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Report:  Tampa re-signs RFA Steve Downie

From TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s Tweet:

RFA Steve Downie has agreed to terms on two-year, $3.7M deal with Tampa. Cap hit is $1.85M.

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Canadiens Acquire Boyd, Ellis and Futures from Preds in Return for Sergei Kostitsyn and Futures

According to various sources, the Montreal Canadiens have acquired Dustin Boyd, Dan Ellis and future considerations from the Nashville Predators in return for Sergei Kostitsyn and future considerations.

UPDATE:  From TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s tweet:

Futures in MTL-NAS trade are simple. If one side, or other, sign the player(s) involved, late-round draft pick(s) change hands. No big deal.

 

 

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Stars Moving on Without Modano

From the Associated Press:

If Mike Modano plays a 21st season in the NHL, it won’t be with the Dallas Stars.

The face of the franchise that proved hockey could thrive in the South will not be offered a contract by the Stars when free agency opens Thursday. That difficult decision had to be made by Modano’s teammate-turned-boss, Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk.

They won a Stanley Cup together 11 years ago — the only title in franchise history — but the Stars have missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since moving from Minnesota in 1993. Nieuwendyk said the team needs to make room for younger players in trying to rebuild, and has too many players who need ice time at center.

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‘The Lull Before the [July 1] Storm’

From ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:

Ah, the poker game is on as we count down to noon ET on Thursday.

“It’s the lull before the storm,” one player agent told ESPN.com on Tuesday.  Agents and GMs “insist” this is their best offer and can’t compromise anymore as the contracts of pending unrestricted free agents are set to expire ... until their next offer comes in.

As a hockey writer, it’s a strange and frustrating time; you are caught between teams and players, and the information you receive is filtered through intense negotiating pressure. I’ve learned a long time ago not to ever write “Player X is definitely going to market.” You have to leave yourself wiggle room because anything can happen at the 11th hour.

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The Emporer will be away for a while

Paul just informed me that he’s currently in the hospital with a very high blood sugar level due to stress.

Because of that, things will be a little slower than normal, especially with the Free Agency period starting Thursday.

I will do my best to post the big stories and signings while Paul’s away, but unfortunately I don’t have the time now to go to the approximately 60 or so websites that I did last week when Paul was in Vegas.

Let’s all wish Paul a speedy recovery.

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NHL Draft Round 1 Live Blog

And here we go, feel free to comment…..

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NHL, NHLPA Announce Team Payroll Range For 2010-11

From the NHL:

The National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League announced today that the Team Payroll Range established for the 2010-11 League Year, pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, provides for a Lower Limit of $43.4 million, an Adjusted Midpoint of $51.4 million and an Upper Limit of $59.4 million.

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Report:  Wojtek Wolski Signs 2-Year Deal with PHX

Per TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s tweet, Wojtek Wolski has agreed to terms on a 2 year deal with PHX for $7.6M.

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Boychuk Re-Signs With Bruins for two years

According to various sources, the Bruins have re-signed Johnny Boychuk with a two-year, $3.75 million deal.  He’ll receive $1.75 million next season and $2 million in 2011-2012.

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Kings extend conracts for Lombardi and Members of Hockey Operations Staff

From the Kings:

The Los Angeles Kings and Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi have agreed to terms on a new two-year contract extension, Kings Governor Tim Leiweke announced today.  In addition, Leiweke and the Kings today announced two-year contract extensions for Kings Vice President/Assistant General Manager Ron Hextall, Kings Vice President/Hockey Operations and Legal Affairs Jeff Solomon, and Kings Head Coach Terry Murray. 

Lombardi, Hextall, Solomon and Murray all had one year remaining on their contracts.  All four are under contract through the 2012-13 NHL season.

“Dean and his staff want to be here, they want to help finish what we have all started and we feel we are on the verge of something very special, so it was imperative that we keep our nucleus together,” said Leiweke.  “The timing was right to do this, and now our focus shifts to the NHL Draft this weekend here at STAPLES Center and LA Live, into free agency next week and to the rest of summer as we look to add a piece or two – the right piece or two—to this great young core we have together here with the Kings.”

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Sharks Re-Sign Centers Marleau and Pavelski

From the Sharks:

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed Group III un-restricted free agent forward Patrick Marleau and Group II restricted free agent forward Joe Pavelski to four-year contracts. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deals was not disclosed.

