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NHL Morning Papers (Thursday Edition): Saku Koivu is going to be missed in Montreal, Brendan Morrison possibly back to New Jersey and late-night calls from the Lightning

Free Agency

  • Saku Koivu was offered a multi-year deal by the the Wild but did not feel comfortable with the idea of possibily overshadowing his brother, so he opted for Anaheim, writes Lisa Dillman.  The Ducks’ top-six forward group is now the best it has been since the team won the Cup, opines Dan Wood of the Orange County Register.
  • Apparently the Wild offered Saku Koivu a two-year deal at approximately $8 million.
  • Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette has a terrific article this morning on the type of person the Ducks are getting in Koivu.
  • While he opted to sign in New York, Marian Gaborik came back to the Minnesota area yesterday to say his goodbyes.
  • While David Krejci may have been able to get more money from the Bruins, he’s perfectly content with the contract he signed, explains Fluto Shinzawa.
  • In Carolina, the Hurricanes hope to sign Tuomo Ruutu to a two or three year deal before his arbitration hearing.
  • Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon admits that he is relieved to have signed the players involved in the qualifying offer controversy.
  • It sounds like Jiri Hudler is gone to the KHL for a two-year, $10 million deal.  (Writer’s note: This move caught me off-guard, as I expected Hudler to be a very important replacement for Marian Hossa’s lost offense.  In my opinion, this is the Wings’ most important defection because it was the most unexpected.)  “He got a great offer, an offer he couldn’t refuse,” said Wings GM Ken Holland.
  • The Wings lost Hudler, but did add depth on defense by signing Doug Janik.
  • It sounds like the Devils are interested in signing Brendan Morrison.
  • Staying in New Jersey, the team has signed Ilkka Pikkarainen to a one-year deal.
  • The Lightning has signed defenseman Kurtis Foster to a one-year deal worth $600,000.

Joe Sakic’s Retirement

Claude Lemieux’s Retirement

  • This time around, Claude Lemieux gets to leave the NHL on his own terms, writes Dave Pollak.
  • Lemieux says that his 1995 Conn Smythe Trophy was one of his career highlights.

Development Camps

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