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One Hot Leaf

from the Toronto Sun,

A trade for Chris Pronger would not come without some turmoil in the Maple Leaf dressing room. Sources say Tomas Kaberle is furious that his name has come up in a possible deal for the Conn Smythe Trophy finalist from last week's Stanley Cup final. Kaberle signed a four-year, $17 million-US deal in mid-season, but likely didn't expect he could be dealt before July 1 when a partial no-trade clause is activated. The Leafs already are said to be up against a hefty offer from the Florida Panthers, believed to include defenceman Jay Bouwmeester and centre Nathan Horton. The Phoenix Coyotes also are in pursuit and if any snags prevent the Ottawa Senators from keeping one or both of Zdeno Chara and Wade Redden, look for them to make a pitch, too.

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ESPN- NHL Roundtable

Scott Burnside of ESPN sat down in Vancouver with Bill Daly, Ted Saskin, Mike Gartner, Brendan Morrison and Player Agent Don Meehan. There are 7 video vignettes addressing TV coverage, the NHL & the NHLPA, the faces of the game, drug testing and a few more. These videos are located at the top right corner of the page. image

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Devils Strapped With Contracts

from NorthJersey.com,

While the rest of the NHL will be working under a $44 million salary cap next season, the Devils effectively will be dealing with their own cap at less than $37 million. That's because the contracts of Alexander Mogilny and Vladimir Malakhov -- a combined $7.1 million for 2006-07 -- will count in full against the Devils' cap next season though neither player is likely to play. There had been speculation that the Devils could buy out Mogilny and Malakhov to take a reduced cap hit. But NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed via e-mail Monday that there is no discounted cap hit for bought-out players who signed multi-year deals at 35 or older.
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Curtis Sanford Rejects Long Term Deal

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

On Monday, six days before the start of the NHL's free-agency period, the Blues made an unsuccessful bid to sign goaltender Curtis Sanford to a long-term contract and instead inked him to the team's one-year option. The Blues also met Monday's deadline by making qualifying offers to 12 of their restricted free agents and choosing not to offer five others. The big news of the day involved Sanford. A bit unexpectedly, the Blues made him a three-year contract offer for an undisclosed figure. By choosing to turn down the offer, Sanford will play out his option year for $472,800 in 2006-07. "It just wasn't practical for us," Sanford's agent, Todd Diamond, said. "The Blues thought he might be interested in security, and we are, but at what price? We believe Curtis is on an upswing."

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Vancouver Players Can Negotiate Their Own CBA

from the Globe and Mail,

Vancouver Canucks players have won the right to form their own bargaining unit in British Columbia, a move that would allow them to negotiate a separate contract with the National Hockey League. In a decision released yesterday, the B.C. Labour Relations Board ruled that the British Columbia chapter of the National Hockey League Players' Association qualifies as a "trade union" and can go to the players to seek a certification vote. Bill Daly, the NHL's deputy commissioner, indicated via e-mail that the league intends to fight the ruling. "We obviously don't agree with the decision and fully intend to exercise all rights of appeal," Daly wrote. "The decision is unprecedented in the context of professional sports, and is potentially destabilizing to our long-standing, league-wide collective bargaining relationship with the players' association."
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Havlat Won’t Sign Long Term

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Don't expect Martin Havlat to make life easier for the goalie-hunting Senators by signing a contract extension. Sources insist Havlat must first sign an extension before the Senators will be able to trade him to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for goalie Vesa Toskala. And, according to his agent, Havlat has no intention of doing that. "I had a meeting with Muckler before the draft, after which I spoke with (Havlat), and I very clearly communicated to John Muckler that Marty was only interested in a one-year deal," Walsh said yesterday from Los Angeles. "I cannot imagine any scenario that would change Marty's wishes at this point."

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Bondra & Three Other Thrashers Not Offered Contracts

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

With the NHL's free agency period to begin Saturday, the Thrashers will not offer contracts — for now — to forwards Peter Bondra, Ronald Petrovicky, J.P. Vigier and Serge Aubin. General manager Don Waddell suspects Bondra, 38, will retire. He stands two goals shy of 500 for his career after scoring 21 in 60 games last season. A sports hernia injury greatly affected his performance in the second half and caused him to miss 22 games. Nonetheless, a national hero in his native Slovakia, Bondra chose to play in February's Olympics despite the injury. While he was impressive in Turin, he scored only six goals after the Olympic break. "I haven't heard any word from him or his agent as to whether he's going to play again," Waddell said. As to whether he thought Bondra was going to retire, Waddell said, "I think he is."
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Chicago Buys Out Barnaby & Brown

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have bought out the contracts of forwards Matthew Barnaby and Curtis Brown. “Matthew and Curtis are two classy guys who represented the Blackhawks very well,” said Blackhawk General Manager Dale Tallon. “However, we are moving in another direction right now. We certainly appreciate everything they did for us last year.”

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After Thoughts

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-One high NHL official tells us that the two referees – Bill McCreary and Brad Watson -- “blew” the controversial goal-no-goal for Carolina late in the first period of Game Seven. “It should have been a penalty shot,” the man says. Many agree with this view. Imagine the furor had the Canes lost the Cup by one goal. -Just Wondering Dep’t: Why was it so hard for Pavel Datsyuk to show up for his Lady Byng Trophy; not to mention other Award Night absentees, Teemu Selanne and Miikka Kiprusoff? -The Free Agent Goalie Derby is a beaut. Netminding-seekers, such as Tampa Bay can feed on Marty Biron, Evgeni Nabokov and J.S. Giguere, among others.
read on...and a hint to The Maven, you may want to check the status of those three goalies again...

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Boynton For Mara

from TSN,

The Boston Bruins have traded defenceman Nick Boynton and a 4th round draft choice in 2007 to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Paul Mara and a 3rd round draft choice in either the 2007 or 2008.

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