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Sabres Sign Gaustad

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed forward Paul Gaustad to a four-year, $9.2 million contract.

Gaustad will earn $1.7 million in the first year of the deal, and $2.5 million per year for the remaining three years.

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Oh….Good. Lilja’s Back

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

This one ought to just fly under the radar.  The feelings about Andreas Lilja are so mild here at A2Y.

Khan(!)

Lilja is officially signed. It’s a two-year deal for slightly more than his previous $1 million salary.

Holland is waiting to hear back from Brad Stuart’s agent, Pat Brisson, after making the 28-year-old defenseman long- and short-term offers. He’ll continue talking to Brisson tonight and right up until noon Tuesday, when free agency begins. If he isn’t signed by then, he’s more than likely gone.

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Sharks Sign Shelley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the San Jose Sharks,

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed Group III unrestricted free agent left wing Jody Shelley to a two-year contract.  In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“From the first day that Jody arrived here, he brought toughness and character,” said Wilson.  “He is one of the most respected players in our room because of his team-first attitude and his willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.”

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Perry Deal Appears Close

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Player agents Mark Guy and Pat Morris of Mississauga, Ontario-based Newport Sports Management, Inc., Ducks general manager Brian Burke and assistant general manager David McNab, the club’s primary contract negotiator, are all optimistic that a deal will get done in short order.

“We’ve had active and strong dialogue with Brian and David McNab,” Morris said Monday afternoon. “Certainly, they’re showing Corey the respect they have for him as a player. We’re moving in the right direction.”

more

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  Tags: corey+perry

Sabres & Miller Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

NHL free agency begins in a matter of hours, but the Buffalo Sabres’ main focus is re-signing a player with a year left on his contract. General Manager Darcy Regier said today the team has begun preliminary contract talks with goaltender Ryan Miller.

“It’s early, but anytime we have conversations in that area it’s good,” Regier said.

 

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  Tags: ryan+miller

All John Anderson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Blueland Blog,

Last week readers of the Blueland Blog were given the chance to submit questions for new head coach John Anderson. I caught up with him while he was in town (he’s currently in Ontario at a coaching clinic) and asked as many of those questions as I could in the time allotted….

Q. How do you plan on getting the most out of Ilya Kovalchuk?

Open the gate and let him go.

Q. What current hockey coach do you most admire?

Bruce Boudreau. I respect a lot of the things he does.

much more

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  Tags: john+anderson

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

Before we even get into why the Lightning, as it stands at this moment, is in no position to give up one of the league’s best puck-moving defensemen, let’s start with this: Dan Boyle, recently married to a local woman and expecting a child in late November, has a no-trade clause that his agent said Monday Boyle likely is not inclined to waive.

“I haven’t pushed it with Dan other than when we signed,” agent George Bazos said of when Boyle signed his six-year, $40-million deal. “Dan wants to be in Tampa. Nothing has changed as far as that goes. My best guess is that Dan would not want to waive his no-trade clause right now.”

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All The Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,

The Montreal Canadiens had hoped to sign Mats Sundin by Tuesday but that appears unlikely. Habs GM Bob Gainey exchanged e-mails with the 37-year-old star centre again over the weekend but to no avail.

“After thinking about things for quite a long time, and after listening to what Bob had to say, Mats still has not made a decision on whether he will play next season,” Sundin’s agent J.P. Barry told The Canadian Press on Monday. “He knows that there was a wonderful opportunity in Montreal and he’s very appreciative of the way that Bob handled the discussions over the past week.”

So Sundin, still unsure about his playing future, hits the unrestricted free-agent market Tuesday with Detroit and the New York Rangers among the teams expected to chase him along with Montreal.

“Mats has not closed any doors and will simply listen to all the options that are presented to him over the next while,” added Barry.

read on for the latest update on all the talk today…

As I stated last week, Mats decides to go the UFA route.  Nothing earth shattering, but I am one for one, so I am quitting while ahead of the game!

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Long Term Contracts Set Up Future Trouble

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,

Many of those deals will be for terms that were once unfathomable - with seven to 10 years the going rate for a star player in the prime of his career. One thing that obviously hasn’t changed under the new system is the mentality of GMs to get the player now and damn the cost to the franchise later.

Which brings us to the question, what exactly is going to happen to all these long-term deals once the current collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2011-12 season?

read on

 

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  Tags: free+agents, nhl+contracts

Cleary in Newfoundland

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageFrom the CP (via Slam),

Hockey’s greatest prize arrived in Canada’s youngest province on Monday, greeted by the first man from Newfoundland and Labrador to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup.

Newfoundland hockey hero Dan Cleary and a mob of fans welcomed the Cup on its arrival at the St. John’s airport. Cleary became the first Newfoundland-born player to win the Cup when the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL finals earlier this month.

“You don’t forget where you came from,” Cleary said.

We’ve had a ton of email requests from KK readers for more info on Dan Cleary’s time with the Stanley Cup (who knew you all loved Newfies so much?!) so let me send you off to Puck Daddy, who has a great selection of photos.

Update 4:22pm ET: Check out MLive for video of today’s activities.

Update 5:10pm ET: Kenn Oliver at The Telegram has a story up.

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  Tags: dan+cleary, newfoundland, stanley+cup

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