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Around The NHL: The Day Before The Big Day!

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  • Update (8:23 PM): Wild re-sign Guillaume Latendresse to a 2-year $5 million deal just so we can say: "Oh shit Luongo really got Latendressed that time!" for 2 more years. Wise move by Minny though. Latendresse found his groove in Minnesota.
  • Update (8:00 PM): The Blackhawks have traded Kris Versteeg and RW Bill Sweatt to the Leafs in exchange for Viktor Stalberg, Chris DiDomenico and Philippe Paradis. Paradis was a guy the Leafs acquired from Carolina for Jiri Tlusty in December 2009. Stalberg scored 9 goals and 14 points in 40 games for the Leafs last season. He was drafted in the 6th round by the Leafs in 2006. This is just the beginning of what Brian Burke is going to do over the next few days. The Hawks continue their salary dumping ways. I would suppose that Bill Sweatt is the brother of Canucks' prospect Lee Sweatt.
  • Update (4:39 PM): The Flames have traded the unloved Jason Jaffray and the 2013 7th round pick to Ducks for Logan MacMillan and their 2013 7th round pick.
  • Update: The Flyers have signed Michael Leighton to a 2-year worth $1.55 million per season. Word is that they are going to try re-signing Braydon Coburn as well. What does this mean for their chances of signing Evgeni Nabokov or Marty Turco? Well, unless a trade is in the works, this means they plan on using the Leighton-Boucher combo once again and focus on spending their $9 million-plus cap room elsewhere, like on defence.
  • The Blue Jackets have claimed Ethan Moreau off the waiver wire this morning -TSN
  • The Oilers traded Patrick O'Sullivan to the Coyotes for Jim Vandermeer. Both players had cleared waivers this morning. The Oilers will keep Vandermeer and Phoenix will buy-out O'Sullivan. Cap savings for Phoenix and defensive depth for Edmonton. -TSN
  • Nigel Dawes (Flames), Tom "discount" Preissing (Avalanche), Jay Pandolfo and Andrew Peters (Devils) and Petteri Nokelainen (Coyotes) have been put on waivers. Pandolfo...hmmm...Lou Lamoriello calls the Pandolfo situation "unfortunate" and there are several reasons for that. Read more at NJ.com.
  • Rod Brind'amour officially retires. One of my fave all-time players. The guy personified intensity. That ol' body of his must be fairly banged up by now. A 2-time Selke Trophy winner and a Stanley Cup Champion as captain of the Hurricanes. Rod The Bod had played for the Hurricanes since 1999. He will get a job in the front office I'm sure.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports that last minute talks are on-going between the Senators and Matt Cullen and Andy Sutton
  • No progress in the Penguins-Hamhuis talks.
  • Mike Van Ryn will not play the 2010-11 season as he is rehabbing his knee. He didn't play last season either. He will be a UFA tomorrow. Remember, the Leafs originally acquired Van Ryn for Bryan McCabe
  • The Canucks Prospect Camp roster should be released today of tomorrow, tweets Kristen Reid.