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A great little piece from Spector's Trade Rumors:

  • Troy Alexander sends in the following on the Canucks: "Noticed a couple of players listed on the Canucks roster that weren't reported anywhere. 1. Alexei Smirnov - 1st round pick of the Mighty Ducks in 2000 - last played in the NHL in 2003-04 - spent last season with Omsk in Russia. 2. Steve Gainey - 3 round pick of the Dallas Stars in 1997 - spent last season in with Phoenix / San Antonio after a year in France. Smirnov could be interesting as he was highly touted, going number 12 overall, but he never lived up to expectations...maybe a year in Russia straightened him out."
  • Another piece from Spector's: that Bobby Clarke revealed that he offered Simon Gagne a 4-year $20 million, but Gagne is seeking a 3-year $16 million deal. Only a difference of about $300,000 per season.
  • A report from the La Presse newspaper in Montreal: the Habs could be interested in signing UFA Jason Woolley to replace the injured Francis Bouillon.