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Prucha Signs According To NHLPA

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According to the NHLPA site, Petr Prucha has signed for next season.  Salary reported is $1.6M.

added 11:53am, 2yr deal worth $3.2M.

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Briere- Sabres Will Be Competitive

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from WBEN,

Former Buffalo Sabre Daniel Briere says he has no worries that the Buffalo Sabres will be a competitive team, even without him and co-captain Chris Drury, or forward Dainius Zubrus, all three lost to free agency.
“I think they still have a very good team. Obviously, there are two big parts that will be leaving, and another one with Dainius Zubrus I should say three of them, but you know what? there’s so much depth upfront on the team, and that’s why they decided to go with youth.,” Briere said, in an early morning airport interview Thursday with John Zach & Susan Rose, on Buffalo’s Early News.

more and you can listen to the inerview…

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Ohlund Underwent Off-Season Surgery

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from the Vancouver Sun,

“I was surprised to hear Ohlund got operated on after the season,” Roberto Luongo said. “What was it? A sports hernia? I didn’t even know he was hurt. That shows you how tough he is.”
Ohlund, modest to a fault, explained Wednesday in an interview from Sweden that his condition wasn’t a dire one and didn’t require treatment on a regular basis.
“The injury wasn’t a big deal,” Ohlund insisted. “It was bugging me at times, it was more of an achy feeling, but it didn’t really bother me in games once I got warmed up. I could have probably gone on for another year, but we thought it was a good time now to get it done and get it over with.”


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JFJ Ride Hinges On Toskala

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

If Vesa Toskala turns out to be the same type of steal from the San Jose Sharks that Miikka Kiprusoff was for the Calgary Flames, JFJ will have cemented himself atop the Maple Leaf hockey pyramid for a long time.
If he’s horribly wrong, well, there will be no Ferguson defenders left.
Yep, goaltending is back to meaning that much again in the NHL after a year in which the Bettman administration flirted with entertaining the fans with offence. These people don’t understand that when the game has goals and excitement there’s a lot less complaining about schedules, head shots and attendance, but maybe they like life on the griddle better.

read on

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Will Lowe Go RFA Route

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from the Edmonton Journal,

A frustrated Lowe says the Oilers are thinking of hiring a “concierge” to look after player needs in the future, but he can’t understand why free agents won’t sign here.
He acknowledges the travel out west is harder than in the east, but he says a third of the league’s teams travelled more miles than the Oilers last year. He also knows some players don’t want to play in Canada.
At this point, Lowe’s Plan B could be to go after other teams’ Group 2 free agents with offer sheets, like 43-goal scorer Thomas Vanek or big winger Dustin Penner or centre Zach Parise, all young kids with huge upside.

read on

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Looking At The Islanders

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from On the Islanders Beat,

If Snow made some mistakes this time around, maybe it will be a learning experience for him in his first full year on the job. As I told the angry fan in my earlier reply, Islanders fans are entitled to their feelings of frustration after so many years of poor personnel decisions and mismanagement. But the fact that Snow didn’t panic and compound whatever mistakes he made by throwing money at the wrong players to appease the fans was smart. He didn’t try to paper over his losses.
Snow’s aim is to get players he and Nolan believe are capable of competing for the Stanley Cup. He doesn’t want to make a mistake now that will haunt him for years to come


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Predators Still Need a “Letter of Intent”

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From Steve Milton at The Hamilton Spectator,

Your Intent Please: Despite the ripple of semi-news that a local group has put in an offer to buy the Nashville Predators and keep them in Tennessee, current owner Craig Leipold still has received no letters of intent.
Not from the consortium of local businessmen led by David Freedman and Herb Fritch, both executives in the health-care business. Not from William ‘Boots’ Del Biaggio III, who would reportedly move the team to Kansas City.
A letter of intent would give either of those groups the right to exclusive negotiations on buying the team.
The Nashville-based syndicate has been percolating for several weeks and Leipold said two weeks ago that he’d consider giving them a “local discount.” But their proposal is believed to be well below the $190-million figure at which DelBiaggio bowed out of the bidding in May. Waterloo billionaire Jim Balsillie won that auction with a letter of intent for an estimated $238 million, but his exclusivity ended two weeks ago.


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Martin Gerber to the AHL?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bruce Garrioch,

The Senators’ No. 1 goalie in Binghamton next season might carry a huge price tag.
While it’s still two months to training camp, Senators GM Bryan Murray could be toying with the idea of sucking up Martin Gerber’s $3.7 million (all terms US) salary and sending him to the club’s AHL affiliate if Murray is unable to trade him.
While the Senators would still be on the hook for Gerber’s salary if they sent him to Binghamton, it wouldn’t count against the $50.3-million salary cap.
If Gerber’s contract is off the books, it would allow the Senators to make moves in the NHL’s free-agent market.


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Trying For the Big Leagues

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Kerry Collins at The Forum,

One day after becoming the latest ex-Moorhead High School player to sign an NHL deal, [Brian Lee] the 20-year-old defenseman was still understandably excited.
“I’m ecstatic about it. I was all smiles the entire night after I signed the contract,” said Lee in a phone interview. “It really is a dream come true for me.”
Lee – the ninth overall pick in the 2005 NHL draft – was at the Ottawa Senators’ annual development camp for the past week.
He went in a college kid, and came out with a three-year deal worth $850,000 per season, if he plays in the NHL. He also has a lucrative bonus package attached and got an $85,000 signing bonus.


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Leafs & Muckler Will Talk - Poile Possible Too

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

A source confirmed yesterday that the 73-year-old Muckler is interested in the new senior adviser position that team owner Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment wants to fill this summer to give Ferguson assistance in rebuilding the struggling National Hockey League franchise into a playoff team.
Muckler will stop by for an interview session with MLSE president Richard Peddie and possibly MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum in the next two or three days.
There have been rumblings the Leafs also have interest in talking to Nashville Predators general manager David Poile. The 57-year-old Poile is under contract to the Predators until June of 2009 and it is unknown whether the Leafs have received permission to talk to Poile.


added 7/5/07, Jim Kelley of Sportsnet reporting Poile not interested in the job.

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