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RDS is reporting that Eric Belanger has been signed by the Minnesota Wild for $5.2 million over 3 years.
(English Google translation here.)
Update 5:15pm ET
The Wild still haven’t provided a press release confirming this, but Radio-Canada, which RDS indicates is the original source of this story, has a quote from Belanger himself confirming the deal. (*using the translation tool again):
“I am really glad to join the Wild”, affirms Bélanger. “Jacques Lemaire and Doug Risebrough intend to make me play on one of the first two lines. I intend to seize my chance.”
Update 5:35pm ET: TSN provides that the deal is specifically $5.25 million.
More from Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune,
Back in 2004-05, when I was writing fun things about third-string Dolphins linemen blowing out their knees and being assigned stuff such as Tonya Harding’s prizefight against a transvestite, people would say to me, “Boy, you must be going nuts during the lockout.”
I replied, “Yeah, but the good news is they’ll idiot-proof the NHL’s economic system, stop the owners from spending recklessly and the league will live long and prosper.”
Well, this NHL writer learned a lot in these first few days of free agency, such as, you can’t idiot-proof the system when idiots are at the controls.
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From Michael Russo at the Star Tribune,
Multiple sources confirmed Monday night that the Wild is close to signing the 37-year-old Duluth native to a one-year, incentive-laden contract.
Reached at his North Carolina home, Hill said, “We’ve definitely had talks and we’re getting there, but at this point, I don’t want to say anything more and jinx it. But things are moving along good and it’s been very positive.”
In April, Hill, at the end of a strong season for the Islanders, became the first player to be suspended under the NHL’s drug policy. He appealed the automatic 20-game suspension, but the suspension was upheld.
from the Pioneer Press,
The Minnesota Wild traded longtime goaltender Manny Fernandez to the Boston Bruins today.
The Wild, who wanted to unload Fernandez’s $4.33 million salary after signing goalie Niklas Backstrom to a two-year deal this spring, are expected to receive 6-foot-1, 192-pound forward Petr Kalus plus a future fourth-round pick in the NHL draft.
added 8:17pm, via Russo’s Rants,
Official word from the Wild is that no trade has been made, but the NHL source says the trade will become official tomorrow. More to come.
added 10:01pm, A little more from Russo’s Rants,
The trade can’t be announced before midnight because the Bruins’ cap number is at $41 million. Manny’s cap number is $4.33 million. That would push the Bruins over the $44 million cap. Remember, the cap doesn’t increase to $50.3 million until after midnight.
So as long as nothing falls through, this is just a technicality.
Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed center Mikko Koivu to a multi-year contract.
“Mikko came to the NHL at a mature age and in just two NHL seasons has displayed the attributes we value in our young players: a reliable and visible work ethic, a commitment to getting better and the ability to take on more responsibility on the ice,” said Risebrough.
Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed defenseman Martin Skoula to a multi-year contract.
“Marty was an important part of our Jennings-winning defense last season,” said Risebrough. “We wanted him back so we can compete for it again and try to build off that success as a team.”
added 3:49pm, via Russo’s Rants,
The Wild re-signed Mikko Koivu to a four-year, $13 million deal with a $3.25 million annual cap hit.
Martin Skoula signed a two-year deal worth $3.6 million.
frojm Russo’s Rants at the Star Tribune,
GM Doug Risebrough tried to trade restricted free agent to be’s Kurtis Foster and Adam Hall this weekend. He got little interest. Without using their names, Risebrough hinted that he has to decide by Tuesday’s deadline whether he will qualify all his restricred free agents. Now, let’s do the math here. He’s not dumping assets like Mikko Koivu, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Nick Schultz. He’s not getting rid of Derek Boogaard or Josh Harding.
So when I told him that left Foster and Hall, he confirmed it with your typical GM-like uncomfirmed confirmation: “That’d be astute.”
much more on the Wild…
From Michael Russo at the Post-Bulletin,
With moderately priced, top two-line centers at a premium this summer and the Wild in the market for one, don’t be surprised if the team investigates signing the enigmatic Alexei Yashin when free agency begins July 1.
Yashin, who has alternated between superstar and sleepwalker throughout his 11-year NHL career, had the final four years of his contract bought out by the New York Islanders this month.
The buyout was finalized this week, meaning teams are free to talk to his representatives but can’t sign him until July 1.
Although the Wild has not yet called his agent, the Wild likely would be interested in Yashin if it could sign him to a one-year deal in the $2 million range.
From John Shipley at Pioneer Press,
Wild president and general manager Doug Risebrough was holed up in his hotel room with the phone to his ear trying to work out a deal that likely would alter the team’s position in tonight’s first round, set for 6 p.m. at Nationwide Arena.
“Nothing is imminent,” Risebrough said Thursday night. “I’m waiting for calls back. Whether it materializes or not, I don’t know.”
Though Risebrough would not specify the components of the deal, it was easy to speculate the impending end of the Manny Fernandez Era, which bore two postseason berths and a surfeit of turmoil, some real and some imagined.
From the AP via Post-Bulletin,
Heading into today’s first round of the NHL Draft, the Minnesota Wild are still picking gravel out of their teeth after being bulldozed by Anaheim in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
With two of the best defensemen in the game and a group of big, skilled forwards that relentlessly stormed the net, the Ducks rolled past Minnesota in five games and only lost four more en route to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.
With that in mind, the Wild will be looking to emulate Anaheim’s blueprint for success. After qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since 2003, the Wild own six picks in this year’s draft, including the 19th selection in the first round.
An assault charge against a National Hockey League player has been stayed in a Regina courtroom.
Prosecutor James Fitzgerald says the Crown has decided not to move forward with the case against Derek Boogaard, 24, of the Minnesota Wild. Boogaard was charged with assault causing bodily harm after an alleged fight at a Regina nightclub last August.
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