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Will Ottawa Trade Hossa

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

If the Senators want to keep Marian Hossa, they're going to have to open the vault. And if they don't want to open the vault, they may have to trade him. Hossa filed for arbitration before yesterday's 5 p.m. deadline, turning down a three-year, $11.9 -million (all figures US) deal. He would like a contract close to the three-year, $21-million deal that Jarome Iginla got from the Calgary Flames. Sources say the club offered him $3.6 million in each of the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons and a raise to $4.7 million in 2007-08. "What the Senators have to decide is whether they think Marian Hossa is a franchise player," Hossa's agent, Jiri Crha, told the Sun yesterday. "Everybody knows that he's going to be (an unrestricted free agent), along with (Wade) Redden and (Zdeno) Chara.

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Welcome Sidney

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Imagine being an 18-year-old, stepping off an airplane to greet the city you will call home, and seeing a gathered of mass of people waving pictures, pucks, cameras and microphones -- wanting autographs, comments and anything else you might be willing to provide. Welcome to Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby. "I never try to expect anything, I just try to go along with it," the Penguins' No. 1 draft pick and much celebrated prospect said of the scene at Pittsburgh International Airport last night. "It's a little bit overwhelming seeing this kind of reaction to my arrival, but I guess I'm prepared for it. I heard that there was a lot of excitement in the city. I heard how Pittsburgh was a great sports town."

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Lindros Set to Sign with Leafs


from TSN,
Eric Lindros is not a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs yet, but there are indications that it is closer to happening. Sources tell TSN that Lindros is undergoing an MRI exam, and if everything goes to Toronto's liking, Lindros will sign a deal with the club.

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Players Going to Salary Arbitration

Press Release from the NHLPA: 11 PLAYERS ELECT SALARY ARBITRATION TORONTO (August 10, 2005)- The following players have elected salary arbitration: Dallas Stars Brenden Morrow Edmonton Oilers Shawn Horcoff New York Islanders Trent Hunter Justin Papineau Brent Sopel Mike York Ottawa Senators Marian Hossa Pittsburgh Penguins Dick Tarnstrom Josef Melichar Phoenix Coyotes Paul Mara Vancouver Canucks Mattias Ohlund Club-Elected Salary Arbitration Notification deadline is August 11, 2005 at 5 p.m. EST.Hearings will be held in Toronto during the period of August 23 – 27, 2005.

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Sens Re-sign Two Key Players

from TSN, The Ottawa Senators today announced they have re-signed right-winger Martin Havlat and centre Mike Fisher.

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More on NHL Cable Deal

Tim Panaccio, the writer from the Philadelphia Inquirer who broke the Comcast Deal, was just on The Fan 590 in Toronto. He believes ESPN will negotiate with the NHL to carry some games this year. Tim said this will be good for the league and TV viewers, competition will keep everyone on their toes. For the people with satellite, he said the NHL has told Comcast the NHL games they broadcast, must be made available to all dish users.

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Bruins Sign Pair

Boston Bruins General Manager Mike O'Connell announced today that left wings Sergei Samsonov and P. J. Axelsson have returned their qualifying offers. Both contracts are for the 2005-06 season and, in keeping with club policy, terms of the contracts were not released.

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Canucks Re-sign Twins & Leafs Sign Duo

Vancouver Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced today that the Canucks have re-signed forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin to new one-year contracts. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed. John Ferguson, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Wednesday that the club has signed forward/defenceman Wade Belak to a two year contract. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. In addition, Ferguson also announced that defenceman Aki Berg has accepted his qualifying offer.

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Winners and Losers

from Scott Burside of ESPN,

If there is a new mantra for teams in the retooled NHL, it is one borrowed from the Jurassic period: Evolve or die. From buyouts to the entry draft to the opening of the wildest free-agency period in the history of the NHL, teams have been laid bare, forced from the shadows of checkbook-dominated team-building. Some teams were ready and seized the moment; others provided a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing, while still others seemed paralyzed by the entire proceedings. Using our very sophisticated best-of-five-pucks rating system, here is a look at how teams have fared in preparing for the new NHL dawn now that the free-agency bazaar has slowed save for the remainder bins.

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Caps Sign Two Dmen

The Washington Capitals have signed two free agent defenseman, Ivan Majesky and Mathieu Biron.

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