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Brad Stuart May Have A Shoulder Problem

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

But a deal with Brad Stuart, another potential unrestricted free-agent defenseman, might not get done until close to the July 1 deadline—if it gets done at all—and now there’s another hang-up.

Stuart will get his shoulder examined Wednesday after complaining of recent soreness.

General manager Ken Holland said Stuart only recently began having problems with the shoulder, and it wasn’t an issue during the playoffs.

“It’s something that came out of the blue,” Holland said.

more on possible signings for the Wings…

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The Other Ovechkin

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from Harlan Goode of the Washington Times,

He stands just outside the entrance to Verizon Center, Marlboro in one hand, iPhone in the other. He stares straight ahead, exchanging brief glances with passers-by.

Do they recognize him? Do they see the similarity - the wide face, the way his eyebrows run together? Do they know that this short, soft-bellied man with the tousled hair and the 5 o’clock shadow is but a few strands of DNA removedfrom the greatest hockey player on the planet?...

“Time to go,” Mikhail Ovechkin says through a thick Russian accent. “Game starts soon.”

He walks back into the arena’s atrium, where giant posters proclaim his younger sibling a hero.

read on

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Sakic Delays Decision

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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Joe Sakic has further extended the time he needs to decide whether to return to the Avalanche — and it could hamper the team’s free-agency spending plans.

Sakic “definitely will not decide by July 1,” Avalanche vice president Jean Martineau said Monday night. That is the date when NHL players can become free agents.

The Avalanche is maintaining public support for Sakic, but his indecision could hamstring the team and take it out as a possible player in the free-agent market.

continued

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Borque Awarded Compensation

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via the Chicago Tribune,

On Nov. 12, 2006, Blackhawks winger Rene Borque’s jugular vein was cut by a skate on the ice during a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center. Borque has been awarded $110,000 from the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Commission as a result of that incident. Chicago attorney Gil Gordon, who has represented several Bears players in work-related injury claims, is also representing the NHL Players Association in similar cases.

If you don’t recall the incident, watch the video below…

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Wings In Good Shape

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from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

Detroit Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill said he’s never seen the club so well balanced with proven NHL players and prospects.

“This is the best we’ve been for average age of the team,” Nill said….

“With (Henrik) Zetterberg, (Pavel) Datsyuk, (Valtteri) Filppula, (Johan) Franzen and the core of our team, our average age has come way down. That gives us more time to develop these players to see what we’ve really got.”

read on

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Report- No Contract Offer For Wellwood

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Wellwood, 25, will be a restricted free agent on July 1. He will then quickly become an unrestricted free agent, although Fletcher, the Leafs’ interim general manager, declined to confirm that yesterday. However, a source close to the team said there are no plans to offer Wellwood a contract.

It could be that Wellwood’s NHL career will end after just three seasons, which would be ironic.

more on the Leafs…

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Hossa Will Get Offers In Excess Of $8 Million

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via Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Boston and Chicago are expected to make offers to Hossa in excess of $8 or $9 million per season. The Rangers, too, are supposedly interested.

 

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Report- Sundin Wants To Play In New York

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Sundin, the 37-year-old long-time Maple Leafs captain who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, has made it clear New York is his desired destination. Indeed, we’re told that the Rangers New York Rangers have held conversations with both the centerman and his representative, J.P. Barry, after having received permission to do so by Toronto.

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added 6:27am, from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

The Canadiens maintain exclusive rights to sign the Maple Leafs captain prior to free agency on July 1, but there is a growing feeling Sundin will let next Tuesday’s deadline pass and examine offers from the NHL at large.

In that case, count the Rangers in the hunt, as well as the Red Wings, who have about $12-million US in cap space to play with, but likely won’t pay Sundin more than their long-serving star Nicklas Lidstrom ($7.45 million).

A dark horse could be the Florida Panthers, who have an opening for a No. 1 centre and captain after Olli Jokinen was traded and an enthusiastic welcoming committee in ex-Leaf Wade Belak.

more

added 11:09am, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

There has been much confusion over who has been permitted to speak and/or negotiate with Sundin and when that happened.

Sources tell TSN the timeline is as follows:

- The Maple Leafs met with Sundin and his agent J.P. Barry to indicate the club has interest in bringing Sundin back to Toronto. While no formal contract offer was made, Leafs’ GM Cliff Fletcher conveyed to Sundin that the team was prepared to pay him around $7 million on a one-year deal and that they wanted him back.

more

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Left In The Dark

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from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Even the smug man in charge at NHL headquarters would surely agree last week was an especially bad one.

As he addressed the league’s board of governors in New York, Gary Bettman admitted he had no clue that two of his closest NHL confidants – L.A.‘s Philip Anschutz and Minnesota’s Craig Leipold – had lent San Jose banker Boots Del Biaggio a combined $17 million (U.S.) to help him pay for a $25 million stake in the Nashville Predators.

NHL owners were speechless, according to a source who attended the meeting, as Bettman grumbled he had been in the dark. Neither Anschutz nor Leipold had made him aware of the cozy back-door deal.

continued

Update 11:56am ET: (Alanah) Reading that article a bit closer, I noticed this blurb at the bottom that seemed worth noting—

Former Bruins star Bobby Orr has filed a grievance with the NHL Players’ Association against Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro, the Star has learned. Orr alleges his player agency spearheaded negotiations with the Islanders in 2006 on behalf of the goalie, but was fired shortly before he signed a 15-year, $67.5 million contract extension. Orr is fighting for his agent fee.

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Watch Out For What You Wish For

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from Stan Fischler at Game On,

• Apparently Russian hockey geniuses already have forgotten that Evgeni Malkin choked in the Finals. Why else would a few Super League teams want to offer him a contract that would make him hockey’s highest-paid player by a wide margin? 

• No matter which team gets him, Marian Hossa will become the most overpaid-underachieving UFA. The Bruins are believed to be one club especially interested in his services after failing to nab the Slovakian winger at the trade deadline this past season.

read on and other NHL bits…

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