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Olczyk Replaces J.D.

via the NY Post (reg. req.),

With John Davidson becoming the president of the St. Louis Blues, NBC Sports plans to announce today that Eddie Olczyk will be the new lead game analyst for its NHL coverage. Olczyk will work the regular season, playoffs and the Stanley Cup Finals with Mike (Doc) Emrick. Emrick and Davidson were OLN's lead game broadcasters as well, so it wouldn't be surprising if Olczyk - who worked the studio last season for OLN - also takes that job.

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It Wasn’t Chara’s Choice To Leave Ottawa

from the Ottawa Sun,

Before leaving Ottawa yesterday, he agreed to an exclusive one-on-one interview with Sun hockey writer Bruce Garrioch. Here is an edited transcript of their discussion: SUN: Are you disappointed things didn't work out with Ottawa? CHARA: "Oh, yes, for sure. My first priority was to stay in Ottawa. I love the city. I love the fans. The fans here are so passionate about hockey. They care for the team and every game was sold out. I love the guys. I loved living here. I'm obviously very sad to leave. But I had to move on. It wasn't my choice. It wasn't my decision. I'm excited to go to Boston."
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Wing Talk

from Mlive,

Veteran goaltender Ed Belfour is scheduled to be in town today to take a physical for the Detroit Red Wings, who want to determine the condition of his surgically repaired back before deciding whether to offer him a contract. The Wings have also had a preliminary talk with the agent for goaltender Dominik Hasek. And they're hoping to learn soon, perhaps by today, whether forward Brendan Shanahan will accept their offer of a one-year contract for $4 million. Shanahan was in Los Angeles Tuesday, talking to the Kings, as he continues to explore the free-agent market.
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Dallas Close To Adding Barnaby & Halpern

from the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars are expected to sign free agents Jeff Halpern and Matthew Barnaby on Wednesday. Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong confirmed he was in discussions with the two players and said talks are "well down the road." "We are looking at players who can give us a little grit and a little bite, and those players certainly fall into that category," he said. "Plus, I think both can also add to our team character, along with a player like Darryl Sydor."
continued update 9:34pm, via TSN,
The Dallas Stars have signed agitator Matthew Barnaby to a one-year contract worth $625,000.

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Standings Since July 1st

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Slam,

Who knew the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild would be such heavy hitters on the NHL free-agent scene? But they were, and they came out clear winners after a couple of frenzied opening days of free agency. The Anaheim Ducks also won the jackpot. They added former Norris Trophy winner Chris Pronger to a back end that already included Scott Niedermeyer, making the Southern California team an early contender for the Stanley Cup next season.
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Robitaille Going To Philly

from TSN,

The Philadelphia Flyers have agreed to terms on a contract with 5-foot-11, 195-pound center Randy Robitaille, according to general manager Bob Clarke. Robitaille signed a one-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed. "Robitaille was one of Minnesota's leading scorers last year," said Clarke in making the announcement. "He was their top faceoff man and can play center or wing. He had 40 points, is a really good skater and can play both ends of the rink. We believe that he'll add to our offense next season."

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Cajanek Stays With Blues

via Hadley on Sports,

The Blues Petr Cajanek to a two-year deal for $3.7 million. The Blues are likely done on the FA market however there could be further roster alteration via trades. The Blues are now officially out of the Brendan Shanahan sweepstakes.

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J.R. In Phoenix

via TSN,

Jeremy Roenick has signed a one-year deal to join the Phoenix Coyotes, a team which he played for from 1996-2001.
added 6:25pm, from the CP via Canada.com,
Jeremy Roenick is returning for second a stint in Phoenix, choosing the Coyotes over the Calgary Flames. The 36-year-old centre signed a $1.2-million US, one-year deal, plus incentives, with his former team Tuesday. "In the end I made the decision really because of my family," Roenick told The Canadian Press on Tuesday, adding that he's building a home in the Phoenix area. "And the fact I think Phoenix is going to be much improved with some of their recent moves." He said turning down an offer from the Flames was difficult.
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Raycroft Signs 3yr Deal

from TSN,

Goaltender Andrew Raycroft has signed a three-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs worth $6 million. Raycroft will earn $1.8 million next season, $2 million in 2007-08 and $2.2 million in 2008-09.

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Willsie Goes West To Kings

from TSN,

Brian Willsie is on the move after a career-best campaign. The 28-year-old right wing agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. Playing in his second season with the Washington Capitals, Willsie notched career highs in goals (19), assists (22), points (41) and penalty minutes (77) in appearing in a team-high 82 games.

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