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We Have It All Wrong

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Many of us are keeping our eyes and ears open throughout this holiday weekend, trying to find out who signed where, any trades yet, etc. We do this with great passion while the players that are actually involved are at their summer home or cottage, on the golf course, at the World Cup or relaxing at their favorite resort. Should if not be the other way around? Players should have to suffer and gnaw their teeth along with us, trying to tune into three streaming web radio stations at once; a trick I can teach them in a few minutes. I'd like to see Chara opening five websites up at once, refreshing them every 30 seconds to see if there is any hint of movement. If all the GMs would just email me when they sign or trade someone and the player agents do the same, I could get on with my life. I have better things to do, maybe I can watch the 7th game of the SCF in peace, watch my 3 DVD set of the Wings or re-paint the Winged Wheel logo on my garage door. On second thought, maybe a few Wings who live nearby can come over and re-paint the logo- and please make a beer run for me too!

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One Stays, One May Be Gone

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from the Ottawa Sun,

How hard did the Senators work to keep Chara? As hard as Redden? How much did Chara even want to stay? Is money more important to Chara than winning a Stanley Cup here? Redden, who was frustrated after the Senators were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Sabres, made it sound back then that if he didn't get the answers he wanted from management, he might hit the road himself. But he wound up putting his money where his mouth was to try and fit both himself and Chara in the Senators' payroll structure. As near as can be figured, the Senators had about $12 million (all terms US) to spend on both of them. Redden apparently offered the Senators this deal: He would take $6 million if they could convince Chara to do the same.
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Oh Happy Day Canada

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Is it a coincidence that Canada Day and the opening of the UFA market are the same day? I personally hope every Canadian reader of KK enjoys the day and the weekend. Stay safe! image

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Rangers Like Guerin - Rucinsky Talks Hit A Snag

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post (reg. req.),

While they will check in on Devils elite left wing Patrik Elias, and on Senators high-end defenseman Zdeno Chara - who both at least are expected to ask for more than the Blueshirts are willing to invest in any player - the Rangers are entering the market with the clear intention of adding more north-south athletes to their arsenal; North Americans, by any other culture. The Rangers are believed to be interested in 36-year-old right winger Bill Guerin, a free agent by virtue of his buyout by the Stars. he Post has learned that negotiations aimed at bringing Martin Rucinsky back to Broadway have hit a snag. Sources report that the 35-year-old winger is seeking a two-year deal while the Rangers are holding fast to a one-year offer. Rucinsky earned $3 million last year.

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Modin Excited About New Opportunity

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

"I have some coaches who are upset with me because, as much as they’re excited about Marc Denis, they didn’t want to lose Fred Modin," Feaster said. "Doug MacLean and his people did their homework. They knew who they wanted. We have no reason to believe that Fred Modin won’t go ahead and have another 30-goal season and be the excellent twoway player he has always been. "We’ve always said that if he played in Canada or a major market, he’d be a finalist for the Selke Trophy every year. Calling him (and telling him about the trade) was one of the most difficult phone calls I’ve ever had to make. He’s an outstanding hockey player and an outstanding human being." "It takes awhile for the news (of the trade) to sink in," Modin said from his home in Sweden. "I had a great time in Tampa, but I’m not going to be there anymore — and I’m very excited about a new opportunity in Columbus. I’m openminded about it, and hopefully we’ll make the best of it. It’s going to be fun. It’s a new place to play, the people I’ve talked to speak highly of the organization and I hope to fit right in."
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All Wings

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Holland said he hasn't talked to Steve Yzerman in weeks and believes the 41-year-old captain continues to struggle with his decision on whether to retire. "I think his passion and desire is driving him to want to play, but I think he really has to decide about his (surgically repaired and often sore) knee, if he's prepared to go through all the pain he has to go through to play,'' Holland said. "Steve wants to feel if he's coming back he's going to contribute, he doesn't want to just be back.'' Holland doesn't believe Yzerman is waiting to see what other moves the team makes before deciding. He said not knowing Yzerman's plans will not affect any moves Holland can make during free agency. And he will not set a deadline for a decision.
read on...Lidstrom did not ask for the max, Ozgood was to inform Wings of decision today and Shanny wants to see what his valie is on the open market...

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Denver B-Ball Coach Throws His Hat Into The Mix

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from the Denver Post,

What George Karl lacks in hockey knowledge he hopes to make up for with love of his home city. The Nuggets coach revealed today he is part of an investment group interested in purchasing the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins led by Columbus, Ohio-based businessman Jim Renacci.
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Davidson Named Blues President

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from the AP via MSNBC,

The sale of the St. Louis Blues to a group led by Dave Checketts was completed Friday, and the new owners immediately named top NHL broadcaster John Davidson as team president.
continued added 8:08pm, St. Louis Blues release...including enhancements to the Savvis Center...

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Pronger Wants To Set The Record Straight

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from Hadley On Sports,

Pronger to set the record straight… Chris Pronger is annoyed and disappointed with the misinformation and lies being bandied about through the media regarding his professional life in Edmonton and personal life in general. Pronger informed me he will have a press conference on Tuesday to discuss his career moving forward in addition to releasing a statement setting the record straight regarding his professional and personal situation in Edmonton.
continued... I have kept away from pointing to the reports and blogs of what supposedly happened to force Pronger to request a trade. Over 1500 searches in the last few days to KK, looking for anything and everything on Pronger. Glad to read he will try to set the record straight on this situation. No one had any evidence at all, no pics, no quotes from any of the people involved. Maybe the presser will bring everything out into the open.

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Avs Sign Clark & Skratins

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from the Colorado Avelanche,

The Colorado Avalanche announced today that the club has signed defensemen Brett Clark and Karlis Skrastins to multi-year contracts. Both players were unrestricted free agents and could have tested the free agent market beginning tomorrow.
from the Denver Post,
Skrastins, the NHL's second leading shot-blocker last season, signed a three-year, $7.2 million deal with the Avs, foregoing a chance at unrestricted free agency starting tomorrow. Clark, who had an excellent season for Colorado in 2005-06 after a journeyman career to that point, signed a two-year, $3 million contract.

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