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Rangers Like Guerin - Rucinsky Talks Hit A Snag

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post (reg. req.),

While they will check in on Devils elite left wing Patrik Elias, and on Senators high-end defenseman Zdeno Chara - who both at least are expected to ask for more than the Blueshirts are willing to invest in any player - the Rangers are entering the market with the clear intention of adding more north-south athletes to their arsenal; North Americans, by any other culture. The Rangers are believed to be interested in 36-year-old right winger Bill Guerin, a free agent by virtue of his buyout by the Stars. he Post has learned that negotiations aimed at bringing Martin Rucinsky back to Broadway have hit a snag. Sources report that the 35-year-old winger is seeking a two-year deal while the Rangers are holding fast to a one-year offer. Rucinsky earned $3 million last year.

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Modin Excited About New Opportunity

from the Columbus Dispatch,

"I have some coaches who are upset with me because, as much as they’re excited about Marc Denis, they didn’t want to lose Fred Modin," Feaster said. "Doug MacLean and his people did their homework. They knew who they wanted. We have no reason to believe that Fred Modin won’t go ahead and have another 30-goal season and be the excellent twoway player he has always been. "We’ve always said that if he played in Canada or a major market, he’d be a finalist for the Selke Trophy every year. Calling him (and telling him about the trade) was one of the most difficult phone calls I’ve ever had to make. He’s an outstanding hockey player and an outstanding human being." "It takes awhile for the news (of the trade) to sink in," Modin said from his home in Sweden. "I had a great time in Tampa, but I’m not going to be there anymore — and I’m very excited about a new opportunity in Columbus. I’m openminded about it, and hopefully we’ll make the best of it. It’s going to be fun. It’s a new place to play, the people I’ve talked to speak highly of the organization and I hope to fit right in."

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All Wings

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Holland said he hasn't talked to Steve Yzerman in weeks and believes the 41-year-old captain continues to struggle with his decision on whether to retire. "I think his passion and desire is driving him to want to play, but I think he really has to decide about his (surgically repaired and often sore) knee, if he's prepared to go through all the pain he has to go through to play,'' Holland said. "Steve wants to feel if he's coming back he's going to contribute, he doesn't want to just be back.'' Holland doesn't believe Yzerman is waiting to see what other moves the team makes before deciding. He said not knowing Yzerman's plans will not affect any moves Holland can make during free agency. And he will not set a deadline for a decision.
read on...Lidstrom did not ask for the max, Ozgood was to inform Wings of decision today and Shanny wants to see what his valie is on the open market...

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Denver B-Ball Coach Throws His Hat Into The Mix

from the Denver Post,

What George Karl lacks in hockey knowledge he hopes to make up for with love of his home city. The Nuggets coach revealed today he is part of an investment group interested in purchasing the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins led by Columbus, Ohio-based businessman Jim Renacci.

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Davidson Named Blues President

from the AP via MSNBC,

The sale of the St. Louis Blues to a group led by Dave Checketts was completed Friday, and the new owners immediately named top NHL broadcaster John Davidson as team president.
continued added 8:08pm, St. Louis Blues release...including enhancements to the Savvis Center...

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Pronger Wants To Set The Record Straight

from Hadley On Sports,

Pronger to set the record straight… Chris Pronger is annoyed and disappointed with the misinformation and lies being bandied about through the media regarding his professional life in Edmonton and personal life in general. Pronger informed me he will have a press conference on Tuesday to discuss his career moving forward in addition to releasing a statement setting the record straight regarding his professional and personal situation in Edmonton.
continued... I have kept away from pointing to the reports and blogs of what supposedly happened to force Pronger to request a trade. Over 1500 searches in the last few days to KK, looking for anything and everything on Pronger. Glad to read he will try to set the record straight on this situation. No one had any evidence at all, no pics, no quotes from any of the people involved. Maybe the presser will bring everything out into the open.

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Avs Sign Clark & Skratins

from the Colorado Avelanche,

The Colorado Avalanche announced today that the club has signed defensemen Brett Clark and Karlis Skrastins to multi-year contracts. Both players were unrestricted free agents and could have tested the free agent market beginning tomorrow.
from the Denver Post,
Skrastins, the NHL's second leading shot-blocker last season, signed a three-year, $7.2 million deal with the Avs, foregoing a chance at unrestricted free agency starting tomorrow. Clark, who had an excellent season for Colorado in 2005-06 after a journeyman career to that point, signed a two-year, $3 million contract.

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Shanahan Available

According to WXYT radio in Detroit and the flagship station for the Wings, Brendan Shanahan has not come to an agreement with the Wings and will test the UFA market.

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Williams Locked-Up By Canes

from TSN,

Justin Williams picked the perfect time to have a breakout season. After setting career highs in all major scoring categories and helping the Carolina Hurricanes to their first Stanley Cup, Williams was rewarded Friday with a $17.5-million US, five-year contract.
update 5:36pm, 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 Niclas Wallin to a four-year contract. The deal will pay Wallin $1.725 million per year.

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Report- Bolts Get Denis

via TSN,

Sources have told TSN that the Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired Marc Denis from Columbus for forward Fredrik Modin and Finnish netminder Fredrik Norrena.

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