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Flames Need A Fighter

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from the Calgary Sun,

Filling out his roster just in time for Stampede, Darryl Sutter indicated last week his team is now essentially set in stone. However, Flames fans should hope when the coach and GM watches some of the world's toughest competitors take part in the rodeo, he'll be inspired to add one more key ingredient -- a fighter. ...However, the art of fighting and intimidation still plays an important role in the game, which was glaringly obvious this spring when Iginla's rare loss to Francois Beauchemin in Game 6 marked the moment the series turned in Anaheim's favour for good.
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NHLPA Meeting Starts Tomorrow

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from the Vancouver Province,

It has long been known the annual NHLPA general meeting at Whistler this week would be lively, given the histrionics surrounding the new CBA this year, but now there's a hint it may turn out to be downright volatile. Former executive-director Bob Goodenow and his long-time right-hand man Ian Pulver have been invited to attend the meetings this week by the dissident group led by Trent Klatt. Chris Chelios and others wanted their side of the story to be given a fair hearing by any member who cares to attend the meeting.
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Report- Shanahan A Ranger

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from Larry Brooks of the Ny Post,

Brendan Shanahan, a three-time Stanley Cup winner in Detroit and one of the NHL's most accomplished veterans, was seeking a new challenges. He'll find them next season on Broadway with the Rangers. The Post has learned the 37-year-old free-agent left winger has accepted a one-year contract worth approximately $4M to join the Rangers after spurning more lucrative offers from both the Red Wings and Canadiens.
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Three Teams Want Shanahan

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from the New York Daily News,

Brendan Shanahan thought he was going to become a Ranger three times before. One of those times, in fact, he was so certain he was on his way to Broadway that he was looking at apartments in Manhattan and houses in Westchester. Will the fourth time be the charm? Shanahan was back in the city Wednesday to be wined, dined and shown around the club's two facilities by Rangers brass. To complete the pitch, his likeness superimposed above a Rangers No. 14 jersey briefly appeared on the Garden's Seventh Ave. marquee accompanied by the words: "New York Rangers Welcome Brendan Shanahan."
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Thrashers Still Have Flexibility

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You may recall the ruling earlier this week that the Thrashers (and Atlanta Hawks) could not sign anyone for more than 1 year, well here is a follow up... from CBS Sportsline,

However, the ruling does not impact any negotiations already begun by either team, and since it came nearly a week after NHL free-agency began, it will allow the Thrashers to sign any free agent they have already spoken with. "One thing that was clear was that any player we initially started conversations with for contract negotiations, we can continue on with that," Atlanta general manager Don Waddell said. "Quite a few players fall in that category." Waddell said he wasn't concerned about having his options restricted in the short term since most of the team's players are already under contract. Atlanta has one player, Niko Kapanen, scheduled for arbitration, but even then, the two sides can settle on a multiyear deal because they have already talked contract, Waddell said.
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Not Good To Be Ordinary

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from the Philadelphia Inquirer via the Mercury News,

It's OK to be Ordinary. That is, if you're the Carolina Hurricanes and you've won the Stanley Cup. It's OK because all you had to do if you were general manager Jim Rutherford was re-sign your key players, such as Eric Staal and Erik Cole. It's not OK to be Ordinary if you're Bob Clarke. That's because his Flyers haven't won a Cup in three decades. Some people, including Clarke, are facing the prospect of having to choose between season tickets and disability insurance.
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Theodore Demands Apology

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from the CP via TSN,

Former Montreal Canadiens goalie Jose Theodore and his girlfriend have demanded a retraction from French television station TQS over a story the network aired reporting the couple had separated. Theodore and Stephanie Cloutier are also seeking an on-air apology, saying the June 20 report by Marie-Christine Proulx was "false and deceitful," their lawyer said in a news release.
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Finding Tom Poti

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Is Tom Poti an Islander? Both the NHL and NHLPA websites list him as a NYI. The Islanders website, which releases news quickly, has nothing. You decide, and I have an email into the Islanders. Can I go 2 for 2 in the last 24 hours? update 3:32pm, via TSN,

The New York Islanders have signed veteran defenceman Tom Poti to a one-year contract. Last season with the Rangers, the 6-3, 210-pound Poti played 73 games and registered three goals and 20 assists for 23 points. Poti ranked first on the Rangers with 123 blocked shots and first among all team defencemen with 122 shots on goal. "Tom Poti is a perfect fit for us," said Islanders Vice President and general manager Neil Smith.

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Raising Awareness For Autism

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from Russell Levine of NHL.com,

The NHL off-season, though achingly short for those players who go deep into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, is nevertheless a time when many of the League's players give willingly of their free time to benefit some great causes. The players -- Olie Kolzig of the Washington Capitals, Scott Mellanby of the Atlanta Thrashers and former NHL goaltender Byron Dafoe -- played host to fellow athletes from the worlds of hockey, baseball, basketball and football, as well as Hollywood celebrities and others from the autism community, in an effort to continue raising awareness of autism and to fund efforts to improve the lives of those dealing with autism today, and ultimately, to find a cure.
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Shanny Good Bet To Return To Detroit

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from Ansar Khan, Wings beat writer for Mlive,

My opinion hasn’t changed from the start: I think he’s coming back, and I don’t think he ever seriously intended to leave, as long as the Red Wings told him they wanted him back and were willing to increase his salary. My guess is he’ll sign a two-year deal for slightly less than $4 million a season ($3.5?). Like Nicklas Lidstrom, I never thought Shanahan would leave over a few hundred thousand dollars. Just doesn’t make sense.
more My take on this is the same as Ansar's. It would take a huge difference in salary for Shanahan to consider leaving Detroit. Plus, the team would have to be considered a "player" for the Stanley Cup. Shanahan has made enough money and wants a shot at winning the Cup again. He has mentioned numerous times what a thrill it is to play for an original 6 team, just thinking about all of the playes who played before him is something he doesn't forget. The Canadiens, Rangers, Bruins and Leafs all fit into that scenario, but is there enough money being offered that would sway him from returning to Detroit? I don't think so.

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