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from Sports Bladet (rough translation follows),
John Oduya is a lot of near a NHL-kontrakt with N J Devils. The parties are verbal agreed and the transition to be presented shortly. John new Oduya chose before the past season to change klubb from Djurgården to Frölunda. In Gothenburg might Oduya sensible that he can last more than lasting a tough player and became a regular member in three sek on kuppen. Now, he has negotiated with N J Devils and this night agreed the parties about an one oar contract. The only problem each that Johnny Oduya did not have access to a fax and could thereby not to sign the contract.
With the type of speed he normally uses to slice his way up the ice, Ed Jovanovski was plucked off the free-agent market and away from the Vancouver Canucks by Wayne Gretzky's Phoenix Coyotes. Just hours after the NHL's free-agency period began Saturday at 9 a.m., Jovanovski signed a five-year, $32.5-million US deal with the Coyotes. He chose it over a second deal Phoenix tabled, a four-year, $28-million offer. Both contracts easily trumped an offer from Florida. There was no way the Canucks, with their salary commitments, could offer anywhere near that kind of money. They never made an offer.continued
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
You can forgive fans of the Boston Bruins if they look a bit bewildered. After suffering through years of mismanagement on Causeway Street, they're probably not sure how to react when something positive happens to their team. It's fair to say that something positive happened Saturday, just hours after the start of the free agent shopping season. The Bruins, guided by the hand of interim GM Jeff Gorton, signed the marquee member of the 2006 class, defender Zdeno Chara. Moments later, they added center Marc Savard, the NHL's ninth leading scorer in 2005-06. That friends is a big splash. Fans of the Bruins should feel free to jump up and down, buy the first round, and wear the black-and-gold again with pridecontinued
Despite the flurry of signings on Saturday, the NHL free agency cupboard is still well-stocked, and more big signings can be expected before the holiday weekend is over. With most of the top defensive players signing, and a Pronger deal looking very expensive, teams could start turning to the remaining free agent forwards instead. There are nine forwards left on the TSN.ca All-Free Agent Team - enough for three full lines. Jason Arnott, Anson Carter, Bill Guerin, Michael Peca, Mark Recchi, Jeremy Roenick, Sergei Samsonov, Brendan Shanahan and Doug Weight are the remaining gems.read on
from EJ Hradek of ESPN,
Crazy! That's the best word to describe the first day of the NHL's free agent season. Flush with cash, general managers around the league were quick out of the gate (the market opened at noon ET on Saturday) trying to convince their favorite free agents to sign on the dotted line. And for the most part, they weren't disappointed. Through the first 12 hours of the free agent period, more than 30 UFAs either re-signed with their old club or agreed to terms with a new team. Most of those skaters were defensemen, who fell like dominoes in the first several hours.continued
from the Edmonton Sun,
He (Lowe) doesn't care where Pronger wants to go or whether it'll be a soft landing when he gets there. He isn't keeping the defenceman's camp up to date on negotiations and he had a one-word answer when asked if one of his priorities is making sure Pronger is happy. "No.'' This is about making the Oilers happy, he said, and absolutely nothing else. "I'm actively pursuing a trade, because of the request. I want to respect that there has been a request, but we have to be careful too that we don't set a precedent that every request for a trade is granted immediately or easily.'' "It's really important that we do well in this trade,'' he said. "We're not going to be forced to make a deal that's not a very good deal for the Edmonton Oilers.''more
Flyers Fan Central has discovered something very unique. I have heard about branching out, but this may be going a bit far.
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Jay McKee, who spent 10 seasons with the Buffalo Sabres and led the NHL in blocked shots last season, signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Blues. The club also re-signed one of its own unrestricted free agents, inking captain Dallas Drake to a two-year, $1.1 million-a-year deal. "We're talking about people that are going to play with blue-collar attitudes," new Blues President John Davidson said. "It fits what we're doing. Looking at Jay, we wanted to get somebody in our top four (defensemen) and now we have somebody for a long period of time. "Dallas is a player that leads by example. Talking to people associated with the club, we felt it was important to bring him back." "I have all the respect in the world for JD," McKee said. "He's a huge addition to the organization, a huge factor in my decision to come there."read on
from the Boston Herald,
A key feature of the “new” National Hockey League is that the salary cap and liberalized free agency make it possible for losing teams to improve dramatically from one season to the next. The Bruins, in the matter of a few hours yesterday, certainly improved in a big way. The B’s brass has said for months it no longer was going to be business-as-usual for a team known as one of the stingiest in the NHL. The B’s backed up their optimistic predictions with bold actions, signing giant defenseman Zdeno Chara, formerly of the Ottawa Senators, to a five-year deal worth $37.5 million. Gorton was on the phone with an aggressive offer to Chara’s Boston-based agent, Matt Keator, at one minute past noon. The two parties would talk several times over the next 2 hours - with new B’s coach Dave Lewis and former star players Cam Neely and Don Sweeney also getting on the phone to make a pitch to Chara - before the stunning deal was locked up.more
Is Bill at Abel to Yzerman representing the the majority voice of Wings fans?
Just like the trade deadline when needs were clear, money has handcuffed Holland. Where it used to be a non-issue, it’s now the ONLY issue. Here’s my suggestion. Tell Steve Yzerman what’s about to happen so he realizes what he’d be coming back to, then blow the damn thing up. Yep. If three glaring weaknesses are going to be acknowledged then allowed to bake in the sun and become more rotten each day, let’s just get down to the business of re-building. Lang, Schneider, Maltby: gone. Traded, waived, bought out…whatever. Clear the rolls and move on.
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