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Stamkos signs, Devs name a coach and Ozzie retires

A little housekeeping from yesterday:

-- Steven Stamkos signed back on with the Lightning yesterday, for $37.5 million over 5 years. Despite some Twittering to the contrary, there was never a doubt that Stamkos was going to sign in Tampa. Just as there is no doubt Drew Doughty will remain a King.

The offer-sheet system under the CBA has rarely been used -- six times in six summers, with only one, the Oilers' offer on Dustin Penner, going unmatched. That one cost Edmonton its first three picks in the 2008 Draft; the Ducks have gotten along well enough since then, and the Oilers still haven't made the playoffs and sent Penner to the Kings at the trade deadline this past season.

So the cost -- for Stamkos or Doughty, it would be four first-round picks -- is prohibitive. So is the actual cost: With a new CBA on the horizon, the rules and numbers will drastically change, so handing away four potential NHL-ready players for one very good one seems unwise.

And Stamkos would have been a much bigger prize than Doughty.

-- The Devils, as is their usual method, snuck in a press conference yesterday to announce Peter DeBoer as their new coach. DeBoer had three fairly unsuccessful seasons with the Panthers before he was fired in April. He's the seventh Devils coach since the lockout.

It's hard to know whether this is Lou Lamoriello going for the cheaper, younger alternative to candidates like Michel Therrien or Ken Hitchcock, or whether this is a shrewd move to lock up a well-regarded coach who had a dud franchise to work for last time around.

Lamoriello spoke of his team getting younger; not sure how that works with Ilya Kovalchuk's lifetime contract and Marty Brodeur's advancing age, but as always with the Devils, they do it their way.

-- Former Islander Chris Osgood announced his retirement, and he goes out as a three-time Stanley Cup champion, a 400-win goaltender and the second-winningest goalie in Wings history. All that will get him into the Hall of Fame, sooner rather than later.

But Islanders fans can take heart that Osgood -- who had already won two Cups when he was dumped into the waiver draft by the Wings after the 2000-01 season in favor of Dominik Hasek -- was the catalyst for the 2001-02 run. That season revived Osgood's career and revived the Islanders, despite their seven-game exit to the Leafs and the Wings winning another Cup without Osgood.

He ended up playing another decade beyond that fun Islanders season, their best of the last 20 years. So today, with Osgood retired and now a goalie consultant for the Wings, Isles fans can recall their brief intersection with his career and smile.

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