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from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,
Free agent signings will come fast and furious tomorrow, but where do some of the Caps’ key figures stand today? I will try to update this each time I find an agent willing to talk to me. First up this morning was Cristobal Huet’s representation, Stephen Bartlett.
Q: IS THERE ANY KIND OF UPDATE ON THE NEGOTIATIONS WITH HUET AND THE CAPS?
Bartlett: Nothing new really – I haven’t talked to the Caps in a while. I may give them a call today or vice versa. If tomorrow comes, the Capitals are still very much in our thoughts.
Q: DO YOU HAVE ANY SENSE OF HOW MANY TEAMS MIGHT BE INTERESTED TOMORROW?
Bartlett: You have to wait until Christmas morning to find out what is under the tree.
more on Huet and Brooks Laich too…
Kevin Allen on the Fan590 this morning… Wings are laying in the weeds and will either sign Brian Rolston or Mats Sundin.
NHL.com provides a a selection of articles rounding up all the latest happenings in the Central Division. Articles posted today include:
“Davidson Sees the Blues Making Strides” by Mike G. Morreale
“Blackhawks a Team on the Rise” by Brian Compton
“Jackets Still Seeking Elusive Playoff Berth” by Mike G. Morreale
“Wings Dominated en Route to Stanley Cup” by Brian Compton
“Despite Ouster, Reasons for Preds to be Proud” by Mike G. Morreale
To keep track of all the free agent signings, TSN has a handy tracker set up.
This week is sure to be a hectic time if you are a hockey fan!
Have you heard of any possible trades, signings, etc?
If so, feel free to leave a comment so other KK readers can be informed too.
Ryan Malone and Gary Roberts are officially members of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and defenceman Dan Boyle might be the player in the team’s cross-hairs.
Malone has agreed to a seven year, $31.5 million contract, while Roberts agreed to terms on a one year contract that pays him a base salary of $1.25 million plus $10,000 for every game that he plays in the 2008-09 NHL regular season. So if Roberts were to play in all 82 games, he would earn $820,000 in bonuses, which could make his total income for the season $2.07 million.
continued… plus some speculation on Dan Boyle’s future
from Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record,
There are some indications, however, that Lamoriello will try to make a big splash after the free agent market opens at noon on Tuesday in an attempt to propel his team back into the Eastern Conference’s elite.
The big fish would be right wing Marian Hossa….
Although pursuing such big-name players would seem to be out of character for Lamoriello, he suggests otherwise.
“All of that goes on behind the scenes and we don’t talk about it,” he said. “If we can do something that makes our team better, we’ll do that. You try to do that during the regular season, but you can’t always do it.”
Bob McKenzie was just on Team 990 in Montreal and said he expects Rolston to sign with Tampa Bay.
Bob mentioned even though the Tampa management team has dismissed the Dan Boyle trade rumors, he is being shopped and remember, Boyle has a NTC. Bob then wondered what will Tampa do on the defensive end.
The Senators need to sign their own players and Spezza won’t be moved unless something comes up that knocks the socks off of the Sens.
He mentioned Brian Campbell will get between 6.5-7M and Redden in the 6-6.5 salary range. Bob felt at one time Campbell would sign but the family issue he has may force him to sign in the East. Hard to know if he will chase the $$$ or the opportunity.
Bob wonders if Boyle would be a fit in San Jose if they do lose Campbell.
He feels both Theodore and Huet will go the UFA route but could see the Caps signing Huet.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
This is the first skate to drop.
There will be a second skate to drop for Kevin Lowe and the Edmonton Oilers today. It’s almost certain that a blockbuster trade yesterday will result in another trade involving Joni Pitkanen to follow quickly.
The trade of Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene to the Los Angeles Kings for Lubomir Visnovsky - instantly making the Slovakian defenceman the highest paid player on the hockey team - definitely registers on the hockey trade Richter scale.
continued with more on the trade for Visnovsky…
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Free-agent season opens tomorrow but if Canucks’ fans think their team can re-invent itself with a few crafty signings, they’re dreaming in technicolour. Of all the ways to improve an NHL lineup—trades, player development, drafting, etc.—free agency is by far the least efficient and the most dangerous. It can be a useful tool if a team is looking to fill one or two specific needs. Beyond that, you’re generally looking at players whose value has been artificially inflated.
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