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Wesley Get $1.2 Million

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 defenseman Glen Wesley to a one-year contract. The deal will pay Wesley $1.2 million in 2006-07. “Glen has been a fixture on our blueline for many years and we are thrilled that he is coming back for another season,” said Rutherford. “His leadership and reliability are very valuable to our team.”

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Canadien Signings

via TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens announced Thursday that the club has re-signed centre Mike Ribeiro and defenceman Jean-Philippe Cote to one-year contracts. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Every Team Has A Chance

from the Nashville City Paper,

The goal has always been for the Nashville Predators to hoist a Stanley Cup, but watching the Carolina Hurricanes skate to NHL supremacy this season made general manager David Poile even more anxious to win a title. “They are in a non-traditional hockey market where people said they wouldn’t make it,” Poile said. “When you saw the stands, their fans didn’t sit down for one minute of the final game. There is a lot more parity than there has been in the league before. An eighth-place team, Edmonton, that made the playoffs on the last day arguably came within one goal of the Stanley Cup. We all feel we have a chance.”

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Arbitration Cases

TSN has added a web page with the status of each player involved in arbitration cases. Good resource for all hockey fans.

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Players Now Want To Go To Boston

from the Gloucester Daily Times,

Jeff Gorton has less than two weeks left as the Boston Bruins interim general manager and he's not just sitting around packing up his office. The former assistant GM, who will go back to being an assistant when Peter Chiarelli takes over on July 15, has made Boston one of the more active teams in the NHL offseason so far, signing defenseman Zdeno Chara and forward Marc Savard as free agents. "You can tell that the organization is committed to winning because of these signings," new coach Dave Lewis said yesterday at a news conference to introduce Chara. "Players now want to come here. So there's something going on."

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NHL Stanley Cup 2005-2006 Champions - Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes Chamionship DVD will be available on July 11th. You can reserve your copy now through my KK affiliate with Amazon. The Champions DVD is the product of Warner Home Video, the National Hockey League and NHL Productions. The DVD contains more than three hours of footage chronicling the Hurricanes’ run to the Cup, interviews with players, coaches and management, and the entire broadcast of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Fedotenko Signed By Tampa

Sportsnet Tracker- Tampa Bay signs Ruslan Fedotenko, 1 yr. $1.65 million.

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Signings Today

Some signings considered "minor" will be posted in here today. Sportsnet Tracker reports Flames sign goalie Jamie McLennan fro $575,000 for 1 year. added 12:36pm, from the Minnesota Wild,

Branko Radivojevic. The name alone oozes old-time hockey. It says, “gritty,” “energetic,” “rough and tumble.” All are pretty accurate descriptions of Branko Radivojevic, the latest in a slew of recent signings by the Minnesota Wild that are beginning to make October 5 look like Christmas morning. Radivojevic, who spent the last two NHL seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, stands 6-foot-2, 207 pounds, and uses every ounce of it when digging in the corners and hassling opponents.
update 1:35pm, from the Edmonton Oliers,
The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with free agent defenceman Daniel Tjarnqvist on a one-year contract. The 6’2”, 200-pound native of Umea, Sweden spent the 2005-06 NHL season as a member of the Minnesota Wild. In 60 games with the Wild, the 29-year-old blueliner scored 3-15-18 with a career-high 32 penalty minutes. He averaged 19:46 minutes of ice time per game to rank third on the Wild roster and second among defenceman.
update 1:36pm, via TSN,
The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have re-signed centre R.J. Umberger to a new two-year contract. "We think that R.J. Umberger proved that he is a good, solid National Hockey League player with tremendous upside and he is only going to get better," said GM Bob Clarke in making the announcement.
added 1:49pm, from the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Ty Conklin and defenseman Tomas Kloucek to two-way National Hockey League - American Hockey League contracts, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced Thursday. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed

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Pronger Couldn’t Tie Stevie Y’s Skates

from the Edmonton Journal,

Without a doubt, the hulking 220-pound Pronger was worth every penny of his $6.25-million US salary. Without him, the Edmonton Oilers would never have contended for the Stanley Cup in 2006. But Pronger is no Steve Yzerman. Stevie Y, the quintessential team leader, defines the word class. When Monday's trade was announced, Pronger continued to stonewall, uttering not a single gracious word about the city of Edmonton, and not a syllable of thanks to the thousands of Oiler fans who cheered him on. Classy? Hell, Pronger couldn't tie Stevie Y's skates. Good riddance, I say. So why is a business columnist writing about Pronger? Because the man signed a contract. A supposedly binding five-year agreement.

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Playoff Material

from the Pioneer Press,

There's no cause for alarm, folks. No need to call the fire department. That smoke pouring out of the windows at the Wild's executive offices is coming from two non-threatening sources: Bob Naegele Jr.'s checkbook and Doug Risebrough's ballpoint pen. Both the pen and the checkbook still are smoldering after a frenetic couple of weeks in which the team payroll elevated from about $25 million to $39 million. Risebrough put the pen to another big check Wednesday, signing Marian Gaborik to a three-year contract. Suddenly, the Wild are playoff material.

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