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A day after being acquired by the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Erik Cole, restricted free agent Joni Pitkanen has signed a three-year contract.
The club announced on Wednesday, that the 24-year old defenceman signed a deal worth $12 million over the three seasons. The deal will pay Pitkanen $3.5 million in 2008-09, $4 million in 2009-10 and $4.5 million in 2010-11.
from Russo’s Rants,
It has been confirmed to me by Kristian Huselius’ agent, Don Meehan, that the Wild is pursuing the free-agent left wing and the two sides will speak again Wednesday. Huselius has got a ton of skill and was nearly traded to Minnesota in 2005-06.
more on the Wild… (note, Russo’s Rants has been having some issues but appears to be back up)
From Jean Lefebvre at Flames Insider,
The Calgary Flames have raided the roster of their northern rivals. The club today will officially announce the signing of Edmonton Oilers forward Curtis Glencross (see last night’s entry for more details), who scored 15 goals in 62 games this past season.
No terms yet, but one unconfirmed report suggested the deal is for three years and $3.2 million.
The Flames are also expected to announce the signing of incumbent defenceman Jim Vandermeer.
Update 12:55pm ET: The above signings have been confirmed by the Flames via press releases a few minutes ago. Additionally, the Flames also signed Peter Vandermeer.
From Bruce Dowbiggin at the Calgary Herald,
It’s July 1—free-agent liberation day—and agent J.P. Barry rolls through the door of his Calgary office at Creative Artists Agency. The burly Barry has already had a full morning—and the clock has not even hit the magic 10 a.m. opener for offers and signings.
continued… following the day of agent J.P. Barry yesterday.
Raffi Torres is a badass. Check out YouTube. Well, first watch the hysterical spoof from The Daily Show that involved Torres, but then watch Torres’ hits. This guy had 27 goals two seasons ago.
You know who Torres is? He’s a faster-skating Ryan Malone without the public relations help provided by the Stanley Cup Finals. Malone had the eyes of the hockey world on him during the Penguins’ Cup run, and he was awesome. His stock soared. That was Torres just two Cups previous. Big, nasty, feels no pain and lives, breathes and sleeps hockey.
more on Columbus
From Luke DeCock at Lord Stanley’s Blog,
The Canes continued to retool their defense Wednesday, signing defenseman Josef Melichar to a one-year, $1 million contract.
Melichar, 29, spent six seasons with the Penguins before playing last season in Sweden and his native Czech Republic. The 6-foot-2, 202-pounder has seven goals and 33 assists in 310 career NHL games.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
There were a frenzy of signings during Day 1 of the free-agency period. Here’s a look at the top deals so far:
The home run—Parts I and II
• Blackhawks sign defenseman Brian Campbell to eight-year deal ($7.125 million annual average), goalie Cristobal Huet to four years at $5.6 million per season…
Free-agency grade: Campbell, A+; Huet, A-
via the Philadelphia Flyers,
Flyers G.M. Paul Holmgren revealed on Tuesday evening that the club has agreed to a two-year contract extension with restricted free agent defenseman Randy Jones. Jones also took part in a conference call with local reporters regarding his deal.
Randy Jones: “I just talked it over with my agent and kind of looked at the scenario that would have been best for me. With a two-year [deal] I think it worked out the best for myself and for the Flyers.”
from Snapshots at Mlive,
Sport-Express’s Igor Larin says that the New Jersey Devils have offered Sergei Fedorov a contract…
On the Mats Sundin front, Aftonbladet’s Tomas Ros says that Sundin would prefer to stay in the Eastern Conference, though he’s seriously considering the Vancouver Canucks’ 2-year, $20 million contract offer, and Sundin’s Swedish representative, Claes Elefak, told Expressen’s Gunnar Nordstrom that Sundin’s merely “considering” every offer:
read on with translations…
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
While general manager Kevin Lowe said “the numbers are a little bit inflated” when it comes to the reported $9 million a year deal over a rumoured nine-year term for 29-year-old Slovakian Marian Hossa, in the same breath he added: “Daryl said from the outset he’ll do whatever it takes and spend to the cap.”
The excitement comes from a community unaccustomed to being in the bidding for the most sought-after player in the Canada Day craziness. The fear comes from paying that kind of money to a player who is recognized as more of a follower than a leader, especially if the deal takes him to age 38. That’s the kind of insanity which history suggests more teams live to regret than not.
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