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Zherdev Contract Talk

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Zherdev is a restricted free agent, and it seems his agent, Rolland Hedges, and the Blue Jackets are bracing for negotiations that could take most of the summer and may stretch into training camp in September. Hedges confirmed yesterday that Zherdev has signed a contract with Khimik Voskresensk of the Russian Superleague. He’s playing with the club in a tournament in Finland. "Nikolai’s first objective is to play for the Columbus Blue Jackets," Hedges said. "If he’s not able to do that because of a contract or budget situation, this way he has a place to play." The Jackets have offered Zherdev a one-year, contract, his qualifying offer, as well as a two-year contract worth "substantially more money," MacLean said.

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Odd Charles Wang

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

First of all, keeping Milbury on the payroll -- and even promoting him -- would make any reasonable observer wonder about Wang's ability to make hockey decisions. After all, it was Wang who approved Milbury's idea to give Alexei Yashin a 10-year $90-million US contract. Has it not by now dawned on Wang that this was perhaps not the best hockey decision ever made? Knowing Wang, probably not. Wang, after all, has seriously suggested that team personnel should go to Japan to scout sumo wrestlers who could be turned into National Hockey League goaltenders.
read on added 7:38am, from Alan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Ted Nolan might do well enough as the coach of the Islanders, but appointing Garth Snow as the GM and surrounding him with the likes of Bryan Trottier and (perhaps) Pat LaFontaine is like asking Larry, Curly and Moe to fix the hole in your roof. Guaranteed, something is going to go wrong.

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Belfour Could Be A Panther Today

from the Miami Herald via the Mercury News,

The Florida Panthers are on the verge of solidifying their goaltending tandem by signing likely future Hall of Famer Ed Belfour. Belfour passed a physical Wednesday morning and could be introduced by the Panthers on Thursday as a backup to Alex Auld.

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Kubina Slandered Ref

from Hockey Refs,

Czech NHL player Pavel Kubina has been fined over 14,000 euros by a judge in his home country for slandering a referee. Kubina, who took refuge with HC Vitkovice in the Tipsport Extraliga during the 2004-2005 NHL lockout, accused referee Petra Bolina of taking bribes after Vitkovice was eliminated from the playoffs by HC Hame Zlin.

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MacTavish Rewarded With 4 Year Extension

from TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Edmonton Oilers have rewarded head coach Craig MacTavish with a four-year contract extension. MacTavish helped guide the Oilers to game 7 of the Stanley Cup final and is widely considered one of the NHL's most respected leaders.

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The “Apprentice” Started Today

from the AP via TSN,

"Im not as inexperienced as you think,'' said Snow, who will turn 37 later this month. ''I've watched a lot of hockey the past few years and probably from the best seat in the house. ''As sad as it may be, I have a copy of the CBA and I read it in my spare time.'' Wang and Snow often talked once the goalie joined the organization in 2001. ''Sometime you're going to have to grow up and get a real job somewhere,'' Wang would tell him. Snow called Wang right after last season as the search for Mike Milbury's replacement began in earnest. He continued to impress the boss and nearly landed the job when Smith was hired.
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Rangers/Nashville Trade

from the New York Rangers,

Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired right wing Adam Hall from the Nashville Predators in exchange for center Dominic Moore.
Then traded Moore to Pittsburgh... from the Nashville Predators,
Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club acquired forward Dominic Moore from the New York Rangers for forward Adam Hall. The Predators then acquired a third-round choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft from the Pittsburgh Penguins for Moore and forward Libor Pivko (LEE-bohr PEEV-koh).

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Goalies In Waiting

Something Kevin Allen said a few days ago on Detroit radio got me to thinking. Kevin mentioned the Predators are concerned about the health of Vokoun and they really are not talking about the situation. I believe he has a check-up scheduled late this month and hopefully he receives a green light to begin working out. But what if he doesn't? The Preds feel they are strong enough to compete in the Western Conference, but without Vokoun in net, they will have to depend on Chris Mason again, something they may not want to do. So are the teams that have a surplus of goalies waiting to see how the Vokoun situation plays-out before they start serious trade talks with other teams? Makes sense to me, if Vokoun can't come back, the trade options become much more valuable to the teams holding onto a goalie. If Vokoun does come back, then the teams are in the same position that they are now, so why not wait? What's another few weeks!

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The Cup Touches The Marines

You may remember Glen Wesley took the Cup to Camp Lejeune recently. Great write-up... from John McGourty of NHL.com,

As a member of the Stanley Cup-winning Hurricanes, Wesley was entitled to one day with the Stanley Cup and he decided to spend part of that day with members of Wounded Warrior Barracks at Camp Lejeune. Wesley hoped it would help pay respect and raise the spirits of the wounded Marines and that it did. It was an amazing visit. The Marines joked with Wesley about his injuries and theirs. Some compared the severity of the injuries that he's suffered stopping pucks and being banged into the boards to the injuries they've received from suicide bombers, improvised explosive devices and conventional ordnance.
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Nolan Stays Out Of It

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Ted Nolan, still feeling his way around as coach of the New York Islanders, wants it known that he didn't have a hand in the dismissal of general manager Neil Smith. He claims he never even saw it coming. "I was at home when (owner) Charles (Wang) called," the recently hired Nolan told Sportsnet. "He asked me if I was sitting down and I said 'why' and he said he fired Neil. He said it was for philosophical reasons.'"

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