Kukla's Korner Hockey
No UFA period in recent history (in any sport) matches what we witnessed today. Who thought Chara would end up in Boston (after making a slight visit to LA)? Jovanovski in Phoenix, it must be the dry heat that convinced him. McKee will be wearing a blue note on his sweater in the upcoming year, probably the last place you would expect him to play. Gerber ends up in Ottawa, quiet possibly putting Hasek's NHL career at an end. The best thing about today is it can happen again tomorrow. Granted on a lesser scale, but we all know how that 2nd tier player can perform. Sure, Elias is still available and some teams covet Shanahan wearing their jersey. What will happen next? Well, if you are a regular reader of Kukla's Korner, you know what to expect tomorrow. If this was your first visit, and believe me many of you where (thank you Spector), then please stop back. It is hockey 24/7 except for a much needed vacation in a few weeks. Don't forget Pronger is still available, but the teams in need of him dwindled down to a few after today.
Keith Carney is leaving Vancouver. The 36-year old unrestricted free agent signed a two-year, $4.2 million contract with the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.
The Atlanta Thrashers have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with unrestricted free agent goaltender Johan Hedberg. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "We focused our attention on strengthening our goaltending and made Johan a priority because he competes at a very high-level and will give us the quality starts that will allow us to be successful," said Thrashers executive vice president and general manager Don Waddell. "We hold Johan in the highest regard and we're excited to add him to our line-up."
The Chicago Blackhawks have added some depth at the goaltending position. On Saturday, the team signed unrestricted free agent Patrick Lalime to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
The Minnesota Wild have signed right wing Mark Parrish to a five-year contract.
Rob Blake is returning to where his career began. The 16-year veteran signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Los Angels Kings.
vis Sportsnet Tracker, Joe Corvo to Sens, 4 years at $10.5 million and Nolan Boumgartner to the Flyers.
Jay McKee's name is off the free agent list, as the blueliner has signed a contract with the St. Louis Blues. The Blues have also re-signed forward Dallas Drake.
According to Sportsnet TV, Gerber is headed to Ottawa. No other details. Waiting for more information so hold on...this is a report only! update 7:34pm, It is official per TSN. Thanks to a KK regular for the heads up.
from the Denver Post,
Rob Blake's days with the Avalanche are over. The Denver Post has learned the Avalanche has broken off talks with the star defenseman on a new contract, and Blake will sign with another, yet-to-be determined team. "I'm pretty sure you'll see Rob with another team next year," Avalanche general manager Francois Giguere told The Post today.Thanks to a KK reader for the pointer.
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