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Tortorella Says Good-Bye To Perrin

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from Lightning Strikes,

Coach John Tortorella wished Eric Perrin well but also said not to let the door hit him on the way out.
“He can kiss my (butt),’’ Tortorella said.
Perrin, who in 2004 at age 29 got his first NHL opportunity with the Lightning, which got a recommendation from Perrin’s college buddy Marty St. Louis, signed with the Thrashers as a free agent for two years, $1.5-million. That, apparently, was just $150,000 more than the contract offered by Tampa Bay, which also offered a three-year deal worth $1.575-million.
“This organization spent a lot of time with this guy, a lot of time,’’ Tortorella said. “Eric Perrin did some really good things for us, and the ice time he got, he deserved, but every year it’s nothing but a pain to sign him.’‘

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Kozlov Stays In Atlanta

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from the Atlanta Thrashers,

The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed forward Vyacheslav Kozlov to a multi-year deal, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.

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NHL May Get Involved In Nylander Deal

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Hockey News.com the league is awaiting further details before deciding whether to step in.
“Clubs and players both should have a right to rely on the sanctity of contractual commitments, regardless of how those commitments are memorialized,” Daly said in an emailed statement. “To our knowledge, there has been only one Standard Player’s Contract executed and filed with the League, and under our CBA, that contract should be enforceable.
“But if, after reviewing all of the relevant facts here, there has been a breach of a contractual commitment, we will certainly assist the Oilers in any way we can in seeking an appropriate remedy. We are not in a position to opine what those remedies might be at this point.”

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Nothing To Say To Bloggers

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Regarding the Nylander situation, from Japers’ Rink,

Just received a call back from the Oilers VP of Communications, Allan Watt. When asked to comment on the team’s complaint filed to the NHL, Watt responded, “I don’t have anything to say to bloggers.” I quickly reminded him that we had spoken at length Monday morning. Said Watt,
Well that was a mistake on my part.

Just like there are bad journalists out there, there are bad bloggers, some who just toss junk and hope some of it sticks.
It is unfortunate from the response of Mr. Watt that he is grouping all bloggers in the same group. 
I for one can verify Japers’ Rink is good for the game and am stunned by the response from Allan Watt.  I do hope they re-consider their position regarding bloggers and as always, I am willing to help in any way.

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Canucks Need Some Offense

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fromm Tony Gallagher at the Vancouver Province,

There are rumours around the league about the Canucks and New Jersey talking trade with the names of Brendan Morrison and Patrik Elias being mentioned in the twittering, obviously not even up.
How much there is to it remains to be seen, likely not a great deal. With the loss of Brian Rafalski and Scott Gomez going into their new rink in Newark, N.J., the Devils have a lot of pressure to create some sizzle and there is considerable speculation GM Lou Lamoriello will do something big.
Lamoriello has considerable room under the cap right now, but there aren’t many significant players left as free agents to spend it. He could certainly take on higher numbers in trades for bigger name players—and with that in mind, most believe he’ll find a way to create some excitement this way—although whether this involves the Canucks remains to be seen.

more on the Canucks…

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Was The Lockout Worth It

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This from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,

The NHL lockout was supposed to restore a degree of fiscal sanity to the NHL, right? And in so doing perhaps restore a little good faith between the league and its players – remember “Thank You Fans” stencilled outside the blue lines? – and the money-gouged if unfailingly loyal spectators.
So since Sunday noon, NHL clubs have spent a half-billion – billion – dollars on salaries, locking up players for as long as eight years with strategies that have defied explanation, common sense and logic on many fronts.

Make sure to read some of the comments left there…

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Tom Kostopoulos To Montreal

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RDS (translated) reporting Tom Kostopoulos signs with the Canadiens.

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Toskala Extended By Leafs

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via TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs and netminder Vesa Toskala have agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract extension.

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Young Blackhawks Impress Savard

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from the Chicago Tribune,

Under the watchful eyes of the Hawks’ hierarchy, 2007 No. 1 overall draft pick Patrick Kane and the team’s top selection in ‘06, Jonathan Toews, hit the ice for the team’s first scrimmage at its prospects camp at The Edge in Bensenville.
Playing on the same line, they didn’t disappoint. Kane made a terrific pass to set up one goal and center Toews later scored an unassisted goal as they displayed some slick moves in front of general manager Dale Tallon and coach Denis Savard.
“I was pretty impressed,” Savard said. “It’s only Day One … but I like what I saw.”

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Flames Secure Iginla & Regehr

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from the Calgary Flames,

The Calgary Flames announced today that the pair, considered to be a big part of the core of the team, have signed new, five-year deals that begin following the 2007-08 season. That means Iginla, the team captain, and Regehr, an assistant captain, chose not to test the unrestricted free agent market next summer.
“There are a lot of great hockey cities. For the fans and the passion, there isn’t a city that beats Calgary,” said Iginla, who turned 30 on July 1.
Regehr, who will marry fiance Christina in his home province of Saskatchewan later this month, agreed.
“Over time I have realized how fortunate I have been to play in Calgary,” said Regehr.

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