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Ducks Shopping #2 Pick

from TSN,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have no intention of trading the first overall pick in Saturday's NHL entry draft, but the finalist in the Sidney Crosby Sweepstakes is shopping the second overall pick, and shopping it hard. Anaheim general manager Brian Burke said he has no qualms about trading the No. 2 pick...for the right price, of course. "I've already gotten eight to 10 calls but I haven't heard anything so far that would cause us to move it, not even close," the Mighty Ducks' GM told TSN. "We will shop this pick. We have a lot of kids ready to step in for us -- Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Joffrey Lupul and Ladislav Smid -- and if we can trade the (No. 2) pick outright for an established player who is a good fit for us, we will do it. And if we get offers to move down a few spots and we can get another (draft) pick, we can do that too. It's really wide open. We want to see what's out there."

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Top UFAs Available Monday

from the CP via Slam, A look at the top unrestricted free agents hitting the market Monday unless they re-sign with their respective NHL clubs.

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More on Yzerman and Wings Buyouts

from TSN, R

ed Wings GM Ken Holland will meet with future Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman later this week to iron out the Detroit captain's future. "I'm looking forward to sitting down and talking to Steve," Holland said Tuesday from Detroit. "Beyond that, I have no idea if Steve wants to play or doesn't want to play. I've made no contract offer to Steve. We just are planning to meet." If Yzerman, 40, wants to play one more season, it will definitely be in Hockeytown regardless of the fact he's eligible to be an unrestricted free agent as of Monday. "He's already said he's not going to play anywhere else," Holland said. The classy Yzerman has spent his entire 21-year career in Detroit.
update 3:45pm, In a related note, Holland was just on Detroit radio and said the Wings are done buying out any players. Holland also mentioned Shanahan has until 5pm Thursday to tell the Wings if he is coming back or not. Also talked about Datsyuk. Pavel's agent says he has not signed a contract with a Russian team, but has a very nice offer on the table. Under the deal with the IIHF, if Pavel does sign with the Russian team, the Wings will have until August 15th to sign him and that contract would overrule the Russian one. So basically Holland is looking at August 15th as a deadline to get a deal done with Datsyuk.

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Thoughts from Buccigross

from ESPN,

Here are some random hockey thoughts as I try to un-squint my eyes that were trying to see those microscopic NHL logos during last week's NHL Draft Lottery: - If I'm the Bruins I have 10 Bobby Orr Bobblehead Nights, 10 for Ray Bourque, 10 for Cam Neely, 10 for Joe Thornton, and one for Moe Lemay. - Part of me still doesn't believe we are going to have hockey this fall. - Who gets more goals? No. 87 or Alexander Ovechkin?

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No Tape Delay for Cherry on HNIC

from CBC,

CBC Sports has confirmed commentator Don Cherry won't be on a tape delay when his Coach's Corner segment returns with Hockey Night in Canada on CBC TV this fall. Nancy Lee, executive producer of CBC Sports, said the seven-second tape delay is gone. "It's a new contract," Lee said, referring to the new one-year deal CBC signed with Cherry nearly two weeks ago.

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Niedermayer to Test Market

from TSN,

The agent for New Jersey defenceman Scott Niedermayer doesn't expect the Norris Trophy winner to sign a new deal with the Devils before the end of the week. Niedermayer earned $4-million in 2003-04. Last summer, he went to salary arbitration and was awarded $7-million for the season which was wiped out by the lockout. "The whole process of last season and going to arbitration was to see what's out there," agent Kevin Epp tells the New York Post. Epp says he expects Niedermayer to get offers near the salary maximum of $7.8-million and that he likely won't return to New Jersey at a discount.

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CBA Presents New Challenges

from TorontoMapleLeafs.com,

Teams will find it a lot harder to go out and buy the Stanley Cup. Fans were accustomed to teams loading up with high-priced talent at the trade deadline. We all remember how last year general manager John Ferguson went to ownership and asked for money prior to the trade deadline to take a run at winning the Cup. He went out and traded for Brian Leetch and Ron Francis but making deals like that will be next to impossible. With a $39 million cap, look for big-spending teams like the Maple Leafs, Red Wings and Flyers to commit to about $36 million in salary at the start of the season, giving them some wiggle room at the trade deadline if the player or players they need to take a run at winning the Stanley Cup are available. And at the other end of the economic spectrum, look for so-called small market clubs like Nashville, Florida, Pittsburgh and Phoenix to land somewhere in the middle of the salary grid. If Nashville has a salary total higher than $28.6 million, for example, that would eliminate the Predators from the second tier of the league's profit-sharing plan where the 10 most profitable clubs give money to subsidize the lowest 15.

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U.S. Olympic News

from ESPN,

USA Hockey will announce Tuesday afternoon that Thrashers general manager Don Waddell will lead the management team for the U.S. men's hockey team at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy, ESPN.com has learned.

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10 Questions For Shanahan

from Time Canada,

NHL players and owners ratified a six-year collective-bargaining agreement (CBA) last week, ending a bitter lockout that wiped out the 2004-05 season. Time's Mary Jollimore spoke with the Detroit Red Wings' left-winger Brendan Shanahan, a member of the NHL's new competition committee, about the lessons learned, his time off the ice and where the league goes next.

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Yzerman Returning

via Sportsnet,

Steve Yzerman will get the send off his career deserves, Sportsnet has learned. A rarity in modern sports, Detroit's first pick in the 1983 is expected to sign a new one-year deal which will allow the certain Hall of Famer to retire knowing only one team. Yzerman and Wings general manager Ken Holland will meet this week to discuss the team's direction, while at the same time ironing out what is expected to be a one-year agreement. The 40-year old Yzerman, who also intends to compete for a spot on Canada's 2006 Olympic roster, will easily surpass the mark of 1500 NHL games played, granted he remains healthy.

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