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TSN’s McKenzie: Red Wings re-sign Ericsson

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 8x at 10:39 PM: The Red Wings have re-signed Jonathan Ericsson, per TSN’s Bob McKenzie, but his asking price was a bit steep:

DET agrees to terms with Jonathan Ericsson. Numbers not confirmed but believed to be three years at around $9.75M total.

Update: Per the Sporting News’s Craig Custance:

Jonathan Ericsson deal not quite done but close.

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‘Jagr Watch’ goes from silly to stupid as Svoboda opens his client’s options

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

So Petr Svoboda, Jaromir Jagr’s agent, has essentially held the Red Wings and Penguins in suspense while, in the words of a probation officer who raised me, [blanking] around with their time, and what does he say on the eve of free agency, to ESPN’s Scott Burnside?

More teams are in the running now, and there are no guarantees that Jagr will decide whether to join them by Friday, which is essentially a drop-dead date for Detroit and is, to a lesser extent, a hard deadline for PIttsburgh:

“There’s a lot more teams now we’re talking to,” Svoboda told ESPN.com Thursday evening.

As for getting a deal done somewhere by the time the free agency period opens at noon EST Friday, that plan appears to have gone by the boards as well. Jagr, 39, will make a decision “in the next few days,” Svoboda said.

“I’m not going to put a time frame on it,” he added. “Basically we have nothing new and I can’t tell you anything,” the agent said.

This will come as disappointing news to the Penguins who have been told by Svoboda that Jagr is definitely interested in returning to Pittsburgh where he won two Stanley Cups in the early 1990s.
The Red Wings remain interested too although they had no new information to report Thursday evening about whether they were still being considered by Jagr.

Unreal. Svoboda claims that Jagr’s in New York and he’s in Montreal, too, but who the hell knows anymore.

Update: Equally silly, per the Free Press’s Helene St. James, the Canadiens are apparently back in the mix:

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What Once Looked Like A Great Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

We’re one day away from the start of the signing period for unrestricted free agents, a day during which NHL general managers will lavish millions of dollars on players. On the eve of the free-agency period, it’s interesting to note that two of the players who signed the biggest long-term contracts in 2007 — Chris Drury and Sheldon Souray — have now had those deals bought out by their respective teams. Remember the exciting days of 2007, when teams were falling over themselves to lavish money on Drury, Danny Briere and Scott Gomez? I thought it might be interesting to look back to 2007 and 2008, to see how some of those major contracts have turned out thus far, for the teams that inked the deals.


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Miller likely to bolt from Red Wings, Jagr’s iffy, and Ericsson, Eaves will probably stay

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 9:23 PM with Pleiness on Ericsson, Eaves, Miller, the blueline and Jagr: Red Wings GM Ken Holland told MLive’s Ansar Khan that he believes he can hold on to most of his unrestricted free agents-to-be, but that does not include Drew Miller, who’s likely to test the market…

“Just had a philosophical conversation (with his agent),’’ Holland said. “I made an offer. Can’t say we’re making a lot of progress.’‘

On the Jaromir Jagr front, Holland plans on treating the could-be Penguin like he will any player who doesn’t sign with his team before July 1st—he won’t save a spot on the roster or in the team’s payroll structure for Jagr:

As for Jaromir Jagr, Holland said, “Touched base again with his agent today. Nothing’s changed. We’re still staying in contact.’‘

Holland said his initial offer of a one-year deal to Jagr, made several weeks ago, hasn’t changed. He said he doesn’t necessarily need an answer from Jagr by noon Friday, but then the player runs the risk of the team signing other players and not having space for him.

But it does sound like Jonathan Ericsson and Patrick Eaves will remain in tow, which is good news:

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Wings Closer To Signing Ericsson And Eaves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Kahn of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Thursday he is making progress in contract talks with defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and forward Patrick Eaves as the start of free agency looms.

Holland said of Ericsson, “Gone back and forth with his agent, made progress. We’ll talk again either later tonight or in the morning. We’d like to sign him, he’d like to stay.’‘

Holland said of Eaves, “Talked with his agent, think we’re making progress.’‘

It appears both will be signed before free agency period begins Friday at noon.


added 11:25pm, Follow The Malik Report for the signing news of Ericsson…

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Selanne Has Knee Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

Teemu Selanne underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in his native Finland on Wednesday, which could delay his decision on whether he’ll return to the Ducks for an 18th NHL season.

Selanne’s agent, Don Baizley, confirmed to the Register on Thursday that Selanne had the procedure done after it was first reported by the website MTV3.fi. Baizley would not offer any specifics on what the surgery was supposed to repair in the knee, which was reconstructed during the 2004-05 lockout.

The Ducks also confirmed Selanne’s surgery, which was believed to be done in order to remove loose cartilage]

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“The cap is certainly going to come down in some shape or form. So, generally speaking, I’m wary of the market, where I think it might be going. … At the end of the day the parties will decide where the CBA is. But I can’t see it being where it’s at now.”


Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli.  Much more from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo.

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Ehrhoff Agrees To Terms With Sabres

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

Via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Christian Ehrhoff has agreed to terms on a contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

UPDATE 6:31 pm: WGR-550 has reported the deal and also given credit to the blogger who was first to break the news.

UPDATE 6:37 pm: Bob McKenzie awaiting confirmation that this is a 10 year, $40 million deal.

UPDATE 6:39 pm: Agreement to terms with Ehrhoff confirmed by the Sabres.

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Welcome to the land of the silly as Jagr watch drags on for the Red Wings and Penguins

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x with Ray Shero at 7:02 PM: It gets curiouser and curiouser—or dumber and dumber. According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, Jaromir Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, continues to delay and deny any reports that his client might have his “heart in Pittsburgh,” Detroit or anywhere else, nor does he seem to have any intention to ask his client to make up mind in short order:

Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, said this afternoon that he’s still in talks with the Detroit Red Wings, as well as the Pittsburgh Penguins and other teams, refuting a report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the one-time NHL star had decided to sign with the Penguins.

“No decisions have been made,’’ Svoboda said. “We’re talking a lot. Nothing is going to happen before 6 p.m.’‘

Judging by how this saga has dragged on now for two weeks, there’s no guarantee anything will happen after 6 p.m., either.Asked if he anticipated a decision today, Svoboda said: “I don’t have a crystal ball. I don’t know.’‘

But, he added, “The Red Wings are obviously one team he wants to play for. There’s a chance (a decision) could come later today.’‘

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Dejean Kovacevic speaks for many of us when he says that this has gotten out of hand, and to the point where at least the Penguins—if not the Wings as well—might want to pass on a 39-year-old who’s acting like he’s 12:

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One More Year For Modano?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fromm Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Mike Modano will see what free agency has to offer before he’ll consider retirement, he said Thursday.

” go back and forth a lot, but the bottom line is the injury I had really messed up last season,’’ he said of getting his wrist punctured by a skate in November and missing 42 games. “I felt great before I got hurt, I feel great now, but I missed out a on a lot of the season, and so it does make you feel like maybe there’s something more.’‘

Modano, who turned 41 on June 7, was seeking a little closure when he decided to try free agency last summer.

Bottom line, he wasn’t ready to call it a career when Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk told him that he would not get another contract in Dallas. So, he signed a one-year free agent deal, went back to his hometown of Detroit and played a season with the Red Wings in search of maybe a few answers.


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