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NHL Player Movement for Wednesday

Sportsnet FA Tracker--- TSN FA Tracker ---TSN Team Tracker with Salaries 8:12am, Markus Naslund signs with Vancouver, 3 years, $18 million. 10:59am, Sergei Gonchar 5 years, $25 million to Penguins. Also, Iginla re-signs with Flames, $21m for 3 years. 11:25am, The NHL free agent frenzy continues. MSG's Deb Kaufman reports free agent ex-Ranger RW Alexei Kovalev is returning to the Montreal Canadiens. update 11:47,Kovalev deal is four-year, $18 million deal. update 11:55am, TSN now picking up the report. update 1:38pm, The Montreal Canadiens re-signed star winger Alexei Kovalev to an $18 million US, four-year contract Wednesday, a source told The Canadian Press. 11:28am, The Dallas Stars have signed free agent defenceman Martin Skoula to a two-year contract. 12:40pm, from RDS (translated), Ramzi Abid, former player of Penguins, would have signed a one year old contract with Thrashers of Atlanta. 2:22pm, Mathieu Dandenault a Canadien. 2:53pm, Brent Sopel traded from Vancouver to the Islanders for a conditional pick. 3:47pm, Leetch a Bruin. 4:24pm, Defenseman Bryan Berard signed a contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday. The Deal is two years worth 4.5 million dollars. 4:48pm, Satan an Islander, numerous reports had him going to the Habs so I held off until now. 5:15pm, Andre Roy to Pittsburgh. update 7:51pm, I just checked this link and it no longer works. Trying to track it down, noticed no indication on any FA trackers that he did sign. Will update if I find anything out. update 9:30pm, Found another link. 5:17pm, New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent left wing Martin Rucinsky. 5:34pm, Schneider re-signs with Wings. 5:46pm, Peca to the Oilers for York. TSN link. 6:42pm, Forsberg to Philly, 2 years $10.7 mil. TSN breaking news. 6:54pm, Roenick traded to Kings for picks, more details coming. update 7:20pm, Roenick may be going to Phoenix instead, but he is traded and he may have a say to what team he goes to. 8:51pm, Brisebois to Colorado. 9:09pm>, Pierre Turgeon headed to Colorado. 9:35pm, Modano Again, from the Dallas News,

Stars center Mike Modano said at 8:10 p.m. that he has agreed to terms with the Dallas Stars on a five-year deal worth in excess of $17 million. Modano and his agent had rejected the deal earlier in the day, but Modano agreed to the offer after a phone conversation with Stars owner Tom Hicks.
Finally!!! And one more for good measure!

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Zhamnov Could be a Bruin

from Sportsnet,

While a deal is not done, sources tell Sportsnet free agent centre Alexei Zhamnov will soon become a member of the Boston Bruins.

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Refs React to Walkom Hiring

from HockeyRefs.com, The reaction poured in late Wednesday from members of the NHL community. Paul Devorski, a veteran referee and close friend of Walkom, was informed of the news by HockeyRefs.com. “I think it’s a great move by the NHL,” he said. “I can’t think of a better guy that could do the job.”

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I Have Heard it All

Listening to Mojo Radio in Vancouver, a guy calls up all emotional about Niedermayer. Says the Canucks need to clear cap room for him to sign with them. Then he started crying and breaking up. It was not a put on call, the producer came on the air and said the guy called back and apologized about being so emotional.

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Niedermayer Race

from TSN,

The race to land free agent defenceman Scott Niedermayer is down to three teams, TSN has learned. According to NHL sources, the teams are New Jersey, San Jose and Anaheim.

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Canucks Press Conference

Vancouver held a press conference earlier in the day to announce the Naslund signing. Now having another press conference at 5pm5:45, EDT. Could Forsberg or Niedermayer be headed there. The traded Sopel earlier in the day to clear some cap room. update 5:57pm. Canucks talked about Sopel trade and said expect a dman coming to them in a trade shortly.

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New NHL Director of Officiating

Stephen Walkom was hired Wednesday as NHL director of officiating. Walkom became an NHL official in 1990 and has been one of the league's top referees for the last several years. He worked the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and the 2002 and 2004 Stanley Cup finals. "With the rule changes that the league has adopted for the upcoming season, we believe that Stephen is ideally suited to provide direction and guidance to our on-ice officials," said Colin Campbell, the NHL's director of hockey operations. "His judgment and professionalism on the ice, coupled with the respect he has earned as one of the top officials in the game, will be of great benefit in his transition to the officiating management ranks."

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AVS Hurting Without Forsberg

from ESPN,

In Colorado, the game is on. And the game is called Waiting for Foppa. (Think of it as Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy's "Waiting for Guffman," with Swedish subtitles.) With the signing rush underway, with other franchises getting commitments from unrestricted free agents and carefully subtracting Column "B" from Column "A" to determine their salary cap numbers at any given moment, the preoccupation in Denver has become where Peter Forsberg fits in. If at all.

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Modano News

Mike Modano rejects Stars' contract offer. Will this ever end? update 3:53pm, via TSN,

Mike Modano's agent says his client has rejected the latest contract offer from the Dallas Stars. "I informed the Stars of Mike's decision a few minutes ago," Brian Lawton told TSN. While it is still possible that Modano will return to Dallas, that possibility now seems remote, despite reports Tuesday night that we would be returning to the franchise. Lawton would not say which teams are still in the running for Modano's services, but NHL sources tell TSN that Boston and Chicago both have four year deals on the table worth in excess of $20 million. The Stars had offered Modano a five year deal worth $17.5 million.

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Curtis Joseph Rumor

Numerous sources saying Joseph headed to the Pens.

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