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The Hockey News Daily Dish: July 4

Yesterday at

In his Screen Shots column, Adam Proteau give his top and bottom five team performance through the first couple of days of the UFA frenzy.

Edward Fraser provides bits and bites from free agency.

Rory Boylen explains in his blog why trading for Marian Hossa was still a good move for the Pens.

Analysis on the big signings from Thursday.

News and views from around the NHL:

Anaheim: Dan Wood of the Orange County Register writes about the Ducks signing yet another good prospect out of the college ranks. (more...)

Atlanta: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Mike Knobler reports that Russian defenseman Ilya Nikulin is close to signing with the Thrashers. (more...)

Boston: Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe writes that the Bruins are likely done their UFA shopping and their main priority is now locking up Dennis Wideman. (more...)

Buffalo: WGR Sports Radio is reporting that Sabres GM Darcy Regier has had preliminary discussions with the agent for Jason Smith. (more...)

Calgary: Randy Sportak of Sun Media reports that Darryl Sutter believe his team is as good or better than last year’s team, despite media scrutiny. Also, Sportak says prospect Daniel Ryder will re-join the team for a summer camp next month. (more...)

Carolina: Ken Preston of the Carolina Hurricanes reports that the Hurricanes have agreed to terms with forward Dwight Helminen on a one-year, two-way contract. (more...)

Chicago: Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports that defenseman James Wisniewski will undergo surgery for a torn ACL. (more...)

Colorado: The Denver Post reports that the Avalanche has signed defenseman Daniel Tjarnqvist. (more...)

Columbus: Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports that the Blue Jackets still want to sign Mike Peca. (more...)

Dallas: Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports that Brenden Morrow is trying to get over his ‘hate’ for recent UFA signing Sean Avery. (more...)

Detroit: Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that Marian Hossa was silly to sign a one-year deal with Detroit. (more...)

Edmonton: Derek Van Diest of Sun Media write about 2005 second-round pick Taylor Chorney signing with the Oilers. (more...)

Florida: Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post reports on four signings the Panthers made on Thursday. (more...)

Los Angeles: Rich Hammond, in his blog on the LA Daily News website, transcribes Rob Blake’s agent Pat Brisson’s take on negotiations with the Kings. (more...)

Minnesota: John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Wild GM Doug Risebrough expects to spend to the cap limit this season. (more...)

Montreal: The Montreal Gazette’s Pat Hickey reports on Georges Laraque signing with the Habs. (more...)

Nashville: John Glennon of The Tennessean ponders whether the Predators even need to fill a tough guy role after missing out on signing Georges Laraque. (more...)

New Jersey: Tom Gulitti of The Record in New Jersey reports that Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is looking to trim payroll as well as add another depth defenseman. (more...)

New York Islanders: Greg Logan of Newsday reports that signing with the Isles was an easy decision for Mark Streit to make. (more...)

New York Rangers: Lynn Zinser of The New York Times reports on Markus Naslund replacing Jaromir Jagr with the Rangers. (more...)

Ottawa: Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen reports on Jarkko Ruutu’s thought on signing with the Senators. (more...)

Philadelphia: Sam Charchidi reports of the Philadelphia Inquirer on Paul Holmgren’s comparison of R.J. Umberger to Glen Metropolit. (more...)

Phoenix: The Coyotes re-signed RFAs Matt Jones and Brian McGrattan and signed UFA defenseman David Hale.

Pittsburgh: The Penguins re-signed Marc-Andre Fleury to a seven-year, $35 million contract.

St. Louis: The Blues re-signed forward Yan Stastny to a two-year contract.

San Jose: The Sharks signed Rob Blake to a one-year, $5 million contract.

Tampa Bay: TSN is reporting Dan Boyle has waived his no-trade clause for a possible deal to San Jose (more...)

Toronto: The Leafs traded 2008 fifth-round pick Greg Pateryn and a 2010 second-round pick to the Canadiens for center Mikhail Grabovski.

Vancouver: Iain MacIntyre of The Vancouver Sun says the Canucks are going backwards after not even offering a contract to Markus Naslund. (more...)

Washington: Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post reports that the Capitals are hopeful they can re-sign Sergei Fedorov, but won’t pursue UFA winger Matt Cooke. (more...)

Read Thursday’s headlines HERE and transactions HERE.

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