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via the Edmonton Oilers,
The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Matt Greene to a two-year contract.
The 6’3”, 223-pound native of Grand Ledge, Michigan is coming off his first full NHL season in 2006-07. The 24-year-old defenceman scored 1-9-10 with 109 penalty minutes in 78 games to establish single-season career-highs in games, goals, assists, points and penalty minutes. Greene led the Oilers in penalty minutes and was second in both hits (135) and blocked shots (143).
added 2:10pm, via the NYI,
“I’m very happy to be an Islander,” said Fedotenko, who tied Conn Smythe Trophy winner Brad Richards with 12 goals in the 2004 playoffs. “Last season was a disappointment for me and I’m determined to show the Islanders and our fans what I can do. We have a very good team of talented young players and experienced guys and I really like Ted Nolan’s style of play. I looked at a lot of offers, but I know I’ve come to the right team.”
from Lightning Strikes,
Coach John Tortorella wished Eric Perrin well but also said not to let the door hit him on the way out.
“He can kiss my (butt),’’ Tortorella said.
Perrin, who in 2004 at age 29 got his first NHL opportunity with the Lightning, which got a recommendation from Perrin’s college buddy Marty St. Louis, signed with the Thrashers as a free agent for two years, $1.5-million. That, apparently, was just $150,000 more than the contract offered by Tampa Bay, which also offered a three-year deal worth $1.575-million.
“This organization spent a lot of time with this guy, a lot of time,’’ Tortorella said. “Eric Perrin did some really good things for us, and the ice time he got, he deserved, but every year it’s nothing but a pain to sign him.’‘
from the Atlanta Thrashers,
The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed forward Vyacheslav Kozlov to a multi-year deal, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Hockey News.com the league is awaiting further details before deciding whether to step in.
“Clubs and players both should have a right to rely on the sanctity of contractual commitments, regardless of how those commitments are memorialized,” Daly said in an emailed statement. “To our knowledge, there has been only one Standard Player’s Contract executed and filed with the League, and under our CBA, that contract should be enforceable.
“But if, after reviewing all of the relevant facts here, there has been a breach of a contractual commitment, we will certainly assist the Oilers in any way we can in seeking an appropriate remedy. We are not in a position to opine what those remedies might be at this point.”
Regarding the Nylander situation, from Japers’ Rink,
Just received a call back from the Oilers VP of Communications, Allan Watt. When asked to comment on the team’s complaint filed to the NHL, Watt responded, “I don’t have anything to say to bloggers.” I quickly reminded him that we had spoken at length Monday morning. Said Watt,
Well that was a mistake on my part.
Just like there are bad journalists out there, there are bad bloggers, some who just toss junk and hope some of it sticks.
It is unfortunate from the response of Mr. Watt that he is grouping all bloggers in the same group.
I for one can verify Japers’ Rink is good for the game and am stunned by the response from Allan Watt. I do hope they re-consider their position regarding bloggers and as always, I am willing to help in any way.
fromm Tony Gallagher at the Vancouver Province,
There are rumours around the league about the Canucks and New Jersey talking trade with the names of Brendan Morrison and Patrik Elias being mentioned in the twittering, obviously not even up.
How much there is to it remains to be seen, likely not a great deal. With the loss of Brian Rafalski and Scott Gomez going into their new rink in Newark, N.J., the Devils have a lot of pressure to create some sizzle and there is considerable speculation GM Lou Lamoriello will do something big.
Lamoriello has considerable room under the cap right now, but there aren’t many significant players left as free agents to spend it. He could certainly take on higher numbers in trades for bigger name players—and with that in mind, most believe he’ll find a way to create some excitement this way—although whether this involves the Canucks remains to be seen.
more on the Canucks…
This from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
The NHL lockout was supposed to restore a degree of fiscal sanity to the NHL, right? And in so doing perhaps restore a little good faith between the league and its players – remember “Thank You Fans” stencilled outside the blue lines? – and the money-gouged if unfailingly loyal spectators.
So since Sunday noon, NHL clubs have spent a half-billion – billion – dollars on salaries, locking up players for as long as eight years with strategies that have defied explanation, common sense and logic on many fronts.
Make sure to read some of the comments left there…
RDS (translated) reporting Tom Kostopoulos signs with the Canadiens.
The Toronto Maple Leafs and netminder Vesa Toskala have agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract extension.
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