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Something’s Gotta Give in Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News,

There must be a second part to this move.

The Chicago Blackhawks signed goaltender Cristobal Huet to a deal worth $5.625 million per season for four years, THN has learned.

Now, the Hawks still have No. 1 goalie Nikolai Khabibulin on the books for a very cap-unfriendly $6.75 million next year, so something’s gotta give here.

Not only do the Hawks now have quite a lot of cash tied up in goaltenders, but the funny thing about that position is you can only have one on the ice at any given time and most starting netminders tend to want to be out there as much as possible.

continued…

On TSN about 15 minutes ago, Darren Pang reported that in his conversation with GM Dale Tallon today, Tallon claimed they would be carrying both goalies into next season.  To add intrigue,  Bob McKenzie also mentions that Tampa goalie Mike Smith—who just signed an extension earlier today—might now be shopped.

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  Tags: cristobal+huet, nikolai+khabibulin

Michal Rozsival Close To Re-signing With Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Blueshirts Blog,

Of all of the negotiating impasses between Glen Sather and 2007-08 Rangers who were approaching free agency, the one that made the least sense was the one with Michal Rozsival.

Finally, about six months longer than it should have taken, the Rangers and Rozsival are on the verge of signing a new contract.

continued

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  Tags: michal+rozsival

Brian Campbell Signs with the Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From RDS (French) Brian Campbell is said to have signed with the Blackhawks.

Bob McKenzie on TSN states that the deal is still being finalized.

Note: RDS was originally reporting it’s for 8 years, $7.1 million per.  That information is uncertain.

5:43pm ET: TSN is reporting the deal is definitely signed.  More to come.
5:45pm ET: Sportsnet’s tracker confirms the signing and the above salary.
5:47pm ET: TSN has a story up.

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  Tags: brian+campbell

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Adrian Dater at All Things Avs in the Denver Post:

I should have written last night that the Avs might go after Darcy Tucker. I was going to do that, but somehow screwed up and forgot to do it. Oh well. He’s an Av, by the way, signing a two-year deal.

 

 

 

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Lalime Signs with Sabres 2 Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sportsnet,

The Buffalo Sabres have signed goaltender Patrick Lalime to a two-year deal, Sportsnet has learned.

The deal is believed to be for $2 million.

*thanks to a KK reader for the link

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Alex Auld Signed by Senators

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN’s tracker:

Ottawa signs UFA goaltender Alex Auld to a 2 year deal worth $1-million (per season)

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  Tags: alex+auld

Darcy Tucker Signs with the Avs, 2 Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN (no link yet available):

Darcy Tucker has agreed to a two year deal with the Colorado Avalanche worth $4.5 million.

Update 4:06pm ET: TSN link.

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  Tags: darcy+tucker

NYR Signs Voros, Penguins Sign Godard

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN’s tracker:

NY Rangers sign UFA forward Aaron Voros (undisclosed)

Pittsburgh signs UFA forward Eric Godard (undisclosed)

 

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  Tags: aaron+voros

Panthers Sign Stillman

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN (no link yet available):

Cory Stillman agrees to terms with Florida on a three year deal for $10.6 million.

Update 4:08pm ET: TSN link, which now reports $9.6 million as the salary.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Florida Panthers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: cory+stillman

Huet Signs with Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

TSN breaking news, link not yet available:

Cristobal Huet has signed with Chicago. Details to follow.

And Capitals Insider notes…

just heard from a source that Huet asked the Caps for three years, $15 million and the Caps offered it to him. But Huet told them he wanted test the market today and see what might be out there. Now it’s looking like he’ll sign a four year deal with Chicago for $5.6 million per.

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