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Hedman Signs

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TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning signed defenseman Victor Hedman to a standard three-year rookie contract today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.  Hedman was selected by the Lightning with the second overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the first time in franchise history Tampa Bay has picked second overall.

“We are thrilled to be able to take this next step with Victor today,” said Lawton upon making the announcement. “He has a bright future and we intend on him being a member of the Lightning for a long time. We are excited to get his signing behind us so he can solely focus on hockey and the continued development of his game.”

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All Joe Sakic

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

His voice quavering almost as soon as he reached the podium, Joe Sakic made it official today – after a distinguished 20-year career, he is retiring from the NHL

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also from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“He’s had an outstanding, brilliant career,” Gretzky said. “He’s been a tremendous asset to the National Hockey League. He’s been a Stanley Cup champion and just as important he was a huge part of the [Olympic] gold medal in 2002.

“He was a winner. The thing about Joe is he did it with so much class and so much dignity. He is very humble, very quiet, almost shy. But when he got on the ice he was dynamic and very unselfish. The thing about Joe is that he worked hard every shift, every game.”

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What they are saying about Joe Sakic and the top 10 Sakic moments below…

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Blues Get Darren Pang

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from Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Bernie Federko is out of the Blues’ broadcast booth after 12 seasons and will be replaced by Darren Pang, who has been an analyst for NBC, ESPN, ESPN2, ABC and Canada’s TSN.

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Ales Kotalik Signs With Rangers

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via NewYorkRangers.com,

Ales Kotalik, an unrestricted free agent right wing who has averaged over 20 goals for the past four NHL seasons, will continue his NHL career in New York. On Thursday, he agreed to terms on a new contract with the Rangers. More details to come.

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The NHL Network & Joe Sakic

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added 2:53pm, Watch the Sakic press conference below… Live Event!

NEW YORK/TORONTO – NHL Network will be live at 3 p.m. ET today to provide coverage of the announcement of the retirement of Joe Sakic, the long-time captain of the Colorado Avalanche. The two-hour live program will feature an in-depth look at Sakic’s 20-year NHL career and will be hosted by Dan Pollard and analyst Dave Reid, who played with Sakic on the Colorado Avalanche’s 2001 Stanley Cup winning team. Additional guests scheduled to call in to the show include Ray Bourque, Steve Yzerman and Peter Forsberg.

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Afternoon Line

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My take is a player like Alex Tanguay, still on the market, would appear out of Detroit’s reach. But what about former Wings forward Robert Lang? He might be had for cheap given that he’s recovering from a serious Achilles’ heel injury.

-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN on a replacement for Hudler.  What do you think Wings fans?

More on Hudler and some Zherdev talk too…

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They Provided Us Thrills

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from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

10. Mario Lemieux

The icon of Pittsburgh’s 1991 and ‘92 Stanley Cup champions did not have speed. But even without that fundamental building block of excitement, he was thrilling because of his unique ability to take time and make it stand still….

9. Dominik Hasek

A goaltender? Sure. Hasek was from the Czech Republic but he probably vacationed on Mars. For 16 seasons beginning in 1990, he tended the nets like an extraterrestrial, playing a style that had its own internal logic even if the rest of the world had no idea what he was doing….

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Do The Lightning Want Niittymaki?

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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

This would be an interesting situation. Antero Niittymaki, formerly of the Flyers, was not given a qualifying offer because of some concerns about hip problems the past few seasons for which he had surgery in September 2008. There are also reports he is being courted by Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, though no signing has been announced.

Lightning GM Brian Lawton has decliend to say who the team is after, but said an offer has been extended and a decision is expected soon.

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Ducks Sign Boynton

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via AnaheimDucks.com,

Anaheim’s search for a veteran defenseman has led to the signing of former Panthers defenseman Nick Boynton to a one-year contract.

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Sakic Never Took A Shift Off

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from John F. Molinaro of CBC Sports,

Nothing impressed me more about Joe than the sheer drive he displayed every time he took to the ice,” Marc Crawford, now coach of the Dallas Stars, told CBCSports.ca.

Crawford should know, having coached Sakic for four seasons and winning a Stanley Cup together in 1996. Calling him a natural leader, Crawford said Sakic had a great hockey mind, and understood the game better than most of his contemporaries.

“It’s funny, because I never felt I really coached him; it was more like I collaborated with him,” Crawford explained.

Possessing brilliant hockey instincts, Sakic went about his business in a workmanlike fashion, becoming one of the premier players in the NHL in the process.

Playing against him was no picnic, according to former Edmonton Oilers forward Craig Simpson.

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