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“This deal did not affect our core moving forward, that was appealing to us.”
-Dale Tallon on the Hossa signing. via Craig Custance’s Twitter.
Noted by Pierre Lebrun at ESPN:
LeBrun (2 p.m. ET): The Chicago Blackhawks have signed star winger Marian Hossa to a 12-year whopper deal. Sources tell ESPN.com the deal is worth an average of $5.2 million a year.
more here later
added 2:21pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, T
he Chicago Blackhawks landed Marian Hossa today today with the free-agent push in Chicago once again coming from team president John McDonough, who was the driving force behind last year’s two prominent free-agent signings, Brian Campbell and Cristobal Huet, neither of whom provided good value for the money.
Hossa should be a much better buy - less money against the cap and a far better track record than either Campbell or Huet who, one year after the fact, are problems for the team going forward.
Release from the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks have signed right wing Marian Hossa to a 12-year contract and center Tomas Kopecky to a two-year contract.
“To add Marian, an elite and world-class player, and Tomas, a Stanley Cup Champion, to our exciting young core reinforces our commitment to try to win the Stanley Cup,” Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon said.
note: Kopecky was added to the headline at 2:24pm.
Update 2:32pm ET: TSN notes that Kopecky’s deal is for $1.2 million per year, for 2 years.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Don’t assume Martin Havlat is going to hit the open market just yet.
Havlat’s agent, Allan Walsh, and Chicago GM Dale Tallon were hard at it first thing this morning, trying to see if there was some common ground between the skilled forward and the Blackhawks….
If the two sides can’t reach a deal, Havlat will be coveted by a number of teams looking to add an impact forward, teams like Montreal, which brought in skilled playmaking center Scott Gomez from New York on Tuesday.
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,
It was clear late Tuesday night that Hawks GM Dale Tallon hoped to re-sign both Martin Havlat and Nikolai Khabibulin before they became unrestricted free agents at noon on Wednesday.
The serious interest in bringing back Khabibulin was a pretty strong indicator that Tallon was actively trying to trade goalie Cristobal Huet and the three years and more than $16 million he has left on his contract.
Two teams that need goaltenders – Edmonton and Colorado – were believed to be at least listening to what Tallon was offering. Could defenseman Cam Barker be part of a package with Huet? The Oilers are believed to have some interest in Barker.
The Chicago Blackhawks have re-signed second-line centreman David Bolland, inking the restricted free agent to a five-year deal.
The Toronto native will earn $3.375 million per season throughout the term.
from Tim Sassone of Between
The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald, “We talked and the price was a little too stiff for us to pay,” Tallon said. “It would have been some good prospects and some players off our roster. We weren’t willing to overpay for him. We like him and he’s a great player, but we want to make a commitment to our core players.”
That’s fine, but then Tallon said, “Philadelphia obviously feels they’re close.”
Wait a second. Aren’t the Hawks close too? The rebuilding is over. This is a 104-point team that went to the West finals and the goal should be winning a Stanley Cup next season because nobody knows what the shelf life of this group will be. Even if it might have cost two No. 1 picks and perhaps Niklas Hjalmarsson and another prospect, missing out on Pronger was not a good start to the off-season.
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
Apparently one of the reasons why the Blackhawks and Martin Havlat haven’t yet agreed on a new contract is the length of the deal.
According to a source, the Hawks’ initial offer to Havlat was for a one-year contract. It’s not known if the team has moved off that negotiating position.
Havlat likely would receive a multiyear deal should he reach unrestricted free agency on July 1.
Signing Havlat for just one year would assure the Hawks of having more money to spend next summer when Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane are up for new contracts.
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
Tallon planned to meet with Havlat’s agent, Allan Walsh, Tuesday night or Wednesday and said he would “like to get something done this week.” The sticking point could be length of the deal, as the Hawks must reserve money for after next season when they will need to re-sign Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith, among others. Havlat just completed a contract that paid him $6 million per season.
As far as Khabibulin, Tallon said he spoke with Jay Grossman, the goaltender’s agent, Monday and also will meet with him in Montreal.
“We’ll see what it’s going to cost,” Tallon said of re-signing Khabibulin, who completed a deal that paid him $6.75 million per season. “It all comes down to the [salary] cap and how much money we have. It’s time maybe for our young guys to step up; [Antti] Niemi and [Corey] Crawford to battle. We have confidence in our goaltending depth so we’ll see.”
from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune,
Chris Chelios won’t be back with the dreaded Detroit Red Wings after 10 years and two Stanley Cups.
So, it’s a gimme he’ll be back with the Blackhawks.
Question is, in which role?
First, would hockey guru Scotty Bowman approve the 47-year-old’s inclusion on the roster?
from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY,
The issue the Chicago Blackhawks have in re-signing Martin Havlat is that the full horror of the salary cap world will be upon them in 12 months.
Probably the ’Hawks have room to pay Havlat full value for next season, but it would be salary cap-hurtful to give Havlat a full value deal that extends into the 2010-11 season.
In the summer of 2010, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith will all be restricted free agents looking for a big raise. Andrew Ladd’s contract also expires that season.
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