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Looking For Defense

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Slam,

With so much media attention paid to Nicklas Lidstrom, Zdeno Chara, Wade Redden, Rob Blake and Ed Jovanovski, it's easy to forget there are other talented NHL defencemen slated for unrestricted free agency when the market opens Saturday. "For free agency, this is the year of the defenceman," Nashville Predators GM David Poile said Tuesday. "We don't know what's going to happen between now and July 1, but if there's not too many signings this week, there's going to be a lot of quality defencemen available."
continued...a long list of dmen awaits you...

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Sullivan Done In Boston

from the CP via TSN,

The Boston Bruins relieved Mike Sullivan of his coaching duties Tuesday in an announcement that was hardly surprising given the team has been interviewing candidates to replace him. New Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has interviewed former Toronto Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn and former Detroit Red Wings coach Dave Lewis and planned to speak to other candidates as well. ''Peter communicated to us that he has talked to candidates and expects to give us his decision on a new head coach in the near future,'' added Gorton.

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F. Kaberle Stays With Carolina

from the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed defenseman Frantisek Kaberle to a four-year contract. The deal will pay the team’s top-scoring defenseman from last season $2.2 million per year.

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Avs Made The Right Move

from the Longmont Daily Times,

As strange as it may sound, the Colorado Avalanche picking a 37-year-old over a 25-year-old was the right choice. That’s one way to look at the Avs’ choice to trade Alex Tanguay and sign Joe Sakic. The transactions came a few days apart last week, and they make sense. First, Sakic is an icon. He is John Elway on hockey skates: reliable, likeable and the owner of some special talent. Even though Sakic is on the far back nine of his career, signing him last week to a one-year, $5.75 million contract was worth it. He’ll fill seats, he’ll be beloved and, as he has shown year after year, he’ll rack up the points.

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Barnaby On Buy Out

Barnaby was on the Fan 590 in Toronto and said he had no idea Chicago was going to buy him out. He mentioned it was tough at times playing in Chicago in front of 6000-7000 fans a night. Even the home games felt like road games. Barnaby thinks the Blackhawks are making room to sign a veteran forward that can make an impact. Matthew says he is not worried about going to another team, his agent Larry Kelly will find the right fit for him. Now, my one and only rumor during this UFA season, I have heard Sergei Samsonov is a lock to end up in Chicago.

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What About MacTavish

from the Edmonton Journal,

First Chris Pronger. Now Craig MacTavish? The Edmonton Oilers had an option for one more year with their head coach. However, the organization didn't exercise it, which leaves MacTavish without a contract and essentially a free agent. Given his track record, especially the still-hard-to-believe playoff push, MacTavish will undoubtedly be fielding a lot of offers by other teams in the next few days. But Oilers president and chief executive officer Patrick LaForge believes MacTavish will remain with the club.

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All Purpose Machine

via the AP,

Damian Renzello is ready to chill out -- with his very own backyard Zamboni. He's created the Bambini Revolution. It's an ice surfacing machine for home ice rinks. The Vermont entrepreneur combined a snow blower, all-terrain vehicle, ice scrapper and water sprayer to make the home ice just as smooth as the N-H-L's. And you don't have to wait until winter to use it. Renzello says the 30-thousand-dollar Bambini Revolution will also mow grass and spread liquid fertilizer in the summer.

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On Pronger

from the Edmonton Sun,

On the surface, there's no evidence here to suggest Pronger wants out of Edmonton for more cash. And without anything else to go on, we have to take this story at face value. Still, there are going to be fans who won't accept it. And whatever Pronger's reasons for wanting to leave Edmonton, the net effect is going to be a few more fans feeling emotionally betrayed by their idol - and a few more fans who have just been given another reason not to care about hockey anymore.
read on

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Briere Wants Proof CBA Is Working

from the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres front office often lauded their players for stepping up whenever they were issued a challenge. Now co-captain Daniel Briere wants management to respond in kind. "It's none of our decisions what they do, but it's our business because we play and we all want to win and we had a great taste of it last year," Briere said. "We had the lockout and the new [collective-bargaining agreement], and that's why we went through all this, so teams like the Buffalo Sabres could survive and keep all their players. We'll see if the CBA is really working or we're back to the same thing as it was before."
read on added 10:16am, What does a Sabres fan have to say about this?
That’s a very polite way for Briere to say “we know there is no chance in Hell of the Sabres paying $4 million per year for Jay McKee.”

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Yzerman Decision Coming Soon

Reporter asks Yzerman what would be your reason for retiring? Yzerman responds, "I'm not sure, if I had one I would have retired by now". You can watch the interview which was done in Grand Rapids before Steve threw out the first pitch at a White Caps ball game. Thanks to Mlive poster Griffhead for the heads up. image added 10:35am, from the Grand Rapids Press via Mlive,

The 41-year-old Detroit Red Wings captain said Monday during an appearance at Fifth Third Ballpark that he should decide by Saturday whether he's retiring. "I'd like to do something soon because the Red Wings are trying to put their team together for the future. I don't see any reason to drag it out," Yzerman said before the second-half home opener for the West Michigan Whitecaps. "I think I can make a good argument for still playing or retiring. "I've debated back and forth. I should make that decision by July 1, which is the start of free agency, but that's deadline number five," he added with a smile. "The other deadlines have come and gone."

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