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From Greg Logan’s Islander’s Beat,
Shortly after Ryan Smyth’s decision to sign with Colorado became official around 11 p.m. Sunday night, my phone rang. It was a player who had been an Islander for six years, not six minutes. It was Jason Blake.
How was he feeling after signing a five-year deal worth $20 million with Toronto? Silly question.
“Awesome,” Blake said with a little laugh.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Tom Preissing is going to La La Land.
The Senators defenceman has agreed to a four-year, $11-million deal with the Los Angeles Kings which will pay him $2.75 million per season.
Preissing made $600,000 last season.
The deal still has to be finalized before it’s official.
Updated at 2:20pm ET
One line from the story was accidentally omitted. Now fixed.
update 4:09pm, CP has confirmed,
Preissing will earn $2.75 million a season, a huge over the $600,000 he made last season in Ottawa.
from Scott Morrison of the CBC,
The likes of New York, Colorado, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia all had their cheque books out on the first day of free-agent shopping. And almost all got goofy with not only the dollars, but the terms in the contracts. Five, six, seven, even an eight-year deal, the values from $6 million to seven and change on average. And two players will earn $10 million next season.
All of which has prompted more than observer of the game to ask aloud: And what exactly was the lockout suppose to accomplish?
Well, the spending is linked to revenues, so there is overall control. That’s what the NHL wanted.
more and who won and lost on day 1 of the UFA signings…
Roman at eNHL.cz (not translated) has a quote from Jagr regarding the loss of Nylander…
Jagr: “I am little disappointed the Rangers were not able to keep Nylander on the team. It was really good for me to play with him.
We played together for 2 years with the Rangers and 1 year in Washington. We worked well together and knew what to expect from one another.”
For the next week, NHL players Steve Montador and Andrew Ference will be in Tanzania, Africa, as athlete-ambassadors for the humanitarian organization Right To Play.
While in Tanzania, Montador and Ference will be able to read your support of their charitable efforts here:
In addition, Ference will be writing a journal and posting pictures when he returns home on July 8, and will be able to respond to any questions or comments you post.
from the Patriot Ledger,
There’s that knee injury that pretty much put Fernadez out of action after January. Even though he was scheduled this week to be medically cleared by Wild doctors to resume play, there’s something a little unsettling about hearing a player say he sprained a knee ligament, and then ‘‘tore it three more times.’’
There’s that $4.33 million salary cap figure this year and next, which may knock Boston out of the running for any current free agents of significance.
There’s the thought that Fernandez, 32, has been so insulated by Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire’s defense-themed system, he may not be as good as his statistics.
Risk, of course, is part of every trade, but there’s so much logic built into this deal that general manager Peter Chiarelli couldn’t pass it up.
From Rob Rossi at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Crosby is entering the final season of a three-year, entry-level contract he signed shortly after the Penguins made him the top pick in the 2005 NHL draft. All he has done since signing that deal—which, with performance incentives, has paid him well (almost $4 million annually) over the past two years—is halt the Penguins’ six-season playoff drought, become the youngest athlete to lead any North American professional league in scoring and win acclaim by both his peers and the hockey media as the league’s most valuable player.
He will turn 20 on Aug. 7. The Penguins can start talking today to his agent, Pat Brisson, about a lengthy contract extension, under terms of the league’s collective bargaining agreement.
*thanks to a KK reader for pointing out this story
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
Under this CBA the rich get richer AND get to pick off the better players. The less rich will have to raise ticket prices in some markets just to get to the floor and in other markets just to be able to pay for arbitration awards that will be rising because of the new contracts being handed out to players who are jumping to teams with more cash on hand.
Imagine hiking ticket prices after you’ve just seen your best player bolt for a bigger market and you’ve got nothing in return.
from the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that General Manager Dale Tallon has been given a 2-year contract extension. Tallon became the 8th General Manager in the team’s storied history back on June 21, 2005.
“I’m very excited that the Blackhawks have given me the opportunity to continue to work toward our goal of winning the Stanley Cup,” said Tallon. “We are continuing to put together the pieces of the puzzle that are going to make the Blackhawks a very competitive team. We are getting closer to where we want to be and when we get there we are going to stay there for a very long time.”
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
For some reason, such as arrogance, the Buffalo Sabres figured they could get away with trying to muscle co-captains Chris Drury and Daniel Briere when, in fact, General Manager Darcy Regier and owner Tom Golisano didn’t have an ounce of leverage. Apparently, they thought they were smarter than legions of people who have wailed all season to get something done. Boy, they really taught Drury and Briere a lesson, didn’t they?...
One more time: Drury and Briere would have stayed in Buffalo for less money than their market value had the Sabres shown genuine interest. The Sabres’ gross miscalculation concerning this situation will cost them plenty of fans, which translates to plenty of money. It’s bad business.
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