The Hockey News Daily Dish: July 1

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In his column, Ken Campbell writes that the big deals and big money being handed out could lead to another lockout in a few years.

In his blog, Adam talks about what happened while he was away.

Analysis: Ryan Malone’s signing in Tampa Bay could have a negative effect on the defense corps.

Analysis: Lubomir Visnovsky’s addition to Edmonton means the Oilers must have more moves to come.

In his blog, Ryan Dixon writes that sometimes the best money spent on the free agent market is the money you don’t spend at all.

The Rumor Roundup suggests this off-season could turn into a seller’s market.

News and Views…

Atlanta: Bought out Alexei Zhitnik… Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution writes that the Thrashers hit the market with lots of cash to spend. (more…)

Buffalo: Re-signed Paul Gaustad to four-year deal.

Chicago: Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune writes that the Hawks will go after big players once the unrestricted free agent market opens. (more…)

Colorado: Re-signed John-Michael Liles and Adam Foote.

Columbus: Bought out Duvie Westcott.

Dallas: Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News writes that the Stars’ budget will leave them with room to make future deals, meaning they will have about $3 million to spend on the open market. (more…)

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Detroit: Dan Cleary had his day with the Stanley Cup in Newfoundland. (more…)

Florida: Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post writes about the re-signing of Rostislav Olesz to a six-year, $18.175 million deal. (more…)

John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press writes that with the team unlikely to re-sign Pavol Demitra and Brian Rolston, the Wild have lots of cash to spend and a few holes to fill. (more…)

Philadelphia: Placed Denis Gauthier on waivers.

San Jose: Re-signed Jody Shelley.

Tampa Bay: Signed Vaclav Prospal and Gary Roberts… Acquired Janne Niskala from Philadelphia for Tim Ramholt… In Erik Erlendsson’s blog in the Tampa Tribune, he says Brian Rolston will sign with a team where his son will be able to play in a strong youth hockey organization. (more…)

What’s on tap…

NHL unrestricted free agency starts July 1.

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