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from Red Wings Corner,
Holland said that Red Wings’ other three unrestricted free agents—Dominik Hasek, Danny Markov and Todd Bertuzzi—are still possible signees.
The Red Wings and Hasek talked several times Saturday. That the netminder hasn’t come to terms yet is somewhat perplexing to Holland.
“I’m cautiously optimistic ... I think he wants to see what we’ll do and how much cap space we’ll have,” said Holland. “At least that’s the way it appears.”
more on Rafalski…
Scott Gomez is staying in the Tri-State area, but not with the only team he’s played for in his seven-year NHL career.
Gomez, one of the top centers on the free-agent market, signed a seven-year deal with the New York Rangers, ESPN The Magazine’s E.J. Hradek reports.
Update 7:38pm ET
TSN txt message updates report “New York Rangers have signed forward Scott Gomez.” More to come soon.
Update 7:40pm ET
via TSN online,
The New York Rangers signed forward Scott Gomez to a multi-year contract.
Gomez appeared in 72 games for the New Jersey Devils in 2006-07 recording 13 goals, 60 points and 42 penalty minutes.
Update 7:55pm ET
Story has now opened up to include both Gomez AND Chris Drury signed by Rangers today. More here.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie is reporting a deal might almost be in place between the Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers.
As noted by Spector:
TSN’S Bob McKenzie reports the Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers may be close to a trade that would send Joffrey Lupul and Jason Smith to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Joni Pitkanen and Geoff Sanderson.
Update 6:47pm ET
TSN now confirming they’re certain that Oilers’ captain Jason Smith has been traded to the Flyers. More info to follow.
Update 7:17pm ET
The Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers have made a four-player trade. The Oilers have moved their captain, defencemen Jason Smith and forward Joffrey Lupul for defenceman Joni Pitkanen, forward Geoff Sanderson and a third-round draft pick in 2009.
TSN is speculating in their broadcast that Jason Blake is “very close” to being signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs. More soon.
Update 7:36pm ET
Looking to add some speed and grit, the Toronto Maple Leafs have signed winger Jason Blake to a 5-year deal worth $20 million.
The Minnesota native appeared in all 82 games last season with the New York Islanders, setting career highs in goals (40) and points (69).
TSN just reporting that Michel Ouellet signed by Tampa Bay Lightning, 2 years. More to come.
Update 6:17pm ET:
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed unrestricted free agent right wing Michel Ouellet to a two-year deal.
Ouellet, 25, appeared in 73 games for Pittsburgh in 2006-07, recording 19 goals, 48 points and 30 penalty minutes in only his second NHL season. The 6-foot, 201-pound native of Rimouski, Quebec ranked fourth on the Penguins with 11 power-play goals and averaged 13:19 in ice time.
“Michel Ouellet is a goal scorer and has been throughout every level of his career,” GM Feaster said.
Hurricanes agreed to a two-year, 1.6 million contract with forward Jeff Hamilton.
Hamilton, who spent last season with the Chicago Blackhawks will earn $800,000 per year, scored 18 goals and had 21 assists in 70 games last season.
via Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Barring something unexpected - always a high possibility in this crazy business - I believe you’ll be hearing about Ryan Smyth becoming a member of the Avalanche soon. A grade A source tells me a deal is close to being done. Stay tuned. And don’t kill the messenger if the deal falls through!
Update 6:23pm ET (by Alanah)
The link above stopped working for some reason. The original story appears to be missing, but Dater references it online here as well:
Still waiting on a Smyth deal. These things can be complicated. These are the top two lines I see for this season, if Smyth brings his mullet to Denver:
Update 7:12pm ET (Alanah)
Dater is now acknowledging that he did remove his original post deliberately.
Let’s just all sit and wait for the proper authorities to alert us of any big Avalanche deals today, OK? I took a previous blog about a Ryan Smyth deal down not long ago, because I forgot about a parliamentary procedure to post a “news” story like that. That was the reason, not anything else.
There are a lot of other teams that are after the same guys the Avs are after, and it’s no guarantee ANY of them will be coming to our Dusty Old Cowtown yet. So, again, breathe in, breathe out. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Hmmm… this is probably not going to go over well with Avs fans, I’m guessing.
From On Frozen Pond,
At least Radek Dvorak won’t have to go far for the Panthers’ 1996 reunion.
Sunday, the Panthers signed the former Panther to a two-year deal. Terms coming as soon as Dvorak’s agent tells TSN what they were.
Dvorak, 30, played with the Panthers from 1995-99.
*found with thanks to Spector
The Boston Bruins signed free agent right wing Shawn Thornton to a multi-year contract on Sunday.
via the Anaheim Ducks,
“Scott Niedermayer has informed me that he is leaning toward retirement,” said Burke. “Typical of his character and leadership, he made the call this morning in order to allow us to make alternative plans in the event he does not return. Although he has not retired and would be welcomed back, we felt adding another top NHL defenseman was critical to defending our championship. Mathieu Schneider fits into that category and will be a great addition to our team.”
Thanks to HockeyFights.com for the tip…
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