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Wild Lineup Just About Set

from the Pioneer Press,

“I think we have one more (move) we’re looking at, and we’ll see how it plays out,” general manager Doug Risebrough said, “but for the most part we’re pretty much done.”
The Wild are looking into signing veteran defenseman Sean Hill, but complications surrounding his 20-game suspension have made it a slow process. Hill tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance late last season and still has to sit out 19 games.
An announcement could come today, but in either case, don’t expect a major move in what has been a relatively quiet offseason for the Wild, whose biggest move was to trade goalie Manny Fernandez to Boston for a prospect and a fourth-round draft pick.

more on the Wild…

added 8:11pm, from the Star Tribune,

The contract is stuck in a holding pattern, Wild assistant GM Tom Lynn said Wednesday, because the team is awaiting answers to a number of questions it has posed to the league office regarding the 19 games Hill has left to serve on his 20-game suspension for becoming the first NHL player to violate the league’s drug policy.
“This might take a while,” Lynn said. “It’s a holiday [Wednesday], and I don’t know how long it’ll take to get answers from a league that doesn’t want to prejudge things. So it makes it hard for us to make a decision.


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Stars Watching

from Tim Calishaw of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars apparently were getting more than a few calls from disgruntled fans, so they posted a story on their Web site titled “Stars Remain Prudent.”
Not exactly sure that’s the kind of headline that is going to have Web surfers plunging onto the next page to order tickets, which, for the most part, are not available to the more “prudent” spending sports fan.
“I know it’s not the sexiest approach,” general manager Doug Armstrong said Tuesday. “We feel like the smartest thing is to sign our players. When we re-signed Brenden Morrow and Jere Lehtinen last fall, that sort of made the bed that we are lying in.”


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Sakic Likes Avs Chances

from the Denver Post,

Joe Sakic does not want the added position of “recruiter” to his official one of center with the Avalanche. The way the Avs captain sees it, he didn’t have to do much to help sell Ryan Smyth and Scott Hannan on the benefits of joining the team.
“There’s not much (need) when it comes to Colorado,” Sakic said from his offseason home in British Columbia. “It’s a great place to play, and I don’t think I had to tell them too much.”...
“I love our chances right away now,” Sakic said. “Both guys are really good players. I think everybody can’t wait to get training camp started.”

read on

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Is There A Next Step For The Oilers

from Terry Jones at the Edmonton Sun,

Can you sue to get a free agent hockey player you believe you already had acquired?
Is that what the Edmonton Oilers plan to do to get Michael Nylander, er, back? Will NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman become involved to force the “return” of Nylander to the team?
Would the Oilers really want Nylander here after this? Would the Washington Capitals be forced to provide player compensation to Edmonton? Was the agent negotiating with the Oilers and the player with the Capitals?


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Money Flying Out The Window

from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,

Meanwhile, the next time the NHL and the NHLPA go to the mattresses, the board of governors would do well to instruct Gary Bettman to forget the salary cap and cap the calendar instead. Fifteen years for Rick DiPietro, eight years for Briere, seven years for Gomez - it’s absurd.
Go back to the NHL record books seven or eight years ago and look at the number of players who were stars then, but are half-forgotten now.
Like to have Pavel Bure, anyone? Alexander Mogilny? Donald Audette? Jeremy Roenick? Michael Peca? Owen Nolan? Jose Theodore?
Put it this way: Signing free agents is a crapshoot and the longer the deal, the more crap in the chute.

much more... and note to Jack, there is hockey talk in the States, you just have to know where to find it.

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Schneider Hopes Niedermayer Returns

from the LA Times,

But that didn’t stop Schneider, a fine defenseman in his own right, from taking his own stab at persuading Scott Niedermayer to put off retirement for another run at the Stanley Cup.
“I think if Scotty’s there, we’re a better team,” Schneider said after signing a two-year, $11.25-million deal Sunday. “If he’s not there, then it’s going be a bigger role for me to fill.
“I hope he decides not to retire. If he does, more power to him. Either way, I’m just excited about the opportunity and the possibilities. I think we have a tremendous chance to defend the Stanley Cup.”

read on (reg. req.)

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Hockey Beat Writers Laid Off

PJ at Sharkspage sent me an email late last night notifying me of this…

The San Francisco Chronicle laid off Sharks beat writer Ross McKeon, who has been covering the team since 1991. Also, Sharks beat writer Victor Chi is on the list of 31 San Jose Mercury News employees who were laid off on Monday.

click to Sharkspage to read more on this.  As many of us know, the newspaper industry is struggling these days and many papers are making these types of tough decisions…

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Devils Looking At Souray

Spector points out the Devils and Souray talk plus other UFA bits including Kozlov in the Lone Star state…

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Arbitration Not A Good Word In Buffalo

from the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres don’t like the arbitration process. They want it changed.
They also may have to go through it again this summer.
The deadline for restricted free agents to file for arbitration is 5 p.m. Thursday, and Sabres center Derek Roy plans to be on the list.
“We haven’t had any discussions yet with the club, so we’ll no doubt be filing for arbitration,” Roy’s agent, Larry Kelly, said Tuesday from his office in Ottawa.


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Boston Bruins on the Sidelines

From the Stephen Harris at the Boston Herald,

One day deeper into the NHL free agent market, the Bruins [team stats] again remained on the sidelines.
B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli said unequivocally he will try to sign additional free agent talent only if he can dump salaries off his current payroll. Myriad sources say he has tried for some time to find a team willing to take veteran winger Glen Murray and the $8.3 million he is owed over the next two years.


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