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-- Trenton Times
Now with six experienced defenseman under contract, the signing of Fedor Tyutin and Michal Rozsival likely puts to rest any hopes of a Brian Leetch return to New York. The 38-year-old Leetch, who played for the Bruins last year, hasn't made clear his intentions for next season.
-- The Journal News
Bad news for the Penguins coming out of Russia yesterday was overshadowed by Evgeni Malkin's agent saying last night that he expects the prospect to play in the NHL this coming season. Don Meehan, who represents Malkin, said he is about to begin contract negotiations with the Penguins and expects the 20-year-old center to head to North America soon.
-- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Jonathan Toews, whom the Blackhawks selected with the No. 3 pick in the draft, has decided to return to North Dakota for his sophomore season. Toews, whose rights remain with the Hawks, reportedly turned down a $935,000 offer.
-- Chicago Sun-Times