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RDS is reporting that Eric Belanger has been signed by the Minnesota Wild for $5.2 million over 3 years.
(English Google translation here.)
Update 5:15pm ET
The Wild still haven’t provided a press release confirming this, but Radio-Canada, which RDS indicates is the original source of this story, has a quote from Belanger himself confirming the deal. (*using the translation tool again):
“I am really glad to join the Wild”, affirms Bélanger. “Jacques Lemaire and Doug Risebrough intend to make me play on one of the first two lines. I intend to seize my chance.”
Update 5:35pm ET: TSN provides that the deal is specifically $5.25 million.
Columbus Blue Jackets:
Jiri Novotny has signed a two-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the club announced on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.
The 23-year-old rookie split time between the Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals in 2006/07
Sportsnet.ca’s trade tracker notes that both Matt Carkner (1 year) and Danny Bois (2 years) have been signed by the club. No financial terms available.
Holland made it sound that Rafalski’s signing signals the team won’t look to resign free agent Danny Markov, who earned $2.5 million last season.
“Another (defenceman) isn’t our priority,” Holland said. “We’re not looking for anybody significant. If we’re going to do something on D, maybe it’s a month from now.”
Holland does hope to have goalie Dominik Hasek signed before the end of this week. Both sides seem to agree that Detroit is where the 42-year-old goaltender wants to be.
“(Agent) Ritch Winter told me Dom wants to be here,” Holland said. “We’re close in a lot of area. I’m hoping to finish this off in a day or two.”
more on the Wings… inlcuding no more “big” signings…
The New Jersey Devils have signed unrestricted free agent forward Dainius Zubrus to a 6-year contract, TFP has learned.
*More info on Zubrus weighing his options noted earlier today on KK...
Update 3:22pm ET:
Zubrus is, in fact, listed on the official roster at the New Jersey Devils website at this time.
Update 3:25pm ET:
From TSN - “The New Jersey Devils have signed centre Dainius Zubrus to a 6-year contract.”
Update 4:02pm ET:
TSN’s site has updated to state financial terms for Zubrus contract. Signing is for 6 years for $20.4 million.
Today’s European, given a choice, likes to cut four or five hours off of that trip to the homeland, and can do that by staying on the east side of the continent. And older players—Nylander will be 35 when the season begins—want nothing to do with a Western travel schedule.
As the fight to revamp the NHL schedule ramps up this season, that element and its effect on free agency will play a key role in discussions to have eastern-based teams travelling outside their time zone a lot more than they do currently.
Beyond travel concerns, some people will always be drawn to major markets like New York, Toronto and Los Angeles. It’s human nature. And when you’re dealing with young, often single hockey players, choosing to play in Tampa Bay or Buffalo is awfully tough when the big boys are calling on the other line.
Canucks Press Release: "Vancouver Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced today that the Canucks have signed centre Byron Ritchie and winger Brad Isbister. In keeping with club policy, no financial terms of the deal will be released." More at Canucks & Beyond later.
from Habs Inside/Out,
Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey told the Montreal media this morning in a wide-ranging talk at the Bell Centre that his free-agent shopping is pretty much done – no Alexei Yashin or Brendan Shanahan, thank you very much – though his eyes remain open should something stupendous fall into his lap. Gainey also added that defenceman Sheldon Souray is no longer in talks with the club…
read on and listen to Gainey…
Bill Watters on Leafs Lunch today stated the Canadiens are “quietly” courting Yashin…
via Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider,
I spoke to Dainius Zubrus’s agent, Jerrold Colton, this morning. The Caps did not pursue him seriously and he doesn’t expect that to change, especially with Michael Nylander now in the fold. Colton did say that Zubrus has some offers from other teams and is currently weighing his options. Something could be announced today.
from the Philadelphia Inquirer,
(Jeremy) Jacobs is considered an owner who will continue to fight for Bettman against more liberal members of the NHL. Last week, he spoke on a variety of topics that are important to the NHL.
Q: It seems the price of free agency, regardless of the cap, is going up. It’s possible for clubs to spend well over the cap during any given year if contracts are front-loaded because all contracts are averaged. Are you worried about this becoming a trend?
A: This is what I [mean] when I say people are learning this agreement. Sure, you are going to see some of this. We may have to turn around and change that going forward. But you [have] got to live with what you got right now in this agreement.
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