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from the Toronto Star,

In the almost two weeks since the new collective bargaining agreement was reached, everyone in the hockey world has been scrambling to make sense of their new world order. It has been a fever pitch, one that will become even more frenetic in less than 48 hours when the biggest bonanza of unrestricted free agents hits the market. Hundreds of players without contracts — some bought out, some not receiving qualifying offers — will be looking for work and the teams that are hiring find themselves in a buyer's market with a new CBA that limits how much they can spend. Oh, and have we mentioned that the season opens in a little more than two months?

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Ducks Want to Deal

from Bruce Garrioch and the Ottawa Sun,

Brian Burke knows all about being a last-minute dealer. The Anaheim Mighty Ducks GM could be the busiest guy on the floor when the 30 NHL teams gather for the annual entry draft today at the Westin Hotel. There's no mystery about the No. 1 pick -- the Pittsburgh Penguins will announce phenom Sidney Crosby's name shortly after noon today. But Burke was on his cellphone yesterday trying hard to wheel and deal the No. 2 selection he holds. "I've made two big deals at the draft before and they both happened on the floor," said Burke, the former Vancouver Canucks GM. Sources say Burke has plenty of irons in the fire, with teams trying to move up in the draft so they can select Team USA defenceman Jack Johnson after Crosby is handed his Penguins sweater by owner Mario Lemieux.

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Bertuzzii will Learn his Fate

from the CP,

Todd Bertuzzi will finally learn his fate. The NHL will announce its ruling next week on when the Vancouver Canucks forward can resume league play, a source requesting anonymity told The Canadian Press on Friday
Rumors have surfaced in the past week that Bertuzzi may be suspended for another 10-20 games.

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Blogging from Ottawa

Phil Coffey of NHL.com is providing some insightful information from the NHL Draft in Ottawa. Many of you may know Phil as a writer at NHL.com, and now he is well on his way to becoming a well know blogger. His style is very entertaining and refreshing. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

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NHL’s Most Wanted

from Spector of Fox Sports,

Heading into the draft weekend and the start of what will be the busiest unrestricted free-agent market in NHL history, here's a look at some of the players who should attract the most attention in the coming days:

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Can Crosby Handle It

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Let's start from this simple premise: Sidney Crosby cannot possibly be as good as people expect him to be. How could he? If NASA and IBM joined forces and took the heart of Maurice "Rocket" Richard, the hockey mind of Wayne Gretzky, the leadership qualities of Mark Messier and Mike Bossy's shot and created their own super-player, such a creation would still fail to meet the expectations heaped on the slender shoulders of the 17-year-old Canadian.

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Holik Bought Out

via TSN,

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced Friday the organization has exercised its buyout option on the contract of Bobby Holik, as per the new collective bargaining agreement. Terms of the buyout agreement were not disclosed.

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Televised Coverage of 2005 NHL Entry Draft

For the Michiganders out there- Comcast Local has announced that it will broadcast the 2005 NHL Entry Draft live to customers in its Michigan markets. The draft is being held on Saturday, July 30, in Ottawa, Ontario, and will begin at noon. In most of metro Detroit Comcast Local is channel 8. In other markets the channels are as follows: Lansing (channel 22), East Lansing (18), Flint (98) and Grand Rapids (23). Also, TSN is showing the draft in Canada and also will be streaming the show. MSG Network will also be carrying the draft. NHL.com will also be streaming beginning at noon tomorrow, but it is not available if you are in Canada. If you know of any other plans to televise the draft, just leave a comment.

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The Overlooked College Player

from CollegeSports.com,

The NHL Draft, like all drafts, is an imperfect science. Players slip through the cracks, and a dozen years later you slap your head and wonder what in the world you were thinking when you didn't use the opportunity to grab a player that turns into an NHL star. But most of the NHL star players who went undrafted were not drafted for a reason. Sometimes those reasons are based on old prejudices, but sometimes they are for sound philosophy. These days, especially with advanced scouting methods, a player rarely, if ever, just slips through the cracks by accident.

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Flames trade Commodore

via TSN, Calgary Flames General Manager and Head Coach Darryl Sutter announced Friday the acquisition of a third round draft choice, 69th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenceman Mike Commodore.

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