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The Hossa Talk In Edmonton

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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Goalie Situation In Chicago

from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times, ‘

‘Huet was the No. 1 goaltender in this [free-agent market],’’ Tallon said. ‘‘We like Nik, but we wanted to make sure we were good in the net. Khabby’s contract is up at the end of the year, and we’ve got a lot of young goalies who aren’t ready yet.’‘

That’s not the stance Tallon took after last season, when he declared that Corey Crawford ‘‘deserves a shot’’ after two good seasons in the minors. And Finland’s Antti Niemi came with rave reviews when Tallon signed him in the offseason.

More to the point, the Hawks probably couldn’t find a taker for the last $6.75 million on Khabibulin’s contract. They might find one as the season winds down, though, and by then Huet will be the solid starter and either Crawford or Niemi the up-and-coming backup.


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Morning Line

We couldn’t come to terms with Cristobal Huet even though we met his ask and NOT for a lack of trying. We became very concerned that this player just didn’t want to sign with us so we had to move quickly to sign a new number one goaltender. We believe that Jose Theodore will fit in nicely in DC

-Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take

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What Is Going On

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Hell in a handbasket.

There’s no other way to describe it. When a young man named Jeff Finger (Who?) plays one full season in the NHL, including being a healthy scratch for five of his team’s 10 playoff games, and is rewarded with a contract that pays him a mind-blowing $3.75 million (all figures U.S.) per season – a 733 per cent raise in salary – something’s seriously out of whack.

Somewhere, Bob Goodenow is giggling….

Cliff Fletcher’s no longer the caretaker. He’s in charge indefinitely and there’s a plan in place, or so he says. So we’re all trying to figure it out. Jamal Mayers was brought in because he’s a good guy, and maybe that’s the reason for repatriating Joseph, too, once again establishing the Leafs as the NHL team most likely to employ the same player twice.

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Blue Jackets Better

from Arace on hockey… and other stuff at the Columbus Dispatch,

To quote Wally Lamb, I know this much is true: The Blue Jackets are better today than they were yesterday – and they’re a lot better today than they were last week. I don’t know if they’ll score 82 goals, but Ken Hitchcock is smiling. He can trot these guys out, ruin the game – and win at a greater clip than he did previously. He has a better team now. He doesn’t have Hossa or Jagr or Sundin. There has been no big splash. But the Jackets are better. There’s no doubt about it.

There are some fans out there who are chafing, and that is understandable. The carnival huckster is long gone, and some excitement went with him. We’ve gone from Doug MacLean, the Jerry Springer of GMs, to Scott Howson, who is vaguely reminiscent of Niles Crane.


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Bits Of Information

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

**From what I’ve been told, Brendan Shanahan’s agent Rick Curran received phone calls from several teams expressing interest in signing in the UFA left wing today. None of them were from the Devils.

**The Rangers are still in the bidding for Marian Hossa and Mats Sundin, but don’t have the room to sign both. Edmonton is said to have the best offer on the table for Hossa. Word is it’s for more than $9 million per season.

**If the Rangers land Hossa or Sundin, Jaromir Jagr’s days as a Ranger are likely over. There is a possibility that Jagr could go back to Pittsburgh, but it appears the market for Jagr is waiting on Hossa’s decision.

**Bobby Holik on whether the Devils’ fans will welcome him back after boing him since he left New Jersey to sign a five-year, $45 million deal with the Rangers in 2002: “I’ll tell you what, fans in New Jersey are somewhat spoiled and I don’t mean it in a bad way. They want their team to be successful. There’s nothing more important to them and because it’s been a great 12-13 years prior to last year. But if I give my best as I always had and make the team better, I think that’s all they (want). Yeah, there are going to be people who have opinions. I have opinions, too. So, we all do. And we’re all entitled to them. But the bottom line is I’m on that team to make the team better and I believe I can with whatever role they designate for me.”

more, Devils related…

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Ryder Was Wanted

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

“Claude played a big factor based on his relationship with him,” Chiarelli said. “They have a real good relationship and trust. Cam spoke about the city and the growing emergence of the Bruins, how we’re trying to turn things around. He’s seen that firsthand. He liked what he saw.”

According to Chiarelli, Montreal granted exclusive negotiating rights to Ryder to an undisclosed team prior to free agency. Chiarelli said there were at least two other teams chasing Ryder.

more on the Bruins who are at the cap max…

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Signing Thoughts

from Jamie’s (Fitzpatrick) Hockey Blog,

Thoughts on a few of the fat deals signed July 1, opening day of the 2008 NHL free agent season.

G Cristobal Huet to Chicago: 4 years/$5.6 million per year
G Jose Theodore to Washington: 2 years/$4.5 million per year

Each man takes over as the top goalie on a young, exciting team looking to break through sooner rather than later. Given their checkered pasts, it’s hard to believe either of them is up to the job. Nikolai Khabibulin has just one year left with the Blackhawks, so Huet suddenly becomes crucial to their rebuilding effort. Scary prospect.


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What Direction

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Glen Sather wouldn’t give Avery an extra $4M over four years - Page Six Sean is believed on his way to either Detroit or Dallas - but the GM instead lavished a six-year contract worth $6.5M per on 31-year-old Wade Redden, a reasonably dependable puck-moving defenseman who had a dreadful 2007-08 in Ottawa and has never been regarded as a game-changer over 11 seasons with the Senators….

Jagr, meanwhile, is on hold. Unless there’s a new math by which Sather is operating, it would seem impossible for the Blueshirts to make an offer to No. 68 that he’s not going to refuse.

Jagr laughed when asked about whispers from the underground that the Penguins will invite him back to finish where he began -Boo! - if the lure of Broadway proves greater for Hossa than the opportunity to skate with Sidney Crosby. leaves Pittsburgh.


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Signs of Commitment

from Jim Matteson of rhe Edmonton Journal,

The Edmonton Oilers remain in the Marian Hossa hunt with their new, billionaire owner, Daryl Katz, offering between $9 and $10 million a season, according to some sources. And not for one year; for many, many years.

Mats Sundin has an offer on the table—again reportedly for $20 million over two years—to play in Vancouver. He’s 37 years old. His best years are behind him, but he’s going to the Hall of Fame and nine teams are trying to convince Sundin to play for them.

The Detroit Red Wings want him, but only for one year and not for $10 million, to bridge the gap before they have to sign Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen.

“I wish I was a player,” admitted Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon.

“You always overpay (now), then it trickles down and you get the bargains in August,” said Tallon. “But we had to make a statement. We’ve created a buzz in this market. We’ve started to sell more and more tickets, more sponsorships and we decided we’d try to make an impact to continue the momentum.

“We had to send a message to our young players that we’re committed.”


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