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via the San Jose Sharks,
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed Center Joe Thornton to a three-year contract extension, which will keep the 2006 Hart Trophy winner in San Jose through the 2011 season.
“Joe Thornton is among the top group of elite players in the National Hockey League,” said Wilson. “In addition to his play on the ice, Joe leads by example and has as much love for the game as anyone I have seen. Making sure Joe remained in San Jose was a top priority and he will be an integral part of our franchise as we march towards our goal of competing for the Stanley Cup next year and for years to come.”
Update 12:29pm ET:
The San Jose Sharks announced Sunday that the club has signed centre Joe Thornton to a three-year contract extension, which will keep the 2006 Hart Trophy winner in San Jose through the 2011 season.
The deal will pay Thornton $7.2 million a season.
Bill Watters on Leafs Lunch reporting Gomez will sign for 7 years at $7M per- Rangers or Flyers are the two teams he is hearing.
TSN has them all, RFAs and UFAs…
Ah, Habs Inide/Out reflecting on Souray.
Make sure to check out the video Dave Stubbs points to.
I am sure as the day progresses, this blog will be receiving numerous comments on the Habs situation. Keep an eye on it.
from the Anchorage Daily News,
“The money is going to be the money, (but) there’s a lot more to it,’’ Gomez said by telephone Saturday. “I want to win. I want to bring the Stanley Cup to Anchorage again.
“I’ve been a little spoiled in New Jersey—you knew you always had a chance to win. I still want that chance.’‘
Gomez and his father, Carlos, on Saturday flew to Chicago, where they set up camp with agent Ian Pulver.
from the Calgary Sun,
It sure is a funky coincidence the display of hockey’s stupidity is launched on Canada Day.
Today marks the start of Christmas in July. The presents—really truckloads of cash—begin being handed out all over the place
Smyth is going to be given big bucks and a long-term deal from some team. So will Drury, Daniel Briere, Brad Stuart and Sheldon Souray.
It’s a good bet the Los Angeles Kings are going to dive into the market like they never have before. Likewise, Colorado will be a player and Edmonton intends to.
What about the Flames?
Well, good luck figuring it out. General manager Darryl Sutter will never tip his hand.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Lowe is in an interesting position here.
He’s under the gun, not just from the fans but likely from his own coach, to get somebody to make up for the goals he lost with the departure of Smyth, to get a top talent for Ales Hemsky to play with and a first-rate 25-minute man to play defence.
And the money is there.
He doesn’t have handcuffs.
Lowe, I believe, is prepared to break all the Oiler principles on overspending to bag Briere or a Gomez. Probably not Drury.
Sometimes what looks like bad business can be good business.
from the Mas-Su Valley Frontiersman,
As part of that mission, O’Ree and former NHL Rookie of the Year Henry Boucha (a full-blooded Ojibwa Chippewa) helped found a hockey camp in Wasilla whose goal is to expose Alaskans from all walks of life to the game of hockey.
O’Ree said Friday that the idea behind the camp is to get kids to understand that barriers between races and classes are meaningless out on the ice.
“There’s just one common goal,” he said. “To play together and have fun.”
from Bucky Gleason at the Buffalo News,
Apparently, the Sabres didn’t agree that Briere’s 32 goals and 95 points last season made him worthy of a raise. It’s why they offered
him a five-year deal worth $25 million, hardly chump change for most of us but not even close to what they should have presented with a clear and honest assessment of the market.
Just so you know, Briere would have jumped on the $25 million offer had it been sent across the table on Jan. 1, the day the Sabres could officially negotiate with him, rather than 72 hours before today’s deadline. Reports had Drury being offered some $30 million over five years, yet another lowball effort that would have looked better months ago.
Even now, Drury could stomach making less than full market value if it meant keeping Briere because keeping Briere meant making the Sabres better.
I posted this last year on UFA Day, and basically it holds true today…
Many of us are keeping our eyes and ears open throughout this holiday weekend, trying to find out who signed where, any trades yet, etc.
We do this with great passion while the players that are actually involved are at their summer home or cottage, on the golf course, at the
ballgame or relaxing at their favorite resort.
Should if not be the other way around? Players should have to suffer and gnaw their teeth along with us, trying to tune into three streaming web radio stations at once; a trick I can teach them in a few minutes. I’d like to see
Briere, Drury or Smyth opening five websites up at once, refreshing them every 30 seconds to see if there is any hint of movement.
If all the GMs would just email me when they sign or trade someone and the player agents do the same, I could get on with my life. I have better things to do, maybe I can watch the
6th game of the SCF in peace, watch my 3 DVD set of the Wings or re-paint the Winged Wheel logo on my garage door.
On second thought, maybe a few Wings who live nearby can come over and re-paint the logo (yes, it still needs to be done)- and please make a beer run for me too (remember, no beer can be sold until noon today!)
To see what it was like a year ago today, start here and go backwards when viewing other pages. Geez, we had a false signing very early, then the real signings were announced around 2pm.
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