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from the CP via TSN,
A phone call from Canada’s last Olympic captain sealed the deal for Captain Canada to join the Avs.
‘‘Joe Sakic called me and helped the process along,’’ Ryan Smyth told The Canadian Press in an interview Monday.
The two were teammates at the 2002 Salt Lake Games and 2006 Turin Olympics as well as the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
‘‘It was like the icing on the cake,’’ added Smyth. ‘‘Joe as everybody knows is a world-class player, he’s a future Hockey Hall of Famer. The guys handles himself with a great deal of class. There’s no question he was an influence on it.’‘
According to RDS (translated), Robert Lang is a Blackhawk.
added 5:33pm, from the Chicago Blackhawks,
GM Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have signed free agent center Robert Lang to a 2-year contract. “Robert gives us another offensive weapon at the center position,” said Tallon.
The Canadiens currently court the Czech defender Roman Hamrlik, who played with Flames of Calgary last year. According to what RDS learned, the Tricolour one is ahead of other teams.
Update: translation adjusted because Yves (in the comments) was nice enough to point out my dumb error. (oops!) Thanks!
Update 5:14pm ET:
From Habs Inside Out,
Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced today the signing of free agent defenceman Roman Hamrlik to a four-year contract (2007-08 to 2010-11). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Inside/Out will have salary details soon, and we’ll be on a conference call at 5:30 p.m. ET, posting Hamrlik’s comments shortly thereafter.
*also noted at RDS (French)
Note: Original time of this post was 3:46 ET.
The Washington Capitals have signed free agent center Michael Nylander to a four-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
more from the Caps website…
Update 6:18pm ET:
From Tarik El-Bashir at the Washington Post,
Nylander’s deal will pay him $5.5 in each of the first three years and…$3 million [in the 4th year], which means the cap hit will be $4.875 million.
Spector has all the talk on this and so many other UFA bits.
from the New York Rangers,
Both wearing No. 23 jerseys, Drury and Gomez were ushered out to a press conference by Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather and Head Coach Tom Renney. Recognizing that both players had a preference for No. 23, which Drury wore in Buffalo and Gomez in New Jersey, Sather flipped a puck to determine who would wear the number for the Blueshirts next season.
The winner of the puck flip was Drury, who grew up a Rangers fan in Trumbull, Conn., and has described the opportunity to play in New York as a dream come true.
more and it is my understanding the Rangers will be archiving the video of the press conference too…
from the Falconer at DTTHLT (too long to type),
There are several good free agents left out there. I was curious to know which teams had money left under the cap so I ran the numbers. I’m sure this is not perfect, but using lots of web resources here are the MINIMUM salary commitments for each team as of 3:00 Monday.
Also from the same blog, Which teams received the best return on their payroll $$ pre and post lockout…
From Adrian Dater at the Denver Post,
Foppa had surgery Thursday and plans to test out his right ankle on skates either later this week or early next. If he feels terrible, retirement is a definite option. If he feels great, he’ll play again. The question remains: will he take probably a bit less money to play here than he could probably get on the open market, and do the Avs even want him back?
Both are uncertain right now, but I do believe Foppa would take a good discount to play on this team again, especially with yesterday’s signings.
from the Buffalo News,
The Buffalo Sabres this afternoon said they were willing to match the offer Chris Drury received from the New York Rangers on Sunday, but the popular co-captain didn’t give them the chance.
“The decision was to go to the New York Rangers,” Regier said. “It was a personal choice, and I respect that choice.
“He called me after and expressed his desire to go there. He was grateful for everything that he achieved here, individually and collectively, but that’s what unrestricted free agency is. It’s an opportunity to choose where you want to go.”
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