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Pens Get Ekman

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired left wing Nils Ekman and goaltender prospect Patrick Ehelechner from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2007 second round draft choice, it was announced today by General Manager Ray Shero. The second round draft choice was previously acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes on March 9, 2006 in exchange for Mark Recchi.

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The St. Louis “Buzz”

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,

The St. Louis Blues have a pulse after a nightmarish season that saw the proud franchise place dead last in the NHL. ADVERTISEMENT Buoyed by new ownership and looser purse strings, the Blues were active on the free-agent front this month and are turning things around. "There's a real nice buzz in the city," Blues GM Larry Pleau said Thursday from St. Louis. "We're out of neutral anyway."

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Who’s Your Goalie

Terry Frei at ESPN has a very good column regarding goalies. Trade talk, etc... The last line of the article is true...

The other goalie tends to look better to you than your own. Whether he is or not.

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My Son Meets The Great One

from ESPN,

Most boys have a dream to meet their sports idol. They envision seeing them and hanging out with them and even becoming their friend. I did it when I was a kid and I'm sure that most people did when they were younger also. But most of us don't get to see that dream come true. Luckily for my son Dillon, in that regard, he's one of the lucky ones. Wayne Gretzky Wayne took Dillon to his childhood home in Brantford, Ontario, where the 12-year-old met Gretzky's father. My son is a huge hockey fan so I wasn't surprised at all that he wanted to meet Wayne Gretzky.

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Keep On Looking Eddie

from TSN,

Ed Belfour's search for a new home in the NHL continues. The Florida Panthers have had a sudden change of heart and intend to put their faith in recently acquired goaltender Alex Auld. The Panthers brought Belfour, a 41 year old veteran into Sunrise, Florida yesterday for medical testing and were expected to offer him a contract. Instead Florida has rescinded its offer and have decided to go with what they have.

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They Were Bad

The Worst Ten Expansion Teams from Tom Layberger of Sports Illustrated,

10. 1970-71 Vancouver Canucks Record: 24-46-8, 56 points (.359) The Canucks were placed in the East Division with fellow newcomer Buffalo and were the only team outside the Eastern Time Zone. Given their excessive travel, one can conclude that Hal Laycoe's squad fared pretty well. Vancouver had six 20-goal scorers led by Rosaire Paiement's 34, with Andre Boudrias and Wayne Maki each netting 25.
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The 80’s Are Over With

from the Gateway,

Sometimes, I just don’t want to be here. I don’t mean here in these pages, I mean here in the geographical sense. Don’t get me wrong, I love dirty streets, conservative hillbillies and making fun of Calgary—but sometimes, Edmonton can be a terrible place to live. So I can relate to Michael Peca, Jaroslav Spacek, Sergei Samsonov and Chris Pronger’s desires to head elsewhere this NHL off-season.... There’s a reason that the biggest acquisitions this off-season have been Daniel Tjarnqvist and Marty Reasoner: guys don’t want to come to Edmonton. The pay is too low, the weather too bad and the fans too deluded. The ’80s are over with, and the sooner Edmonton fans stop expecting Ales Hemsky to be the next Jari Kurri and Ryan Smyth to be the next Messier, the sooner players will realize that the fan support in Edmonton is a blessing, instead of the curse it is now.

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Looking Forward To Winning

An interview with new Tampa Bay goalie Marc Denis via the Tampa Bay Lightning,

TBL.com: What are you most excited about for the upcoming season? DENIS: Being a contender. To play hockey in late April, May and hopefully in early summer - that’s what I’m looking forward to. The goal and objective is quite different than in my last six years in Columbus, being part of the whole building process of a new franchise. I’ve been used to winning, not only in my career, but my whole life, and I’m looking forward to getting back to winning ways.
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Better In Buffalo

from the Buffalo News,

Spacek, in his first interview since becoming the Sabres' prized free-agent acquisition July 5, said Wednesday he had nearly identical offers from the Sabres and his former team, the Edmonton Oilers. But the situation in Buffalo far outweighed that in Edmonton. ...he saw one team on the rise and another falling apart. Though the Oilers were one game away from winning the Stanley Cup, Spacek was quick to send a reminder that they needed late-season losses by Vancouver just to earn the No. 8 seed in the postseason. The Sabres, meanwhile, had the fifth-most points in the league. "I think that the team now in Edmonton will be not the same like last year," Spacek said by phone from the Czech Republic. "I was there for four months, and we had a great run in the playoffs, but we barely made the playoffs. We had to get big help from San Jose and Anaheim...."

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