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Ranking The UFAs

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Teams have until high noon Wednesday to sign their own potential unrestricted free agents, Eric Duhatschek writes, otherwise they risk losing them for nothing in return. Many teams are feverishly negotiating with players now in the hopes of striking an 11th-hour deal, but if that doesn’t happen, the following will be the most attractive commodities once the doors open.

1/1a. Daniel & Henrik Sedin, Vancouver

Negotiating as a pair and will move as a pair if the Canucks cannot get them signed, which means any potential suitor for the twins will need a minimum of $12-million (all figures U.S.) in salary-cap space to make an effective bid. The Maple Leafs, run by Brian Burke, who drafted the Sedins, will be the heavy favourites, followed by Minnesota and Los Angeles.


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Wings Waiting For Answers

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

When the dust settles from this year’s free-agent frenzy, the Detroit Red Wings could part ways with as many as four forwards who played for them during the postseason—Marian Hossa, Mikael Samuelsson, Jiri Hudler and Tomas Kopecky.

At least two or three won’t be back, perhaps all of them.

So when NHL free agency begins Wednesday, the Red Wings could be in the market for a forward or two.


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Devils Close To Re-signing Oduya

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from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

It appears the Devils will be able to keep highly-regarded defenseman Johnny Oduya from testing the market when the free agency period officiallly begins at noon Wednesday.

Oduya has been priority No. 1 for Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello, who said Monday night that a deal with the speedy defenseman could be finalized Tuesday. Lamoriello and agent Don Meehan are believed to be close to a multi-year contract at about $3 million per season.

“I think that’s close,” Lamoriello said Monday night about re-signing Oduya.


added 6/30/09,

“We are delighted to have Johnny Oduya stay with the organization,” said Lamoriello. “He has developed into one of the more talented young defensemen in the National Hockey League.”

Multi year deal, around $3M per season.

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Coyotes Owner Speaks-Out On Reinsdorf Bid

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from Rebekah L. Sanders of the Arizona Republic,

Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes is blasting the latest bid for his bankrupt team as illegitimate.

Chicago sports mogul Jerry Reinsdorf and Valley attorney John Kaites together recently offered $148 million to keep the NHL team playing in Glendale.

Moyes says it appears to be a no-cash bid that would assume $118.5 million in secured debt but would fail to pay creditors….

Moyes points out that the new Reinsdorf bid requires renegotiation of contracts with Glendale and the other vendors, an arm-twisting approach Moyes was unable to accomplish before turning to bankruptcy.

“The current structure of our agreements with Glendale and other parties is a money loser no matter how well the team plays,” Moyes said in a statement. “Simply put, the Reinsdorf bid wants to only assume the team’s debt and then restructure all agreements, which is what I have been trying to do for the last year.”

read on

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  Tags: jerry+moyes, jerry+reinsdorf

Ducks Take A Wait & See Attitude Towards Free Agency

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from Dan Wood of the OT Register,

“July 1 and 2 are going to be very interesting,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. “The whole month of July, I’m going to be very curious to see what happens.”

With 16 anticipated NHL players under contract, the Ducks have a salary-cap commitment of slightly more than $37 million. That sum will rise significantly if the Ducks, as expected, re-sign unrestricted free-agent defenseman Scott Niedermayer, whose previous four-year contract was worth $6.75 million annually.

Among those also unsigned are defenseman Francois Beauchemin, who could receive an offer so lucrative the Ducks will lose him, fellow unrestricted free agents Todd Marchant and Rob Niedermayer, and restricted free agent James Wisniewski.

The Ducks and Marchant, who was outstanding while centering the club’s checking line late last season and in the Stanley Cup playoffs, are haggling over terms, with the team desiring a one-year deal and Marchant seeking more.


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Alberta Rumors

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

So, here’s the rumour:

The Calgary Flames add Jay Bouwmeester, then flip Dion Phaneuf to Ottawa for Dany Heatley.

They lose some offence from the blue-line in the transaction, but bring in a local boy who scores 50 goals up front. And the salary cap hit in losing Phaneuf and gaining Heatley only costs GM Darryl Sutter $1 million.

Senators GM Bryan Murray gets the offensive defenceman he covets and can justifiably grant Heatley his trade request, and everyone is happy….

Meanwhile, 300 km up Highway 2, rumours persist that Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini is shopping one of his four offensive defenceman in an attempt to kickstart the rebuild in Edmonton.

We’re hearing Sheldon Souray to Los Angeles — where his children live with his ex-wife, a long distance relationship that Souray has found taxing through two seasons in Northern Alberta. The package coming back would include defenceman Jack Johnson, and we’re guessing a forward with some grit, like a Wayne Simmonds.


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Guerin Signed By Penguins

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Pittsburgh.PA—The Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with right wing Bill Guerin on a one-year contract, it was announced tonight by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Guerin, 38, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

A veteran of 17 NHL seasons, Guerin played a major role in the Penguins’ Stanley Cup run, contributing seven goals and 15 points in 24 playoff games and providing exceptional leadership on and off the ice.

“We are excited to agree to terms with Billy on this one-year deal,” Shero said. “He made a tremendous impact on this team with his scoring ability, physical play and outstanding leadership and was a key factor in our drive to the Cup. I know our players, coaches and fans will be happy to have him back in Pittsburgh.”

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Belfour Thinking About A Return To The NHL

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from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

For any team seeking a goaltending upgrade, Ed Belfour is tanned, rested and ready.

The future Hall of Famer, who turned 44 last April, is working out near his suburban Dallas home as he seeks a return to the NHL. Agent Ron Salcer confirmed that his long-time client has asked him to contact clubs to determine any interest level.


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  Tags: eddie+belfour

Who Has Signed

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Remember to check out the TSN Free Agent Tracker which also lists players that have signed recently.

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Gionta Will Probably Listen To Offers

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

After not having any contact with the Devils since the end of the regular season, Gionta’s agent, Steve Bartlett said today that he’s had “a few casual conversations” with general manager Lou Lamoriello in the last week.

“I think everyone is on the same page in that there certainly is mutual interest and respect from both parties to get something done, but also an acknowledgement that that might not be possible to do so before July 1 for a lot of reasons,” Bartlett said.

The biggest is the salary cap. Teams were able to finally start budgeting their payroll for the 2009-10 season after it was announced on Friday that the salary cap will be $56.8 million.

Although Lamoriello has been trying to re-sign defenseman Johnny Oduya before he hits the open market and also has been working on a new deal for restricted free agent center Travis Zajac, re-signing Gionta apparently falls a little farther down the team’s list of priorities.


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  Tags: brian+gionta

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