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Sens Sign Emery

via TSN,

The Ottawa Senators have signed goaltender Ray Emery to a one-year deal worth $925,000. The 23-year-old Emery had a record of 23-11-4 with the Senators last year with a .902 save percentage and a 2.82 goals against average.

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Wings Will Update Belfour On Status Soon

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Belfour met with Wings general manager Ken Holland at Joe Louis Arena and then saw team doctors, who examined his back. Belfour had surgery to repair a herniated disc on April 5. Holland hopes to find out the results today. "I told him we'd let him know in the next two or three days whether we're prepared to offer a contract,'' Holland said. "The question is his health and his age.''
more...plus Shanahan decision won't come any earlier than this weekend...

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Players Filing For Arbitration

The NHLPA has listed players who have filed for arbitration. The deadline for Club Elected salary arbitration notification is July 6, 2006 at 5 p.m. ET. Hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20 to August 4, 2006. A little refresher course: SALARY ARBITRATION Who will be eligible for Salary Arbitration? As a general matter, players will be eligible for salary arbitration after four years in the League instead of three. For the first time, Clubs also will have the right to elect salary arbitration with respect to two categories of players. For players who are earning more than $1.5 million in their prior year, Clubs will have the right to elect salary arbitration in lieu of making a Qualifying Offer. Clubs also will have the right to elect salary arbitration with respect to other Group 2 players who chose not to take the Club to arbitration. QUALIFYING OFFERS How will qualifying offers work? Players earning $660,000 or less will be entitled to qualifying offers (QO) at 110% of their prior year's salary; players earning more than $660,000 and up to $1 million will be entitled to QOs at 105% of prior year's salary; players earning more than $1 million will be entitled to QO at 100% of their prior year's salary.

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Laraque A Yote

from TSN,

The Phoenix Coyotes have signed winger Georges Laraque to a multi-year deal.
No details yet... update 8:11pm, 2 year deal worth $2.4 million and NTC.

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Panthers Sign Defensive Pair

from the Florida Panthers,

Florida Panthers General Manager Mike Keenan announced today that the club has agreed to terms with D Bryan Allen and D Branislav Mezei. “Both Bryan and Branislav are big and physical defensemen who we are pleased to have come to terms with,” said Keenan. “Both players will play important roles on our club this year and we are confident that they will provide us with solid play along the blueline.”

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Only The Shadow Knows

The empty Joe Louis Arena had a visitor today. This person is looking for work! image

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McDonald Signs 3 Year Contract With Ducks

from TSN,

The Anaheim Ducks have re-signed centre Andy McDonald to a three-year contract. As per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed. McDonald, 28, appeared in his sixth NHL season in 2005-06. He played in all 82 regular season games finishing Tied for 20th in the NHL in points, while earning career highs in goals (34), assists (51) and points (85).

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NHL Scout Rates The Signings

from the New England Hockey Journal,

Here’s a look at what NHL scout David Kolb (Red Wings I believe) thinks of some of the free-agent signings from the first couple of days since the market opened: NICKLAS LIDSTROM- Detroit Big Nick deserves everything he gets. Lidstrom and Scott Niedermayer are the only two defensemen in the NHL worth this kind of loot. Each performs every facet of The Game at the highest level. WADE REDDEN- Ottawa With a few more years, he should evolve into a Norris-type player. His minutes will go up without Zdeno Chara around as a teammate. Ottawa should take a close look at handing the “C” over to Redden. ZDENO CHARA- Boston One thing the New York Rangers learned over the past decade is that you can’t buy a good team. Now the Bruins are trying to buy themselves a team, while attempting to have their fans forget about the Joe Thornton fiasco. Simply put, Chara was overpaid.
read on

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Nittymaki Signs One Year Deal

from the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have re-signed 6’0”, 195-pound goaltender Antero Niittymaki to a new one-year contract, according to club General Manager Bob Clarke. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed. "Antero Niittymaki has proven that he is a terrific, young goaltender,” said Clarke in making the announcement. “Last year at the Olympics, he confirmed to everybody the high level of goaltending that he can play and we believe that he is going to play like that this upcoming season."
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Good News For Wild

from the Minnesota Wild,

Now we can get down to business. The Minnesota Wild re-signed Marian Gaborik to a three-year deal, and fans throughout the state can breathe easy. Ending speculation and worry that an unsigned Gaborik could lead to contract squabbles and ill-tempers, the Wild locked up the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. Fans are now free to speculate on what the new-look Wild’s line combinations will be. "Getting this done was an important component of putting together a team that can compete for the long run in the Western Conference," said Assistant General Manager Tom Lynn. "Marian has fit with the players we have, and the new players we've brought in."
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