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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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A Little Slow Tonight

I will continue to update through the night, but the posts may not be as quick as they have been in the past day. A few friends have stopped over and time for a little relaxation. I wanted to thank everyone for visiting KK and hope to see you back throughout the summer and the upcoming season.

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Salei Goes To Florida

from TSN,

Florida Panthers General Manager Mike Keenan announced today that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent D Ruslan Salei on a four-year contract.

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Boston Welcomes Donovan

from TSN,

The Boston Bruins have signed winger Shean Donovan to a two year contract.

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Report- Weight To St. Louis

from Hadley on Sports,

The Blues have finalized a deal for Doug Weight. A deal with Mike Kitchen is soon to be finalized. The Blues remain hot on Brendan Shanahan (to play with Weight) and Anson Carter.
added 6:00pm, I have received about 14 emails in the last half hour telling me Shanahan is not going to St. Louis. Remember people, first of all the report says the Blues are hot on him, not that he signed. My personal feelings, Shanahan won't go back to St. Louis. update 6:17pm, via Sportsnet,
Sources told Sportsnet Doug Weight will return to the St Louis Blues. The recent Stanley Cup champion has agreed to a two-year deal with St Louis at $3.5 million per season

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Straka Stays With Rangers

from the New York Rangers,

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has re-signed free agent forward Martin Straka.

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Sydor Traded Back To Dallas

via TSN,

The Tampa Bay Lightning have traded defenceman Darryl Sydor to the Dallas Stars for a fourth-round choice in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
added 4:12pm, from the Star-Telegram,
"I’m very excited," Sydor said. "I’m in shock, really, to be traded — and to go back to a very familiar team and coaching staff and organization is a lot easier. It’s good to be back with a group of guys that I know."

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