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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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Avalanche Signs Ryan O’Byrne, 2 Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adrian Dater at the Denver Post’s All Things Avs:

Avs sign O’Byrne

Two years, $3.6 million


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Dr Seuss Runs Down Free Agency

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Well, not Dr. Seuss, but Jeffrey Seaver at Blue Line Station takes a stab at it:

Bettman, I am.

That Gary Bettman, That Gary Bettman,

I do not like that Gary Bettman.

Do you like free agency and all it delivers?

I do not like it,

Gary Bettman,

I do not like free agency.


Not really the “rhyming” approach to Seuss, but it has a beat.

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Blackhawks Sign Montador, 4 Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

via an email alert from Sportsnet.ca:

Chicago   re-signs Steve Montador
Length of contract: 4 years
Average annual value: $2.75 million


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Signings You Might Regret

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News:

Sometimes that regret doesn’t reveal itself for a couple years (as was the case with Nikolai Khabibulin in Edmonton) and sometimes it reveals itself almost immediately (as was true of the Jason Blake experiment in Toronto). So which pending unrestricted free agents this summer have the potential to turn into multi-million dollar albatrosses? In no particular order, here are the top five UFAs I’d steer clear of:

1. Tomas Vokoun

With Ilya Bryzgalov signing a ludicrous contract (nine years and $51 million), Vokoun is the biggest netminding name on the market. But like Bryzgalov, Vokoun has done nothing in the post-season to deserve a huge and lengthy deal.


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