“We are very pleased that Patty and Joe have committed to this organization now and in the future,” said Wilson.  “They expressed a strong belief in the direction this franchise is heading but also understand the challenges to keeping a talented group like ours together.

“Both players had a tremendous regular season, excelled on the ice for their respective countries at the Winter Olympics and elevated their game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  They have solidified their place in the game among the League’s top forwards and we are excited as an organization to have Joe and Patty back in San Jose to build on what we accomplished last season.”

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Five Things the Flames Should Do

From the Calgary Herald’s Scott Cruickshank:

1. Become a draft-day player

As it is, Flames director of scouting Tod Button doesn’t get a chance to clear his throat till the 64th pick (which represents the third-round choice the team got from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Anton Stralman).

Getting into the first two rounds would be swell, particularly for an organization with a dearth of forward prospects.

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The Hit we Saw Coming

From the Chicago Sun-Times’ Adam Jahns:

It really shouldn’t come as a shock that Dustin Byfuglien won’t be wearing an Indianhead sweater for the 2010-11 season.

The Blackhawks have significant salary-cap issues, and the giant-sized winger often was mentioned as a possible candidate to be shipped out. Moves were expected, even declared a must by Hawks general manager Stan Bowman.

The news broke Wednesday—and spread like wildfire—that the first deal had been done—or rather, nearly done. Just after midnight today, it became official: Byfuglien, restricted free agent Ben Eager, veteran defenseman Brent Sopel and prospect Akim Aliu have been traded to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for the 24th overall pick in the NHL draft (which starts Friday), the 54th overall pick, veteran forward Marty Reasoner, winger Joey Crabb (who has starred in Chicago with the Wolves) and promising prospect Jeremy Morin.

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Ramsay the next Thrashers Coach, Deals Done

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore:

The Thrashers will officially name Craig Ramsay as the francishe’s fifth head coach on Thursday. The announcement will come later this afternoon. The 59-year-old Ramsay has served as assistant coach with the Boston Bruins the past three seasons.

In a conference call to discuss the two trades the Thrashers made early Thursday morning, general manager Rick Dudley said he “won’t tip our hand” about the new coach. However, he did acknowledge that he has spoken to Ramsay “quite a bit.” He said the two had coffee in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning and Ramsay had dinner with team president Don Waddell Wednesday night.

There is a report from TSN that John Torchetti, the Chicago Blackhawks assistant who was the other leading candidate for the head coach job, would join the Thrashers as an associate head coach. I have not confirmed that.

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Panthers’ Tallon eyes Draft to Rebuild Team

From the Miami Herald’s George Richards:

With the type of season the Florida Panthers went through last year, coach Pete DeBoer said one would have to expect plenty of changes.

Since finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference and last in the Southeast Division for the first time in franchise history, the Panthers brought in a general manager not afraid to shake things up.

You want change? Dale Tallon is ready to bring it.

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Bruins in Good Spot

From the Boston Herald’s Stephen Harris:

The Bruins [team stats] were not a team that needed a major overhaul this offseason.

The B’s could have stood pat, kept their roster all or mostly intact, and likely been a solid playoff team next season. The problems of last season were about questionable attitudes - for certain key individuals and at times for the team as a whole - and, of course, injuries.

But this team finally got its act together late in the season and came within a bounce of the puck of reaching the third round of the playoffs.

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Major NHL Awards Elude Crosby

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi:

The youngest captain of a Stanley Cup champion apparently needs to win over NHL writers and players, but not members of his organization.

Penguins center Sidney Crosby finished third in voting for the Hart Trophy (MVP) to Vancouver Canucks center and NHL scoring leader Henrik Sedin, who also bested Crosby for a spot on the NHL’s first All-Star team.

The Hart and All-Star teams are voted on by select members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

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Blackhawks Breakup Dampens Keith’s Norris Win

From CBC’s Tim Wharnsby:

Chicago Blackhawks blue-liner Duncan Keith capped off a wonderful season, in which he won Olympic gold and the Stanley Cup, by receiving the Norris Trophy as the top defenceman in the NHL.

But his spirit was somewhat subdued because hours before the NHL annual awards ceremony at the Palms Hotel, the breakup of the Blackhawks had begun. Chicago general manager Stan Bowman began the difficult task of alleviating his team’s salary cap concerns by shipping out power forward Dustin Byfuglien to the Atlanta Thrashers in a multi-player trade.

The Winnipeg-born, Fort Frances and Penticton, B.C.-raised Keith found out about the trade from teammate Patrick Sharp while the two were enjoying the bright lights and excitement of Las Vegas.

