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via press release:
Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed defenseman Kurtis Foster to a 2008-09 contract.
Update 4:48pm ET: Michael Russo notes that Foster’s salary is $1.025 million for the season.
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed restricted free-agent forward Wojtek Wolski to a two-year contract.
“Wojtek is definitely part of the elite young group of players establishing themselves in the league. Therefore, we feel very strongly that he is important to the future success of our club,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “We’ve been pleased with his development at the NHL level and we expect him to be a big contributor to our team.”
Ken Holland was on Fan590 in Toronto about 1/2 hour ago and talked about how the Hossa deal came about. Kenny also mentioned future plans and said the Sundin camp told him yesterday afternoon that they were not interested in the Wings offer, they would be going in a different direction.
via Puck-rakers, Columbus Blue Jackets Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche have been traded to the New York Rangers for Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman.
Update 4:32pm ET: And from TSN (link not yet available)—
Sources tell TSN the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers have completed a trade. The Rangers will receive Nikolai Zherdev as part of the package. Details to follow.
Update 5:19pm ET: TSN has more now.
Update 5:30pm ET: Puck-rakers has more, explaining the reasons for this deal from the Blue Jackets’ perspective.
Update 5:37pm ET: Comment from GM Scott Howson—
“The addition of Fedor and Christian to our lineup has really improved our puck moving ability from the blueline. All strong teams are built from the backend out and we feel like we made significant strides in that area today.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
A day after three dozen or so of his peers went chasing after the most dollars they could possibly grab, Marian Hossa left tens of millions on the table Tuesday to sign a modest one-year, $7.4 million deal with the Detroit Red Wings.
Hossa was being greedy all right — but not in the conventional sense of the term. At the age of 29 and 10 years into his NHL career, Hossa was greedy for a Stanley Cup — and figured his best chance to win one was to go to the defending champions.
Sportsnet has learned defenceman Ron Hainsey has signed a $22.5 million five-year deal with the Atlanta Thrashers.
via TSN’s tracker:
Ottawa Senators sign UFA Forward Jarkko Ruutu to a three-year, $3.9 million contract.
via the TSN tracker:
Ottawa Senators sign UFA Forward Shean Donovan to a two-year contract.
Update 2:46pm ET: More details to provided on this TSN page.
From Mike Chen’s Hockey Blog,
I’m reserving comments on the whole free-agent idiocy until the second day finishes so that we get the remaining chips (hopefully) off the table. So far, though, what a bunch of freakin’ morons (the GMs, not the players).
Press Release from the Pittsburgh Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Evgeni Malkin to a five-year contract extension commencing with the 2009-10 season, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
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