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Blues Still Looking To Improve

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

There's a lot to like about what the Blues accomplished since new owner Dave Checketts took over one week ago. But there are also a lot of questions about this club even after the free-agent signings. The Blues needed scoring, and the biggest offensive acquisition they came up with was Guerin, who scored 13 goals in 2005-06 with the Dallas Stars. Either they're asking a lot of Guerin, or they'll be counting on several unknown quantities. "Everybody could use scoring," Davidson said. "Who else out there is a scorer? There's Brendan Shanahan. But Brendan Shanahan is going to be able to pick his own city and his own price. I know he loved playing in St. Louis. I'm not going to say we didn't look at Shanahan, because we did ... but right now it just doesn't make sense for us."

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Belfour Could Sign Soon- Shanahan Not So Soon

from the Detroit News,

The Red Wings got the results of free-agent goalie Ed Belfour's physical Thursday. And they liked what they saw. General manager Ken Holland said the tests showed Belfour's rehabilitation from back surgery in April has been successful. While Belfour could be signed in the next couple of days, forward Brendan Shanahan, who had 40 goals last season, is no closer to deciding his future with the Wings. Shanahan's agent, Rick Curran, said six teams are showing interest in his client.
continued added 8:55am, via the Boston Herald,
According to a knowledgeable source, the possibility of free agent winger Brendan Shanahan signing with the B’s is now dead. Reportedly, St. Louis and Detroit are in the running for the 37-year-old’s services.
added 9:00am, via Mlive,
Holland spoke to Rick Curran, the agent for forward Brendan Shanahan, again on Thursday. Holland also left a couple of messages on Shanahan's cell phone, telling him the team wants him back. "(Curran) tells me Brendan says we're a strong option,'' Holland said. "He just wants to see what's out there.''

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Touring The NHL Team Websites

Every so often I will take a tour of the NHL teams websites. See what is shaking, etc. Tonight I thought I would go to some of the big spenders in the past, checking out the headlines on the home page always has some interesting news. Hmmm, something is up... Colorado...Avalanche Signs Tyler Arnason Dallas...Stars sign Halpern, Barnaby Detroit...Osgood Returns to Wings NYR...Rangers Agree to Terms With Defenseman Ward Philadelphia...Flyers Sign Center Mark Cullen St. Louis...Blues’ Introduce Bill Guerin and Jay McKee Toronto...Lindros Looking to Return Not really earth shattering news. Guerin and Lindros might be newsworthly, if it was 2001. Boy have the times changed!!!

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Antropov Agrees To Contract With Leafs

from TSN,

Restricted free agent forward Nik Antropov has agreed to a one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Terms have not been released.

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Give Up Wirtz

A Chicago Blackhawks fan speaks up! from the Chicago Tribune,

It is time for the Wirtz family, Tallon and Pulford to give it up. They are not prepared to operate a sports franchise in the 21st century. The salary cap, new rules, and need for speed and skill players have simply passed them by. Our players are not the only ones that can't keep up with the competition. It begins at the top. Now I suppose Daze and Ruutu will be our big wingers again and play five games apiece. Tallon is simply overmatched, and his moves so far say we are going nowhere fast

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Peca Talk

Howard Berger was just on Fan 590 and said he talked with Peca who said he has talked to the Leafs. His priority would be to sign with Toronto, but talks are in the early stage. Peca said it would be an honor to put a Leafs jersey on.

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Straka Stays With Rangers

from TSN,

The New York Rangers on Thursday re-signed veteran left wing Martin Straka. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Canes Sign Letowski

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 forward Trevor Letowski to a two-year contract. The deal will pay Letowski $800,000 per season.

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Can You Sing

from the Anaheim Ducks,

For the 2006/2007 Season, the Ducks are looking for one singer to perform the American (and Canadian) National Anthem and God Bless America before every Anaheim Ducks Home Game. The top candidates will be selected through a Ducks website fan poll as well as an internal panel of judges now through September 1, 2006. Four finalists will then be selected to perform at our pre-season exhibition games to allow fans one final opportunity to vote for their favorite anthem singer on-line.
I wonder what Lucy Lawless is doing these days? image

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Biron Waiting

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Slam,

In the meantime Biron finds himself reading up on the daily NHL transactions and trying to figure out what it means for him. "Yes, definitely, and for two reasons," he said while en route with his family from Buffalo to his native Quebec City. "First, because I'm in the middle of it. But two because I'm just a big hockey fan and I want to know where everybody is going. It was interesting to see Marc Denis go to Tampa and Dan Cloutier yesterday to go Los Angeles." Interesting because it eliminated two more spots for Biron. There are still openings out there. Detroit remains without a No. 1 goalie although they had veteran Ed Belfour in town Wednesday for a physical. Florida is also looking for a goalie to push Alex Auld. And the St. Louis Blues are beating the bushes as well, wanting some help for Curtis Sanford.

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