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From Greg Logan at Newsday,
Free agents across the NHL continued to bypass the Islanders Monday on their way to lucrative contracts elsewhere. In some cases, general manager Garth Snow said Monday night, he made a value judgment not to waste money on players who aren’t worth it.
But when it comes to players, such as Ryan Smyth, for whom he was more than willing to open the vault, Snow said one big drawback he keeps hearing is that worn-out Nassau Coliseum isn’t exactly a selling point. If all things are equal, players tend to choose a more modern, exciting environment.
More from Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune,
Back in 2004-05, when I was writing fun things about third-string Dolphins linemen blowing out their knees and being assigned stuff such as Tonya Harding’s prizefight against a transvestite, people would say to me, “Boy, you must be going nuts during the lockout.”
I replied, “Yeah, but the good news is they’ll idiot-proof the NHL’s economic system, stop the owners from spending recklessly and the league will live long and prosper.”
Well, this NHL writer learned a lot in these first few days of free agency, such as, you can’t idiot-proof the system when idiots are at the controls.
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From non-stop busy, to non-stop bored—here’s the stuff that I keep seeing everywhere and (of course) getting nowhere with:
“Sheldon Souray to the Rangers!”
...closely followed by the rumor “Sheldon Souray to every other hockey team in the entire world except the Canadiens…”
Ugh. Someone sign him already.
“Dainus Zubrus to the Leafs!”
Supported by various message board posters who insist they’ve heard this all day long on the FAN590. So I listened to FAN590 earlier today. I listened to FA590 till my head nearly exploded as they talked of NASCAR racing, just praying someone would interrupt to say “Dainus Zubrus to the Leafs!” Nobody did and I’m deeply bitter about it.
Thank God for the hard legitimacy of that “Brad Isbister is a Canuck!” rumor or I’d be having no fun working tonight whatsoever.
Any more rumors for me, KK friends? Amuse me… please!
From Michael Russo at the Star Tribune,
Multiple sources confirmed Monday night that the Wild is close to signing the 37-year-old Duluth native to a one-year, incentive-laden contract.
Reached at his North Carolina home, Hill said, “We’ve definitely had talks and we’re getting there, but at this point, I don’t want to say anything more and jinx it. But things are moving along good and it’s been very positive.”
In April, Hill, at the end of a strong season for the Islanders, became the first player to be suspended under the NHL’s drug policy. He appealed the automatic 20-game suspension, but the suspension was upheld.
The Calgary Flames have locked up a key component of their defence corps, signing defenceman Robyn Regehr to a five-year contract extension, worth $20-million.
TSN Breaking News: The Calgary Flames have signed veteran forward Owen Nolan. Sources tell TSN the 35-year-old has agreed to a one-year contract that could pay him up to $2 million including bonuses.
Update 7:55pm ET: TSN Link
per the LA Kings site, they have a jump page with his pic on it… but no story yet.
added 7:24pm, from LA Kings release,
The Los Angeles Kings have signed free agent left wing Kyle Calder to a two-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
per Breaking News on TSN. Todd Bertuzzi has been signed to a 2-year deal by the Anaheim Ducks. More to come.
added 7:18pm, Link now available at TSN.
added 8:38pm, $4M per…
Sources have told TSN the Montreal Canadiens have signed veteran centre Bryan Smolinski to a 1year, $2 million dollar deal. The agreement also includes a no trade clause. Details to follow.
Update 7:44pm ET: TSN link
From TSN via Spector,
TSN reports the Los Angeles Kings have signed Michal Handzus and Ladislav Nagy.
Update 6:52pm ET:
Looking to add some much-needed scoring punch, the Los Angeles Kings today signed wingers Ladislav Nagy and Michal Handzus to multi-year deals.
added 7:26pm, Kings press release,
The Los Angeles Kings have signed free agent center Michal Handzus to a four-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
added 7:35pm, from the LA Kings,
The Los Angeles Kings have signed free agent left wing Ladislav Nagy to a one-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
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