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The Year Of The UFA Goalie

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Yes, this year’s free-agent crop lacks in overall depth. But if there’s one position that bucks the trend, it’s in goal, where there’s a multitude of unrestricted free agents looking for jobs.

“It’s the year of the goalie, it seems,” netminder Marty Turco told ESPN.com on Wednesday.

Turco is among the bigger netminder names headed for unrestricted free agency; the Dallas Stars ended his reign in the Lone Star State after replacing Turco with Kari Lehtonen this past season.

As Turco looks at his options, he’s got competition. Depending on whether they re-sign between now and June 30, joining Turco in the free-agent waters July 1 will be Evgeni Nabokov, Martin Biron, Dan Ellis, Michael Leighton, Chris Mason, Jose Theodore, Antero Niittymaki, Vesa Toskala, Johan Hedberg, Patrick Lalime, Manny Legace, Wade Dubielewicz, Alex Auld, Steve Valiquette, Andrew Raycroft, Yann Danis and Curtis Sanford.

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Yzerman Wants To Extend The Contract Of Martin St. Louis

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman put into motion a process which he hopes will end with a contract extension for star wing Marty St. Louis. Yzerman said he spoke on Wednesday to St. Louis’ agent and hopes a deal that “makes sense” for both sides can be worked out.

“He’s a first-class guy and he deserves to be treated with the utmost respect, and I’ll do that,” Yzerman said. “Where it ends up, we’ll see. They want to make a deal that makes sense for them, and I have to make a deal that makes sense for us. We have some time to get it done, but it definitely is a priority for me.”

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Should Lindros Be In The HHOF?

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Eric Lindros is a Hall of Famer.

No question about it.

The question is, will he be made to pay the price for being a controversial figure during his too short, but nonetheless illustrious career? Will he be held out of the Hall when the latest additions are announced next week—the first time he is eligible to be inducted—only to be inducted down the road?

With 372 goals and 865 points in 760 career games, Lindros’s numbers speak for themselves. He added another 24 goals and 57 points in 53 playoff games. You don’t average better than a point per game in the regular season and in the playoffs if you aren’t a dominant player.

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Smarten Up People

A few days ago I wrote that I will only post rumors from reputable sources but that did not stop readers from sending emails, inquiring about a rumor yesterday.

I responded to a few of them stating in no uncertain terms not to believe it, it was tossed out there for the purpose of collecting website hits.

As a follow-up via Elliotte Friedman’s Twitter today,

Lou Lamoriello, just now: Reports of trading Brodeur are “not factual, totally untrue.” Has never considered trading Brodeur and never will.

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Hakan Andersson Talks Scouting

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

As the director of European scouting for the Detroit Red Wings, Hakan Andersson certainly racks up plenty of frequent-flyer miles.

He certainly made more than his share of flights to Russia this season in attempt to evaluate prospects sure to be in the cross hairs of NHL scouts and general managers at the NHL Entry Draft, June 25-26, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“It’s time consuming and it varies from year to year, but I enjoy it,” Andersson told NHL.com.

Especially when Andersson can unearth that diamond in the rough that has become commonplace for an organization that routinely has drafted in the later stages of each round.

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Canucks Are In Good Shape

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

When you start to look around the Western Conference with an eye to sizing up competition for the Canucks next season, you can get yourself feeling pretty good if you’re a diehard Vancouver hockey fan.

The Canucks have most of their core signed — with some obvious issues on defence and the need to get a little bigger and tougher up front.

But with the salary cap expected to go to just a couple of hundred grand under $59 million, if the players do as expected and go for the escalator clause which bumps up the overall number thanks to the Canadian dollar, Vancouver will have considerable money to spend while some of their chief opponents have significant issues.

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Selanne Plans To Play If Ducks Remain Competitive

via the Helsingin Sanomat,

The 2007 Stanley Cup winner and the all-time points leader in men’s Olympic ice hockey, who has played in the NHL since the 1992-93 season, told the Finnish daily Turun Sanomat that he will quit if the team announces plans to perform a rejuvenation operation and start building a new squad.

Selänne, who turns 40 early next month, said that his continuing with the team is likely “if Anaheim decides that is still wants to win next season and if it wants to keep the team more or less the same.”

Selänne believes that the situation is very similar to that of his fellow countryman Saku Koivu, 35, who is still without a contract. The ball - or the puck - is in the team’s court so to speak.

“Saku, too, is in a situation where he wants to continue to play in a winning team”, Selänne commented about his teammate to the Turku-based newspaper.

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Dekes & Dangles

Just in case you need some hockey action.

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Flames Talk

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

On the unrestricted free agency front, grinding winger Eric Nystrom is due for a healthy raise on his $775,000 U.S. salary.

According to Sutter, Nystrom could prove too expensive for the Flames.

“He fills a role,” Sutter said. “I like Eric Nystrom, but fourth-line players on the first of August are $600,000 players.

“You have to prioritize. If you can get a star by spending that extra $300,000 to $400,000, that’s what you do.”...

The NHL buyout period officially opened Tuesday, and Sutter decline to tip his hand on whether he intends to buy out any players.

“It’s not for public disclosure,” he said. “But obviously, we didn’t do it today.”

much more on the Flames…

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The Real UFA/Trade Talk

As many of you know, Spector’s Hockey is a must follow this time of year.

Today Lyle has the…

Latest on Tomas Vokoun, Tomas Kaberle, Anton Volchenkov, Peter Mueller, Johan Hedberg & more.

read all about it…

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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