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Luongo To Vancouver

via TSN,

The Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers have completed a multi-player trade involving Roberto Luongo and Todd Bertuzzi, sources have told TSN. Netminder Luongo is amongst a package that is going to Vancouver in exchange for a package that includes Bertuzzi.
more to come added 9:53pm, Sportsnet reporting the same, nothing concrete yet... update 9:56pm, Sportsnet now reporting the package is Luongo, Lukas Krajicek and a sixth-round draft pick to Vancouver for Bertuzzi, Bryan Allen and Alex Auld. Follow the same Sportnet link... update 10:12pm, TSN confirms the same deal, but without the 6th round pick...follow the TSN link for updated information. added 10:30pm, from the Florida Panthers,
Florida Panthers General Manager Mike Keenan announced today that the club has acquired RW Todd Bertuzzi, D Bryan Allen and G Alexander Auld from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for G Roberto Luongo and D Lukas Krajicek. “This is a trade that addresses a number of needs for our hockey club,” Keenan said. “We’ve added an experienced and talented forward, a skilled goaltender and a strong defenseman that we expect to help our team immediately.”

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You Remember Him?

Anyone recognize this guy? image

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Brind’Amour Stays With Canes

from the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with Captain Rod Brind’Amour on a five-year contract. The deal will pay the veteran centerman $4 million in each of the first three years, and $3 million in each of the last two years, and is in lieu of the 2006-07 option on his prior contract.

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The Talk

from the CP via Slam,

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland met with Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom and his agent Don Meehan on Friday. The star blue-liner can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. "We've had a number of meetings and I think today was a good meeting," Meehan said. "Ken will get back to us on Monday."
much more on many of the rumors and team decisions...

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Time For Brett

from the Dallas Stars,

Hey Dallas Stars fans, it's Brett Hull here. Here's my latest edition of Brett's Bites -- my take on the playoffs, the Stars, and anything hockey. Who was your best roommate on the road as a player? Chirs Chelios and Adam Oates. They were completely opposite guys. Chelios and I are very good friends. We were both night owls and liked to have a beer or two. We talked about anything and everything. Oates and I were both much younger when we roomed together in St. Louis. We talked a lot about the game and the opponent and how bad other guys are in the league. It was more hockey talk then but it was great.
more Q & A with Brett...

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Things To Consider

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Now, the guesswork is gone. Or it should be for those who have done their homework. As a result, this weekend should be chock-a-block with intrigue and rumor as teams try and pull in the prospects they covet while preparing for the free-agent market that begins July 1. Herein a look at some of the stories that may evolve this weekend. The Luongo drama Steve Yzerman's decision Chicago hope?
read on...much more

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Report- Pronger Requests Trade

from Sportsnet,

The Oilers' improbable run to the Stanley Cup finals may ultimately end with the trade of one of the team's biggest contributors: Chris Pronger. According to Sportsnet sources, Chris Pronger wants out. The defenceman is believed to have some personal issues that may be alleviated by a move. Neither the Oilers nor the Pronger camp will comment on the matter with respect to the hulking defenceman's privacy. However, it is believed Pronger made his position clear with Edmonton's management before departing for a vacation Friday morning. Word of his unrest surfaced prior to the playoffs and with it the understanding discussions between Pronger and Kevin Lowe had taken place inseason about the possibility of a trade.
continued I was listening to NHL Live this morning and they recevied an email stating that Lowe was on Edmonton radio this morning and said Pronger was not going anywhere. I don't believe they verified the email, then the guys from NHL Live promptly started ripping Al Strachan, for breaking this story a few days ago. update 5:43pm, Spector has been doing some digging on this story... added 6:55pm, via Sportsnet,
As much as Kevin Lowe had some choice words (and terms) for Toronto Sun columnist Al Strachan on Friday, Al has been in the business too long to be the first to report a rumour unless there is substantial smoke to the current fire in Oil Country. And we are finding out just how combustible fossil fuel is. However, the other important factor to consider is the stellar reputation of Kevin Lowe. You will not find a more up-front and honest general manager in the NHL. It’s part of what enabled Kevin to attract Chris Pronger to Edmonton in the first place. Signing Chris to a lengthy five-year deal is further evidence of that. So to speculate on the speculation wouldn't be showing Lowe the respect he deserves as a general manager.
added 7:09pm, via TSN,
The Edmonton Oilers are in the midst of what could be a severe shakeup to their roster just days after their Game 7 Stanley Cup Final loss. NHL sources indicate that Oilers' defenceman Chris Pronger has requested a trade from the club.

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The Other Awards

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The NHL awards ceremony is always a feel-good affair. Winners smile. Hey look, there's Joe Thornton, MVP. Losers smile. Hey look, there's Jaromir Jagr, not the NHL MVP. Everyone's happy, even those who were subjected to the CBC's eye-poppingly bad jokes. But, let's be honest, wouldn't you like some awards with a little less smarminess and a little more edge, a little more bite? ESPN.com Anti-Lady Byng Sean Avery Let's be honest. No one cares about the Lady Byng. In some ways, it's like being told you're the most polite person at a rave. What about an award for players who drive opponents crazy with rage and disgust? That would seem more fitting. Sean Avery: Duh. The dictionary definition of "loose cannon," Avery was dismissed from the Kings for a multitude of sins, chief among them the innate ability to enrage everyone with whom he comes in contact both in opposing dressing rooms and his own.

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Blogger At The NHL Awards Show

As Bill at A2Y pointed out, J.J. of Canucks Hockey Blog was able to attend the NHL Awards Show last night. Great pics too! image

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Something To Keep An Eye On

from Cable World,

Leveraging speed with innovative broadband content, Comcast.net has become the 21st-ranked Web portal in the U.S. Unique Web content like streamed NHL games may not be exclusive much longer. COO Steve Burke said Comcast could unlock Comcast.net's walled garden, offering broadband video to non-subscribers. At The Wall Street Journal's "D: All Things Digital" conference, Burke said, "We would like to be the Amazon of video on the Internet Of course, Comcast is in the programming business as well. Are you helping E!, OLN/Versus and the other networks in the Comcast portfolio on the broadband side? Schimel: We work together very closely. You'll see that E!, for instance, is very integrated into Comcast.net and we are streaming OLN's NHL games live, which is the first HD-quality full-screen streaming event for live sports on the Internet with our hockey rights through OLN.
read on...basically about Comcast broadband, but interesting...

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