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Holland Keeps Us Waiting

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from Ansar Khan at Mlive,

As of noon, the Wings still hadn't announced anything on goaltender Ed Belfour, after broadcast reports Sunday night indicated that they will sign the 41-year-old today. This much has been confirmed: They have ruled out the possibility of signing Dominik Hasek. Conspiracy theorists have suggested their public courtship of Belfour was designed to drive the asking price down for someone like Buffalo's Martin Biron or San Jose's Vesa Toskala. We'll know soon, as GM Ken Holland indicated a decision would be made today.

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Stars Sign Ott

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via Sportsnet Tracker, Dallas signs Steve Ott to a 2yr deal.

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Legace A Great Fit For The Blues

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from Jeff Gordon of St. Louis Today,

If the Blues are serious about adding a veteran goaltender – and Mike Kitchen reiterated that desire during a chat Saturday – then Legace appears to be an excellent fit. This guy is your classic journeyman. But he has made a lot of good things happen for himself and he would be one of the more highly motivated players in the Blues camp. Davidson has taken an interesting approach with this team. While acknowledging that the Blues face a multiyear rebuilding process, he wants to put a competitive team on the ice next season. If Legace is willing to come here for a one-year deal – for about the same money ($1.16 million) he made last year – then he would be a solid addition.
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A Few Notes

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Jim Rutherford was on Leafs Lunch today and stated he believes Mark Recchi will sign with the Pens in the upcoming days. Also, per the NHLPA, RFA Dan Cleary re-signed with the Wings for $650k.

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Too Much Player Movement

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James Mirtle brings up an interesting topic...

At some point, all that player movement becomes too much player movement and you're left watching an incessant merry-go-round of players and jerseys, shaking your head. We're certainly headed in that direction. If you view the new CBA as a work in progress solution, as I do, then this increased movement is one of the major downfalls of the league's relatively positive new labour agreement.
One of the reasons I don't watch the NBA much is I don't like all of the player movement. Plus the fact teams pick-up contracts instead of the player themselves, because it fits into the cap system is not fan friendly. How many times have you read Team A from the NBA picked up a $6 million contract because it expires at the end of the year, and traded a star or very good player to Team B because he no longer could fit under the cap next year? This same sequence may become more and more prevalent in the NHL...

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Chouinard Signs With Canucks

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via the Vancouver Sun (paid reg.),

Centre Marc Chouinard signs two-year contract The Vancouver Canucks have dipped back into the free-agent market to try and solve the faceoff woes that plagued them much of last season.

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“Drop The Puck” - It’s 97 Degrees Outside

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from the Sun-Sentinel, The hockey season may have just ended, but the Florida Panthers are ready to "Drop That Puck." The National Hockey League franchise this week will launch its new advertising campaign. The new effort seeks to build on the team's on-ice momentum and fan enthusiasm to boost season ticket sales and drive consumer awareness for the sport. "Drop That Puck" speaks to the anticipation of the season, Auerbach said. "It's a war cry that says, Let's go." read on

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Ducks Sign Chistov

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from the OC Register,

The Ducks have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with left wing Stanislav Chistov, an offensive presence who could help fill the void left by the trade of right wing Joffrey Lupul to the Edmonton Oilers in last week's deal for star defenseman Chris Pronger.

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Wings New Problem- They Have Cap Room

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Shanahan has just three goals and seven assists in his last 22 playoff games over the past three seasons. He doesn’t move his feet well or drive to the net when it matters the most. It was surprising the Wings were pursuing him as aggressively as they were. He turns 38 in January and isn’t going to score 40 goals again. Even if does, it wouldn’t mean anything without a big showing in the playoffs. “It leaves a bit of a hole, mostly in the regular season,” Wings senior vice president Jimmy Devellano said. “It leaves us a little bit weaker. We have to try to find a way to adjust to it. We got a lot of money under the cap. Now the problem is, where do we spend it?”
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Should Have Kept Big Georges

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from the Edmonton Sun,

We would never compare Georges Laraque to Steve Yzerman in terms of their on-ice skills. But no one can deny that they are, in their own way, the kind of professional hockey player that is too rare these days. And while it was inevitable after the Oilers rebuffed his very public pleas to stay with the team for less pay, it was still disappointing last week to read that Laraque had signed a two-year, $2.4-million contract with the Phoenix Coyotes. Which is why it's unfortunate that the Oilers could not find a way to keep Big Georges playing in the City of Champions - or even not playing, but paying him to be the team's goodwill ambassador to the community, a role that comes naturally to the affable Laraque.
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