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Centre Brooks Laich was awarded a US$725,000, one-year contract from an arbitrator Wednesday.
The Washington Capitals accepted the award and re-signed Laich, whose arbitration hearing was Monday in Toronto. The 24-year-old Wawota, Sask., native had 18 points (8-10), a minus-2 rating and 29 penalty minutes in 73 games last season while earning $606,100.
from the News & Observer,
Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal was one of 14 people arrested in Cook County, Minn., early Monday morning and charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process. One of his three younger brothers was also arrested.
Staal’s agent, Rick Curran, said Wednesday that the group was gathered at the Lutsen Resort and Sea Villas in Lutsen, Minn., for Staal’s bachelor party and he expected the misdemeanor charges to be reduced or dismissed. Staal, who will be married in August, could not be immediately reached for comment today.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
from the Chicago Daily Herald,
GM Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have signed forward Patrick Kane to a 3-year contract. Kane, 18, was selected by the Blackhawks with the No. 1 overall pick in the June’s NHL entry draft.
“Patrick is a dynamic and exciting young player. We’re pleased that he will begin a long and productive career with the Blackhawks when we open camp on September 13. Patrick will get every opportunity to earn a spot on the Opening Night roster,” Tallon said.
from the Phoenix Coyotes,
Hello Coyotes’ Fans,
I want to first express how excited I am to be the new TV voice of the Phoenix Coyotes. If you’ve read any of the newspaper articles since I was hired then you know that I have a professional history and longtime friendship with Coyotes’ TV Color Analyst Darren Pang. Panger was actually part of the first national TV game that I called for ESPN way back in 1987. It was the night before Thanksgiving and I was calling the play-by-play of a game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings.
from the Atlanta Thrashers,
The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed restricted free agent forward Jim Slater to a multi-year contract, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Bryan Murray had Wade Redden traded last month.
But the deal was swiped off the table by the veteran defenceman.
“I’m not shopping him around at all,” Murray said yesterday when asked about the status of Redden, the team’s top paid player at $6.5 million (all terms US) a season and unrestricted free-agent eligible next July.
“I had a conversation at the draft, there was a deal I could go with, but (Redden) decided he didn’t want to be traded.
“That’s what a no-trade (clause) is. At this moment, Wade will be in Ottawa.”
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Did Daryl Katz, in attempting to sweeten the deal, sour it?
Will people now resent what already felt like an uninvited hostile takeover attempt of a group of the all-time greatest guys in Edmonton history - the 37 entities who saved the Oilers?
Katz yesterday went public with a statement which was both teasing and tantalizing in terms of putting up major money toward the building of a new downtown arena, investing in a new arena for the University of Alberta and promising to spend to the salary cap to make the Oilers a winning team.
The timing of the statement is curious.
Do you have a hockey, NHL, or hockey blogging question? If so, this is the place to ask.
In my NHL.com blog today, I ask readers to submit their questions here.
Hopefully, this will turn out to be a “reference post”, where hockey fans can ask away and get the correct answer.
note 10:06pm, post will remain “sticky” for a day or two.
from Fire & Ice, the blog of Tom Gulitti,
Neil Sheehy, agent for Zach Parise, said today that he is still in the talking stages with GM Lou Lamoriello about a new contract for the restricted free agent left wing. Sheehy said they have discussed a long-term deal, but nothing has been decided, yet.
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
“There are a few teams out there with $6-million goaltenders. I think we can handle it,” said Murray yesterday. “If something crops up for (Gerber), we’ll take advantage of it.”
Problem is, the Maple Leafs will be putting lipstick on their pig named Andrew Raycroft and golden oldies Ed Belfour and Curtis Joseph are sitting out there in UFA land, too. The buyers have a few options. The Ducks would probably like to move Ilya Bryzgalov, too.
Despite the belief the Senators are overpaying for their goaltending situation in light of Emery’s new three-year, $9.5-million deal announced yesterday, the fact is the Senators still aren’t the team paying the most for their puckstoppers next year.
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