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How Henrik Sedin won MVP and other revealing NHL Awards

From Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski:

C’mon, admit it: The messy, boozy, Vegas vibe of the 2010 NHL Awards was a vast improvement over recent unwatchable installments of the summertime time-waster, wasn’t it?

We’ll have Puck Daddy awards for the Awards on Thursday morning, but the focus now is on the winners with the hardware and the losers who have nothing but a Mark Messier Leadership Award next year to think about.

Coming up, the vote totals for all the major awards and the Lady Byng. Find out the margins on victory, the votes thrown away by media members to their friends, and how we probably cost Ryan Kesler(notes) the Selke.

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Edmonton trades 6th round pick to Chicago for RFA C Colin Fraser

From various sources, the Edmonton Oilers have dealt a 6th round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for soon-to-be RFA center Colin Fraser.

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Thrashers Trade Vernace, Sterling and a 7th Round Pick to San Jose for future considerations

From the Thrashers:

The Atlanta Thrashers have traded defenseman Mike Vernace, forward Brett Sterling and a seventh-round selection (188th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft to the San Jose Sharks for future considerations, according to General Manager Rick Dudley.

Vernace, 24, appeared in 62 American Hockey League games last season for the Chicago Wolves and Hamilton Bulldogs, tallying 13 points (two goals, 11 assists).

The 6-2, 200-pound defenseman appeared in 12 NHL games with Colorado during the 2008-09 season and has posted 71 points (nine goals, 62 assists) in 236 career AHL games with the Albany River Rats, Lake Erie Monsters, Chicago Wolves and Hamilton Bulldogs. Prior to his professional career, Vernace recorded 124 points (23 goals, 101 assists) in 138 career games with the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League

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List of NHL Award Winners

From NHL.com’s Dan Rosen’s blog:

Calder: Tyler Myers
Selke: Pavel Datsyuk
Art Ross: Henrik Sedin
Rocket Richard: Steven Stamkos and Sidney Crosby
Adams: Dave Tippett
Vezina: Ryan Miller
Jennings: Martin Brodeur
Masterton: Jose Theodore
King Clancy: Shane Doan
Lady Byng: Martin St. Louis
Messier Leadership: Sidney Crosby
Norris: Duncan Keith
NHL Foundation Player Award: Ryan Miller
Hart: Henrik Sedin

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NHL Awards Night Open Blog

Feel free to bloviate in the comments.  I’m sure there will be plenty of opinions on some of the awards tonight.

By the way, spoke to Paul via email today, he mentioned something about re-creating Joe Pesci’s blackjack scene from Casino....

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Chicago deals Byfuglien, others to Atlanta for picks and prospects

The Chicago Blackhawks lowered their payroll significantly today, trading Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel, Ben Eager and Akim Aliu to the Atlanta Thrashers for the #24 overall pick (originally New Jersey’s), the 54th overall pick, Marty Reasoner and Jeremy Morin.

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Flames GM has Shown Draft-Day Guile in the Past

From the Calgary Herald’s Scott Cruickshank:

OK, what would you do?

Your team has zero selections in the first two rounds of this week’s National Hockey League draft in Los Angeles.

Your team was the third oldest, and the most senior of the non-playoff outfits.

Your team produced the fewest goals in the entire league.

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Salary Cap Likely Villain for Hawks

From the Chicago Tribune’s David Haugh:

As notions go, they come no more romantic in hockey than the one Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman has heard posed often in the two weeks since his team won the Stanley Cup.

According to the too-good-to-be-true scenario, team captain Jonathan Toews, 22 going on 50, selflessly would approach the GM about deferring the $1.3 million bonus Toews received for winning the Conn Smythe Trophy. That way, the salary cap-strapped Hawks could hold on to one of the good players whose salaries they otherwise would have to dump and keep the gang together.

Cue the sappy music. The gesture would have been better than when Paul Konerko gave Jerry Reinsdorf the ball after the 2005 World Series parade.

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Gleason: After grit and game as GM for a day

From the Buffalo News’ Bucky Gleason:

Anyone can look at the Philadelphia Flyers’ incredible run to the Stanley Cup finals and rationalize about the Sabres being equally capable of doing the same. The Flyers provided evidence that anything can happen if a team comes together at the right time and has everything fall into place.

