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Caps Sign Pair

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from the Washington Capitals,

The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Steve Eminger and center Brian Sutherby, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

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Cullen To Carolina

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from the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired center Matt Cullen from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, forward Joe Barnes and a third round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
“Matt was an important member of our championship team in 2006 and we obviously know he is an excellent fit for our style of play,” said Rutherford. “He is extremely popular in our dressing room and his speed and skill will be important assets going forward.”

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Relax, Take A Walk

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Why don’t you take a walk with me today at my NHL.com blog?

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Possible Trade

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via Spector’s,

NHL.COM: lists forward Peter Schafer as part of the Boston Bruins roster and right wing Shean Donovan as a member of the Ottawa Senators.

I am waiting for more verification, will update when it comes in.

added 10:01am, TSN confirms,

The Ottawa Senators have dealt Peter Schaefer to the Boston Bruins for Shean Donovan.

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No Shopping For Therien

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

It would have been understandable if Therrien had decided to serve out the final year of his contract then, with a couple of exceptional seasons on his resume, auction himself to the highest bidder next summer.
Some people—especially his accountant—would have viewed that as a shrewd decision.
Therrien, though, saw it as more of a non-issue and didn’t balk at signing a contract extension that ties him to the Penguins through the 2008-09 season.
“It never even crossed my mind,” Therrien said. “I’m not a guy who likes to shop around.”

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Numerous Teams Interested In Forsberg

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from the Denver Post,

Former Avalanche center Peter Forsberg is encouraged about the condition of his surgically repaired right ankle, and he has acknowledged to a Swedish newspaper that many teams remain interested in seeing if he would be available to play in the NHL next season.
Forsberg on Monday told the newspaper Expressen that his agent, Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Don Baizley, keeps him “informed of everything.”

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Preds Haven’t Reached The Cap Floor Yet

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from the Tennessean,

The Predators brought three more players back into the fold Monday but still have moves to make in order to reach the minimum salary cap of $34.3 million by Oct. 4….
Predators General Manager David Poile said some of that deficit will be made up by player bonuses, which count toward the cap at the start of the season. But it’s also likely the Predators will make a trade or sign another player before the start of the regular season Oct. 4.
“There’s going to have be another move in there,’’ Poile said. “It could be a trade or something like that, but we certainly have some more flexibility to add some salary to get to the league minimum.
“That puts us, I hope, in a very enviable position to attract some players and or teams to talk to us between now and the start of the season.’‘

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25% Of Goal Reviews Are Overturned

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Adam Keller is the video replay man in Phoenix…
from the Arizona Republic,

Q: What does your NHL job entail?
A: “The policy is every goal must be reviewed. We have the state-of-the-art equipment, and we can also call the Toronto office. Sometimes, they see different things or have different feeds. We make sure we get it right.”
Q: How many goals are overturned in a year?
A: “I’d think in the neighborhood of 25 percent. I remember at a Coyotes’ game last season against Anaheim, I had four goal reviews, all of them with Anaheim, and all of them turned out to be no goals, but that’s highly unusual.”

more on the hockey background of Keller…

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Hockey World Will Converge In Windsor For Ferguson Memorial

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from the Windsor Star,

A memorial service scheduled Saturday for the late John Ferguson Sr. is likely to attract a who’s who of the hockey world to pay tribute to the Montreal Canadiens tough guy who made the Windsor area his home.
Ferguson, 68, the father of Toronto Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr., succumbed to prostate cancer Saturday.
There will be no private service, Ferguson’s daughter Christina Ruhl said Monday, but they are anticipating a strong turnout from the hockey fraternity for the Saturday memorial.
“My brother (John Jr.) has been receiving quite a few phone calls,” said Ruhl.
“A lot of people have said they want to come and it’s just a question of getting flights and everything. We put it later in the week to give people time to get here.”

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added 6:49am, from the Ottawa Citizen,

Hull respected Ferguson for his work as an NHL enforcer, although it might have cost Hull’s Blackhawks a Stanley Cup. In the 1960s and ‘70s, the Canadiens and Blackhawks met three times in the final, and Montreal won all three.
But in that ‘65 meeting, it was a beating put on Eric Nesterenko by Ferguson that swung the series. Whether accidentally or with a purpose, Nesterenko brought his stick down on Ferguson’s head in Game 5 of the series - and paid for it with three vicious rights to the face by Ferguson.
Bleeding profusely, Nesterenko went off for “repairs,” and did return, but sheepishly. Montreal won the game 6-0, and though the Blackhawks pushed the series to the limit, their will was gone. Chicago fell meekly in Game 7, 4-0.

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Enforcer Needed In Philly

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from the Courier Post,

Signed to a one-year, $875,000 contract last week—“not bad since I was negotiating from a stretcher”—Fedoruk believes the Flyers need to find someone who can help Ben Eager take on the NHL’s most powerful punchers.
“I don’t know who they’re going to pick,” said Fedoruk, who continues to work out at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees. “Eags did a good job last year. He saw a lot of heavyweights and I think he’s very capable of fighting the heavyweights in this league.
“But I think at his age he does need a veteran heavyweight or maybe a young up-and-comer.”

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