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Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL July 8th, 2014

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Bryan Murray has been diagnosed with cancer.

The Ottawa Senators announced Monday that general manager Bryan Murray has been diagnosed with cancer and will be seeking treatment options in the next few weeks.

The type of cancer was not specified in the statement released by the team on its website. If necessary, Murray's duties will be handled by assistant general managers Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee.

Iggy believes that the Avs are contenders.

Jarome Iginla has career earnings of $83.825-million (U.S.) according to, the 10th most in NHL history. Moreover, Iginla will pass two of the newest members of the Hockey Hall Of Fame, Peter Forsberg and Rob Blake, next season when the first year of the three-year, $16-million contract he signed with the Colorado Avalanche this past week kicks in.

It is fair to conclude therefore that Iginla's No. 1 priority in selecting the Avalanche over a handful of other suitors - including of all teams, the Vancouver Canucks - was not the money. Iginla was always like that, come contract time. In his years with the Calgary Flames, he wanted a fair deal, but he wasn't trying to squeeze maximum dollars out of them either. For eight years in a row, he made $7-million per season - the going rate for players of his stature (two Rocket Richard trophies, three first-team all-star berths).

No, the lure of Colorado was the chance to finally win a Stanley Cup on what is likely to be the final contract of his NHL career (and which will leave him just shy of $100-million in lifetime compensation). You can buy a lot of waterfront property in Belize for that kind of dough.

Mike Fisher will be out 4-6 weeks.

The Nashville Predators said on Monday that Mike Fisher suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during a training session.

Fisher, 34, underwent surgery and is expected out four to six weeks.

The centre scored 20 goals and 29 assists in 75 regular season games, with a minus-4 rating, four power-play goals and four game winners.