press conference at 8pm tonight and again after the Tigers ballgame which starts at 10pm.

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Sabres Must Think Differently

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Owner Tom Golisano has said several times that he wished his employees had one-day contracts. It would be nice if there were world peace, too, but it's not reality. Golisano pulled the Sabres from bankruptcy, but let's not forget he was making an investment. He dropped $60 million on the franchise and has watched its value skyrocket in the past two years. No problem here with him turning a profit, but he can't have it both ways. The lines to the ticket counter will get much shorter very quickly if fans believe they're being taken for a ride. It starts with changing the Sabres' thinking and accepting the fact that long-term contracts are part of the new NHL. Regier conceded Sunday that they were moving in that direction. It's about time. The Sabres know what they have in their young players. The smart play would be locking them up for lengthy deals, which would keep the team intact and get tomorrow's talent at today's prices.

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Why Now?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Why, oh why, weren't the Bruins spending like this back in the day when there was no salary cap? Now that a limit exists on what NHL clubs can spend on salaries -- that ceiling being $44 million for the upcoming season, year No. 2 of the NHL cap -- suddenly Freres Jacobs and Friends have gone swashbuckling into the free agent market like a bunch of latter-day Rangers, Red Wings, Stars, Avs, and Flyers. Now, is spending a bad thing? No, it's not, provided the war chest is being emptied out for the right warriors. Before the cap came in, the Red Wings did the best job of spending, spending, and spending more, but they dished it to the right people (in other words, not to Marty Lapointe and Alexei Zhamnov).
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Report- Devils Lock-Up Colin White

from Bergen Record,

After re-signing unrestricted free agents Patrik Elias and Jamie Langenbrunner to long-term contracts on Saturday, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello continued the process of locking up his team's core Sunday by re-signing restricted free agent defenseman Colin White, sources told The Record. White, 28, passed up a chance to become an unrestricted free agent next year by signing a six-year contract at $3 million per season.

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Pronger Could Be Moved Soon

via TSN,

Sources have told TSN that Edmonton could finally deal the former Hart and Norris trophy winner possibly within the next 24 hours. Anaheim is believed to still be a major player which could be an absolute nightmare for teams matching up against a duo like Pronger and one of the other best defencemen in hockey- Scott Neidermayer.

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Arnott Wants To Be The Go-To-Guy

from the Nashville City Paper,

Arnott liked what he heard about the Predators from former and current players. He also liked what he hard from Poile and Predators coach Barry Trotz. “They answered everything I wanted to know without me having to ask,” Arnott said. “Nashville was where I wanted to be. It is the time in my career to move on. I want to be the go-to guy. I want to be the horse on the ice. I am going to try to do everything I can to help bring a Stanley Cup to Nashville.”

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Talk Is Belfour May Be A Wing

from the Toronto Sun,

"Ed's plans are definitely to play goal again in the NHL," agent Ron Salcer said yesterday. "He's weighing his options, doing his therapy religiously (from spring back surgery) and making significant progress every day." Asked if the Leafs' decision to terminate his contract last week would scare other teams away from the 41-year-old, Salcer retorted "it would be hard not to pay attention to Ed Belfour if he's available. He's come back from every kind of adversity." Rumours continue to swirl that Belfour could wind up with the Detroit Red Wings later this summer in tandem with Chris Osgood.
more...basically a recap of player movemen during the UFA period...

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Wings Press Conference

Wings have called a 1pm press conference for Monday. Let the speculation begin. added 11:30pm, After making a few phone calls, radio and TV networks have been invited to cover the conference. Every sign points to Steve Yzerman retiring. added 11:55pm, Local radio and TV stations are now planning a live cut-in of the press conference. added 7:00am Monday, from the Detroit News,

The Red Wings have called a 1 p.m. news conference for Monday. The organization is calling it a major announcement, which fuels speculation it be regarding the future of Steve Yzerman, who has been torn about retirement or playing another season. If not Yzerman, the Wings could be announcing the acquisition of a free agent. Holland is in the market for a veteran No. 1 goalie, and one strong possibility is Ed Belfour. A physical defenseman is another need, and Aaron Ward, a former Red Wing who recently won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes, has been linked to the Red Wings.
added 8:34am, from Mlive,
Yzerman spoke with Wings general manager Ken Holland on Friday, and a team source said Yzerman assured the club that he would make a decision by today. It's highly unlikely the Wings would hold a press conference to announce that Yzerman is returning.

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Wild Plan

from the AP via Akron Beacon Journal,

With local fans growing more and more impatient with the team's unwillingness to spend money on the free agent market, the Wild leaped into action this weekend, spending nearly $37 million on three players. The Wild signed Minnesota native and gritty forward Mark Parrish to a five-year, $13.25 million deal, Philadelphia defenseman Kim Johnsson to a four-year, $19.4 million deal and Vancouver defenseman Keith Carney to a two-year, $4.2 million deal, all late Saturday night. And while the activity drew praise from fans and players, general manager Doug Risebrough said that was the plan all along. "It's consistent with what we've said we were going to do," Risebrough said Sunday. "We wanted to develop some young players, see what they can do, then find out how we can help make them better."
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Report- Hinote To The Blues

from Hadley on Sports,

P-D (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) hockey writer Jeremy Rutherford is reporting the Blues have signed Dan Hinote.
added 7:38am Monday, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Here it is July, and Weight is back, Drake is still here, and Pleau and Kitchen aren't going anywhere. On a hot summer day, the Blues got a double-scoop Sunday, re-signing head coach Mike Kitchen to a two-year contract while persuading Weight to return to the team with a two-year, $7 million deal. If not for a couple of other free-agent signings, including the addition of forward Dan Hinote Sunday, the 2006-07 Blues are starting look a lot like, well, the 2005-06 model. But new president John Davidson believes that's a good thing.

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