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Scott Hannan’s name has been taken off the list of available free agents, as the veteran blueliner has signed a 4-year, $18 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche.
via Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Barring something unexpected - always a high possibility in this crazy business - I believe you’ll be hearing about Ryan Smyth becoming a member of the Avalanche soon. A grade A source tells me a deal is close to being done. Stay tuned. And don’t kill the messenger if the deal falls through!
Update 6:23pm ET (by Alanah)
The link above stopped working for some reason. The original story appears to be missing, but Dater references it online here as well:
Still waiting on a Smyth deal. These things can be complicated. These are the top two lines I see for this season, if Smyth brings his mullet to Denver:
Update 7:12pm ET (Alanah)
Dater is now acknowledging that he did remove his original post deliberately.
Let’s just all sit and wait for the proper authorities to alert us of any big Avalanche deals today, OK? I took a previous blog about a Ryan Smyth deal down not long ago, because I forgot about a parliamentary procedure to post a “news” story like that. That was the reason, not anything else.
There are a lot of other teams that are after the same guys the Avs are after, and it’s no guarantee ANY of them will be coming to our Dusty Old Cowtown yet. So, again, breathe in, breathe out. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Hmmm… this is probably not going to go over well with Avs fans, I’m guessing.
from All Things Avs at the Denver Post,
I would outbid everybody out there to get Drury back, if I’m Giguere. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a thousand more times, the guy is a stud, he’s a winner, he’s a guy you go into any big playoff series already one goal up on the others guys, because you just know he’s going to pot that huge game-winner in OT or late in the third.
A couple of things could very well keep Drury from coming back to this Dusty Old Cowtown. The first is something we’ve talked about before. Let’s call it the Jilted Lover factor. Drury was dumped to Siberia, sorry, Calgary, a few years ago, and might not want to take his ex back in their time of need.
more on the choices the Avs could make…
from the Denver Post,
The last big unrestricted free-agent signings by the Avs came in 2003, when they signed Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne. Kariya and Selanne, as of Thursday, were prospective free agents again, but the Avs aren’t expected to make a bid.
More likely to interest Giguere are other top-line forwards - including Drury, Forsberg, Daniel Briere and Ryan Smyth. Forsberg underwent surgery on his troublesome right ankle in Sweden on Thursday, but his agent, Don Baizley, characterized the surgery as minor.
Giguere is likely to be high on Drury and Smyth, but will face stiff competition. A free-agent defenseman also is likely to interest the second-year Avs general manager. Giguere has spoken frequently about his belief in a strong defense, and the team already has said it will not offer a contract to its free-agent defenseman, Patrice Brisebois.
from All Things Av Blog at the Denver Post,
Well, Adam Foote has finally broken down and admitted he regrets the day he put pen to paper to go to Columbus, Ohio.
Foote told Colorado’s News 4 - there’s a shout to a TV station for some good journalism - the following: “”I’d be lying to you, and I think you all are aware, we love Colorado. … We wish we’d never left, but we did, it’s unfortunate, but, it’s a business — and one day, you never know….”
That’s doublespeak for: “Lord Almighty, if there’s a way I can possibly convince someone to get me out of this purgatory, I promise I’ll never ask for another thing, ever again. Please, please, Stan Kroenke, get me out of here.”
The Colorado Avalanche have re-signed forward Tyler Arnason to a two-year contract through the 2008-09 season.
Arnason, 28, finished sixth on the Avalanche in scoring last season with 49 points in 82 games. Arnason, who was one of only five Avalanche players to appear in every game last year, has now played all 82 games in three of the past four seasons.
“Tyler had a good season for us last year and we look forward to him building upon that success,” said Avalanche Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere.
Note: More on Colorado’s current draft pickings, etc, can be read in the Denver Post today.
But I’m not so sure about poor Joe Sakic. Why isn’t he wearing a helmet like the others? Does the toy company really believe that The Hair can withstand scrutiny better than with the Crosby and Ovechkin figures?
Sakic’s action figure was just released today, incidentally, and they’re a Limited Edition - just 1,500 home jerseys, 500 road. To order, you can go here and click on Joe. If anyone buys one, maybe put a helmet on him…
from the Denver Post,
Pierre Turgeon, the NHL’s 27th all-time leading scorer who played his final two seasons with the Avalanche, has decided to retire.
Sources close to the 37-year-old Turgeon said he will make an official announcement soon. He will live with his family in the Denver area, where he helps coach his daughter’s hockey team.
A very rough translation of this article in the AftonBladet follows, but Forsberg states he feels good and if he doesn’t play in Europe he is leaning to play for one of the three teams he has played for in the past (Philly, Colorado or Nashville).
Read on for the translation…
from the Denver Post,
Avalanche general manager Francois Giguere sounds like a man who has decided to bring back high-priced, disappointing goalie Jose Theodore for another season.
“My message to people is, ‘Don’t think that buying him out is going to be a big financial advantage for us.’ It won’t be,” Giguere said Wednesday. “If you buy him out, two-thirds of his salary counts toward the (salary) cap, and we’d still have to sign a replacement for him.”
That said, Giguere said a decision whether to bring back Theodore for the last year of a contract that will pay him $6 million has yet to be finalized.
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