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Alex Ovechkin's(notes) agent tells Tarik El-Bashir that Ovi won't be back with CCM when their deal is up at the end of the month. Reports are that he's leaving for Bauer. [Capitals Insider]

• The San Jose Sharks sign New Jersey Devils buyout Colin White(notes) to a 1-year, $1 million contract. Nice, safe deal for a lumbering defenseman. Joins Brent Burns(notes) and James Vandermeer as offseason additions to the blueline; looks like someone saw the Canucks and Bruins and realized that veteran blue-line full of bangers and puck-movers is a good thing. [Working The Corners]

• Good take on Shea Weber's(notes) arbitration deal, within the context Roberto Luongo's(notes) situation back in Aug. 2005. [Kurtenblog]

Nikolay Zherdev(notes) returns to Russia, signing with Atlant of the KHL. He may plan on a line with Alex Kovalev(notes) there, on which they'll score 20 goals in one game and then not be heard from for three weeks. [Broad Street Hockey]

• If this could ever be the 2012 Winter Classic ad, we'll buy the NHL a beer. [NY Rangers Blog]

• Hey, crazy, seems like there's someone who disagreed with Sam McCaig's NHL player rankings that ran last week. [Kukla]

• The top 10 most important signings in the NHL this summer. [THN]

• Jack Edwards soundboard, and it's a beauty. Takes a little bit to load but worth it. [This Building Is Vibrating]

• Bob Boughner returns to the Spits after his assistant coaching stint with the Columbus Blue Jackets. [Buzzing The Net]

• Some amusing jersey concepts for the "Brooklyn Islanders." [Houses of The Hockey]

• Good piece on the Edmonton Oilers vs. the Los Angeles Kings over that Colin Fraser(notes) injury debacle: "Ultimately, Fraser will play again, the Kings needed to trade Smyth and Smyth had a preferred destination all which have combined to leave Lombardi with fewer options that he would have preferred. Steve Tambellini didn't offer any other players, or compensation to the Kings because as far as he is concerned he was as straightforward as he could have been; that Lombardi was made aware of the situation to it's full extent." [Oil Patch]

• Tackling the odd accusation that trading for a player to then buy him out is somehow circumventing the cap. [Jewels From The Crown]

• Ted Nolan is taking control of Latvia's struggling national hockey team. That's right: He needs to go to Latvia. [CBC Sports]

• Finally, in honor honour of Shea Weber's big-ass new contract, here's a classic History Will Be Made with the Canadian Olympic Team:

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