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Spezza Extends Contract With Sens

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from the CP via TSN,

The Ottawa Senators re-signed restricted free agent forward Jason Spezza to a two-year contract on Monday. The 23 year-old had 19 goals and 71 assists for a career-best 90 points last season, which placed him third on the team in scoring. "We feel that he's a great asset to our organization," said Senators GM John Muckler. "We're happy to have him aboard."

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Pronger Talks- Says Nothing

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David will give you the details.

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Leadership Defined

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from Phil Coffey and Shawn Roarke of NHL.com,

The changing of the guard is official for the Detroit Red Wings. Steve Yzerman, the Wings' longtime captain and inspirational leader, as well as one of the greats in NHL history, made his retirement official Monday at a press conference. "I just had this feeling it is time for me to move on," Yzerman said. "When you look at the Red Wings and see how Stevie and Chris Chelios help deflect the pressure of the situation from everyone else on the team, it makes it so much easier for the other guys -- Nicklas Lidstrom, Brendan Shanahan, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby and the rest. Those ultimate skills and leadership qualities ... you can't underestimate teams that have that in place." "When I first got here, I was in awe of him, and my buddies back in Toronto couldn't believe I was his teammate," Kirk Maltby told reporters recently. "But I quickly found out that he's just an easy-going, approachable guy, whether you're a young kid trying to make it or a veteran star." And, once the puck drops, he is the definition of a leader.
read on...a few bloggers are mentioned too...

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Aaron Ward Goes To The Rangers

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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