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Gaborik Signs with Rangers, 5 Years

From Darren Dreger via Twitter:

TSN is reporting Gaborik to the Rangers. 5 years x $5.75 [million]

Update 5:23pm ET: From TSN

Former Minnesota Wild winger Marian Gaborik has agreed to a five-year contract with the New York Rangers.

The Slovakian forward will earn $5.75 million per year.


Update 5.29pm ET: UPDATED SALARY—TSN corrected their story, now saying the salary amount is 5 years at $7.5 million.

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Wild Sign Greg Zanon, 3 Years

Bob McKenzie on TSN reports that the Minnesota Wild have signed Greg Zanon for 3 year, $5.2 million total.

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Koivu Parents Have A Dream

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

The Wild’s expected to make an offer, but it’s not just a sure-thing Saku Koivu signs a deal to play with Mikko.

I talked to Mikko very early this morning my time. I got him on his boat in Turku. He did voice some concerns that he and Saku have been discussing in recent days. Saku doesn’t want to step on Mikko’s toes because this is his team now, they’ve talked about what it would be like to handle the other being criticized publicly if that were to happen and they talked about the distractions it could create if every city they went to turned into a series of Koivu Bros. stories.

He admitted it’s not a big problem and that they know that stuff would die down, but those are a few of the “cons” on their pros and cons list. On the “pros” side, the fact that it would be special for Saku, 8 1/2 years older, and Mikko to play together and that their parents would absolutely love it. He said it’s a “dream” of theirs.

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Once & For All, Gaborik Did Not Buy A Home In Vancouver

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Had chance to catch up with Marian Gaborik’s agent, Ron Salcer, on Monday. He wanted to squash, once and for all, the strange rumor that his star client had bought a house in Vancouver.

“He has not bought a home in Vancouver, that’s outlandish,” Salcer told ESPN.com. “Marian has been in Slovakia. He hasn’t been shopping in Vancouver for a home. That’s just crazy.”

It appears fairly obvious Gaborik will hit the open market Wednesday. Other than one conversation with new Wild GM Chuck Fletcher, Salcer said he hasn’t really talked much with Minnesota lately.

“They have my number, they know how to reach me,” Salcer said.

read on for some Chelios talk…

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Why The Interest In Gaborik?

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

The Canucks don’t care where Gaborik lives because he won’t be playing for them. Not unless the winger decides he needs to re-establish himself in the NHL and signs a Teemu-Selanne-just-back-from-knee-surgery contract of $3-million for one year.

Other than that, the Canucks have no interest in him. None.

And that is hard to fathom, especially with the strong possibility the Canucks could lose first-liners Daniel and Henrik Sedin this week.

I mean, what’s not to like about Gaborik?

He has played 103 games fewer than the Sedins in the last three seasons.

He has played close to a full campaign only once in the last five seasons, while the slacker Sedins have missed seven games between them during that time.

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Wild Ready To Spend

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

The sales calls will soon go out fast and furious. The Wild is going to advertise the arena, the passionate Minnesota fan base and the offensive—stress on the word offensive—system that will be installed by a young, innovative coach.

Free agency opens Wednesday, and Leipold says the Wild has the loot to throw at upper-echelon players.

The Wild struck out last summer with Marian Hossa. If Detroit’s unable to re-sign him, expect the Wild to step up to the plate and try again. Maybe it’s the Sedin twins. Maybe it’s Michael Cammalleri or Martin Havlat.

“We want to be a team that’s competing next year and we’re going to have money available to sign one of those top guys, and I’m including Marian Gaborik in that,” Leipold said. “Gaborik can still be the guy. If not, there are three, four, five other guys you would put in that category.

“We’re a team that’s got everything to offer. And we would have the cap space to do it and the ability and the desire to do it.”

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Oilers Like Harding

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Canada.com,

With their goaltending situation in flux, the Edmonton Oilers are intrigued about Minnesota Wild backup and Regina product Josh Harding if the price is right.

The Wild’s new general manager Chuck Fletcher lamented a shortage of draft picks when he got the job—they pick 12th and not again until 99th (in the fourth round)—but he’s looking more for instant help up front. The Oilers have some young forwards but would they deal one of them for a young goalie in Harding who had a sterling junior resume but has played in only 59 NHL games. The Oilers are one of the half-dozen teams Fletcher has sounded out.

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Boom

from MinnesotaWild.com,

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild, along with Brand Thunder LLC, has announced the launch of the Firefox Wild BOOM. The customized Minnesota Wild browser, a free upgrade to the secure open-source Firefox browser…

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Some Of The Talk - Wild Related

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

...it certainly appears as if the Wild is about to lose Marian Gaborik for nothing. I ran into a million NHL types yesterday who asked me about Gaborik, and each one said the same thing — losing an asset like that for nothing back is the type of thing that takes years to recover from.

...the Wild might be into Kessel now, but if Chiarelli’s waiting until Friday, who knows what Fletcher dips his toes into by then? And right now Fletcher’s in on a lot of different things, from Heatley to countless other things (lots of rumors, but I only report what I know from sources, not what’s just floating around) to talking with Toronto, Edmonton, Colorado, Detroit, St. Louis and Philly about Josh Harding.

(I was told last night that the Blues are very interested in Harding, and few teams are as overstuffed with young assets as the Blues). So it’ll be interesting to see if Fletcher gets something substantial done with so few tradeable pieces to dangle.

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Wild Looking To Deal

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Asked if Gaborik bought a home in Vancouver, Salcer (baborik agent) said, “I have no knowledge of that at all. I know nothing about that. Nothing.”

Asked if he’s had conversations with Gillis, Salcer said, “None.”

Chuck Fletcher wouldn’t comment on the Gaborik situation, other than to say he feels it important to keep everything close to the vest at this point.

“There’s nothing I can comment on with the whole Gaborik situation,” Fletcher said. “I’m just going to work through things and we’ll see how it plays out.”

However, he continues to have trade talks with several teams and is hoping to make a move or two in advance of or at the Draft itself. He continues to be entrenched in Dany Heatley talks, which besides the assets, would cost any team a $4 million signing bonus July 1 and then a $4 million salary during the season.

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