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Yzerman Decision Tomorrow

Yzerman will be speaking with Wings general manager Ken Holland tomorrow morning to update him on his decision for the upcoming year. Many sources expect Yzerman to return for his 22nd season, but until the official word comes down, his status remains up in the air. update 9:50pm, from Mlive,

Steve Yzerman and the Detroit Red Wings are expected to talk Monday about the one-year contract that has been offered to the captain to return for a 22nd season in Hockeytown. The team had said it wanted to know whether the 40-year-old captain planned to accept the offer by the weekend, but both parties agreed to communicate Monday after having trouble doing so on Sunday.

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Dallas Stars Signing

Sergei Zubov was re-signed to a three year contract.

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GMs Gearing Up

from the CP via TSN,

The NHL has ticked the 2005 entry draft off its to-do list. Next up, free agency. Barely more than week after players and owners approved a new collective bargaining agreement, Sidney Crosby pulled the Pittsburgh Penguins' jersey over his head to start the draft proceedings Saturday. Six hours later, it was done and managers of the 30 teams headed for the exits of an Ottawa hotel ballroom and shifted their focus to the start of free agency at noon Monday. So is the life of an NHL GM at the moment, hopping from decision to decision in a shortened off-season that follows the season that never was.

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Bruins Qualify 13 Players

Thornton included in QO. from Sportsnet,

The Boston Bruins have tendered qualifying offers to 13 players, it was announced today by Bruins General Manager Mike O'Connell. Teams must tender qualifying offers to players who had 2004-05 contracts and are under the age of 31 in order to retain their compensation rights. Qualifying offers are in three groups, based on the value of 2004-05 contracts adjusted by the 24% rollback: players at $660,000 or less receive qualifying offers at 110% of that amount; players earning more than $660,000 up to $1 million receive qualifying offers at 105% of that amount; and players earning more than $1 million receive qualifying offers at 100% of that salary. If a Group II restricted free agent is not tendered a qualifying offer by his club by 5:00 p.m. on July 31, he will become an unrestricted free agent on August 1st.

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What About Schneider

Mathieu Schneider is one UFA you don't hear much talk about. The Wings have stated they will try to sign him back but I think they may not be able to reach his salary demands. Schneider had a very good year with the Wings, many believed he had more of an impact than Lidstrom. He is also the kind of defensemen the gms will be looking for, good first pass, plays on the pp but does have a problem of turning over the puck at critical times. It should be interesting to see what salary slot he fits in.

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Rumors Galore

Check out Spector's Rumors including: THORNTON FOR JAGR? KHABIBULIN TO RETURN TO PHOENIX? THE LATEST ON CHRIS PRONGER

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One Huge Trade

from the Boston Herald,

Mike O'Connell, general manager of Boston, said the B's have some possible trades in the works, including one he termed, ``One huge thing.'' Any such trade was not likely to be consummated until after draft weekend, O'Connell said.

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Nice Gesture by Ilitch

from the AP via the Detroit Free Press,

When Little Caesars pizza owner Mike Ilitch read about soldier Robbie Doughty's struggle after losing two legs in Iraq, it reminded him of an injury that curtailed his baseball career. "I gave up my career after three years in the minors," Ilitch said. "I couldn't get a job when I got out. I had no training and no specific knowledge." So Ilitch, who owns the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Red Wings, had a Little Caesars executive track down Doughty and offer him a chance to open a franchise in Paducah.

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Hockey Buzz

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The 2005 NHL Entry Draft may have been Draft Light, trimmed from nine rounds to seven and held in a hotel ballroom instead of an NHL arena, but it didn't lack for drama, rumor and intrigue. Here's a look at some of the buzz surrounding the draft weekend and what lies ahead with the deadline for making qualifying offers to restricted free agents Sunday afternoon and the opening of the free agent market Monday afternoon. • One event that took place this weekend in Toronto may turn out to be among the most significant events of the offseason. A handful of coaches, general managers, players, on-ice officials and league officials met late last week to start fine-tuning how the rule changes are going to work. Crucial among them is the new enforcement of obstruction and stick fouls, especially in the neutral and defensive zones. Said one participant, if a player even raises his stick in a way that looks as if he's going to try and slow down an opponent, he'll be called for obstruction. The key, he said, will be in taking the momentum from the session and transferring it to training camps and then into the regular season.

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You Had to Be There

from the Ottawa Sun,

I was at the 2005-06 NHL entry draft this weekend, and you weren't. Okay, maybe that sounded a bit juvenile, but it's not without cause. Remember what high school was like? This was version 2.0, up to and including the roll call for teams beforehand. Add to this mixture the scores of media who mostly behave like friendly enemies, or "frenemies" -- a term best demonstrated by any film that Lindsay Lohan has appeared in. Strangely enough, the only one in the room that resembled the actress -- at least in size -- was Ottawa first-round pick Brian Lee. Look for more on the latest Senator below. The event began with the introduction of commissioner Gary Bettman and Mayor Bob Chiarelli. Bob pointed out that the "franchisees" were waiting to select their pick. And I'm not making this up -- I could see Bettman's head bobbling from the fifth row of the riser where the media were situated.

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