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The New York Islanders today signed veteran forward Bill Guerin to a two-year contract worth $4.5 million a year.
Guerin played in 77 games with the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks in 2006-07, recording 36 goals and 56 points with 66 penalty minutes.
From the AP via Yahoo! Sports,
The Washington Capitals signed free agent defenseman Jame Pollock and center Kyle Wilson on Thursday.
Pollock, 28, has spent the past three seasons in Europe, where he led the Sunipret Ice Tigers of the German Elite League with 22 goals and 32 assists in 46 games in 2006-07. He tied the league record for goals by a defenseman.
He played nine games for the St. Louis Blues in 2003-04.
The Montreal Canadiens continued to lock up players for their 2007-08 roster on Thursday, re-signing centre Tomas Plekanec to a two-year contract.
No financial terms have been released.
via the Colorado Avalanche,
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today the re-signing of forward Marek Svatos to a one-year deal.
“We are looking for Marek to regain his rookie season scoring touch and heroics,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “He has tremendous skills and is part of a group of young players ready to make a significant impact on the success of our team.”
Updated 3:36pm ET:Avalanche Press Release
From AM570 News,
It was a very frank discussion in an exclusive interview with Jim Balsillie’s lawyer Richard Rodier on 570’s Prime Time Sports last night.
Rodier says Commissioner Gary Bettman is against having more teams in Canada, and believes his client Jim Balisille is being treated differently because of his desire to move the Nashville Predators to Hamilton.
During the interview Rodier says he believes a gag order has been put into place, covering the NHL’s Board of Governors regarding the deal.
from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,
Sorry, Sabres fans. Tough luck, ye followers of the benighted Fishsticks. I probably can’t stop you from draping yourselves in sackcloth and a thick coating of ashes while you curse the cruel fate of your underprivileged franchises. But I’m here to tell you that hockey fans should be rejoicing, no matter what their team affiliation.
Say what you want about the merits of competitive balance. It’s the presence of teams that are as rich in tradition as they are in talent that makes a sport compelling. And if these spending sprees allow another dynasty to rise up in a well-established market—New York or Philadelphia or Detroit or Toronto, for instance—then so much the better for the NHL.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Based on the tornado of hype that’s been rolling through the Philadelphia area the last couple weeks, one presumes the Philadelphia Flyers have been pre-approved to hoist the Stanley Cup next spring.
Hate to bear bleak news, but for as well as GM Paul Holmgren has done in quickly rebuilding the franchise from the Corey Haim-like depths it sunk to this past season, the Flyers still have a ways to go before they can be deemed a genuine championship contender.
The Islanders have acquired Edmonton’s second round pick in the 2008 NHL draft by trading depth defenseman Allan Rourke and a 2008 third round pick to the Oilers. The Islanders now have two second round picks in what is expected to be a deep draft in June, 2008.
“Although it may seem a relatively small deal from a players’ standpoint, this is very good news for us,” said Islanders assistant GM/Director of Amateur Scouting Ryan Jankowski. “Next year is expected to be a stronger and deeper draft than the past few years. In this draft, you can never have enough early picks.”
Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today that the club has named Brent Flahr as its director of hockey operations.
Flahr’s responsibilities include scouting operations, planning and day-to-day hockey administration. Flahr will also work closely with general manager Bryan Murray and assistant general manager Tim Murray on all daily departmental functions.
More from CP via TSN
Leafs Lunch reporting goaltender Kevin Weekes signs with New Jersey.
Updated 1:15pm ET:
From Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice,
Intent on giving Martin Brodeur more rest in the upcoming season, the Devils have signed former Ranger Kevin Weekes to be Brodeur’s backup. Weekes did not play the last two months of the season after straining a quadriceps during practice in February. He played 14 games in 2006-07 with the Rangers, going 4-6 with a 3.39 goals-against average.
added 1:26pm, CP via TSN...
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