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via Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
A source has told The Dispatch that the two sides “are not that far apart at all.” Hard to say, though, how difficult that ground will be to cover.
Word is that two contracts have been discussed—a seven-year deal that would pay between $8 million and $9 million per season, and a 10-year deal that would pay between $7.5 million and $8.5 million. Looks like a no-movement clause is part of the package, too.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Disptach,
After an early-evening meeting with his agent, Joe Resnick, Nash told The Dispatch last night that the initial offer from Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson yesterday fell short of what he had in mind.
“Things didn’t line up the way I anticipated them lining up,” Nash said. “I thought we had a solid chance of getting (a contract) done, especially with all the interest they said they had going into this.
“If this doesn’t happen in the next week, and we can’t hit a number where we’re both satisfied and we both feel it’s fair … if they want me that bad, they’ll get it done.”
Neither Howson nor Nash would reveal specifics in the contract, but sources indicated to The Dispatch that the offer had a five-year term.
I am a bit surprised Nash would say anything after the first day of negotiations.
From Aaron Portzline at Puck-rakers:
The Blue Jackets have signed free agent goaltender Mathieu Garon to a two-year contract worth $1.2 million per season, The Dispatch has learned.
From Aaron Portzline at Puck-rakers:
The Blue Jackets have signed center Sami Pahlsson to a three-year contract worth $7.95 million, The Dispatch has learned. That’s an annual average salary of $2.65 million.
Update 7:06pm ET: From the Blue Jackets—
“Sami Pahlsson is a very good two-way center who can play against the top players in the league and strengthens our hockey club at the center ice position,” said Howson. “He won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim two years ago, played in the Finals in 2003 and won a gold medal with Sweden at the last Olympics, so he brings valuable experience at the highest level of competition to our dressing room.”
Rich Nash’s agent states they will be listening to the Jackets offer and hopefully a deal can be worked out.
Read the AP story via USA TODAY.
from Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets,
Hello everyone. I just spent my first afternoon in Vegas and the one thing I got out of it was blisters. We went down to the strip and walked EVERYWHERE. I can’t remember the last time I walked that much. We checked out a few of the other hotel-casinos. Caesar’s Palace and the Bellagio were two of them. I gambled a lit bit – slot machines – for fun, but mostly we just took it all in.
There are a ton of shopping places here. We went to Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace and there was an Elvis impersonator actually singing in one of the stores. That was pretty cool… sort of creepy, but cool. There was another place across the street from Bellagio that had a ton of stores, too.
continued (Mason is blogging from the NHL Awards Show)...
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
The captain celebrated his 25th birthday yesterday. He has one year remaining on his contract. Beginning July 1, the Jackets can negotiate an extension. Conventional wisdom dictates Nash will re-up this summer or take dead aim at free agency next year—and if the latter course is taken, he will have to be traded, sooner or later, to salvage some value.
One would like to think that Nash wants to stay put. He has said he likes the direction of the team under general manager Scott Howson and coach Ken Hitchcock. He is involved in an assortment of community and charitable projects. He is a quiet sort who does not necessarily miss the din of larger and more rabid markets. He identifies with Blue Jackets fans, and they with him.
While these things will be taken into account, they pale when compared to the import of the contract itself. The next deal Nash signs will likely be the biggest of his career, not only because it will express his desire about where he wants to play, but because he might never again be in a position to make such a monetary windfall.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today a restructuring of the National Hockey League club’s broadcast teams. Jeff Rimer, Bill Davidge and George Matthews will each return to the broadcast booth in 2009-10, while television analyst Danny Gare will not.
“I applied for the (TV) play by play job in Columbus before the team’s inaugural season and would have loved to come home and been the voice of the Blue Jackets for 40 years. I didn’t get the job and have been stuck working at the most successful network in TV history. Darn the luck. My current contract (with ESPN) is up July 1, 2012. We will see what happens then.”
-John Buccigross of ESPN. A bit more from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers.
from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,
Ryan Salmons, who helped inspire the Blue Jackets and became a hero to scores of the club’s fans, died today (Friday).
Salmons, who fought a long battle with cancer, was 19 years old. He died at Nationwide Childrens Hospital this afternoon just hours after Jackets forward Jason Chimera had stopped in for a visit.
Salmons, a fan of hockey and Corvettes, asked to be put under sedation, his father Brad said.
“His last words were, ‘Dad, I want to go to sleep, I want to go to heaven and I want to park my Corvette in front of the Pearly Gates,’” his father said.
Brad Salmons believes the Jackets’ outreach and team’s bid for its first playoff berth helped keep his son alive the past month. The Jackets signed him to a one-day contract several weeks ago and he was able to attend both playoff games in Nationwide Arena.
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