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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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Niedermayer Update

Scott Niedermayer has taken Vancouver out of the mix. The Devils, Calgary, and a team not mentioned in the media very much is in the running. He is still thinking over the offers.

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Trouble Brewing With IIHF Deal

from TSN,

The top hockey clubs in the Czech Republic have joined their Soviet counterparts in rejecting the player transfer agreement recently worked out between the NHL and the IIHF. The Czech ice hockey federation said all 14 clubs in the country's top hockey league had rejected the deal. That follows a similar vote by Russian teams on Monday.

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Satan Wants to Play for the Habs

from RDS (translated to English),

According to what RDS learned, the Canadian at the top of the list of the team would be implied in the Satan derby. The Canadian seems to be likely more and more to accomodate Miroslav Satan within his team for the next season. According to our sources, the offer of the Canadian would currently be the best on the table.

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Darren Pang on Team 590 in Toronto

Panger said ESPN advised him to look for another job, ESPN said it is getting late in the game and they are not sure of what direction the NHL TV deal is headed. Pang said he just spoke with Blackhawks GM and they are 90% sure The Bulin Wall is headed to Chicago. Also said Wings and Tampa Bay are still in the running. Phoenix out of it now since the signed Boucher yesterday.

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More on Modano and Kariya

Per Mojo Radio in Vancouver, Modano has received another offer from Boston and Chicago is in the hunt too.  Also mentioned Kariya to San Jose heating up.

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