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• Bob McKenzie of TSN reports the following players have been placed on waivers, presumably for the purpose of buying them out: Jonathan Cheechoo(notes) of the Ottawa Senators; Petteri Nokelainen(notes) and Jim Vandermeer(notes) of the Phoenix Coyotes; Ales Kotalik(notes) of the Calgary Flames. Kotalik has two years and $6 million left on his deal. Sutter, FTW! [@TSNBobMcKenzie]

• While making a smart pursuit of Evgeni Nabokov(notes), the Philadelphia Flyers also made a pitch for the kind of past-his-prime, bound-to-disappoint goalie that's crushed their playoff dreams in the past. Luckily, Marty Turco(notes) turned down a three-year, $6 million deal for the moment. [Broad Street Hockey]

• CSN Philly doesn't believe an offer was made to Turco, but reports that Evgeni Nabokov could be looking for $6 million a year. Wowzer. [CSN Philly]

• Cam Neely believes Tyler Seguin will make the cut for the Boston Bruins next season, which is great news for Leafs fans who want to watch a rookie register a 5-point night the next time Toronto faces Boston. That's how the Hockey Gods roll. [WEEI]

• The Recchin' Ball signs with the Bruins for one year, and will be the NHL's oldest player if Chris Chelios(notes) doesn't return. Again. [Globe]

• Ron Cook believes Sergei Gonchar(notes) owes the Pittsburgh Penguins nothing and is free to leave. Which is sort of the point of unrestricted free agency, but his point is taken. [Post-Gazette]

• Why former St. Louis Blues goalie Chris Mason(notes) would make the most sense for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who were rumored to be in on Tim Thomas(notes). [Lightning Strikes]

• Try not to laugh too long or loud at Columbus general manager Scott Howson for saying the team's offseason priority is "adding a fourth-line center." [Dispatch]

• Can your team afford Ilya Kovalchuk(notes)? [Jewels From the Crown]

• Your Atlanta Thrashers qualifying offers. [Bird Watchers Anonymous]

• Afrogator waits to chew on a Detroit Red Wings contract offer. [Snapshots]

• What was the worst draft pick in Nashville Predators history, and can anyone but Brian Finley win this poll? [On The Forecheck]

• An inventive post-draft mock draft that looks at the event from a last-place, 15th-place and first-place team. [WCHB]

Tom Pyatt's(notes) re-signed with the Montreal Canadiens. [Canadiens]

• How the Phil Kessel(notes) trade may end up sending Marc Savard(notes) to the Toronto Maple Leafs. [Toronto Star]

• We're guessing this was eventually "Oilers Try Wooing Bonner Again." But the Edmonton Journal published this headline first, which looks like "Oilers try wrong boner AGAIN" in a passing glance. [S/T to @blinkfink182]

• Chris Botta puts over Dale Tallon as the Florida Panthers' GM: "Tallon is Brian Burke on decaf, and in a quieter market. He's a perfect fit for the franchise." And for Cristobal Huet's(notes) summer home. [FanHouse]

• Meanwhile, because Dale Tallon is in Florida, the Chicago Blackhawks have extended qualifying contract offers to goalie Antti Niemi(notes), defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson(notes) and left wing Andrew Ladd(notes) on time. [Between The Circles]

• Darcy Regier does nothing on draft day and Buffalo Sabres fans should be wary about it, along with statements like this: "Regier told a local radio station that he had two of the top 20 centers in the league, a statement that is not only arrogant, but patently absurd." [Nick Mendola, via Die By The Blade]

• Finally, catching up with Derek Roy(notes) at a charity event. Check out about 53 seconds in when someone has him sign a Vanek jersey.

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