Monday Update

Report: Bondra, Thrashers close to contract

Peter Bondra and the Atlanta Thrashers are close to a new contract.
The free agent is on his way to Atlanta, where he’ll likely complete a one-year deal in the next two days, his agent, Ritch Winter, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Saskin, Linden asked to step down

The Toronto Star reports that a group of NHL veterans are calling for the resignation of NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin and union president Trevor Linden. According to the Star, Detroit Red Wings defenceman Chris Chelios, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tie Domi and Minnesota Wild goaltender Dwayne Roloson are among the players demanding a change in leadership.

No more Mess around

Bald is Scary spokesman and NHL great Mark Messier is calling it quits after 25 seasons of pro hockey. The Rangers are expected to release a statement Monday officially announcing the retirement of Mark Messier.

Americans look thin on ice

As the USA Hockey Olympic orientation camp concluded on Thursday, it was difficult not to look at the potential roster without a multitude of questions … and perhaps a bit of skepticism.

Signings
Lemieux inks Lemieux (must have been tough negotiations)
Olli Jokinen re-signs with Florida
Michael Ryder signs one year deal with the Canadiens
Rumors
Eklund is reporting Peter Bondra has signed with the Atlanta Thrashers.


Sharp is a weapon for new shoot-outs

John Wayne never knew hockey. Still, the Duke was the original “shootist” in Western lore. Well, move over, pardner. There’s a new shootist in town, and his name is Patrick Sharp.

Forsberg & Hatcher Hurting Already

Pulling together a championship roster is one thing. Getting those players through the season in good health is something else and, for the Flyers, the injuries are starting early.

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