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Aaron Ward Goes To The Rangers

from the New York Rangers,

Another member of the 2006 Stanley Cup champion Hurricanes has opted to continue his career with the Rangers. On Monday, two days after signing forward Matt Cullen, the Blueshirts agreed to terms with defenseman Aaron Ward, 33.

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Shanahan Update

Yzerman (now considered as management by Shanahan) said he spoke with Brendan last night and he really wants to come back to Detroit. Doesn't want to have to pick-up the family and move. Steve also mentioned the Wings need a goalie, maybe they will get one today or maybe not until December or January. It will be worked out. The Wings know what they are doing.

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We Always Had A Chance

With Yzerman in the lineup, Wings fans knew we always had a chance to win a game. Now that security blanket has left us. July 3, 2006, the day Detroit Red Wings fans shed a tear or two. We knew the day was coming and tried to convince ourselves to be prepared. But it hit us like a ton of bricks, took away our breath and left us stunned and dazed. #19 will never be seen on the ice again. I joked with a fellow blogger a week or so ago the #19 is not worn by anyone in Detroit sports, both amateur and pro, but today I am not kidding. No more #19 for anyone in Detroit, we cannot look at someone else wearing it again. Besides, who could live up to it? I have been lucky enough to watch Gordie Howe perform when he still was a dominant player. Yzerman was different, he did not control the game like Gordie would, but his determination and effort allows me to put Steve and Gordie in the same class. How can we forget the constant drive and professionalism Yzerman has showed us? Simple, we can't! But we can pass those valuable assets on to our children and even to ourselves. Be like Stevie when times our tough, your chances of working things out are better if you follow the examples he has passed on to all of us Not only was Steve admired by Detroit fans, but by fans all over the world, especially Canada. How many times have I heard he was the inspiration for the Canadian National Teams. He lead the leaders, showed them how to handle themselves on and off the ice. Many of his fellow NHLers have mentioned Yzerman was their idol! Kids from B.C to N.S. list Stevie as the player they would most want to be like. Players who have retired from the NHL state Yzerman was the key to the Wings, without him they may have never won three cups in the last ten years. The game of hockey says good-bye to one of the greatest of all time. He will be missed, remembered and mostly thanked for all he gave back to the game. THE CAPTAIN leaves us wanting more and all we have now are the memories to hold on to.

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Grier To San Jose

via RDS (translated),

Mike Grier will continue its career with Sharks de San Jose. 31 years the right winger, who spent the two last seasons with the Sabres of Buffalo, signed a three years agreement which will bring back 1,75 M $ per season to him.

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Steve Yzerman Retires

image All he wanted to do is be a hockey player. And what a player he was!!! added 2:36pm, If you missed Steve Yzerman making his retirement speech, you can watch it via Sportsnet. added 2:50pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Captain has called it a career. Center Steve Yzerman, a Red Wing since 1983 and their captain since 1986, announced Monday afternoon that he had retired from playing hockey. “I feel very relieved and very comfortable,” Yzerman said at a news conference at Joe Louis Arena. “I want to let everyone know I’ve decided to retire, to hang up my skates.”
continued added 2:59pm, Great photo gallery of Yzerman through the years at the Detroit News. added 3:26pm, via the Detroit News, Reaction from Gretzky, Lemieux and Bettman on Steve's retirement. added 4:42pm, VCOE tries to cheer up Wings fans!

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Pens Sign Eaton

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed free agent defenseman Mark Eaton to a two-year contract, it was announced Monday by General Manager Ray Shero. Eaton, 29, appeared in 69 games with the Nashville Predators in 2005-06, recording four points (3+1) and 44 penalty minutes.

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Pronger A Duck

from TSN,

Chris Pronger, the biggest name on the summer trade block is going to California. The Anaheim Ducks have traded right winger Joffrey Lupul one roster player Joffrey Lupul, one non-roster player and several conditional high-end draft picks to the Oilers in exchange for Pronger.

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Yzerman Tributes & Memories Requested

Phil Coffey, NHL.com edditorial director has informed me he would like Red Wing bloggers to submit their Yzerman memories and tributes to him. Create a post in your blog and forward the link to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Your piece on Yzerman may be included in an upcoming article from Phil. Remember people of all ages may be reading your post, so make it acceptable reading for all ages. Also, please pass this on to any Red Wing blogger you know.

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Report- Yzerman Retires

via Sportsnet,

After 22 seasons, Detroit Red Wings' captain Steve Yzerman is calling it a career, Sportsnet has learned. The 41-year old is considered one of the greatest players ever to wear the red and white, and led Detroit to three Stanley Cups, which included a Conn Smythe trophy in 1998. Also sitting in the ten-time all-star's trophy case is a gold medal from the 2002 Olympics. Yzerman finishes his career with 692 goals and 1,063 assists for 1,755 points in 1,514 regular season games.
added 9:43am, I am trying to see if any major outlets will be video streaming the conference. I will keep you posted. Audio stream can be found at WDFN or WXYT. You may have to register to listen... added 10:30am, from the Detroit Free Press,
Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman most likely will announce his retirement this afternoon at 1 p.m. during a news conference at Joe Louis Arena. Team owner Mike Ilitch will attend, a strong indication that Yzerman’s decision is to hang up his skates rather than to return for a 23rd NHL season. The Wings have a front-office job ready for Yzerman, as special assistant to general manager Ken Holland. Yzerman repeatedly has said he is not very interested in coaching, although he concedes it is the closest a player can come to retaining the exhilaration of playing.
added 10:31am, via the AP,
The Red Wings called a news conference Monday to discuss the status of Steve Yzerman, their 41-year-old captain who has played his entire NHL career with Detroit. Asked whether the news conference was to announce whether Yzerman would stay or go, team spokesman John Hahn said, "I can tell you that it involves Steve. I can't tell you what it's about."
added 10:51am, While we sit and wait, enjoy some Stevie videos... added 11:00am, Just received an email stating the NBC affiliate in Detroit, WDIV, will be streaming the video of the press conference. added 11:12am, Shawn Burr, former Red Wing was just on WDFN and stated Stevie should have waited until July 15th to make this announcement. Season ticket $$$ is due July 14th! Shawn is still not convinced Steve is retiring. He said maybe the Wings don't know what this conference is about either, just that involves Steve. added 11:23am, via TSN,
The Wings have not confirmed the reason for the newser, but TSN has learned that Yzerman told some of his close friends in hockey that he would announce his retirement on Monday.
update 5:57pm, FSN Detroit will show the Yzerman press conference at 8pm tonight and again after the Tigers ballgame which starts at 10pm.

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Sabres Must Think Differently

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Owner Tom Golisano has said several times that he wished his employees had one-day contracts. It would be nice if there were world peace, too, but it's not reality. Golisano pulled the Sabres from bankruptcy, but let's not forget he was making an investment. He dropped $60 million on the franchise and has watched its value skyrocket in the past two years. No problem here with him turning a profit, but he can't have it both ways. The lines to the ticket counter will get much shorter very quickly if fans believe they're being taken for a ride. It starts with changing the Sabres' thinking and accepting the fact that long-term contracts are part of the new NHL. Regier conceded Sunday that they were moving in that direction. It's about time. The Sabres know what they have in their young players. The smart play would be locking them up for lengthy deals, which would keep the team intact and get tomorrow's talent at today's prices.

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