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Any Free Agents Left

from the CP via the Globe and Mail, So who's left? The Big Three are all gone after Scott Niedermayer left the NHL's unrestricted free-agent market and joined his brother in Anaheim on Thursday. Peter Forsberg and Markus Naslund signed the day before, leaving the 2005 free-agent class deprived off its three biggest names. Even the next level of star players is mostly gone, centre Alexei Zhamnov joining Boston on Thursday, while winger Martin Lapointe went to Chicago and defenceman Brian Rafalski decided to stay in New Jersey. For teams such as Washington, Minnesota and Toronto that have yet to dip into the market, there's not much left on the top rack.

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Colorado Trying to Adjust

from the AP via Canada.com,

When the Colorado Avalanche were last seen on the ice, they were exposed as a slowing, aging team that got outskated in the NHL's Western Conference semifinals by San Jose. When the Avalanche are next seen on the ice, they will look pretty much the same, but without two of their best players, Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote.

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Caps Trade for Chris Clark

The Washington Capitals today obtained right wing Chris Clark from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft

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Nashville Signings

Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free-agent defensemen Mark Eaton and Sheldon Brookbank.

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Long Term Deals Could be a Problem

from the AP via TSN,

At last weekend's NHL draft, GMs seemed to think the long-term deal would be a thing of the past because of the need to avoid taking up valuable salary cap space years in advance. Think again. A high number of big-name players got lengthy contracts once free agency opened this week. "What I didn't expect was so many long-term deals," New Jersey Devils CEO and GM Lou Lamoriello said Thursday on a conference call. "You have to do today and prepare for tomorrow. We don't know where the cap will be next year or the year after. "Once you get into three-, four- and five-year contracts, you're putting yourself into a bind."

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Player Movement for Thursday

Sportsnet FA Tracker--- TSN FA Tracker ---TSN Team Tracker with Salaries 10:05am, RDS learned that Martin Lapointe would have signed a three years agreement of a value of 7.2 million├č with Blackhaws of Chicago. 10:15am, Scott Niedermayer a Duck, per Sportsnet. 10:44am, The Buffalo Sabres mad a move today in the free agency frenzy. WGR has learned that the Sabres have signed Teppo Numminen. 11:16am, Jaroslav Spacek to Chicago. 1:01pm, The Philadelphia Flyers announced they have traded center Jeremy Roenick and the Nashville Predators' third round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for future considerations. 1:05pm, The Calgary Flames announced Thursday that the club has signed restricted free agent centre Daymond Langkow. 1:23pm, Rafalski, McGillis and Malakhov to Devils . Just coming in... Now verified via the G & M. 2:39pm, The Carolina Hurricanes have a new point man, signing Oleg Tverdovsky to a three-year deal worth $7.5 million US, TSN has learned. 2:55pm, The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed free agent goaltender Martin Prusek to a one-year contract. 3:30pm, As expected, the Bruins have agreed to terms with center Alexei Zhamnov on a three-year contract. Notice: after 6pm today, the sticky will be removed and this post will fall back into line. Any player movement after 6pm will have its own post topic as Kukla' Korner gets back into the normal flow of things. 4:20pm, Chelios signs for 1 yr. with Wings. Also sign Johan Franzen to 1 yr. contract who was their 3rd round pick from 2004. 4:40pm, The New York Rangers announced that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forwards Ville Nieminen and Jason Ward. 4:50pm, Winger Alex Tanguay and defenseman Kurt Sauer have signed their qualifying offers, the Colorado Avalanche announced today. The qualifying offers lock up Tanguay and Sauer for 2005-06.

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How Long Will It Last

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

As the unprecedented NHL free-agent frenzy continues -- Scott Niedermayer going to Anaheim! Peter Forsberg's with the Flyers! -- it is time to take a deep breath, buy stock in a moving company and spare a fleeting thought for the cultural phenomenon known as the Lake Woebegone Effect. For those unfortunates among you who are not familiar with Lake Woebegone, America's leading fictional town, humorist Garrison Keillor's delightful creation is a place where, as Keillor notes weekly, "the women are strong, the men are good-looking and the children are all above-average." Now, everyone being above-average might work just fine in a make-believe 'burg, but out here in the real world, or even in the reinvented NHL, it just doesn't compute.

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Leafs Lunch

Bill Watters stated the Wings may be floating Zetterberg's name in trade rumors and of course, the Leafs are interested. update 1:30pm, Watters is now saying Z coudl go to Toronto with an offer sheet,since he is a RFA, this info is coming out of Sweden. update 4:45pm, Holland was on Detroit radio, did not mention anything about Toronto rumor. Said it will take some time to sign both Zetterberg and Datsyuk. Holland also mentioned he is looking at two other goaltenders besides Osgood and also wants to add some size up front. He feels there will be some good players available right before training camp starts.

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Iginla at Home

from Phil Coffey and nhl.com,

Jarome Iginla scrapped a lot of plans for NHL teams Wednesday. The Calgary Flames superstar could have been an unrestricted free agent next summer and you can be sure there were teams already planning on showing the dominant power forward quite the tour of their hometowns. But that's all gone now as Iginla opted to sign a new three-year deal with the Flames for $21 million and continue playing in the place he loves to call home. To be sure, Iginla also ranks among the NHL's highest-paid players, but the special bond that is so evident between Iginla and Calgary proved to be unshakeable.

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Can Yashin Breakout

from Newsday,

Mike Milbury avoided the point for as long as he could. But at the end of his conversation with reporters last night following his busy day reshaping the Islanders' roster, which included the giddy acquisition of Miroslav Satan and the troubling departure of captain Michael Peca, even Milbury couldn't deny there was a message sent to Alexei Yashin. "It's time for Alexei to have a breakout season," Milbury said of his oft-maligned No. 1 center. "The table's been set for him to have a breakout."

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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