The Sabres finished four spots ahead of the Flyers in the conference standings. The Sabres had much better goaltending, which is huge in the postseason. They had more depth than the Flyers did. Buffalo, if it had beaten Boston, also would have had home-ice advantage after Washington and New Jersey were knocked out.

So it easily could have been Buffalo in the finals, right? Well, it’s not that simple.

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What were the Hockey Hall of Fame Voters Thinking?

From the Toronto Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts:

Who else but the Hockey Hall of Fame could take what should have been a historic, feel-good day and turn it into a farce?

The 18-member selection committee was right with the first two women elected to the Hall of Fame – Angela James and Cammi Granato. That was the easy part. James and Granato were the best female players for many years for, respectively, Canada and the United States.

But once again presented with choices that had some degree of difficulty, the selection committee made a hash of things. The only fix to this mess is an overhaul of the selection procedure, the cause of rage and ridicule for decades.

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Henderson Jersey Auction Destroys Records, Sells for over $1 Million

From Puck Daddy’s Sean Leahy:

One of the busiest days of the hockey year that saw two women finally inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame ended with even more history being made.

The 1972 Summit Series jersey worn by Paul Henderson of Team Canada soldfor a record $1,067,538 USD as the centerpiece of a month-long auction from Classic Auctions. With a 19.5% buyers premium, the final price was $1.275 million USD, a record for a sports uniform. The previous record for a hockey item was $191,200 USD for a Bobby Orr rookie year game worn jersey sold in April. There have been private sales greater than that, but the Henderson jersey shattered them all, including the $657,250 price tag of a Babe Ruth game worn New York Yankees jersey from 1933 that sold in 2006.

Toronto-based Mitchell Goldhar, owner of private real estate development company SmartCentre’s and one of Canada’s richest men with a net worth of over $1 billion according to a 2008 list, made the 42nd and final bid. The auction started at $10,000 USD and quickly rose entering yesterday evening just over $300,000 USD, with the final few hours seeing the price jump almost half a million dollars.

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Niedermayer Officially Announces Retirement

From the Ducks:

Scott Niedermayer officially announced his retirement from professional hockey at a press conference attended by various media, Ducks staff and family members at Honda Center.

“It’s been a tough decision, but after plenty of reflection, I’m here to announce I’m retiring from professional hockey,” Niedermayer said to lead off lengthy remarks in which he thanked numerous teammates, coaches, management and staff members from both the Ducks and New Jersey Devils. Niedermayer remained composed until he thanked his family (wife Lisa and four boys), during which he became noticeably emotional.

“It has been a difficult decision, but I feel it is the right time,” Niedermayer said. “I am excited about experiencing new opportunities, as well as pursuing my other interests.  The last 18 years have been filled with more than I ever could have dreamed. There are many wonderful things I will miss about the game, especially the challenge of competing with my teammates. I wish them the best of luck in the future.”

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Canadiens Re-sign Plekanec to Six-Year Deal

Per various sources, the Montreal Canadiens have re-signed Tomas Plekanec to a six-year deal.  According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the deal is worth $30 million, with a $5 million annual cap hit.

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NHL Announces 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees

The NHL has announced its Hall of Fame 2010 inductees.  They are: players Dino Ciccarelli, Cammi Granato, Angela James; builders Jimmy Devellano and Daryl “Doc” Seaman.

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NHLPA Votes to Keep 5% Growth Factor in Salary Cap

Per various sources, the NHLPA voted to keep a 5% growth factor in the salary cap.  Expect a cap of somewhere between $58.5 to $59.5 million dollars for this season.

Per the NHL, the NHL and NHLPA will announce the 2010-2011 Payroll Range prior to July 1.

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Report: Tom Renney named Edmonton Head Coach, Quinn now senior advisor

Per CNIC’s Eliotte Friedman’s tweet, former Rangers coach Tom Renney is now the Edmonton Oilers’ head coach, with former coach Pat Quinn being named as a senior advisor.

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Report:  Panthers ship Nathan Horton to the Bruins

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s tweet, the rumored deal of the Panthers’ Nathan Horton to the Bruins is a “done deal”.

UPDATE:  Per Bob, the deal is Horton and Gregory Campbell for Dennis Wideman, 15th overall pick and another draft pick.

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Schedule highlights are plenty for 2010-11 NHL season

From NHL.com:

If you’re anticipating the start of the 2010-11 NHL regular season, you should consider buying tickets for these calendar-circling games that are certain to stand out among the slate of 1,230 contests for the probability that they’ll be highly anticipated and memory-making.

