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Players Still Out There

from the CP via 680 News,

Close to 100 free agents have been signed since the market opened last Saturday, the six-day flurry giving way to some peace and quiet Friday as NHL teams regrouped. But while there weren't any signings of magnitude Friday, some intriguing names remained available, including Danny Markov, one of the top defencemen still left after a massive run on blue-liners this week. The former Toronto Maple Leaf most likely won't be returning to Nashville after putting up 11 assists, 62 penalty minutes and a plus-9 rating with the Predators last season while earning $2.35 million US. Veteran winger Brendan Shanahan, who had 40 goals last season with the Red Wings, has narrowed down his options to two teams, Detroit and another unnamed team, a source said Friday. Boston and St. Louis are no longer in the running. Shanahan, 37, will mull it over this weekend and likely make a decision early next week.
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No Calls For Manny

from the CP via TSN,

The question to Manny Legace seemed innocent enough. Where will he sign? "Good question, I have no idea," Legace said Friday. "No calls, nothing at this point." The unrestricted free-agent goaltender hasn't got a sniff since the free-agent market opened last Saturday. And he's stunned. "It's just mind-boggling," he said from Detroit. "I thought for sure there'd be interest from somebody after the year I had. But nothing. I don't know what to think. And I don't know what teams are thinking."
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Wamsley Named Assitant/Goaltendting Coach For Blues

from the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues’ President John Davidson announced today the club has named former Blues’ goaltender Rick Wamsley as an Assistant Coach/Goaltending Coach. “We are pleased to add former Blues' goaltender Rick Wamsley to our staff as Assistant Coach and Goaltender Coach,” said Davidson. "He is very familiar with Mike Kitchen, having played for and coached with him in Toronto. He will enhance our coaching staff and work well with our young goalies in our system."

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Is Atlanta At A Disadvantage

from the AP via ESPN,

The Maryland judge who last month ruled Steve Belkin is entitled to buy the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers from his former co-owners added a new twist to the ongoing feud Thursday. Montgomery County (Md.) Circuit Court Judge Eric Johnson ruled the current ownership and management team should retain control while the appeals are heard. But the good news for the Atlanta Spirit group also included the judge's stipulation that will prevent the Hawks or Thrashers from signing a free agent to a contract longer than one year.
continued... I emailed the Thrashers earlier today, hoping they would respond to this, but so far no word from them...

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Erik Johnson Goes College Route

from the AP via ESPN,

Erik Johnson, who was the top overall pick in last month's NHL draft, announced he will attend the University of Minnesota this fall. Johnson and his family said Friday that the 18-year-old will enroll in the university rather than joining the St. Louis Blues for the upcoming season.

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So No To Eddie

from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

The Wings gave Ed Belfour a physical and are considering signing him as their goaltender. With Chris Osgood already signed, the addition of Belfour would give Detroit a goalie tandem with a combined age of 74 and 28 NHL seasons between them. Yes, experience in goal is key, but when talking about Belfour, the experience that the Red Wings should be noting is the experience he has had with back injury. ...So what is the upside to signing Belfour in Hockeytown? What will that press release say? "In a division with the Blue Jackets, Blackhawks and Blues, we feel he will be good enough for second place. And we are the Red Wings, so don't rule out the President's Trophy. The crest alone counts for 30 victories. Doesn't it?"
read on...FYI, Kara was on an extended 8 week leave in case you were wondering...

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Change The Over The Glass Call

from the Hockey News,

It didn’t take Carnac or even a Caneiac to accurately predict the shooting-the-puck-over-the-glass rule would have a major impact in a big game this season. ...Fortunately for the league, it happened to a small-market team on the road. Had it occurred to the Rangers in Madison Square Garden or the Maple Leafs in Air Canada Centre, we’d be using the Richter scale to measure the reverberations. Regardless, we’ve been saying all season the punishment – a two-minute penalty – is excessive and punitive for what is often an accident. We also suggested in this space months ago the action of putting a puck in the stands on purpose is akin to a deliberate icing. Why not treat them the same: a faceoff in the defending zone of the offending team and no line change permitted?
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All Gilbert Brule

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Q : What was the Memorial Cup run like? A : One of the best things so far in my hockey career. Just being on a team like that, seeing how close you get with the guys. It’s such a hard tournament to win, but I don’t think you realize that until after you get there, after it’s over. Q : You played a part in eight of the last nine goals scored by the Vancouver Giants, carrying them all the way to the semifinals. Is that as good as you’ve ever felt on skates? A : It’s a feeling of brotherhood. It’s hard to put your finger on it, but something develops that brings everybody together. Q : Vancouver is, by all accounts, one of the most beautiful spots in North America, if not the world. Did you take that for granted growing up right there in the middle of it? A : It’s tough to get me out of Vancouver. You’ve got the mountains, the water, the beaches, the islands … you can do everything there. And the people are so great.
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How Is Vokoun

from the Nashville City Paper,

The all-star goalie’s blood clot ailment is so rare there is no track record in which to refer, though the Predators remain optimistic that No. 29 will be ready to open the season. Yogi Berra’s assessment is this: They won’t know until they know. Translation: Until the cycle of medication Vokoun is taking is complete, nothing can be definitive. Expect an update before the end of July.
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Liv Likes His Masks

Stefan Liv, Wings goalie prospect who will probably start the season in Grand Rapids, likes his goalie masks. Check them all out and make sure to click on the links for detailed pictures. image

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