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From the Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James:
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland plans to gear up talks to re-sign his restricted free agents over the coming week, but already the Wings figure to be a deep and competitive team next season.
That’s because they’re largely going to be the same team that went 16-3-2 in March and April when, for the first time all season, all their principal players were healthy.
“I like our team,” Holland said. “I think we’ve got a good mix. We’ve identified our core, and we’ve got some role players we really like, and we’re going to be deeper with Jiri Hudler coming back.”
From the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Dan Carchidi:
During their playoff run to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Flyers were reluctant to use their third defensive pairing.
So, in his first move of the off-season, general manager Paul Holmgren made a deal Saturday that significantly upgrades that unit, acquiring defenseman Dan Hamhuis and a conditional draft pick in 2011 from Nashville for Ryan Parent, a little-used and frequently injured defenseman.
Now the Flyers have 11 days to sign the 6-foot-1, 209-pound Hamhuis (pronounced HAM-HOOS), who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
From the New York Post’s Larry Brooks:
The window of opportunity is closing on Glen Sather as the general manager looks for a team to take Donald Brashear and his over-35, $1.4 million albatross of a cap charge off the Rangers’ books.
For if Sather, who told Slap Shots two weeks ago that Brashear never again would play for the Blueshirts following last year’s debacle, is going to be able to move the faded 38-year-old enforcer, his best chance is to do it this week, so the acquiring team has time to buy out Brashear by the June 30 deadline.
Look, the only conceivable way Sather will be able to move Brashear is by taking back a bad contract of greater value from a low-revenue team hovering around the cap floor. The Rangers could then bury that contract in the AHL, if necessary, while gaining $1.4M in critical cap space.
From the Newark Star-Ledger’s Rich Chere:
It was a seemingly unremarkable December morning at the Meadowlands.
The Devils, off to a solid start to the 1997-98 season, had just concluded their morning skate in preparation for that night’s meeting with the St. Louis Blues at Continental Airlines Arena. But John MacLean, the franchise’s all-time scoring and games-played leader on the morning of Dec. 2, 1997, was about to drop a bombshell.
Holding court in front of his locker stall, MacLean revealed that he had asked general manager Lou Lamoriello for a trade and would not consider signing another contract with the Devils when he became an unrestricted free agent after the season.
From the Canwest News Service:
Not all Jason Spezza supporters are fair-weather fans, but, judging by the size of the group that gathered Saturday on Parliament Hill, a lot of them are.
“We doubled!” organizer Louise Tremblay said when the size of the rally she had organized grew from two to four mid-afternoon.
About 20 fans, most of them wearing red Ottawa Senators jerseys, eventually trickled in to show their opposition to the rumours and criticism circulating about the oft-criticized Spezza.
Per various sources, the Nashville Predators continue their busy day by trading their Captain, Jason Arnott, back to New Jersey Devils for prospect Matt Halischuk and 2011 2nd round pick.
Per HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman tweet:
Flyers trade Ryan Parent to Nashville for rights to Dam Hamhuis (via Predators announcement)
UPDATE: A conditional draft pick is also sent to Philly.
From the Los Angeles Times:
Former Philadelphia Flyers head coach John Stevens, who was fired by the team in December, is the Kings’ choice to fill the assistant coaching vacancy created by Mark Hardy’s resignation and has been offered the job, and his hiring could be announced next week, confirmed an NHL source, who was granted anonymity because the organization is not ready to make the decision public.
Key Kings executives know Stevens well. Kings Coach Terry Murray, previously part of the Flyers’ staff, worked with Stevens in Philadelphia, and Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi and assistant GM Ron Hextall are familiar with him from their past employment in the Flyers’ organization.
From the Calgary Herald’s Vicki Hall:
Stock up on the long underwear, Calgary. Pull that giant winter parka out of the closet along with those mitts, tuque, scarf and boots.
The National Hockey League competition committee granted approval Friday for the Calgary Flames to host the Heritage Classic outdoor game Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.
The venue? McMahon Stadium. The opposition? Michael Cammalleri and the Montreal Canadiens.
Only one formality remains: ratification by the NHL Players Association next week in Chicago.
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