Four games are on tap to open the NHL’s 93rd season, highlighted by the Maple Leafs hosting the archrival Canadiens following an opening day hockey and entertainment festival in Toronto.

Also, Pittsburgh hosts Philadelphia and unveils the NHL’s newest arena, Consol Energy Center, only their second home rink since entering the NHL in 1967.

In other games, Chicago opens its defense of the Stanley Cup at Colorado, and Calgary is at provincial rival Edmonton.

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Ken Holland Would Like to get an Enforcer

From the Detroit News’ Chris McCosky:

The question comes up around this time every summer: Should the Red Wings acquire an enforcer?

“Ideally, yeah, we’d love to go out and get an enforcer,” general manager Ken Holland said Monday. “But I can’t make one up. We don’t have one in our organization right now, so I have one of two choices. Either I trade for one or I get one through free agency.”

Holland has a history of adding one agitator to the roster, usually later in the summer or right after training camp. He brought in Brad May after the team returned from Sweden last year. Before that, Aaron Downey, Darren McCarty and Dallas Drake were late additions to the roster.

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Sabres’ Myers Reflects on Rookie Season

From the Buffalo News’ John Vogl:

Tyler Myers never really had time to relax during the season. His rapid jump from junior hockey to the NHL — and all the games, travel and learning that came along with it — didn’t allow for many moments of reflection.

That finally changed during the past couple of months. The Buffalo Sabres’ defenseman has spent much of his offseason back home in Kelowna, British Columbia, chatting with family and catching up with friends. It’s helped him realize his first professional season really was impressive.

“It was a long season,” Myers said by phone. “I had a lot of fun with it. It was definitely an adjustment. I think when the season ended I took a little time to actually start to realize what actually just happened, and it was definitely a year I won’t forget.”

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Bruins Chiarelli in Critical Week

From the Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy:

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli just might be entering the most important week of his career.

With four picks among the first 45 selections in this weekend’s NHL draft in Los Angeles, Chiarelli has the opportunity not only to fortify the future but also do some wheeling and dealing to get his stuck-in-the-second-round club over the hump.

And you can bet Chiarelli has been and will be hoping to get something, and perhaps something gargantuan, done.

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Flyers’ Plans for Leighton still Unclear

From the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Frank Seravalli:

It has been 13 days since Patrick Kane’s low, blocker-side snipe ended the Flyers’ dream in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said yesterday that he has not spoken to the agent of Michael Leighton, the man who let in the goal that silenced the Wachovia Center and the Flyers’ season.
Leighton, 29, is due to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

By not talking to Leighton’s agent, former NHL goalie Mike Liut, Holmgren does not appear overly eager to sign Leighton to a long-term contract. And with the NHL draft kicking off Friday night in Los Angeles , Leighton could become a name of the past if the Flyers are able to swing a deal for one of the league’s younger goalies like the Kings’ Jonathan Bernier.

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Report: Modano Thinks his Days are Numbered with Stars

From TSN:

Veteran free agent forward Mike Modano doesn’t seem to be expecting to return to the Dallas Stars, according to a report from ESPN.

“The more and more I look at the situation here, I come to believe I’m not in the scheme of things here,” Modano told the network on Monday. “If I had to play, I may have to look at going elsewhere.”

The 40-year-old says he will wait until at least July before he decides on what he will do with his future; free agency begins on July 1 in the NHL.

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Halak Deal was Really about Price

From SI.com’s Darren Eliot:

The Montreal Canadiens’ trade of Jaroslav Halak to the St. Louis Blues set the Habs’ fans to wringing their hands en masse. Of course, any move by the Canadiens in Montreal elicits beaucoup emotion. Coming off such an unexpected playoff run in which Halak was the central figure, though, it stands to reason that shipping him out of town for prospect Lars Eller would elicit some debate.

Part of the rancor comes from the fact that the Canadiens have once again handed Carey Price, the other young goaltender in Montreal, the keys to the crease. Price went from prospect to anointed one in short order after the Habs selected him with the fifth pick in the 2005 entry draft. Factor in some off-ice shenanigans and immature responses by Price and now the locals are looking at him through a prism of petulance more so than promise. All this and the fact that Halak’s heroics are freshest in mind.

Still, did anyone really think this would turn out any differently?

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Crosby, Sedin Stand in Ovie’s Way for Third Straight MVP

From the Toronto Sun’s Lance Hornby:

Alex Ovechkin has often grumped about settling for an individual prize at the NHL awards when he really wanted the big silver cup they hand out on the ice.

