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Gleason: After grit and game as GM for a day

From the Buffalo News’ Bucky Gleason:

Anyone can look at the Philadelphia Flyers’ incredible run to the Stanley Cup finals and rationalize about the Sabres being equally capable of doing the same. The Flyers provided evidence that anything can happen if a team comes together at the right time and has everything fall into place.

The Sabres finished four spots ahead of the Flyers in the conference standings. The Sabres had much better goaltending, which is huge in the postseason. They had more depth than the Flyers did. Buffalo, if it had beaten Boston, also would have had home-ice advantage after Washington and New Jersey were knocked out.

So it easily could have been Buffalo in the finals, right? Well, it’s not that simple.

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Niedermayer Officially Announces Retirement

From the Ducks:

Scott Niedermayer officially announced his retirement from professional hockey at a press conference attended by various media, Ducks staff and family members at Honda Center.

“It’s been a tough decision, but after plenty of reflection, I’m here to announce I’m retiring from professional hockey,” Niedermayer said to lead off lengthy remarks in which he thanked numerous teammates, coaches, management and staff members from both the Ducks and New Jersey Devils. Niedermayer remained composed until he thanked his family (wife Lisa and four boys), during which he became noticeably emotional.

“It has been a difficult decision, but I feel it is the right time,” Niedermayer said. “I am excited about experiencing new opportunities, as well as pursuing my other interests.  The last 18 years have been filled with more than I ever could have dreamed. There are many wonderful things I will miss about the game, especially the challenge of competing with my teammates. I wish them the best of luck in the future.”

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Canadiens Re-sign Plekanec to Six-Year Deal

Per various sources, the Montreal Canadiens have re-signed Tomas Plekanec to a six-year deal.  According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the deal is worth $30 million, with a $5 million annual cap hit.

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Report: Tom Renney named Edmonton Head Coach, Quinn now senior advisor

Per CNIC’s Eliotte Friedman’s tweet, former Rangers coach Tom Renney is now the Edmonton Oilers’ head coach, with former coach Pat Quinn being named as a senior advisor.

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Report:  Panthers ship Nathan Horton to the Bruins

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s tweet, the rumored deal of the Panthers’ Nathan Horton to the Bruins is a “done deal”.

UPDATE:  Per Bob, the deal is Horton and Gregory Campbell for Dennis Wideman, 15th overall pick and another draft pick.

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Ken Holland Would Like to get an Enforcer

From the Detroit News’ Chris McCosky:

The question comes up around this time every summer: Should the Red Wings acquire an enforcer?

“Ideally, yeah, we’d love to go out and get an enforcer,” general manager Ken Holland said Monday. “But I can’t make one up. We don’t have one in our organization right now, so I have one of two choices. Either I trade for one or I get one through free agency.”

Holland has a history of adding one agitator to the roster, usually later in the summer or right after training camp. He brought in Brad May after the team returned from Sweden last year. Before that, Aaron Downey, Darren McCarty and Dallas Drake were late additions to the roster.

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Sabres’ Myers Reflects on Rookie Season

From the Buffalo News’ John Vogl:

Tyler Myers never really had time to relax during the season. His rapid jump from junior hockey to the NHL — and all the games, travel and learning that came along with it — didn’t allow for many moments of reflection.

That finally changed during the past couple of months. The Buffalo Sabres’ defenseman has spent much of his offseason back home in Kelowna, British Columbia, chatting with family and catching up with friends. It’s helped him realize his first professional season really was impressive.

“It was a long season,” Myers said by phone. “I had a lot of fun with it. It was definitely an adjustment. I think when the season ended I took a little time to actually start to realize what actually just happened, and it was definitely a year I won’t forget.”

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Bruins Chiarelli in Critical Week

From the Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy:

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli just might be entering the most important week of his career.

With four picks among the first 45 selections in this weekend’s NHL draft in Los Angeles, Chiarelli has the opportunity not only to fortify the future but also do some wheeling and dealing to get his stuck-in-the-second-round club over the hump.

And you can bet Chiarelli has been and will be hoping to get something, and perhaps something gargantuan, done.

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Flyers’ Plans for Leighton still Unclear

From the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Frank Seravalli:

It has been 13 days since Patrick Kane’s low, blocker-side snipe ended the Flyers’ dream in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said yesterday that he has not spoken to the agent of Michael Leighton, the man who let in the goal that silenced the Wachovia Center and the Flyers’ season.
Leighton, 29, is due to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

By not talking to Leighton’s agent, former NHL goalie Mike Liut, Holmgren does not appear overly eager to sign Leighton to a long-term contract. And with the NHL draft kicking off Friday night in Los Angeles , Leighton could become a name of the past if the Flyers are able to swing a deal for one of the league’s younger goalies like the Kings’ Jonathan Bernier.

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Report: Modano Thinks his Days are Numbered with Stars

From TSN:

Veteran free agent forward Mike Modano doesn’t seem to be expecting to return to the Dallas Stars, according to a report from ESPN.

“The more and more I look at the situation here, I come to believe I’m not in the scheme of things here,” Modano told the network on Monday. “If I had to play, I may have to look at going elsewhere.”

The 40-year-old says he will wait until at least July before he decides on what he will do with his future; free agency begins on July 1 in the NHL.

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