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Souray On Waivers

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via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Told Sheldon Souray will not be bought out if he clears. He is owed 4.5M per for 2 more years. His cap hit is 5.4M

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A Look At The Sharks

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from Drew Remenda at Sharks.com,

Let’s start with Free Agent Frenzy. Not much of a Frenzy this year for the Sharks. It was a good day and a bad day.

Good day by picking up Antero Niittymaki to partner with Tomas Greiss in net. Partner being the key word. After years of having a bonafide starter in the pipes, it looks like the team will be going with a 1 & 1A in net this season. Only the 82 games will tell if this is the way to go or not.

I talked to my good friend Darren Pang from TSN/NBC and the St Louis Blues about Antero. He said he is a good goalie. He also mentioned that the newest Shark was MVP material with the Lightning for a good chunk of the season. A criticism…when he gets in trouble he plays smaller than his 6’1” frame.

I was very dismayed to see one of my favourite players from last season move on to greener pastures. Vancouver’s 3 year no trade 7.5million dollar contract was too much for Manny Malhotra to resist.


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Sabres Do What They Always Do

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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Funny how quickly the organization healed from the sting of getting dumped in the first round of the postseason and returned to their tiresome ways. Regier during a recent radio interview figured they had two of the NHL’s top 20 centers, which to me sounded like a ringing endorsement for soft, uninspired, overpaid pivot Tim Connolly.

And so, for now, it appears the Sabres’ everlasting love affair with their own players saunters toward another offseason while everybody else counts potential upgrades who wound up elsewhere. There is no greater example than Connolly, whose talent has exceeded his production for eight years and counting.

The Sabres’ attitude makes you wonder if they actually bought into their own success after winning the Northeast Division. Anybody could see they were a myth. It was obvious in the playoffs that they needed to make three or four key changes in the offseason.


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Oilers Make A Few Smart Moves

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from John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal,

For Tambellini, Day 1 of free agency was framed more by what he didn’t do than what he did.

Which is not to diminish Edmonton’s signing of 28-year-old free-agent defenceman Kurtis Foster for $1.8 million a year for two years, a bargain no matter what TSN’s normally astute Pierre McGuire had to say on the matter.

Nor is it to underestimate signing gritty forward Colin Fraser for two years at an even more cap-friendly $875,000 a year.

More important, Tambellini didn’t go all retread on Oilers fans the way Flames GM Darryl Sutter did, foisting both Alex Tanguay and Olli Jokinen on the unsuspecting, increasingly cranky Flames fan base.

Nor, for obvious reasons, was Tambellini breaking up some winning chemistry, as Stan Bowman has been forced to do with the cap-jammed Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. On the contrary, Tambellini has been methodically demolishing a losing culture, and doing a better job of ridding himself of contracts than might have been thought possible.

read on

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Kubina Signs With Lightning

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via a Puck Agency tweet,

Pavel Kubina Signs Two-Year Deal With Tampa Bay Lightning

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Flames Sign Tim Jackman

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Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of forward Tim Jackman to a two year contract.

Jackman was drafted in the second round, 38th overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 6’4” 210 pound forward has played the past two seasons with the New York Islanders, leading his team in penalty minutes each year and in hits (151) during the 2008-09 campaign. In 191 NHL career games, the native of Minot, ND has recorded 28 points and 357 penalty minutes.

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A Great Day For Vancouver

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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

“I think it’s a great day,” said Gillis. “Those are the two guys [Hamhuis and Ballard] who we really wanted to try and get. It gives us a lot of flexibility moving forward and addresses some needs we had.

“[The Ballard deal] allowed us to be patient and target the one guy we wanted on free-agency day. That’s why we didn’t have to go and get a guy we weren’t necessarily as keen on because we had Keith Ballard.”

The odd-men out should be Mitchell and Kevin Bieksa. One isn’t fast enough for 2010, the other is far too mistake prone. Not a good combination for a team that loves to pinch and pressure from its blueline.

None of the moves are going to jolt Las Vegas with a sudden surge of bets on the Canucks to win the 2011 Stanley Cup. But together, they represent progress, an indication the team isn’t into treading water.

Acquiring Hamhuis has to change the prism from which many viewed the Ballard deal, a trade criticized by those who thought the Canucks gave up far too much. Now, Ballard and Hamhuis on the same defence give the Canucks an entirely different look. Even when the expected shoe drops and Bieksa is traded, Vancouver will have five defencemen competing for the top two spots on its blueline. This is a good thing.


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Capitals Sign Sabourin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have signed unrestricted free agent goaltender Dany Sabourin to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sabourin, who will turn 30 on Sept. 2, played 43 games in the NHL in 2007-08 and ’08-09 while with the Penguins, posting a 16-17-3 record in that time. This season marked the first time since the 2004-05 work stoppage that he didn’t play at least one game at the NHL level. He was named the AHL’s top goaltender in 2005-06 when he led the league with a 2.26 goals-against average with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

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Iginla Happy With Tanguay & Jokinen Signings

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from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

The Olli Jokinen signing might have caught Calgarians off guard. The Alex Tanguay pickup might seem like an ill-advised dalliance with a past best forgot. But the Flames captain oozed delight over both acquisitions and the season ahead — even if he is in the minority.

In fact, the news brought extra cheer to Iginla as he celebrated his 33rd birthday with a round of golf and family barbecue in the chilly Okanagan.

“I think Olli and Alex could be two of the best signings — at the best prices and payoffs — of this free agency,” Iginla said Thursday. “I understand people are going to be on both sides of the fence. People are going to be debating it.”

Are they ever. On a Canada Day that seemed more like April Fool’s Day, the Flames signed Jokinen to a two-year deal worth $6 million US.

read on

added 9:12am, from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Darryl Sutter has hitched his future as an NHL GM to the wrong horse.


But this time Sutter’s penchant for giving mulligans to aging retreads will surely determine his fate as the Flames GM.

As if the damage done by the failed Olli Jokinen experiment wasn’t extensive enough the first time around, the stubborn cowboy opened old wounds Thursday by re-acquiring the underachieving centre via free agency.


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Nieuwendyk Talks, Now He Must Do

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Joe Nieuwendyk said he believes the Stars will stay in their budget and still can re-sign restricted free agents James Neal, Nicklas Grossman, Matt Niskanen and Fabian Brunnstrom.

He said he still is open to signing Jere Lehtinen if the 37-year-old winger decided he wants to play.

He said he believes it’s important to have the grit and grind of players like Adam Burish, Steve Ott, Krys Barch and Brian Sutherby.

He said the Stars can fit all of his into their budget.


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