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Blues Re-Sign Winchester

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has re-signed forward Brad Winchester.

Winchester, 29, played in 64 games this past season, recording eights points (three goals, five assists) and a career-high 108 penalty minutes.  During the 2008-09 campaign, the 6-5, 231-pound forward registered career-highs in points (21), goals (13) and assists (eight). 

Winchester has skated in 247 career NHL games with the Blues, Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars, collecting 42 points (21 goals, 21 assists) along with 350 penalty minutes.

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Phoenix Re-Signs Lepisto

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have re-signed defenseman Sami Lepisto to a one-year contract.  As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Lepisto, 25, recorded a career-high 1-10-11 and 60 penalty minutes (PIM) in 66 games with the Coyotes last season.  He also collected one assist and six penalty minutes in seven playoff games last year. 

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Eaton To The Islanders

Deal being finalized…

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Hearing Mark Eaton. 2 yrs 2.5 per year to the Islanders.

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Darryl Sutter Likes His Team

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In outlining his plan for next season, Sutter reasserted that his free-agent moves - signing Jokinen and Alex Tanguay on Thursday, adding two tough guys (Raitis Ivanans and Tim Jackman) on Friday - have the Flames back on track for playoff contention.

“It’s hard for everyone to understand how difficult it is to make the playoffs,” said Sutter. “When you don’t, everybody throws you under the bus. It’s such a fine line.

“I think we’re good. We’re ready to go again. We’ve got a good hockey team. Players are excited about what we did; the coaches are excited; and we still have some adjustments to make, or roles to fill - realigning some roles within our organization - but I like our team.”

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The Best Defense In The League

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

If it’s true that defense wins championships, the Philadelphia Flyers look to be in pretty good shape.

With Thursday’s additions of Andrej Meszaros and Sean O’Donnell, plus re-signing Braydon Coburn, Philadelphia’s top six—Chris Pronger, Matt Carle, Kimmo Timonen, Coburn, Meszaros and O’Donnell—could be the best in the NHL.

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Bowman Dealing With Chicago Cap Issues

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Has Bowman traded away good players? Of course he has. And they were the kind of depth players that often provide the difference in a playoff series. But Bowman had no choice in the matter. There was absolutely no doubt he was going to have to subtract from his roster, something that was made even more pressing when Jonathan Toews won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP and his $1.3 million bonus had to be carried over to next season.

But perhaps by necessity, Bowman has come to realize that cap space is an asset that can be just as valuable as a scoring winger. You could argue that Bowman got almost nothing in return for Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel, Ben Eager, Andrew Ladd, Colin Fraser and Kris Versteeg – and that wouldn’t exactly be true – but what Bowman got was some breathing room with his cap situation. What he acquired in return were assets that, with the exception of Marty Reasoner and Viktor Stalberg, won’t cost him anything in the short term.

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Higgins Heading To Florida

via Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Higgins not signed yet in Florida but he’s agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.6 million. Paperwork still being finalized

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All About Kovalchuk

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

So on the first day of free agency, when all kinds of lunacy took place, why wasn’t Kovalchuk signed?

Nick Kypreos, the face of the network at Rogers Sportsnet, assures Kovalchuk was offered a contract by the Los Angeles Kings and that the team he finished the year with, the New Jersey Devils, all still in the running for his services.

One thing is certain, Kovalchuk will not get $10 million a year for 10 years from either of his suitors.

Here’s the thing about Kovalchuk, he is undeniably one of the most talented and exciting players in the NHL and you’d be hard pressed to find a better goal-scorer. But the question remains: can you win with him?

The Kings need him to sell tickets more than anything else. Los Angeles has just 7,000 season ticket holders. And the Devils probably want him just to save face having traded for him.

Frankly, I see Kovalchuk as one of those guys who is happier getting two goals in a 5-3 loss than being held pointless in a 4-1 win.

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Souray On Waivers

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Told Sheldon Souray will not be bought out if he clears. He is owed 4.5M per for 2 more years. His cap hit is 5.4M

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A Look At The Sharks

from Drew Remenda at Sharks.com,

Let’s start with Free Agent Frenzy. Not much of a Frenzy this year for the Sharks. It was a good day and a bad day.

Good day by picking up Antero Niittymaki to partner with Tomas Greiss in net. Partner being the key word. After years of having a bonafide starter in the pipes, it looks like the team will be going with a 1 & 1A in net this season. Only the 82 games will tell if this is the way to go or not.

I talked to my good friend Darren Pang from TSN/NBC and the St Louis Blues about Antero. He said he is a good goalie. He also mentioned that the newest Shark was MVP material with the Lightning for a good chunk of the season. A criticism…when he gets in trouble he plays smaller than his 6’1” frame.

I was very dismayed to see one of my favourite players from last season move on to greener pastures. Vancouver’s 3 year no trade 7.5million dollar contract was too much for Manny Malhotra to resist.

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