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Blackhawks Sign Matt Walker

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

via press release:

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today the team has signed free agent defenseman Matt Walker (6-3, 213) to a one-year contract.

Update 12:36pm ET: Release available at Blackhawks website.

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Columbus Signs Umberger, 4 Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Columbus Blue Jackets:

The Columbus Blue Jackets signed center R.J. Umberger to a four-year contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced July 7. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Last month, Umberger was acquired by Columbus with a fourth round pick (118th overall) in the 2008 Entry Draft from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a first round pick (19th overall) and a third round pick (67th overall) in the same draft.


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Flyers Extend GM Paul Holmgren for 3 Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Delco Times:

The Flyers have signed General Manager Paul Holmgren to a three-year contract extension that will keep him at the helm through the 2011-12 season, the Daily Times has learned.

Holmgren was credited in large part with the wheeling and dealing last off-season that took a team that finished last in the NHL and put them back in the playoffs.

Update 3:04pm ET: Also in the same article above, Arron Asham was signed to a multi-year deal today.

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Leafs Sign Matt Stajan, 2 years

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tim Wharnsby in the Globe & Mail,

The Toronto Maple Leafs will announce later today that they have signed young forward Matt Stajan to a two-year deal worth $3.5-million (all currency U.S.).

With Stajan under contract that means the Leafs have 24 players signed for the upcoming season for a $51.3-million payroll. The Leafs also are close to signing 28-year-old Swedish defenceman Jonas Frogren.


Update 6:17pm ET: An interview with Matt Stajan at Maple Leafs.com

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Canes Sign Seidenberg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free-agent defenseman Dennis Seidenberg on a one-year contract worth $1.2 million. Rutherford also announced that restricted free-agent forward Chad LaRose has elected to file for salary arbitration.

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Intriguing Free Agents Still Out There

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Kevin Allen at USA Today,

•Brendan Shanahan: He’s 39, but he had 23 goals last season for the New York Rangers. He still can be effective on the power play with his one-timer.

•Jason Williams: Teams would look at him to improve their special teams. The right wing owns a big shot on the point on the power play and has nifty moves in the shootout.

•Ladislav Nagy: An intriguing scorer, his 2007-08 season was undermined by injury.

and more

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  Tags: free+agents

How Conklin Saved Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

Performances like that led to many wondering if Conklin was really the Penguins’ true MVP. Some even wondered if Conklin should’ve been considered as the league’s MVP. Others even questioned if Conklin should be the Penguins’ starting goaltender regardless of Fleury’s health. Fans embraced Conklin due to the fact he came on board through the most humble of fashions for someone in the NHL yet found a way to dominate games at times as if his name were Brodeur or Luongo.


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UFA System Working

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jamie Fitzpatrick at Jamie’s Hockey Blog,

After three seasons, the new salary system is “an abject failure in regard to the goal of ‘cost certainty’” according to Jim Kelley at SI.com.

He’s wrong. NHL player costs are certain, down to the penny. Just ask the army of accountants who calculate league revenue every year. The players’ share is set at just over 56 percent for next season. You don’t get much more certain than that.

Bottom line: If the money wasn’t rolling in, the players wouldn’t be getting it.

Maybe the Florida Panthers and Phoenix Coyotes don’t have enough of that money. That’s their own fault for not selling enough tickets.


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Staying Away From Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

News alert: The Sabres have a poor reputation among players. It has become increasingly evident that the only way to get quality veterans into Buffalo is to force them here through trades. It’s an unpleasant way to survive.

Forget the woe-is-Buffalo excuse. Everybody knows this is a passionate hockey town, but the word has spread about the organization’s business practices. The Sabres are known more for their commitment to the bottom line than their commitment to winning. To players, it might as well be Edmonton.


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Sens Will Be In A Battle For Playoff Spot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

The fun and games are still three months away, but on this day it looks to us like the best bets to make the playoffs are the teams that did last season: Montreal, Pittsburgh, Washington, New Jersey, New York Rangers, Philadelphia and Boston.

Ottawa, it appears now, will be in the mix with Tampa, Carolina, Buffalo, Florida, the Islanders and the Thrashers for the eighth spot.

To improve the Senators’ chances of making the playoffs, their Murray needs to recreate some magic. He needs to win a trade.


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