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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.
TSN has them all, RFAs and UFAs…
from the Anchorage Daily News,
“The money is going to be the money, (but) there’s a lot more to it,’’ Gomez said by telephone Saturday. “I want to win. I want to bring the Stanley Cup to Anchorage again.
“I’ve been a little spoiled in New Jersey—you knew you always had a chance to win. I still want that chance.’‘
Gomez and his father, Carlos, on Saturday flew to Chicago, where they set up camp with agent Ian Pulver.
from the Calgary Sun,
It sure is a funky coincidence the display of hockey’s stupidity is launched on Canada Day.
Today marks the start of Christmas in July. The presents—really truckloads of cash—begin being handed out all over the place
Smyth is going to be given big bucks and a long-term deal from some team. So will Drury, Daniel Briere, Brad Stuart and Sheldon Souray.
It’s a good bet the Los Angeles Kings are going to dive into the market like they never have before. Likewise, Colorado will be a player and Edmonton intends to.
What about the Flames?
Well, good luck figuring it out. General manager Darryl Sutter will never tip his hand.
I posted this last year on UFA Day, and basically it holds true today…
Many of us are keeping our eyes and ears open throughout this holiday weekend, trying to find out who signed where, any trades yet, etc.
We do this with great passion while the players that are actually involved are at their summer home or cottage, on the golf course, at the
ballgame or relaxing at their favorite resort.
Should if not be the other way around? Players should have to suffer and gnaw their teeth along with us, trying to tune into three streaming web radio stations at once; a trick I can teach them in a few minutes. I’d like to see
Briere, Drury or Smyth opening five websites up at once, refreshing them every 30 seconds to see if there is any hint of movement.
If all the GMs would just email me when they sign or trade someone and the player agents do the same, I could get on with my life. I have better things to do, maybe I can watch the
6th game of the SCF in peace, watch my 3 DVD set of the Wings or re-paint the Winged Wheel logo on my garage door.
On second thought, maybe a few Wings who live nearby can come over and re-paint the logo (yes, it still needs to be done)- and please make a beer run for me too (remember, no beer can be sold until noon today!)
To see what it was like a year ago today, start here and go backwards when viewing other pages. Geez, we had a false signing very early, then the real signings were announced around 2pm.
Alanah put together a post yesterday, pointing out the resources available to us for our UFA news.
Check it out and as always, feel free to email or post in the comments or KK Forums with any news you have.
Enjoy your Sunday and Happy Canada Day (in more ways than one)!
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
Under the terms of the CBA, no individual player can make more than 20% of his team’s cap, so that means the potential top salary for a player for the upcoming season is $10.06 million.
Wasn’t that what the top players were making before the lockout, leading the game’s leaders to cry the business of the NHL was “broken?”
Makes you wonder why there was a lockout, huh?
Despite the acres of open seats in rinks in America and the lack of an American TV audience, the game appears to be financially healthier than ever. There are two or three factors for that, near as I can see, and they’re all thanks to Canada and its fans.
from the New York Post,
The Most Loyal Devil may leave New Jersey today, low-balled by Lou Lamoriello when any decent raise would have brought Brian Rafalski to Newark.
“It appears I’ll be reaching free agency,” Rafalski told The Post yesterday. “I’m interested at this point to see what happens and how much interest there is out there.”...
“Detroit’s my hometown, and the Midwest is the area I grew up in, so I’m very comfortable there as far as lifestyle goes,” Rafalski said. “At the same time, I have friends and family in many places.”
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