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The Goalie Shuffle Has Started

from Craig Custance of The Grinder at The Sporting News,

The trade starts the goalie shuffle, with Carey Price looking like he’s now the uncontested started in Montreal. Price is also a restricted free agent, and his agent Ritch Winter declined to comment on negotiations with the Canadiens. It also means that potential unrestricted free agent goalie Chris Mason will likely hit the market.

  Mason won 30 games last year with the Blues and over the past two seasons has averaged a .915 save percentage and 2.47 goals-against average.

  His agent, Tom Laidlaw, told SportingNews.com that Mason is interested in being a No. 1 goalie and his performance over the last couple years suggest he’s certainly capable.

  On Thursday morning, Laidlaw described the negotiations between Mason and the Blues as exploratory, although that might change now that Halak is aboard. That said, Laidlaw thinks it could be an interesting year for free agent goalies.

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Langenbrunner Remains Captain Of The Devils

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello and new head coach John MacLean ended any speculation about Jamie Langenbrunner’s future with the organization by stating unequivocally during today’s news conference that Langenbrunner will remain the team’s captain.

“John and I have had this conversation and no one should read into anything,” Lamoriello said. “Jamie Langenbrunner is our captain. John feels strongly on that. I feel strongly on that and I’d like to put that to rest.”

MacLean agreed.

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Briere & Son OK After Car Accident

from WBNG,

A 2010 Land Rover driven by 32 year old Daniel Briere of Haddonfield, New Jersey was traveling in the passing lane next to a tractor trailer.

Troopers say Briere was drowsy, and drifted into the right lane, side-swiping the tractor trailer.

The truck then swerved, jack-knifed, and rolled.

It came to a stop across both lanes of 81 North.

Briere’s Land Rover hit a guiderail and came to a stop.

Police say the truck driver, Briere, and his 9 year old son all had minor injuries.

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Report- Halak To The Blues

RDS (not translated) is reporting that Halak has been traded to the Blues.

added 2:56pm, Translation now available,

The Canadiens finally traded Jaroslav Halak according to the St. Louis Blues that RDS has learned. For the moment, it is unclear what the Canadiens will get in return.

added 3:02pm, via a Bob McKenzie tweet,

Halak to the St. Louis Blues. Done deal.

added 3:09pm, via Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Habs get Eller and Schultz in return from Blues

added 3:15pm, a Nick Kypreos tweet,

I also hear that Blues made deal without talking contract with Halak so don’t expect any new big immediate announcement on that front.

added 3:20pm,

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced Thursday the club has acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forwards Lars Eller and Ian Schultz.

“Jaroslav’s play in this year’s regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs was remarkable,” said Davidson. “He has had very impressive numbers in the NHL and we are thrilled that he will be wearing the Bluenote for us.”

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Talking Ducks & Coyotes

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Two Pacific Division clubs have a lot of balls up in the air these days.

The Anaheim Ducks are awaiting Scott Niedermayer’s decision next week, which will have a huge impact on how they proceed this offseason. They’re also waiting on Teemu Selanne. The Phoenix Coyotes, meanwhile, have about a dozen free agents to attend to and not a huge budget to work with.

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UFA Updates

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Thought I’d pass on some updates on a few potential unrestricted free agents who might be a little under the radar:

Keep an eye on Johnny Boychuk. He’s only 26 years old, but he qualifies as a Group 6 unrestricted free agent. He broke through last season with a solid second half and a real nice playoffs. He led all Bruins players with 39 blocked shots in 13 postseason games (Zdeno Chara was second with 24) and was second only to Chara in ice time per game in the playoffs (26:10) and shorthanded ice time per game (3:18)....

I can’t tell you how many Penguins fans ask me about Matt Cooke. The veteran winger is UFA July 1, and at this point, it doesn’t appear his re-signing is close.

“Currently, we’re far apart,” his agent, Pat Morris, told us Wednesday. “Matt would like to stay in Pittsburgh, both sides would like to get something done, but nothing is imminent.”

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The Stanley Cup Makes A Visit To Children’s Memorial Hospital

from Michael Sneed of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The softer side of the Stanley Cup showed up Wednesday at Children’s Memorial Hospital.

The 35-pound silver trophy, which has been on the party circuit since the Blackhawks’ championship win last week, did an about-face Wednesday morning before a flock of shocked children playing in the “fun sanctuary/medical free zone” of the hospital, where doctor’s uniforms aren’t allowed.

“The toughness and grit required by the Blackhawks to win that Cup is what many of our kids go through every day,” said Kathleen Keenan, a hospital spokeswoman. “This was just so inspiring. It shows miracles do happen.”

It all began with Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville’s desire to bring the Stanley Cup to children maneuvering through life in wheelchairs and IV lines. So he asked orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mike Terry, the chief Blackhawks doc, to help arrange the hospital visit.

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John MacLean Finally Named Coach Of The Devils

from Eric Marin of NewJerseyDevils.com,

The Devils have scheduled a 2 p.m. press conference to announce John MacLean as their new head coach.

MacLean, 45, takes over behind the Devils’ bench after serving one season as the head coach of their American Hockey League affiliate in Lowell. He guided the AHL Devils to a franchise best mark of 39-31-4-6 in 2009-10, including their only playoff appearance in four seasons.

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Mike Ramsey Steps-Down From Wild Asst. Coach Position

from Glen Andresen of MinnesotaWild.com,

The Minnesota Wild learned it has lost its longest-tenured coach, a Wild original and one of the greatest Minnesota hockey products in the state’s history with Assistant Coach Mike Ramsey announcing that he would be stepping down effective immediately.

The 49-year-old Ramsey has been the Wild’s assistant coach since the team’s inception in 2000, and helped lead the team to a combined record of 331-291-116 and three playoff appearances. In an interview with Wild.com, Ramsey said that with three kids in high school, there wasn’t going to be a better time to step aside to be with them.

“[The decision] is not something that, believe me, happened for me overnight or anything like that,” said Ramsey, who informed General Manager Chuck Fletcher and Head Coach Todd Richards of his decision on Friday. “I’ve been in the game for 30 years now, and I’ve been with the Wild for 10. It’s been an awesome 10 years, and at the end of the year, you start reflecting on all the things you’ve done with the team and the time you spent at the rink, and the travel, and this and that. Going forward, I thought it was a good time for me to step down and pursue other things.”

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Preparing For The NHL Entry Draft

from NHL.com,

The Carolina Hurricanes hold a League-high 11 picks of the 210 allotted for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, to be held Friday, June 25 (round 1) and Saturday, June 26 (rounds 2-7) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The Edmonton Oilers, owners of the first overall selection, and the New York Islanders follow with 10 picks apiece.

The Los Angeles Kings, hosting the Entry Draft for the first time in franchise history, are scheduled to make the first of their nine current selections with the 19th overall choice.

National rightsholders VERSUS in the United States and TSN and RDS in Canada will provide live coverage of the first round beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. NHL Radio also will provide first-round coverage, which can be heard on radio stations across North America including NHL Home Ice XM 204 and NHL.com. NHL Network and RIS will broadcast rounds 2-7 the following day, starting at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.

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