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Holland On Lidstrom & Others

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Ken Holland was on WDFN this morning, talked with Don Meehan, Lidstrom's agent yesterdayand they are talking again today. Contract talks are moving forward and Holland says Nick wants to remain a Wing and the Wings want him. Shanahan talks not going so well and Osgood should have an answer by tomorrow afternoon. Regarding Yzerman, Holland says Steve is struggling with decision. If his knee was healthy, no doubt he would be back. But he has pain some days and that is the question. Says he will give him as much time as he needs with his decision. Talking goaltender, a lot of teams have made trade offers to him. Wants to get to July 1st, there are UFAs he wants to talk to. Some may sign with their current team, but things will shake out after the UFA period starts. Was asked if Osgood could be #1, Ken responded they feel more comfortable with him as a backup or as a 1A goalie. It is a matter of how they want to spend their money. Says goalies are available in the $4-5 million range and there are goalies in the $1.5-2 million range that are available. On Jimmy Howard, he sees him in Grand Rapids this year but if he has a great camp he could make the team but he has to play no matter where he is. Did not have a very good post-season and has parts of his game that need to be worked on. Holland was asked if the Wings should shake it up or fine tune. Holland says the Wings are turning over their team to players like Datsyuk, Zetterber and Kronwall. Players like Chelios and Yzerman still have great passion for the game and will help out. Holland does not want to go into that 4-5 year dip where teams have to re-build by the draft. He wants to continue winning but is trying to avoid that "dip" period. He still thinks the Wings are close but have to find a goalie and get Lidstrom signed. added 11:49am, from the Bay City Times via Mlive,

'It's hard to know,'' Devellano said, when asked to predict now what Yzerman might decide. ''None of us feel it's up to us to tell him it's time.'' In other words, for all he's done for an organization he led out of the dark ages to what has been for the better part of two decades the NHL's glamour franchise, Yzerman has earned the right to make the call - and either way the club will abide by it. But it was clear in a near hour-long conversation with Devellano that the club is hoping the captain will call it a career - for his own good.
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What A Ride

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from the Traverse City Record Eagle,

Kirk Maltby blacked out twice Wednesday afternoon, but it wasn't from a hard check or a wayward hockey puck. Maltby, a left wing for the Detroit Red Wings, was strapped into the cockpit of one of the Navy's FA/18 Hornet Blue Angels for a 45-minute roller coaster ride over a cloudy Traverse City. His was the first of three rides given. Afterwards, sweaty and glad to be back on solid ground, Maltby said the ride was exhilarating. "I wasn't sure at first," he said. "When you're hitting those Gs it's a bit of a workout. But I can obviously see why these guys enjoy what they do. It was great."
continued...great pic of Malts in his "Top Gun" gear...

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Advanced Glow Puck System

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A visualization system specially designed for ice hockey rinks; its specific aim is to improve the visualization of the puck while it is moving on the ice. Basically an advanced glow puck at gower.com! image

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Anti-Roy

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If you like Patrick Roy, don't click.

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Jovanovski Wants To Stay In Vancouver

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from the Vancouver Province,

"I've been in Vancouver since 1999 and it's a great city to play in and raise your family. We hope it all works out and financially it's going to be a big day. "But having said that, the financial part is not everything. It's not something that's going to weigh my decision. I've talked to my wife and, believe me, our priority right now is to stay in Vancouver." That said, evidence is mounting he won't remain here. His agent Pat Morris and Canucks GM Dave Nonis have not had serious contract discussions. Whatever Jovanovski would have pocketed here this season -- he earned $3.99 million US last season -- will go to help sign goalie Roberto Luongo, who's close to agreeing to a four-year deal worth $6.75-$7 million annually. "I understand he [Nonis] has got a lot on his plate and transforming this into his own team," said Jovanovski. "But there are a few days left here and July 1 is not going to stop me from talking with the Canucks. I'm sure they've got something in mind and so do we. I just turned 30 [Monday] and I know I have seven or eight good years in front of me and hopefully I'll play until I'm 40. Hopefully, something works out."
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Edmonton Close With Pisani

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from the Edmonton Sun,

The Oilers and winger Fernando Pisani are moving along nicely in their contract talks - so well in fact that Pisani's agent Mark Witkin thinks they could have a deal in place before July 1. It's been widely assumed that Pisani, an Edmonton boy, wouldn't ever leave Edmonton, but after a playoff like his the Oilers definitely don't want to take any chances. "He certainly will be wanted by a number of teams (if he becomes unrestricted July 1),'' said Witkin, whose client gets a big bump from $611,000 he made last year. "But we might very well have a deal done before that ever happens. We've set the table, now we have to see if there's a meal that could possibly be cooked.''
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Dallas Still Interested In Mitchell

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from the Star-Telegram,

Re-signing Klemm would seem to signal the impending departure of soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Willie Mitchell, but Armstrong and Mitchell said that isn't the case. "We'd love to have Willie back and I think he knows that," Armstrong said. "We'd have to make some moves to get it done." Mitchell said he and the Stars are trying to reach a deal before free agency begins Saturday. "I met with Doug personally in Vancouver [during the NHL Draft last weekend], and he was real straightforward and real honest about things," Mitchell said. "With the defensemen signed...Doug called me and let me know that that has no impact on our situation."
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Redden Close - Chara Not

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

"I know (Meehan) was going to talk to (Muckler) again and I'm sure I'll be getting some kind of update here in the next few hours," said Redden. "I'd like to be back with the Senators. I think we're going to have a good team and I've always felt like I'm going to have a chance to win here. Hopefully, we're able to get it done. We'll see how this goes. I'm pretty certain we're going to know something quickly." Redden said his decision won't be influenced by what happens with Chara. Redden did admit he's been keeping a close eye on his fellow blueliner's negotiations as well as any moves Muckler will make to improve the team. "I guess we're going to have to see how the situation develops," said Redden. "Obviously, it would be great if both (Chara) and I were back to help the team win. "But I don't know if they're going to be able to keep both of us and I guess if (Chara's) not there, then that's going to be a big gap for us to fill. I want to be in a situation where I have a chance to win."
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Arnott Going UFA Route

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from WFAA.com,

The Stars and Jason Arnott have ended discussions, and Arnott is awaiting the start of free agency Saturday, according to his agent. "We've had our discussions, and it's clear that it won't get done now, so Jason will look at the marketplace," said Wade Arnott, Arnott's brother and agent. Wade Arnott said the major stumbling block is length, and Stars GM Doug Armstrong confirmed that he will only consider long-term contracts for younger players. Arnott will turn 32 on Oct. 11.
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Who Is Andrew Murstein

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from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Andrew Murstein is the third-generation owner of a business that's made a fortune putting taxi cabs on the streets of New York City. Now Murstein, president of Medallion Financial Corporation, is heading an investment group including homegrown celebrities Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, and Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, hoping to buy the Penguins. "The only other team I seriously looked at was the St. Louis Blues, and in the last five years I've only looked at two teams seriously -- the Blues and the Penguins," Murstein said. His group is one of five serious bidders looking to buy the team from the group led by Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux. "The next step is to wait to hear the groups that they are going to be working with," Murstein said. "They're going to limit the field to a couple of potential buyers sometime in the next two weeks."
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