Morning Update

Czechs, Russians refuse to sign player transfer agreement

We really don’t know about the ramifications of those two countries saying no to the proposed deal,’ International Ice Hockey Federation spokesman Szymon Szemberg told The Associated Press.

Arthur Etchells quoted on Spector’s Hockey Trade Rumors page
Regarding the rumor Roenick could return to Philadelphia around the trade deadline:

“I don’t think this could happen because about ten years ago the NHL enacted the Bob Clarke rule stating you could not reacquire a player within a year of dealing him. Clarke would trade players for future considerations to squads with room to spare on their rosters so he could hide them there during the waiver draft, and then he’d trade back for them, giving the other teams some cash. The NHL closed the loophole by stating you could not reacquire the same player within a year of deailing him.”

Signings
Caps to field team, sign eight!

The Capitals re-signed center Jeff Halpern, defenseman Brendan Witt and eight other restricted free agents Monday.

Sabres lock up Hecht, re-sign 11 other players

leading scorer Daniel Briere was one of 11 Buffalo players accepting one-year qualifying offers to re-sign with the team. McKee only Sabres player not to accept offer.

Rangers re-signed Tom Poti.
Marleau and Sturm return to Sharks
Rumors
Curtis Joseph contemplating an offer with Coyotes?
Wade Redden on the block?
Flyers looking to move Handzus to make room for Bondra signing?
Selanne to join fellow Finn Koivu in Montreal?
Steve Thomas back to Toronto?
Red Wings look to sign Andy Delmore? (or to WIP callers, “Andy Del-a-more”)
Ducks shopping Sykora?

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