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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

(Ducks GM Bob) Murray said his preference at this point is to try and find a No. 2 center. He refused to discuss names, but a source had told ESPN.com last week the Ducks were among the teams along with Minnesota to talk to Koivu’s camp. Interestingly, New Jersey, according to a source Monday, was also in the Koivu mix. The Devils lost Gionta and John Madden via free agency.

Tanguay, for my money, remains the best forward left on the market. Ownership issues and all, the Phoenix Coyotes are one of the teams in talks with him. But another source told ESPN.com on Monday night that talking to Tanguay and the Coyotes actually signing him are two different things.


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Cam Barker Signs Three Year Extension

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via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Chicago won’t have to wait for a grievance to determined Cam Barker’s status. He’s signed a 3 year, $9.25 mil ext.

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Wings Must Deal With Cap Issue

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from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,

Looking at a possible NHL roster, the Red Wings have 11 forwards, 8 defensemen and 2 goalies signed. That roster includes Leino, Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Derek Meech, Jonathan Ericsson, Brett Lebda and Andreas Lilja. That roster does not include Jiri Hudler.

That roster has a cap hit of approx. $55.117 million. That leaves $1.683 million of room left under the $56.8 million cap.

With 11 forwards, the Red Wings obviously need two more and they have two slots open with the roster that I’m using.

The problem is that Hudler’s salary is going to make the Wings do a cap dance again.

Hudler could be given a salary of $3-4 million by an arbitrator. Even if he signs for $2 million, that puts Detroit over the cap limit.


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Flyers May Have Interest In Shanahan

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via Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files at the Courier Post,

There is an intriguing goal-scoring winger still waiting for a contract offer and his name is Brendan Shanahan. The Devils have not offered a contract to the 40-year-old winger and Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren is looking to add some more Stanley Cup experience to his club.

Holmgren’s other options include Chris Gratton and Mike Sillinger. Stay tuned.

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NHLPA Files Grievance Over Blackhawks Mishandling Of Qualifying Offers

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN the National Hockey League Players Association has filed a grievance over the Chicago Blackhawks mishandling of a number of its qualifying offers and intends to argue the players affected by the mishap, who remain unsigned, should be ruled unrestricted free agents.

The NHL will be notified and can agree with the NHLPA’s filing, or the league can disagree and the case will move on to an expidited hearing.

“In response to various media inquiries, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) confirms today that it has filed a grievance regarding the failure of the Chicago Blackhawks to submit Qualifying Offers to its 2009 Restricted Free Agents prior to the deadline stipulated in the CBA.  The NHLPA will make no further comment on the matter, which is now pending before the Impartial Arbitrator,” said Jonathan Weatherdon, NHLPA Spokesperson.

At this moment, it’s the Players’ Association’s contention, these players are unrestricted free agents and free to negotiate with any team.


added 6:16pm, from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

The status of only Versteeg and Barker is in question since the Hawks signed five of their restricted free agents on Monday, including Troy Brouwer, Ben Eager, Colin Fraser, Corey Crawford and Aaron Johnson.

According to a source, the five restricted free agents chose to re-sign with the Hawks rather than be part of the union’s grievance. Brouwer and Crawford signed two-year deals while Eager, Johnson and Fraser re-uppped for one.

Obviously the agents for Versteeg and Barker see the Hawks’ blunder as a golden opportunity to get their clients a bigger payday.


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Once You Are On The Cover, You Can’t Take It Back

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Patrick Kane talks EA NHL Franchise…

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Kings Questions Answered

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As he often does, Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings answers questions from Kings fans…

Question: Do you think we will be signing any other UFA’s or are we just about done? What are your thoughts on Moller playing this year or being sent to Manchester?

Answer: Lombardi seems open to the idea of bringing in one more veteran defenseman, probably one in the $1-million range who could fill that 6/7 spot. He mentioned, in passing, bringing back Denis Gauthier, but I don’t know if that will happen. That’s the only addition I would anticipate the Kings making before the start of training camp.


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Nash Makes A Statement

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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

“A lot of people here in Toronto were counting on the hometown boy to somehow end up playing in Toronto,” Nash said. “But I wanted to make a statement—about how much I appreciate the McConnell family, everybody with the Blue Jackets, the fans and the guys in the room.

“The last five or six years, I’ve really enjoyed living and playing Columbus. I said that all along, but a lot of people aren’t going to believe that until the contract is signed.”

Nash said last Friday was a big night in his life. Yes, he signed a deal that will pay him more money than some of us can imagine. But the contract was consummated while hanging out at his summer retreat in Northern Ontario with five of his best friends.

read on

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  Tags: rick+nash

Report- Kovalev Signs With Senators

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via Fan590 Twitter,

The FAN has learned that the Ottawa Senators have signed Alexei Kovalev. Stay tuned to The FAN for more details on this story.

added 4:01pm, TSN says 2yr deal and the Sens have a presser at 4:40pm today.

added 4:16pm, TSN says $10M for 2 years.

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  Tags: alexei+kovalev

Beauchemin A Leaf

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via Sportsnet,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have brought in another defenceman, signing free agent Francois Beauchemin to a three-year deal believed to be in the range of $10 million.

added 3:23pm, If only Daren Millard would have included a name in his Twitter…

Sportsnet has learned. Sources say. 3 year deal believed to be in the range of 10M.11 minutes ago from mobile web

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