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Canadiens Make More Moves

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via Sportsnet,

Sportsnet has learned winger Mike Johnson of the Phoenix Coyotes has been traded to the Montreal Canadians for a fourth round pick. In another trade, Richard Zednik has been traded to Washington for a third round pick.
update 8:19pm, via Sportsnet,
The Montreal Canadiens have been quiet since the free-agent market opened July 1 but on Wednesday made a flurry of moves, signing free agent forward Sergei Samsonov, trading away winger Richard Zednik to the Washington Capitals and acquiring winger Mike Johnson from the Phoenix Coyotes.

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Aebischer Signs With Montreal

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via TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens have signed goaltender David Aebischer to a one-year contract. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Fischer Update

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Art Regner of WXYT radio in Detroit mentioned Jiri Fischer reportedly is in Dallas this week seeing a heart specialist trying to get clearance to play again. Fischer has been trying to find a doctor who would allow him to play. Regner states he does not think the Wings or the NHL would allow him to play. Doctors still have not discovered what ailment Fisher suffers from.

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NHLPA Elects Interim Board

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from the CP via Yahoo,

The NHL Players' Association elected a five-member interim executive committee Wednesday, a move designed to follow the union's constitution and appease members who questioned the way things were done in the past. Being named to the interim executive committee was- Kevyn Adams of the Carolina Hurricanes Alyn McCauley of the Los Angeles Kings Wade Redden of the Ottawa Senators Mathieu Schneider of the Detroit Red Wings Marty Turco of the Dallas Stars
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NHL Schedule Released

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Go at if folks... added 4:04pm, Some problems with the team schedule have been found. For instance, the master schedule (by date) lists the Wings playing the Kings in Detroit on December 31st, which is correct. But if you go to the team schedule, that date is not listed. I am sure problems like this will be corrected in the near future.

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Belfour Update 3000

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WXYT radio in Detroit, flagship of the Wings, states nothing will happen with Belfour today. Contract is stalled, $$$, incentives, etc.. Now go back to your normal life.

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Best Ever UFAs…

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...over the age of 35... from Sports Illustrated,

To say that the clock is ticking on an NHL career at age 37 is quite an understatement. After all, among the many who have been fortunate enough to play until that age, few have been very productive. Then there's Brendan Shanahan. The power forward scored 40 goals for the Red Wings last season, during which he turned 37. There is no reason to expect much of a decline in his overall productivity on Broadway... Shanny, Rob Blake (L.A.) and Bill Guerin (St. Louis) are among the free agents in the back end of their 30s who have been signed for next season. Below is a list of notable players who were at least 35 when they signed with new clubs. 1. Wayne Gretzky Signed by Rangers at age 35 in July 1996
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Networking Coming

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from Yahoo,

The National Hockey League will introduce the first league-sponsored social networking environment on NHL.com called NHL Connect, beginning with the upcoming 2006/2007 season. This new initiative will offer NHL fans the ability to easily create rich, multimedia personal profile pages and share interests and ideas with other users in the NHL community, displaying comments, photos, podcasts and video casts, links to new articles and content, friends or colleagues and RSS feeds. "We're excited to be introducing NHL Connect to our fans on the Web and provide them an opportunity to express their passion for the game, their favorite teams and players and relive the NHL game experience wherever and whenever," said Keith Ritter, The National Hockey League's President of NHL ICE & Senior Vice President, Business Development.
continued...FYI, I have been beta testing NHL Connect and it has great potential...

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Radio Shake-Up

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from the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that John Wiedeman has joined the radio broadcast team as the play-by-play announcer. Wiedeman joins color analyst Troy Murray to complete the new radio broadcast team for the upcoming Chicago Blackhawks hockey season. “The Blackhawks are extremely happy to welcome John Wiedeman to Chicago as the new radio play-by-play voice of Blackhawk hockey,” said Blackhawks Executive Director of Communications, Broadcasting, & Community Outreach Jim De Maria. "John’s enthusiastic call of the game is one that I’m sure Blackhawk fans are going to enjoy. Along with Troy Murray, we feel we have a broadcast team that will bring all the excitement of Blackhawks hockey to our radio listeners.”
from the New York Islanders,
Islanders radio play-by-play announcer John Wiedeman is leaving the organization to take his "dream job" as the radio voice of the Chicago Blackhawks. "We love John and made our feelings clear to him that he had an important place in the Islanders family," said Chris Botta, the team's Vice President of Communications. "But this is a special opportunity for John. He told us that this is a dream job for him, a job he'd never thought would open up in his lifetime, and we did not want to stand in his way. We wish John and his family the best in their new life in Chicago."

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Pick Your Player

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If Gordie Howe played soccer for Brazil... image

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