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“I’ll predict right now, Tampa Bay will win the division,” he said of the Southeast. “That’s how much we like our team.”

-Tampa owner Len Barrie via Lightning Strikes

added 7:21am,

“You can hear from me first, our defense is better than people think,’’ Barrie said. “That’s why we are loading up on forwards because I really, really like our young defense.’’

-via Bolts Report and it looks like they will sign defenseman Andrew Hutchinson…

Update 4:45pm ET: The Lightning have signed Brandon Bochenski for 2 years. [TSN]

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  Tags: len+barrie

Barnes May Be Near Retirement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Just a little insight into the way Les Jackson operates as a co-general manager.

He likes to take his time and talk things out and let things happen at a slow pace. He’s a very patient person.

So that helps explain a couple of things. One, they are still talking out the details of coach Dave Tippett’s contract extension and the potential extensions for assistant coaches Rick Wilson and Mark Lamb. And two, they are being very patient with the retirement of Stu Barnes.

I would guess that Barnes will announce his retirement soon.

continued

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  Tags: stu+barnes

Lightning Signs Mark Recchi

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN’s tracker:

Tampa Bay Lightning sign UFA forward Mark Recchi.

More soon.

Update 8:14pm ET: From TSN

The Tampa Bay Lightning continued to pile on veteran support on Monday, signing forward Mark Recchi to an undisclosed contract.

Recchi, 40, split last season between the Atlanta Thrashers and Pittsburgh Penguins. He played in only 19 of the Penguins’ 26 games with just two goals and six assists. He has been a healthy scratch in seven of their last eight games before the team place him on waivers in December.

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Brendan Morrison Joining the Ducks—UPDATED

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

Free agent centre Brendan Morrison is off the free agent list, as the B.C. native is set to join the Anaheim Ducks.

Terms of the impending contract are not known, but it is expected to be a one- or two-year deal.

continued…

Update 11:05am July 8th: Morrison’s signing has been confirmed. 1 year, $2.75 million.

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Bouwmeester Options

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From George Richards at On Frozen Pond,

Only a few people—Jay Bouwmeester, his agent and perhaps JM the GM—know whether Florida’s No. 4 wants to continue his relationship with the Panthers much longer.

Jay has already decided to take the Panthers to arbitration, which means the thoughts he would sign an offer sheet with another team is over. For now, it’s the Panthers or no one for Jay. But there are a few options.

continued…

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  Tags: arbitration, jacques+martin, jay+bouwmeester

Expect Hossa to Stay in Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,

In a hockey world rife with uncertainty, you can take this one to the bank: if Hossa turns out to be a good fit with the Red Wings, he will be in Detroit beyond next season and for many more to come.

There is absolutely no way Holland makes this deal exclusively with the 2008-09 season in mind. When Holland makes a deal of any magnitude, it must serve two purposes –that is make the Red Wings a better team in the short-term and a better team in the long-term. And there is no way Holland would have made the deal if he hadn’t already figured out there’s a good chance he’ll be able to get Hossa in the fold on a multi-year deal after next season.

more

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  Tags: ken+holland, marian+hossa

Blue Jackets Agree to Terms with Peca

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Aaron Portzline at Puck-rakers in the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent center Michael Peca, The Dispatch has learned.

Best guess here is it’s a two-year deal. It could be announced as soon as Tuesday. Apparently, there are some minor details to hammer out before it’s completed.

read on for other Columbus contract odds &ends

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  Tags: michael+peca

Bertuzzi Excited To Play In Calgary

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

For all the reasons Todd Bertuzzi chose to make his NHL next stop in Calgary, the primary factor was not the money, but the opportunity — to play with Flames’ captain Jarome Iginla.

“I gotta to say, Jarome is 100 per cent why I’m a Calgary Flame,” said Bertuzzi. “I had great talks with him. Everything he said about the organization and the city was nothing but positive. Haven’t talked to my family, we decided it was a good opportunity for us and we couldn’t pass it by.”

continued

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  Tags: todd+bertuzzi

Saskatchewan Gets WJC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the StarPhoenix via the Vancouver Sun,

It’s official: Hockey Canada announced Monday that Saskatoon and Regina have landed the 2010 world junior hockey championships.

The Saskatoon/Regina group had been bidding on either the 2010 or 2012 championships.

“You started the bar to grow in this championship and I know we’ll be able to do a better and better job every time we host in this province,” said Hockey Canada’s Bob Nicholson as he made the announcement.

continued

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  Tags: wjc, world+junior+championships

Fight On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

...Bettman hasn’t done so yet – and even if he did, I doubt he’d do it publicly – but I sure hope he doesn’t listen to those buttoned-up arbiters of appropriateness.

In fact, I’d love nothing more than to see him add more fuel to the fire and give Lowe and Burke (a) full license to draw caricatures of each other in public, (b) two of those giant cotton swab devices they use on American Gladiators, and (c) a dump truck’s worth of salt for each other’s wounds.

read on

added 2:47pm, from TSN,

A few days after Edmonton Oilers’ Kevin Lowe fired back at rival GM Brian Burke, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman tried to pour water on the feud of the two rival team executives.

Following comments by Burke over the past year and comments Lowe made recently to an Edmonton radio station, Bettman ordered the two to cease and desist in a conference call Monday.

continued

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  Tags: brian+burke, kevin+lowe

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