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From the Branches: All quiet on the free agency front

Here is a news update on this quiet July weekend

"It doesn't matter. I'm going to win three Cups with the Hawks."
"It doesn't matter. I'm going to win three Cups with the Hawks."
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The big news of the weekend continues to be the Patrick Sharp trade as the remaining big name free agents continue to sit on the sidelines.

Free Agency and Trades

Dallas Stars Daley Links: Trade Recap Edition - Defending Big D
Rather than do the work myself, I will just link you to the DBD 'FTB' which has a zillion Sharp trade links.

Patrick Sharp: A Blackhawks career retrospective - Second City Hockey
Patrick Sharp may be gone, but the long-time winger isn't likely to be forgotten anytime soon. Or ever.

Johnny Oduya not ruling out return to Chicago Blackhawks - ESPN
Johnny Oduya and the Chicago Blackhawks are both considering their options after the acquisition of Trevor Daley.

Why Trading Dustin Byfuglien might be for the best - Arctic Ice Hockey
It seems more and more likely that Dustin Byfuglien gets traded. Here are some options that I feel would be beneficial.

Leafs News

There's not much, aside from that time Andrew Nielsen fetched water for Phaneuf!

Andrew Nielsen hopes to go from waterboy to Dion Phaneuf's teammate with Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Andrew Nielsen was a waterboy when defenceman Dion Phaneuf played for the Red Deer Rebels.

Other News

Lawyers in concussion lawsuit prepare to question Bettman, Shanahan - TSN
Shanahan will be on the hot seat July 22!

An Expanded look at 5-year performance by NHL Centers "
This is some follow-up to the analysis earlier in the week. Where is Bozak now? You'll have to click through to find out!

NHL Players Soak Up the Sun at Kalamalka Beach for Vernon Hospital
Click here to see what Cody Franson has been up to instead of signing a contract, or to see Andrew Ferrence's abs.

Former tough guy Thompson redefining himself as a coach - TSN
"His past out of the way, Thompson moved on to a presentation on modern-day offence in the NHL. He blew the audience away, so much so that fellow former NHL tough guy Bob Boughner caught up with him afterward to see if he was interested in an opening with the OHL's Windsor Spitfires. That was June 25."

Seen & Heard – Weekend Edition Toronto Sports Media Blog
Mike in Boston has an interesting analysis of what Bob McCown's situation with Sportsnet, and the real reasons he is suddenly talking about his future on radio.