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Thomas May Play for Leafs

from Sportsnet,

Steve Thomas will always be considered among the most popular to wear the Toronto Maple Leafs' crest. However, sources told Sportsnet the 42-year-old veteran forward, believed to be fast-approaching retirement, has been approached by Leafs' management about returning to Toronto to play for one more season.

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Sharks Retain Pair

Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson locked up defenseman Kyle McLaren to a multi-year deal last week and now he has done the same with restricted free agents Patrick Marleau and Marco Sturm.

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Who Said This

"The sentiment outside these walls was we were in a tight situation; we weren't. It's unanimous in our hockey department that we have a chance to win the Cup.

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Arnott Signs QO with Stars

Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that center Jason Arnott has accepted the team's one-year qualifying offer for the 2005-06 season. Arnott, 30, appeared in 73 games with Dallas in 2003-04, registering 21 goals and 36 assists for 57 points with a +23 rating.

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Sabres Set Ticket Prices by Opponent

from Buffalo Business First,

The Buffalo Sabres Monday afternoon disclosed which home games are equal to "gold", "silver', "bronze" and "value" tickets under the team's new variable pricing schedule. Gold seats, the most sought-after ducats on the home schedule, run from $120 to $40, in terms of walk-up ticket window prices. Value games range from $69 to $10.

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Koivu Re-signs with Habs

from RDS (translated from French to English), Canadian of Montreal announced today the setting under contract of the captain Saku Koivu for the season 2005-2006. The terms of the agreement were not revealed.

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Chicago Wants to Win Every Race

Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the team has named Olympic speed skating champion Dan Jansen as their new skating coach. “We are excited to have Dan on board,” Tallon said. “Not only is he a world class athlete, he’s a world class person. He will bring a fresh, innovative approach to helping our players improve their skating skills.”

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LeClair a Penguin

via ESPN, John LeClair has finally found a home. The Penguins have signed free-agent left wing John LeClair, the team announced Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Nyet to IIHF Deal

from the AP via TSN,

The Czech and Russian ice hockey federations have refused to sign the proposed player transfer agreement between the NHL and the sport's world governing body as the Monday deadline for a deal expired, according to the International Ice Hockey Federation. ''We really don't know about the ramifications of those two countries saying no to the proposed deal,'' IIHF spokesman Szymon Szemberg told The Associated Press. The IIHF and NHL are still in talks to decide their next course of action.

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The New Bertuzzi Or the Old One

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Todd Bertuzzi is back. Deal with it. Of all the story lines crossing and crisscrossing the new NHL landscape, few have or will continue to evoke the kind of visceral response that Bertuzzi's return to the game has. As it should be. His shameful attack on Steve Moore on March 8, 2004, has exacted a terrible toll on everyone connected to the incident, from Moore and his family, to Bertuzzi and his own loved ones, to the Canucks and to the entire game itself. On Monday, before or after the first on-ice session for players being considered for Canada's Olympic team, the disgraced power forward is expected to make his first public statements since being reinstated by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. This will mark the first time he has publicly discussed any of the events that have unfolded apart from the brief, teary media apology two days after the hit. It will mark a seminal moment in this tawdry, unfortunate tale.

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