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Naslund Talk

CKNW Radio in Vancouver reporting Naslund will re-sign with Vancouver.

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Tuesday Player Movement

from Sportsnet, The Flyers have agreed to multi year deals with big defensemen, Derian Hatcher, Mike Rathje and Chris Therien. update to the Philly story, 12:06pm The Flyers also re-signed Phantoms forward Jon Sim to a a one-way NHL contract. Sim played with Hatcher in Dallas. To make cap room for all four players, the Flyers traded defenseman Danny Markov to the Nashville Predators, according to league sources. That trade will be announced later today. 9:51am, The Chicago Blackhawks have signed free agent defenseman Adrian Aucoin to a four year deal worth $16-million, TSN has learned. 12:28pm, Sportsnet reporting Holik signs with Atlanta. 12:44pm, Still not official from msnbc, The Boston Bruins are close to signing 35-year-old center Mike Modano to a free-agent deal, beating out the Atlanta Thrashers and Pittsburgh Penguins, a Canadian website reported Tuesday. RDS.ca, a French language website affiliated with TSN.ca, reported the news, citing no sources. TSN.ca provided the translation. 1:11pm, Wings sign Yzerman to one year deal, will be announced today. 2:18pm, Bruins sign Murray and McEachern. 3:02pm, Sportsnet has learned that Pavol Demitra has signed with the L.A. Kings. 6:26pm, Martin Gelinas signs with Florida per Sportsnet FA tracker. 7:05pm, Tony Amonte signs with Flames, 2yrs, $1.8 mil per year. 7:10pm, Brian Boucher re-signs with Coyotes. from azcentral, Phoenix re-signed its starting goalie to a one-year contract Tuesday. 7:15pm. Stillman to Canes. 7:20pm, Marek Malik signs with Rangers. This has been posted at the NHLPA site all day, but now it is official. 7:21pm, The Islanders have signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Alexei Zhitnik to a four-year contract. 7:28pm, New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed unrestricted free agent forward Martin Straka. 7:35pm, Dave Scatchcard signs with Boston. I know he had said he signed with an Eastern Conference team, just received confirmation it is Boston. 7:41pm, New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Kevin Weekes. Some other player transactions have taken place, so make sure you check out the TSN Tracker for all the tranactions. I try to post the "name" transactions but may have missed some of your favorite players. 8:22pm, McCarty signed a two-year deal for $1.6 million ($800,000 per season) with the Flames. I have moved the Modano story to a regular post. I am still not comvinced that the deal is 100% complete.

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Yzerman Ready to Go and Chelios Offered a Contract

from the Detroit Free Press (Wed. edition) via the Mercury News,

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland locked up captain Steve Yzerman for another year, tendered an offer to defenseman Chris Chelios, is working on re-upping with the team's restricted free agents and trying to figure out what goaltender he can live with. The big news Tuesday, though, was the long-awaited announcement that Yzerman would be back for a 22nd season with the franchise. He was offered a deal worth between $1.5 million and $2 million last Wednesday and, after two days of telephone tag, he and Holland finally connected. Though his team at the moment is in shambles only 12 players are under contract Yzerman expressed confidence that he'll be playing with a Stanley Cup contender. "With all teams, I think between now and next month, teams will be dramatically different," Yzerman said. "But I expect ours to be extremely competitive, one of the best teams in the league." Yzerman is known as one of hockey's great competitors, and it's little surprise that he's back. He hasn't played since May 1, 2004, when he left the ice bloodied after being struck in the face in Game 5 of the second-round playoff series against Calgary.

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Amonte Talk

Calgary radio reporting Amonte to be a Calgary Flame.

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Modano Rumor

Rumors coming out of Dallas are Modano has re-signed with the Stars. Seems a few radio stations in Dallas are reporting this. update 6:46pm, from the Dallas News,

The Stars are close to signing center Mike Modano to a long-term deal, almost assuring that he will finish his career with one team. "We’ve had a number of productive conversations today and from my understanding we’re very close to a deal," Stars owner Tom Hicks said. "But I do not yet have confirmation on it."
update 7:39pm, Brian Lawton, agent for Modano was just on Vancouver radio, said decision will be made either later tonight or by noon tomorrow. Three teams interested in Mike, Dallas, Boston and one not mentioned. update 8:10pm, Stars have offered $3.5 million per year for 5 years. That would take him to age 40. update via TSN,
After speculation that he may be on the move to another city, it appears that Mike Modano will remain - and most likely finish his career - with the Dallas Stars. According to RDS.ca, Modano signed a five-year deal to remain with the same organization that drafted him in 1988. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. On Monday, reports indicated that Modano would sign with one of three teams that were courting the forward's services - the Boston Bruins, Atlanta Thrashers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

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All Quiet

Not much action in the last few hours. But posting something like this normally does the trick and action picks up right after all of the GMs and agents read this, yea right. I have been monitoring Toronto radio all day and Leaf fans are not happy campers right now. They feel players are passing them by. Will panic set in shortly?

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Speculation:  Modano and Leetch to Boston

Sportsnet speculating Modano and Leetch to Boston, Jason Allison to Toronto.

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Philadelphia Named Best U.S. Hockey City, Boston Best Sports City

from NEPA News,

The Sporting News on Tuesday honored Boston for the third time in four years. Philadelphia came in second and also was named best city for college basketball and the NHL.

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Comcast and the NHL

Highlites from Media Week (paid sub.),

Whatever Roberts (Comcast CEO) has up his sleeve, he was purposely vague during the conference call. Speaking of OLN, Roberts said Comcast was “very proud and exited with what happened with the Tour de France…and so it’s raised the question where other events of marquee nature could find a new home.” That’s as close to an affirmation as Roberts would get. “Some of the speculation has frothed over too much,” he said, adding that Comcast is “not in any way trying to take on some other network directly…that’s not the plan.” Roberts emphasized that any potential deal, be it with a sports league or a movie studio, would involve placing content across all of the MSO’s distribution platforms, including “on-demand and broadband.” “The question is, can we be opportunistic and find a win-win model that will enhance distribution and enhance the network’s attractiveness ... and make the service more valuable,” Roberts said. “I’m excited that people are calling us up to create opportunities.”
update 1:30pm, Bettman was just on Leafs Lunch and said talks are in the sensitive stages now with a national cable firm in the U.S. He is very confident a deal will be made.

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Battle for Dmen

from Sportsnet,

Scott Niedermayer and Sergei Gonchar remain the two key defencemen left on the free agent market. Sources tell Sportsnet both the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers are among the teams expressing the most interest in Niedermayer. The Vancouver Canucks have also made gestures, although the Canucks are believed to be reluctant to commit to the millions Niedermayer is sure to demand.

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