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NHL Morning Papers (Friday Edition): Rick Nash closer to signing extension with Columbus, many teams after Saku Koivu and Marian Gaborik never tendered offer by new Wild GM

NHL Free Agency

NHL Trades

  • Jason Spezza has urged teammate Dany Heatley to make a decision soon, explains Bruce Garrioch.
  • Acquiring Heatley will now costs teams more than it would have a couple days ago.  (Writer’s note: When you read JP Barry’s comments from this article please tell me you think he’s out of his mind on this issue.)
  • Meanwhile, Bill Daly says the Senators may have a grievance against Heatley.
  • Does the Heatley situation remind many of Alexei Yashin?
  • As for non-Heatley related trade news, the chance to acquire Chris Pronger was too good to pass up, says Flyers owner Ed Snider.

Team Canada’s Roster

  • Team Canada has put together quite an impressive mix of players, explains Kevin McGran.
  • Eric Duhatschek chimes in on the Canadian Olympic team selections.
  • Steve Yzerman has his reasons for not inviting Marc Savard to Team Canada’s orientation camp.
  • Of the three Flames defensemen invited to Team Canada’s orientation camp, Jay Bouwmeester has the best chance to make the team, writes Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun.  Dion Phaneuf was invited to the camp, even after a very disappointing 2008/09 season.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post wonders what an invitiation to the orientation camp means for Joe Sakic’s future.
  • “When I heard the message from Stevie — it’s hard to explain the feeling. I was just overwhelmed with joy. I’ve only had that feeling once before, when my wife told me she was pregnant, and I thought, ‘I’m having a baby.’ Now it’s, ‘I’m going to Team Canada,’ ” said an obviously ecstatic Daniel Cleary.
  • Steven Stamkos was not invited to the orientation camp and says there are no hard feelings that he was left off.

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