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Former Lightning goaltender Dwayne Rolson turned down coaching gig with Toronto Maple Leafs franchise


He might be turning 43 in a matter of days, but Dwayne Roloson still wants to play in the NHL.But the Toronto Maple Leafs wanted him to try his hand at coaching. A role that Roloson turned down. Roloson became an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. He's just as locked-out as any other NHL player, though.

2012 Tampa Bay Lightning Lined-Up Update (final update)


As we stare into the abyss of uncertainty, we c lose out the 2012 off-season with the final update to the Lined-Up Update, which was tracking some of the moves by the club this past summer. Not every move and signing is listed, but the majority of them are.

Sports Illustrated grades the Tampa Bay Lightning offseason


The Eastern Conference's 2012 off-season is mused about by SI, with a grading system of A to F. Lets just say the Bolts get passing marks. CLick to view the results.

Semin Signs With Hurricanes


One-year, $7 million. Not a bad deal for either side. I guess Jim Rutherford was able to come through with the Crystal Pepsi.

Wojtek Wolski signs for $600k, AIH writer scratches head


The Washington Capitals have signed Wojtek Wolski to a one year contract worth $600,000. Wolski is coming off of the worst season of his career in which he scored just 4 goals and 8 assists in 31 games, missing significant time due to a hernia and recurring groin injury. I am in awe of what an incredible deal this is for the Capitals. Wolski is a guy with top 6 talent who, prior to this season, had scored 35 points or more in every season in which he'd played. He has cracked the 45 point level three times and scored 17 or more goals three times in his six year career. At $600k Wolski is an incredibly cheap gamble with 50 point upside. Had the Jets signed Wolski for 50% or even 100% more than the Capitals had paid, I'd have applauded the deal as a decent low risk, high upside gamble. At $600k I am simply left to wonder why the Jets wouldn't attempt to outbid the Capitals for his services. Despite the fact that the Jets currently have 11 forward under contract plus RFAs to re-sign, if it would have cost less than $1 million to get a guy like Wolski in the lineup over Chris Thorburn or Antti Miettinen, I'd have been happy as a clam to pay it.

Sign Alex Semin


He is a dominant possession player, he creates offensively, he produces more regularly than Alex Ovechkin (his 4 year average for Pts/60 is higher than Ovechkin's despite facing stiffer Corsi REL QoC).

Minnesota Wild now a model franchise and legit contender - The Hockey News


The Wild are starting to resemble the model of what an NHL franchise has to be in the salary-capped world – efficient at drafting and developing young players, patient while those youngsters learn the ups and downs of the pro game and prepared to step up and pay up when a golden opportunity arises. They’re not yet a threat along the lines of Sidney Crosby’s Penguins or Claude Giroux’s Flyers, but they’re much closer to that point today than they were yesterday. So here’s to the Wild and their fans. The patience, politeness and persistence Minnesotans are known for have landed their team the biggest free agent fish to hit the market in quite a while. Despite what we see on the news every day, this shows you that great things can still happen to great people. Put that in your carpet-bagging pipe and choke on it, Mr. Green.

Bruins sign Paille through 2015, Bourque through 2014


The Bruins have agreed to terms with forwards Daniel Paille and Chris Bourque. Paille will remain in Black and Gold through the 2014-15 season and Bourque - acquired last week in a trade with Washington for Zach Hamill's rights - will be a Bruin through the 2013-14 season. Paille has been a member of the Bruins since being acquired in a trade with Buffalo early in the 2009-10 season. The former first-round draft pick of the Sabres has played in 186 regular season games for Boston, notching 25-22=47 totals with 55 penalty minutes. He's also played in 46 postseason games, earning 4-5=9 totals. He'll make $1.3 million per year. Bourque, son of former Bruin Ray Bourque and native of Boston, has only appeared in 33 NHL games all-time, accumulating 1-3=4 totals, but has been a regular 20-goal scorer at the AHL level in Hershey. Bourque's contract is worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $200,000 at the AHL level.

Detroit Red Wings Schedule Press Conference with Nicklas Lidstrom for Thursday 11am


From the team's official site: "The Detroit Red Wings have scheduled a press conference for Thursday, May 31, 2012, beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET in the C.C. Olympia Club at Joe Louis Arena. Participants at tomorrow’s press conference will include Red Wings Executive Vice President & General Manager Ken Holland and team captain Nicklas Lidstrom." Hold onto your butts, folks. Tomorrow's going to be REALLY interesting. [Edit, Helene St. James of the Freep claims to have a source that says he's retiring.]

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