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“Obviously, I’m very close to Erik,” Staal said. “I’ve been good friends with him since the moment I came into the league. He was one of those guys who was there my first year and he did anything to help out as a friend and roommate. Along the way we became very close.
“When you develop a friendship with someone, to see them get traded is tough. It was hard for me to hear but it’s part of the game, part of the business and you have to kind of move forward I guess.”
-Eric Staal on Erik Cole at the News & Observer
A day after being acquired by the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Erik Cole, restricted free agent Joni Pitkanen has signed a three-year contract.
The club announced on Wednesday, that the 24-year old defenceman signed a deal worth $12 million over the three seasons. The deal will pay Pitkanen $3.5 million in 2008-09, $4 million in 2009-10 and $4.5 million in 2010-11.
From the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Anton Babchuk on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Babchuk $1 million in 2008-09.
Update 1:26pm ET: From Lord Stanley’s Blog,
Ryan Bayda, Wade Brookbank and Tim Conboy have all re-signed, Bayda and Brookbank for one year each and Conboy for two.
Bayda and Brookbank will each make $475,000 next season. Conboy has a two-way deal next season ($475,000 and $100,000 in the AHL) and a one-way deal in 2009-10 at $500,000.
The Edmonton Oilers have traded defenceman Joni Pitkanen, a restricted free agent, to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Erik Cole. Details to follow.
Update 12:33pm ET: This TSN link provides more info
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
With 10 forwards fighting for spots on the top three lines and $44 million in salaries already on the payroll, the Canes are almost certainly going to have to trade a forward before they can go after the defenseman they desperately need.
“I don’t think we’ll be very active,” general manager Jim Rutherford said. “Certainly there are some players there that we could consider, but I think in order to balance our team out to add the type of player we’d like to add on defense, it’d be more apt to be done through trade.”
more on the Canes…
from the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Tuomo Ruutu (TOO-oh-moh ROO-too) on a one-year contract. Ruutu will be paid $2.25 million during the 2008-09 season.
“We are happy he’ll be back with our team and we hope that he can stay healthy and return to the 20-goal plateau that he reached during his rookie season,” said Rutherford.
The NHL buyout period seems to be heating up.
Three more players have been placed on waivers Monday for the purpose of being bought out if they clear waivers tomorrow at noon, The Washington Capitals Ben Clymer and Carolina Hurricanes’ Jeff Hamilton and David Tanabe.
The first of many trades expected during the NHL draft has taken place. The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired forward Darcy Hordichuk from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2009.
However, Hordichuk is due to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st and if he does not sign with the Hurricanes, Carolina will receive a fifth-round draft pick in 2010.
The Hurricanes have also signed blueliner Tim Gleason for 4 years at an average of 2.75 million per year.
From David Bracken at the News & Observer,
The Carolina Hurricanes will continue playing home hockey games at the RBC Center until October 2024 under an extended lease agreement being announced today.
The five-year extension comes after nearly two years of negotiations between Gale Force Holdings, parent company of the Hurricanes, and the Centennial Authority, the public agency that owns the RBC Center.
“It makes a big statement on our belief in the continued growth of our sport and the Hurricanes and the market,” said Jim Rutherford, the Hurricanes’ general manager.
Michael Leighton has made his way back to the NHL.
The Carolina Hurricanes signed the veteran goaltender to a US$1.2-million, two-year contract on Wednesday. Leighton received a one-way deal and will start next season as Cam Ward’s backup.
More at Lord Stanley’s Blog in the News & Observer
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