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Can Modano Play A Whole Season?

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It’s not an issue of whether Modano has the will to lace ‘em up in September or October; but what is his will to play out an entire season? That seemed to be an issue in Dallas the past couple of seasons and explains in part why the Stars made the choice to walk away from a player who has been the face of the franchise for two decades.

If we were Wings GM Ken Holland, we’d take a run at Bill Guerin or Paul Kariya to add veteran scoring punch and give one of your young prospects a shot at centering the third line. Less nostalgic, perhaps; but, in the long run, we’re guessing it would be a more productive move with less potential for dressing-room headaches.

more plus other NHL topics…

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Yzerman Continues To Turn The Page

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

In the latest bit of housecleaning from the previous regime, the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday fired Norfolk coach Jim Johnson and roving goaltenders coach Cap Raeder. Somewhat of a surprise as both, especially Johnson, were lauded by Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman for the way they ran the recent development camp. Yzerman went as far as to say he and Johnson were “on the same page.”

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Sami Salo Tears Achilles Playing Floorball

from the Vancouver Sun,

According to reports out of Finland, Vancouver Canucks defenceman Sami Salo tore an Achilles tendon playing floor hockey and will be out at least three months.

The Canucks have yet to confirm or deny the report, which surfaced on Friday.

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I Skyped with a buddy in Finland, he is confirming this and I put up a tweet about it.

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  Tags: sami+salo

Billy Jaffe Out As Islanders TV Analyst

from Chris Botto of NYI Point Blank,

Bob Raissman reports in today’s print edition of the Daily News that color commentator Billy Jaffe will not have his contract renewed. Jaffe lasted four seasons and built a strong reputation around the NHL and with fans, adding work with VERSUS and appearing on the popular “NHL Live” on XM/Sirius that was simulcast on NHL Network.

The Islanders, by letter of their broadcast contract, give their blessing (or lack thereof) to all announcers. Although MSG Network hires and pays the broadcasters, the Islanders - like most teams - have the ultimate say. In recent seasons, the franchise has been notorious in insisting their broadcasts do not contain the slightest bit of criticism.

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  Tags: billy+jaffe

Brunnstrom Looking For A One-Way Arbitration Decision

via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, Fabian Brunnstrom will seek a “one-way” contract when he takes the Stars to arbitration today in Toronto.

The Stars winger received a qualifying offer of $826,875, but that money would only be paid at the NHL level. If Brunnstrom was sent to the minors, he would have received $65,000 if he had signed the qualifying offer.

Brunnstrom instead opted for arbitration, asking for guaranteed money no matter where he plays.

Brunnstrom, 25, had 17 goals and 12 assists as a rookie in 2008-09. Last season, under new coach Marc Crawford, he was a healthy scratch for much of the season and had two goals and nine assists.

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Homer, What Are You Doing?

George Malik tweeted a link to some pictures that appear to be part of some sort of tradition/ceremony during Zetterberg’s wedding.

At least I hope so.

Hopefully someone can explain.

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  Tags: tomas+holmstrom

What Vancouver Would Want To Send Bieksa To Anaheim

from Ben Kuzma of the White Towel at the Vancouver Province,

The Anaheim Ducks are doing more than kicking the tires on Kevin Bieksa. They’re checking the sticker price.

If the Ducks are willing to part with a draft pick and a prospect, that could send the Vancouver Canucks defenceman and the $3.75 million US remaining on his salary to a team in need of back-end help. It would also ease salary cap concerns for the Canucks, who added $825,000 to the mix Thursday in Jannik Hansen’s arbitration settlement that puts the the club more than $1 million over the $59.4 million ceiling.

After trading defenceman Steve Eminger to the New York Rangers — and losing Scott Niedermayer to retirement — the Ducks are down to Lumobir Visnovsky, Sheldon Brookbank, Tony Lydman and Danny Syvret as roster veterans and have yet to sign restricted free agent James Wisniewski.

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  Tags: kevin+bieksa

Whitney And Coyotes A Good Match

from Craig Morgan of FSArizona,

“When we started looking at free agents, we identified two players in our price range that could come in and play a top-six forward role and help our power play,” Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said. “When we talked to Ray, we knew he had a relationship with Phoenix because he belongs to a golf club here and has spent time here, so we thought there was a chance he’d be attracted to us.”

It was more than a chance. While other clubs were offering one-year deals based on Whitney’s age, Phoenix offered him two years and about $6 million.

“I had some other offers and I believe some more were coming,” Whitney said. “I probably could have gotten two years from other teams, but I would have had to squabble and haggle over it. What’s the point? Phoenix came first, they were sincere, and I got a chance to go play with one of the top 10 teams in the league last season. I was really comfortable with the decision.”

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  Tags: ray+whitney

Florida/Chicago Trade

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has acquired C Marty Reasoner from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for C Jeff Taffe.

“We are very pleased to have acquired Marty,” said Tallon. “He is a hard working, veteran center who is good on face-offs and can be counted upon to play in all game situations. We look forward to his contributions to our club.”

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  Tags: jeff+taffe, marty+reasoner

The 2010 USA Hockey Hall Of Fame Class

from USA Hockey,

Art Berglund, Derian Hatcher, Kevin Hatcher, Dr. V. George Nagobads and Jeremy Roenick make up the United States Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010, as announced today by USA Hockey. The five-member class will be enshrined into the Hall on October 21 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y.

“These five individuals truly represent the very best of our sport in many different facets and their contributions have been truly extraordinary,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. “We look forward to their formal induction in Buffalo this October.”

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  Tags: art+berglund, derian+hatcher, dr.+v.+george+nagobads, jeremy+roenick, kevin+hatcher

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