Well, move it on over Ovie, you’ll have plenty of disgruntled company Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

The list of various nominees is full of Capitals, Penguins, Red Wings, Canucks, Sharks and Sabres, teams that had started the year in search of Stanley, but lost their bearings. Duncan Keith is the only member of the Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks to be represented, up for the Norris Trophy, and you won’t find any members of the Eastern finalist Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens in the mix for the major awards.

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GM’s Anxiously Await Next Year’s Salary Cap

From the Toronto Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts:

There was no news Monday from the National Hockey League Players’ Association about whether it voted to increase next season’s salary cap, which will keep at least some general managers sweating for at least another day.

The final figure means the most to Stan Bowman of the Chicago Blackhawks, Paul Holmgren of the Philadelphia Flyers and Doug Wilson of the San Jose Sharks, all GMs with payrolls at or near the cap. But just as anxious is someone like Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke.

Burke has a lot at stake, too, only he is probably hoping madly that, for the first time since the collective agreement was struck in 2005, the players reject bumping the cap from its present $56.8-million (all currency U.S.) by about $2-million. If they do, it will give Burke a lot more leverage in trying to pry an elite forward out of one of the above teams.

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Awaiting the Call from the Hall

From the Toronto Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle:

The Hockey Hall of Fame’s selection committee will reveal which of the game’s greats will be inducted this fall Tuesday afternoon. Here is a look at who might get in:

1. Joe Nieuwendyk

Universally well liked and well decorated, Nieuwendyk is as close to a sure thing as there is in this year’s class. Tied for 20th in career goal scoring (564) and eighth in game winners (93), he won three Stanley Cups with three NHL teams (Calgary Flames in 1989, Dallas Stars in 1999 and New Jersey Devils in 2003) along with the Calder Trophy as top rookie in 1988 and Conn Smythe as the playoff’s most valuable player in 1999. Nieuwendyk played in 1,257 regular-season and 158 playoff games despite regularly battling injuries that led to early retirement in 2006.

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Jason Spezza open to trade

From the Toronto Globe and Mail’s Sean Gordon:

With the NHL draft looming and the hockey world humming with trade talk, Jason Spezza of the Ottawa Senators can be added to the list of players who may soon have new addresses.

Though the Senators would clearly prefer to retain the stylish centre’s services, general manager Bryan Murray confirmed weeks of speculation on Monday, saying that Spezza is open to trade discussions. “He said he wouldn’t object to one, he didn’t come in and say ‘I have to be traded.’ He didn’t object to, ‘Maybe it’s time,’” Murray said.

The GM added that, “We will look at everything that will help our hockey team, but I’m not going to make a bad trade.”

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Minnesota Acquires Sharks fighter Brad Staubitz for 2010 5th-round pick

Per various sources, the Minnesota Wild have obtained enforcer Brad Staubitz from the San Jose Sharks for a 2010 5th-round draft pick.

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Wild and Crazy Guy Brent Flahr Working on Wild’s Draft

From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo:

Brent Flahr seems like a quiet, innocent, unsuspecting guy, but when you work with him, you learn awfully fast to never turn your back.

Take Shep Harder, the Wild’s director of hockey administration. He’s allergic to mayonnaise, so during a recent meeting, when Harder asked for “no mayo” on a sandwich, Flahr made sure it had extra mayo.

Luckily, Flahr didn’t kill Harder. But it made for a lot of laughs when Harder ran out minutes later with indigestion.

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Iginla Remembers Nerves, Excitement on his NHL Draft Day

From the Calgary Herald’s Vicki Hall:

Jarome Iginla plans to flick on his television Friday night and take in the soap opera better known as the NHL Entry Draft.

In doing so, the Calgary Flames captain predicts his annual round of sympathy pains for the young men in starched suits and breath-constricting neckties.

“I remember my draft day,” Iginla says via telephone from his off-season home in Kelowna, B.C. “I don’t think I’ve ever been that nervous — or that excited — in my whole life.”

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Hall of Fame might call on former Red Wing Dino Ciccarelli this year

From the Detroit Free Press’ Lee Snider:

Former NHL great Dino Ciccarelli amassed 608 goals in a 19-year career that included four seasons in Detroit (1992-96).

Yet, the scrappy, prolific scorer isn’t in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Minneapolis Star Tribune hockey writer Michael Russo thinks this might be Dino’s year.

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