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Morrison May Make Decision Next Week

from Russo’s Rants,

As I’ve been reporting since July 1, the Wild has an offer in on the Vancouver Canucks unrestricted free agent (Brendan Morrison). The two sides have talked a lot.

He is expected to make a decision early next week, and I can tell you, the Wild has no clue which way he’s leaning. The offer is there. It’s up to him.

more on Morrison and the Wild…

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Minnesota Signs Antti Miettinen

From Michael Russo at Russo’s Rants,

Wild isn’t confirming, but I heard from them a couple hours ago that there would be a smaller signing this afternoon. While the team doesn’t have a signed contract yet for Miettinen, this appears to be it.

Update 4:30pm ET: At the above link, Russo says this is now confirmed by the team.

Update 6:58pm ET: TSN states the contract is 3 years.

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Minnesota Re-Signs Kurtis Foster

via press release:

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed defenseman Kurtis Foster to a 2008-09 contract.

Update 4:48pm ET: Michael Russo notes that Foster’s salary is $1.025 million for the season.

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Wild Update

from Russo’s Rants,

It has been confirmed to me by Kristian Huselius’ agent, Don Meehan, that the Wild is pursuing the free-agent left wing and the two sides will speak again Wednesday. Huselius has got a ton of skill and was nearly traded to Minnesota in 2005-06.

more on the Wild… (note, Russo’s Rants has been having some issues but appears to be back up)

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Wild Signs Brunette to Multi-Year Deal & Acquire Zidlicky

From Michael Russo at Russo’s Rants,

WILD HAS SIGNED ANDREW BRUNETTE TO A MULTI-YEAR DEAL AND HAS ACQUIRED DEFENSEMAN MAREK ZIDLICKY, A QUALITY OFFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN, FOR RYAN JONES AND A 2009 SECOND-ROUND PICK

Note: Sorry about the all-caps. Russo is shouting. smile

Update 1:33pm ET: Zidlicky also confirmed on TSN:

Nashville trades defenceman Marek Zidlicky to Minnesota for prospect Ryan Jones from Miami of Ohio and a second round pick. Details to follow.

Update 1:42pm ET: Link at TSN now available. TSN also confirming Brunette deal via SMS updates.(2:07pm ET)

Update 2:54pm ET: Russo updates his post to say Brunette has been signed to a “three-year $7million deal.”

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Will The Wild Spend

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

Though the Wild have roughly $35 million committed to 14 players next season, well below the $56.7 million salary cap, that cap space is deceiving — for several reasons.

First, a substantial chunk of that will go to restricted free agents Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Stephane Veilleux and Kurtis Foster — maybe as much as $6 million if Bouchard isn’t traded. Second, general manager Doug Risebrough doesn’t plan to spend all the way to the cap.

“It’s not that I don’t want to spend up to the cap. The question is, is it worth it in this climate?” Risebrough said Monday. “In this climate, (top) guys are going to get their money. The cap is going up, but I don’t see the quality of free agents.”

read on

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Rolston Waiting In The ‘Wings’?

from Russo’s Rants,

As of now, Brian Rolston has not signed in Tampa Bay despite the Lightning offering him a Brink’s truck, I am told. I am also being told it’s looking more and more doubtful Rolston signs, although that could change. Brian Lawton and Len Barrie are using every ounce of persuasion they have. I haven’t heard back from Rolston this afternoon, but this is further proof he wants to go to free agency. In other words, if Tampa can’t get it done, the Wild wasn’t going to get it done.

Deep down, I really think he’s praying the Red Wings come calling. That would be a dream come true for the Michigan native and childhood Wings fan. Two other big options? I think Pittsburgh and the Rangers.

more on the Wild…

Update 10:56pm ET: From Damian Cristodero at Lightning Strikes,

Lightning owner Oren Koules said he has had one conversation with Brian Rolston about money. Koules said Rolston, whom the Lightning are trying to sign by midnight before he becomes an unrestricted free agent, is more concerned about quality of life issues.

“He’s excited about it,” Koules said Rolston’s opportunity to play with Tampa Bay. “It’s lifestyle things. He’s 35, he knows this might be his last contract. He wants to figure out where he wants his family to lives. You know what? I don’t blame him.”

Update 11:44pm ET:  TSN says Rolston needs to sleep on it tonight:

Tampa Bay Lightning fans should wait before they purchase their Brian Rolston sweaters as the soon-to-be free-agent has indicated to the Lightning that he will decide Tuesday morning if he will accept the team’s offer or enter the open market.

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Lightning Acquire Rights to Rolston

From the Minnesota Wild (press release):

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough tonight announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired a conditional draft pick in either the 2009 or 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forward Brian Rolston.

Update 11:07pm ET: From Michael Russo at his Star Tribune blog,

The trade is done. It’s for a conditional draft pick with three different conditions apparently depending on whether Rolston signs with Tampa Bay or not. The conditions will be spelled out to me in a little bit.

Update 11:16pm ET: You can see the conditions for the pick at Russo’s site. They’re a bit (shall we say) convoluted, in part dependent on approval of the earlier Malone signing in Tampa.

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Appears Rolston Headed Towards Free Agency

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

The sides still have until midnight today (Monday) to complete a deal that would keep Rolston, 35, from testing the free-agent waters, but that isn’t going to happen.

“At this point,” Rolston said in a text message Sunday afternoon, “we are going to July 1.”

more

added 8:22pm, via Russo’s Rants,

I see Rolston on Sidney Crosby’s wing in Pittsburgh. I know Florida, Atlanta, the Rangers, Islanders and Montreal really want him, too. Tampa will sign Ryan Malone to a seven-year, $31.5 million deal, but that doesn’t mean the Lightning’s out of the Rolston hunt, I was just told. The Lightning has interest in Radim Vrbata, too.

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Rolston Could Be A Good Fit In Montreal

from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,

If the Canadiens end up blue-balled and spurned in their wooing of Mats Sundin, signing Brian Rolston would be a great consolation prize.

Rolston was in the final season of a three-year Minnesota Wild contract that paid him $2.432 million per. He’s probably available in the $4 million to $5 million range.

more on Rolston…

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