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The NHL will release its 2007-08 schedule this afternoon on NHL.com at approximately 2 p.m. ET
from the New York Daily News,
...an announcement could come as early as this morning that Lundqvist has agreed to a one-year contract worth approximately $2.5 million. The deal is essentially a bridge to next season and beyond that will enable Lundqvist and the club to avoid their scheduled July 24 salary arbitration case while keeping the Rangers from having to unload players to get under this season’s $50.3 million salary cap.
The 25-year-old goaltender will get his big-money, long-term deal soon enough. After Jan. 1, 2008, the Rangers can sign Lundqvist to a lucrative and lengthy extension for 2008-09 and beyond without affecting their ‘07-08 salary-cap situation. And they almost certainly will do so.
more on Lundqvist & Shanahan…
update 11:00am, from the New York Rangers,
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
added 12:03pm, $4.25M for 1yr per TSN...
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Mansions? Flashy cars? Gaudy jewelry?
Crosby is content being a renter at Mario Lemieux’s house and driving a vehicle that’s good in the snow and gets him to and from work. And the only piece of bling in which he seems interested is one that can’t be bought in a store: A Stanley Cup ring.
That’s why he accepted a deal that’s worth an average of $8.7 million per season, below the maximum allowed by the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement.
from the Philly News,
On another note, Holmgren said he has heard the rumors that Ducks sniper Teemu Selanne was considering seeking employment with the Flyers to play with Finnish friends Sami Kapanen and Kimmo Timonen, but said he hasn’t had any contact with either his agent or Selanne.
“I think this is one rumor where there is smoke and no fire,” Holmgren said.
more on the Flyers and what Hartnell had to say at his official introduction…
added 10:29am, Spector has more on this plus all the UFA and trade talk…
from the News & Observer,
Erik Cole is home now in upstate New York, training camp still two months away, the Carolina Hurricanes’ last game three months in the past.
But no matter how far he gets away from hockey, it’s still a pain in his neck.
Sixteen months after Cole suffered a compression fracture of the C5 vertebra in his neck after a hit from behind, he’s still feeling the effects. He continues to strengthen his back and neck muscles to build stability in his neck, and he wonders if he’ll ever regain the flexibility he once had.
from the NY Post,
“I don’t think we’re complete yet,” Lamoriello said, refusing to discuss Yashin or defenseman Sheldon Souray, among the big fish left in the pool.
Souray may be asking more ($6 million per) than Lamoriello wants to pay. Yashin was bought out last month by the Islanders, who will pay him more than $2 million for each of the next eight seasons. His reputation was further damaged by that Islanders move, but he led that team’s offense during their surprising first half, until he injured a knee, which coincided with their decline.
from the Dallas Morning News,
For Stars fans concerned by the team’s inability to land a scoring forward in the early days of NHL free agency, the message from team president Jim Lites is clear:
“We’re not dumb, we’re not cheap and we’ve not fallen asleep,” he said this week.
The Stars planned to spend $4 million to land an impact scorer when free agency began last week. Their goal remains the same, even if the timetable and method might have changed. Now, any major acquisition will come from a trade and is likely to happen months from now.
“Are we likely to make a trade? Yes, but not in the next week,” Lites said, emphasizing the Stars intend to be patient. “Are we preparing to do something? Absolutely. But we’re not going to do anything stupid.”
from the Tennessean,
The Predators can stay in Nashville by averaging 14,000 in paid attendance this season, but a leader of a local group bidding for the team said the average needs to be 16,000 for owners to break even.
The Predators have never averaged 16,000 — their highest average was 15,364 in 1999-2000 — and with about three months to go until the 2007-08 season begins, they have about 7,000 season-ticket holders. That’s about where they were at this time last year, the team said.
from the Courier-Post,
With Scott Hartnell, Jason Smith, Derian Hatcher and Ben Eager, who led the NHL in penalty minutes last season with 233, the Flyers have players willing to fight. But they lack a true heavyweight who can take on Pittsburgh’s Georges Laraque, the Rangers’ Colton Orr and Buffalo’s Andrew Peters.
Riley Cote just might be that heavyweight.
Cote played most of last season with the Phantoms, where injuries limited him to one goal and 125 penalty minutes in just 37 games. He was scoreless and had 11 penalty minutes in eight games with the Flyers.
“I’m rooting for him,” Holmgren said. “The last three years all he’s done is try to get better. He’s hired his own skills coach, his own skating coach and now he’s taking karate lessons to work on his balance. He’s trying his (behind) off to be a better player. Can he do that role? Yeah, why not?”
from Ted Leonsis at WashingtonCaps.com,
Thanks to a heads up from George McPhee, I knew who we would be pursuing in free agency before I left for China. It was great to hear that three of those names will be joining us in the fall.
Free agency is a crazy time, as I’m sure many of you found while hitting “refresh” on your favorite hockey website or blog. I know it seemed frantic to me, perhaps even more so since I was so far away. What’s impressive to me is that amid that chaos, George and his team stuck to their plan, got what they felt we needed and did it all with contracts that will not hurt us competitively or financially down the road.
more from the Caps owner…
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