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No Sale for the Pens

from the AP via NHL.com,

Don't remove the owner's tag from Pittsburgh Penguins owner-player Mario Lemieux's title just yet. In an about-face brought about partly by the team drafting Canadian super prospect Sidney Crosby, the Penguins said Friday that Lemieux's group will retain its majority ownership. William "Boots" DelBiaggio, a San Jose-based businessman who was to buy a majority stake, will instead buy a minority share.

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“Big” Signing for Tampa Bay

Who is six-foot-eight, 258-pounds and signed by Tampa Bay? Last season with Springfield of the AHL, he collected three goals, one assist and 179 penalty minutes in 45 games. He has played a total of 91 AHL games with Springfield, Worcester, Milwaukee, Saint John, Hamilton and Lowell. He has four goals, three assists and 313 penalty minutes. His East Coast Hockey League record shows 13 goals, 23 assists and 656 penalty minutes in 184 games with Tallahassee and Columbus.

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LHN- Everthing is Backwards

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

In Edmonton, Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe got a little choked up when he swung the deal for elite defenseman Chris Pronger. In Toronto, the media has used the term "choke" in a much less complimentary fashion when assessing the work of Maple Leafs GM John Ferguson during the free-agent blizzard of the last week. Welcome to the new world order, NHL style. As frantic and topsy-turvy as many expected this first free-agency period under the new collective bargaining agreement to be, few imagined it would unfold as dramatically and quickly as it has. Imagine that Robin Hood took a vacation from Sherwood Forest and wandered into the NHL, plucking the league's best players from the greedy, big-market teams and dispersing them to the poor and needy.

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Allison to Leafs

per The Fan 590 in Toronto, the Leafs have signed Jason Allison. 5:15pm, TSN reporting he is a Leaf.

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Kariya to Nashville

from TSN,Unrestricted free agent forward Paul Kariya has signed on with the Nashville Predators, TSN has learned. The deal is worth $4.5 million US over two years.

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Good News for Caps

from Sportsnet,

The Washington Capitals agreed to terms with left wing Alexander Ovechkin, the first overall selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, on a three-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced.

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Bolts Plan to Defend Cup

from Tampa Bay Business Journal,

The Tampa Bay Lightning have pledged to hockey fans and corporate sponsors they will defend the Stanley Cup without their championship goaltender. "We want our fans to know we're not going to roll over. We're going to work hard to retain the title," Lightning GM Jay Feaster said during an impromptu press conference Friday afternoon.

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May Be in Colorado

from TSN.

The Colorado Avalanche took another dip into the free agent market Friday, signing unrestricted free agent forward Brad May, according to Vancouver's Mojo 730. An Avalanche spokesperson contacted by TSN would not confirm nor deny the report.
update 3:15pm, Now signed.

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Oilers Sign Pair

from TSN,

The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms on contracts with goaltender Jussi Markkanen and defenceman Igor Ulanov. Markkanen has agreed to a two-year contract with the Oilers, while Ulanov has come to terms on a one-year deal.

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New Goalie in Chicago

The Blackhawks have signed feee agent goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin to a 4-year deal.

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