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Will Any Team Take Cheechoo?

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

In a story of how quickly the mighty can fall, the Ottawa Senators bought out the final year of Jonathan Cheechoo’s contract on Tuesday.

The move comes as no surprise.

It was inevitable, considering no other NHL team was willing to pick up the $3.5 million U.S. remaining on his deal earlier this week and last March, when the club placed him on waivers before shipping him to Binghamton of the American Hockey League.

His NHL career is likely over.

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Penguins Still Trying To Sign Two Soon To Be UFA Dmen

from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins are starting to run out of time to convince Hamhuis, whose rights were acquired from Philadelphia for a third-round draft choice Friday, that he should seriously consider the idea of playing here.

If he is not signed by noon Thursday, Hamhuis will qualify for unrestricted free agency and be free to sign with any team that wants him.

There have been numerous suggestions that his preference is to play in, or at least near, his home province of British Columbia, although neither he nor his agent has said so publicly.

Signing Hamhuis and fellow defenseman Sergei Gonchar are Shero’s priorities as the start of free agency closes in, but neither seems particularly close to accepting a contract.

Asked about the Gonchar negotiations, Shero said “nothing’s really new” and “not much has changed there.”

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Will Kaberle Remain In Toronto?

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

For public consumption anyway, it has been well over a year of mutual admiration and asserting that there is no need for the relationship to end.

Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle has professed his love for all things Toronto — save the losing.

Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has professed his love for all things Kaberle — save the fact that trading him might bring some desperate scoring help.

There’s no reason to disbelieve either position. Both men believe what they say and there still remains a chance that Kaberle is wearing No. 15 for the Leafs when the season opens this October thought.

Over the next seven days we will see if true love trumps the trade market, but one of the partners seems resolved to the relationship dissolving.

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Are You Ready?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL’s 2010 free-agent season opens Thursday and nobody – not even the principal players themselves – knows exactly what to expect from the auction this year.

Will it be the usual dizzying frenzy – too many teams throwing too much money at a handful of NHLers, creating the next generation of overpaid players? Or will sanity finally prevail, on the grounds that the free-agent crop is one of the weakest since the 2004-05 lockout ended, and thus, there are just fewer good options to throw cash at?

“I never know what to expect in free agency – will people blow their brains out, or be smart?” Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee said. “Because you get five desperate teams every year and they do desperate things. You’re almost always better off sitting back and being smart about it. Almost all of us have experienced that signing where you sign the guy and six months later, you’re going, ‘Why did we do that?’ So … I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

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added 10:28pm, from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal at the Montreal Gazette,

It would be a stretch to call the July 1 opening of National Hockey League free agency a “frenzy.”

Free-agent fizzle might be closer to reality, if you’re into truth in advertising.

“It’s not a bountiful harvest,” admitted veteran agent Steve Bartlett, who had 15 teams call on winger Brian Gionta last year before he signed with the Montreal Canadiens and more than that on forward Brian Rolston in 2009 before his client signed with the New Jersey Devils.

“There is less and less cap space with lots of teams . . . less buying. It’s supply and demand. There could still be a frenzy for some guys like (Dan) Hamhuis, but I suspect teams will be a lot more patient.”

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Kovalchuk And Kings May Be A Fit

Heck, may as well start early…

from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum,

The Kings continue to be the front-runners to land two-time 50-goal scorer Ilya Kovalchuk providing he doesn’t try to break the bank when the NHL’s free agency period opens Thursday at 9 a.m. Pacific time.

Yes, the Kings have talked before about landing impact players and have fallen short. Sometimes woefully short.

But this time they have not only the money and salary cap space but a strong selling point in a young, on-the-rise team that Kovalchuk could lead to Stanley Cup contention for years to come. There are few teams that have the resources or cap space that the Kings do, and from what team governor Tim Leiweke said last week as well as what agents for other players are hearing and seeing as they observe the market, the Kings appear determined to use their money and cap space to acquire the game-breaker they haven’t been able to develop themselves.

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Canadiens Acquire Boyd, Ellis and Futures from Preds in Return for Sergei Kostitsyn and Futures

According to various sources, the Montreal Canadiens have acquired Dustin Boyd, Dan Ellis and future considerations from the Nashville Predators in return for Sergei Kostitsyn and future considerations.

UPDATE:  From TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s tweet:

Futures in MTL-NAS trade are simple. If one side, or other, sign the player(s) involved, late-round draft pick(s) change hands. No big deal.

 

 

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Stars Moving on Without Modano

From the Associated Press:

If Mike Modano plays a 21st season in the NHL, it won’t be with the Dallas Stars.

The face of the franchise that proved hockey could thrive in the South will not be offered a contract by the Stars when free agency opens Thursday. That difficult decision had to be made by Modano’s teammate-turned-boss, Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk.

They won a Stanley Cup together 11 years ago — the only title in franchise history — but the Stars have missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since moving from Minnesota in 1993. Nieuwendyk said the team needs to make room for younger players in trying to rebuild, and has too many players who need ice time at center.

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‘The Lull Before the [July 1] Storm’

From ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:

Ah, the poker game is on as we count down to noon ET on Thursday.

“It’s the lull before the storm,” one player agent told ESPN.com on Tuesday.  Agents and GMs “insist” this is their best offer and can’t compromise anymore as the contracts of pending unrestricted free agents are set to expire ... until their next offer comes in.

As a hockey writer, it’s a strange and frustrating time; you are caught between teams and players, and the information you receive is filtered through intense negotiating pressure. I’ve learned a long time ago not to ever write “Player X is definitely going to market.” You have to leave yourself wiggle room because anything can happen at the 11th hour.

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Savard May Come Cheap

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

His seven prospects locked up in his suitcase as he returned to Toronto, Leafs GM Brian Burke set his mind on what will be a busy few days leading up to Thursday’s free agent frenzy.

First up is Marc Savard. The Bruins are said to be ready to ship their playmaking centre. The Leafs are in the mix, and the price tag is much cheaper than Thomas Kaberle.

This opportunity is an unintended consequence of the Phil Kessel trade.

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Modano Still Undecided If He Will Play

from Sean Meehan of the Dallas Morning News,

Still unsure about his future in hockey, the Stars’ Mike Modano talked about some of his thoughts as he ponders next season.

On whether he feels he is part of the Stars’ plans next season: The vibes haven’t changed much. I have a sense of the direction that the team is going in, and I’m not sure if I’m part of that. I’ll have to see what unfolds in July.

On possibly playing for another team next season
: I can’t say that wouldn’t happen, but for me to go to a different team, it has to be an organization that I’m very familiar with. That way I would feel comfortable.

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