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from the Edmonton Journal,
He (Laraque) desperately wanted assurances he wouldn't be dealt, and when it became clear that that wasn't going to be part of any new deal, he decided his days here were numbered -- and Edmonton's fan favourite became a Phoenix Coyote. He got a two-year deal that will pay him $2.4-million. It's a deal that includes a no-trade clause. "I had tears in my eyes. I've been here nine years and I know it's a business, but it was hard to take," Laraque said on Wednesday. "It really wasn't a decision. "I always wanted to be an Oiler and I wanted to stay here ... I thought I was going to be an Oiler for life. But I went to Phoenix because they didn't want me here anymore.more
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
While GM John Muckler will negotiate with Vermette, Schaefer, Neil and Kelly, sources say talks continue to try to move Havlat to a Western Conference team. It's believed the San Jose Sharks, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks are among the teams trying to work out a deal with Muckler. A furious Havlat, who is determined to test the free-agent market, told agent Allan Walsh that he will not sign more than a one-year contract with any team. That hurts Muckler's attempts to trade him. While Havlat made $2.6 million last season, Muckler must have cringed when he learned the Carolina Hurricanes gave winger Eric Cole a three-year, $12-million deal yesterday. The $4-million mark is expected to be Havlat's starting point when he goes to arbitration.more
The Ottawa Senators have signed goaltender Ray Emery to a one-year deal worth $925,000. The 23-year-old Emery had a record of 23-11-4 with the Senators last year with a .902 save percentage and a 2.82 goals against average.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Belfour met with Wings general manager Ken Holland at Joe Louis Arena and then saw team doctors, who examined his back. Belfour had surgery to repair a herniated disc on April 5. Holland hopes to find out the results today. "I told him we'd let him know in the next two or three days whether we're prepared to offer a contract,'' Holland said. "The question is his health and his age.''more...plus Shanahan decision won't come any earlier than this weekend...
The NHLPA has listed players who have filed for arbitration. The deadline for Club Elected salary arbitration notification is July 6, 2006 at 5 p.m. ET. Hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20 to August 4, 2006. A little refresher course: SALARY ARBITRATION Who will be eligible for Salary Arbitration? As a general matter, players will be eligible for salary arbitration after four years in the League instead of three. For the first time, Clubs also will have the right to elect salary arbitration with respect to two categories of players. For players who are earning more than $1.5 million in their prior year, Clubs will have the right to elect salary arbitration in lieu of making a Qualifying Offer. Clubs also will have the right to elect salary arbitration with respect to other Group 2 players who chose not to take the Club to arbitration. QUALIFYING OFFERS How will qualifying offers work? Players earning $660,000 or less will be entitled to qualifying offers (QO) at 110% of their prior year's salary; players earning more than $660,000 and up to $1 million will be entitled to QOs at 105% of prior year's salary; players earning more than $1 million will be entitled to QO at 100% of their prior year's salary.
The Phoenix Coyotes have signed winger Georges Laraque to a multi-year deal.No details yet... update 8:11pm, 2 year deal worth $2.4 million and NTC.
from the Florida Panthers,
Florida Panthers General Manager Mike Keenan announced today that the club has agreed to terms with D Bryan Allen and D Branislav Mezei. “Both Bryan and Branislav are big and physical defensemen who we are pleased to have come to terms with,” said Keenan. “Both players will play important roles on our club this year and we are confident that they will provide us with solid play along the blueline.”
The empty Joe Louis Arena had a visitor today. This person is looking for work!
The Anaheim Ducks have re-signed centre Andy McDonald to a three-year contract. As per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed. McDonald, 28, appeared in his sixth NHL season in 2005-06. He played in all 82 regular season games finishing Tied for 20th in the NHL in points, while earning career highs in goals (34), assists (51) and points (85).
from the New England Hockey Journal,
Here’s a look at what NHL scout David Kolb (Red Wings I believe) thinks of some of the free-agent signings from the first couple of days since the market opened: NICKLAS LIDSTROM- Detroit Big Nick deserves everything he gets. Lidstrom and Scott Niedermayer are the only two defensemen in the NHL worth this kind of loot. Each performs every facet of The Game at the highest level. WADE REDDEN- Ottawa With a few more years, he should evolve into a Norris-type player. His minutes will go up without Zdeno Chara around as a teammate. Ottawa should take a close look at handing the “C” over to Redden. ZDENO CHARA- Boston One thing the New York Rangers learned over the past decade is that you can’t buy a good team. Now the Bruins are trying to buy themselves a team, while attempting to have their fans forget about the Joe Thornton fiasco. Simply put, Chara was overpaid.read on
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