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from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
The buzzwords at the start of the annual free-agent rodeo weren’t necessarily “how much” but “how long.”
Although it’s true GMs continue to spend in a fashion very reminiscent of drunken pre-lockout spending orgies, the real twist on the free-agent game this summer is the term top-end players are commanding before they’ll sign on the dotted line.
In recent days, Philadelphia signed Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell to six-year deals, but that was just a precursor to the big deals of the free-agent season that began at noon ET on Sunday as the Flyers signed Daniel
“Nuts,” one agent said of the term. “That’s why the CBA is so good for top-end players.”
from E.J Hradek at ESPN,
If you hockey fans were looking for some wild spending, reminiscent of the good ol’ pre-lockout days, the opening day of free agency didn’t disappoint.
The big market teams, flush with an extra $6 million in cap space due to the new upper limit, were rockin’ and rollin’ on the first day of July. The Rangers, Flyers, Avalanche, Wings and Maple Leafs, as well as the champion Ducks, all made big-money pickups.
On the first day of free agency, fans around the league were either very happy (Rangers fans) or very sad (Sabres fans). It all depended on who you signed or who you lost. Happy or sad, fans should remember they don’t award the Cup in July. Or, at least, they don’t do that just yet.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Hey, can someone please explain how the Flyers are going to pay Daniel Brière $10-million (all figures U.S.) next season and how the Rangers were able to snap up two free-agent heavies, forwards Scott Gomez and Chris Drury?
Technically, we understand this can happen, and it did. Theoretically, though, we were led to believe the wicked ways of the NHL were as gone as Tie Domi. The Great Lockout was supposed to have corrected the league’s bad habits, made it a changed animal, the new it.
Mr. Campbell, start handing out fines if anyone signs after 9:30pm EDT. You see, we have to get up early tomorrow to do this all over again, and again, and again…
Make the signings stop for the night. The MSM would appreciate it to, they have deadlines to meet.
Open post- How do you feel? Get what you were asking for, still waiting, disgusted?
Also, who has been here the longest today?
from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Yahoo,
The surprising move by Ducks GM Brian Burke comes with superstar defenceman Scott Niedermayer still debating whether or not to call it quits at 33.
“Scott hasn’t made a decision yet,” Niedermayer’s agent Kevin Epp said Sunday.
If Niedermayer does come back, it gives the Ducks a top-four blue-line also featuring Chris Pronger and Francois Beauchemin with the four defencemen earning of total $21.15 million next season.
much more on the signings today…
More from On Frozen Pond,
Confusing? Heck yeah. So, here’s an example that I’ve heard may go down: Ottawa goalie Ray Emery is a RFA, but could be tendered an offer by the L.A. Kings for a lot more money. If he signs the offer sheet and Ottawa decides to let Emery walk, L.A. owes Ottawa a number of draft picks commensurate to how much offered Emery.
If L.A. offers Emery between $3.52-$4.69, the price is a first, second and third-round pick. If the deal is for more, it’s two first rounders, a second and a third. If the contract is for more than $5.9 mil per season, the Kings owe four first round picks (and they need to see a phychiatrist pronto.)
more… *includes compensation list
Spector checks in at KK,
It’s obvious the reason why it’s so quiet in the opening hour and change thus far is, as the TSN crew pointed out, the top UFAs are getting lots of offers and they’re taking their time sorting through them.
Once the main guys make up their minds (and I expect that to start happening by 2 PM ET), the logjam will be broken and the signings will come fast and furious, because the ultimate destination of the main guys will have those teams that lost out in the bidding for them turning to their “Plan B” players.
Just my two cents while we wait. This is as bad as my military days…“hurry up and wait”.
TSN’s Jay Onrait is doing the liveblog thing again today, if you’re interested…
12:46 - A reader named Jeff Lush asks: “Does the TSN Brass realize the risk of having these free agent/trade deadline shows? What happens if nobody signs today?” I’m sure they’re not that concerned. What else were you planning on watching today, the U.S. Women’s Open? Boo-yah! Take that Lorena Ochoa!
Bill Watters on Leafs Lunch reporting Gomez will sign for 7 years at $7M per- Rangers or Flyers are the two teams he is hearing.
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