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The Washington Capitals today obtained right wing Chris Clark from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft
Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free-agent defensemen Mark Eaton and Sheldon Brookbank.
from the AP via TSN,
At last weekend's NHL draft, GMs seemed to think the long-term deal would be a thing of the past because of the need to avoid taking up valuable salary cap space years in advance. Think again. A high number of big-name players got lengthy contracts once free agency opened this week. "What I didn't expect was so many long-term deals," New Jersey Devils CEO and GM Lou Lamoriello said Thursday on a conference call. "You have to do today and prepare for tomorrow. We don't know where the cap will be next year or the year after. "Once you get into three-, four- and five-year contracts, you're putting yourself into a bind."
Sportsnet FA Tracker--- TSN FA Tracker ---TSN Team Tracker with Salaries 10:05am, RDS learned that Martin Lapointe would have signed a three years agreement of a value of 7.2 millionß with Blackhaws of Chicago. 10:15am, Scott Niedermayer a Duck, per Sportsnet. 10:44am, The Buffalo Sabres mad a move today in the free agency frenzy. WGR has learned that the Sabres have signed Teppo Numminen. 11:16am, Jaroslav Spacek to Chicago. 1:01pm, The Philadelphia Flyers announced they have traded center Jeremy Roenick and the Nashville Predators' third round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for future considerations. 1:05pm, The Calgary Flames announced Thursday that the club has signed restricted free agent centre Daymond Langkow. 1:23pm, Rafalski, McGillis and Malakhov to Devils . Just coming in... Now verified via the G & M. 2:39pm, The Carolina Hurricanes have a new point man, signing Oleg Tverdovsky to a three-year deal worth $7.5 million US, TSN has learned. 2:55pm, The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed free agent goaltender Martin Prusek to a one-year contract. 3:30pm, As expected, the Bruins have agreed to terms with center Alexei Zhamnov on a three-year contract. Notice: after 6pm today, the sticky will be removed and this post will fall back into line. Any player movement after 6pm will have its own post topic as Kukla' Korner gets back into the normal flow of things. 4:20pm, Chelios signs for 1 yr. with Wings. Also sign Johan Franzen to 1 yr. contract who was their 3rd round pick from 2004. 4:40pm, The New York Rangers announced that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forwards Ville Nieminen and Jason Ward. 4:50pm, Winger Alex Tanguay and defenseman Kurt Sauer have signed their qualifying offers, the Colorado Avalanche announced today. The qualifying offers lock up Tanguay and Sauer for 2005-06.
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
As the unprecedented NHL free-agent frenzy continues -- Scott Niedermayer going to Anaheim! Peter Forsberg's with the Flyers! -- it is time to take a deep breath, buy stock in a moving company and spare a fleeting thought for the cultural phenomenon known as the Lake Woebegone Effect. For those unfortunates among you who are not familiar with Lake Woebegone, America's leading fictional town, humorist Garrison Keillor's delightful creation is a place where, as Keillor notes weekly, "the women are strong, the men are good-looking and the children are all above-average." Now, everyone being above-average might work just fine in a make-believe 'burg, but out here in the real world, or even in the reinvented NHL, it just doesn't compute.
Bill Watters stated the Wings may be floating Zetterberg's name in trade rumors and of course, the Leafs are interested. update 1:30pm, Watters is now saying Z coudl go to Toronto with an offer sheet,since he is a RFA, this info is coming out of Sweden. update 4:45pm, Holland was on Detroit radio, did not mention anything about Toronto rumor. Said it will take some time to sign both Zetterberg and Datsyuk. Holland also mentioned he is looking at two other goaltenders besides Osgood and also wants to add some size up front. He feels there will be some good players available right before training camp starts.
from Phil Coffey and nhl.com,
Jarome Iginla scrapped a lot of plans for NHL teams Wednesday. The Calgary Flames superstar could have been an unrestricted free agent next summer and you can be sure there were teams already planning on showing the dominant power forward quite the tour of their hometowns. But that's all gone now as Iginla opted to sign a new three-year deal with the Flames for $21 million and continue playing in the place he loves to call home. To be sure, Iginla also ranks among the NHL's highest-paid players, but the special bond that is so evident between Iginla and Calgary proved to be unshakeable.
Mike Milbury avoided the point for as long as he could. But at the end of his conversation with reporters last night following his busy day reshaping the Islanders' roster, which included the giddy acquisition of Miroslav Satan and the troubling departure of captain Michael Peca, even Milbury couldn't deny there was a message sent to Alexei Yashin. "It's time for Alexei to have a breakout season," Milbury said of his oft-maligned No. 1 center. "The table's been set for him to have a breakout."
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
It's almost as if the Philadelphia Flyers were ready for this. Well, of course they were. That the Flyers, known primarily as a big spender in the old NHL order, have proven to be so flexible and aggressive in the new capped NHL is a rather large compliment to general manager Bob Clarke and his organization. Moreover, the Flyers' preparedness to compete forcefully under the altered economic landscape stands in rather sharp contrast to another team that also was known for its economic muscle in pre-lockout times. That, of course, would be the Maple Leafs. While the Flyers have stunned the industry by making a flurry of exciting personnel moves in the past few days, including yesterday's acquisition of the brilliant Peter Forsberg, the Leafs and GM John Ferguson have appeared as the proverbial deer in the headlights, looking around as though they'd like to call a timeout.
from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram via the TimesLeader,
The Dallas Stars broke their own rules for center Mike Modano because they needed him, and Modano eventually kept his word because he needed them. Capping a bizarre 24 hours of negotiations, the 35-year-old center signed a five-year, $17.25 million contract Wednesday night. It's the same contract he agreed to Tuesday, then rejected earlier Wednesday, leaving the Stars, their fans and the NHL hanging. A news conference is tentatively scheduled Thursday at American Airlines Center. By signing the contract, Modano virtually assures that he will end his career with the only organization he has ever known. "It's been hectic and nerve-wracking, but, in my heart of hearts, I wanted to stay here," Modano said. "In the end, I knew we would get a deal done. This was my decision." The deal pays Modano $4.25 million the first three seasons, and $2.25 million in the final two. The final two seasons include a $750,000 signing bonus for each that guarantees Modano will receive $1.5 million even if he decides to retire. Under the NHL's new salary-cap rules, the contract averages $3.45 million against the cap for the five years.
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