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from Jim Matteson of rhe Edmonton Journal,
The Edmonton Oilers remain in the Marian Hossa hunt with their new, billionaire owner, Daryl Katz, offering between $9 and $10 million a season, according to some sources. And not for one year; for many, many years.
Mats Sundin has an offer on the table—again reportedly for $20 million over two years—to play in Vancouver. He’s 37 years old. His best years are behind him, but he’s going to the Hall of Fame and nine teams are trying to convince Sundin to play for them.
The Detroit Red Wings want him, but only for one year and not for $10 million, to bridge the gap before they have to sign Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen.
“I wish I was a player,” admitted Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon.
“You always overpay (now), then it trickles down and you get the bargains in August,” said Tallon. “But we had to make a statement. We’ve created a buzz in this market. We’ve started to sell more and more tickets, more sponsorships and we decided we’d try to make an impact to continue the momentum.
“We had to send a message to our young players that we’re committed.”
Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings spoke with Kings GM Dean Lombardi tonight. Some highlights from that conversation:
—The Kings were right there on Brad Stuart, and apparently didn’t have a problem with either the term or the money, but Stuart decided that he wanted to play for the Red Wings. To this, Lombardi basically tipped his hat and said, ``I can’t blame him for that.’‘
—Lombardi still has his eye on a defenseman who, in his words, fits with both the present and the future. He’s not at liberty to name names, obviously, but I don’t think it’s hard to do some reading between the lines, right?
—Rob Blake is still there as a strong possibility, and discussions are ongoing.
From the Calgary Flames:
Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of defenseman Mark Giordano.
“Mark is an NHL player and we are glad to have him back,” said Sutter. “He was a good player when he left to play in Russia and has improved playing against European players on the larger ice. He is a year older and year more mature.”
“I was very nervous, almost like during the game” confessed Ovi to “MK”. “Still, these are different emotions. Probably because of the fact that at the games I work out physically, but here it was different, it was brain’s work out! Now I’ve realized that I can succeed not only playing hockey, but in other areas of life… College education will to add to my game, now I’ll try to think more during the game, to use the theory in practice…”
Ovechkin’s diploma thesis was about “Speed training of the top level hockey players”. He defended it with an “A”
more including a photo of Ovechkin receiving his degree
The Boston Bruins have agreed to terms with winger Michael Ryder on a three-year deal at $4 million per season.
The contract is still being finalized but the two parties have agreed to terms pending the final paperwork being in order.
from Dan Wood of the OC Register,
Perry, 23, made a point of immediately thanking Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli.
“To have me back and let me play here another five years, it’s just going to be something special,” Perry said. “I really wanted to stay in Anaheim. It’s home now. It’s a great place to play hockey. You can’t ask for a better organization to play for than the Anaheim Ducks.”
With Niedermayer having committed to fulfilling the final year of his contract, Pronger signed for two more seasons and Giguere for three, the mission is clear.
“We’re trying to get back to the Stanley Cup team we were two years ago,” Perry said. “That’s everybody’s goal and everybody’s mindset. I just can’t wait for training camp to start.”
more on the Ducks…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
It’s tempting to call the $57.12-million (all currency U.S.) for defenceman Brian Campbell or the $23-million for goaltender Cristobal Huet crazy money, but really, what constitutes crazy money any more in today’s NHL?
In a year in which the salary cap went up to a record $56.7-million – setting off another enormous spending spree on the opening day of the 2008 free-agent season – was the combined $79.8-million the Chicago Blackhawks committed to two players, Campbell and Huet, any crazier than the $87-million the New York Rangers spent last year to land unrestricted free agents Chris Drury and Scott Gomez?
Sam Weinman at Rangers Report:
Valiquette re-signed as well
A couple of other quick hits: Sather said he’s talked to Jaromir Jagr’s agent several times and they’re still interested in bringing him back.
Sather also mentioned he called Sean Avery’s agent Pat Morris and Morris never called him back.
Perhaps the end to the NYR spending day. Glen Sather is currently on a media conference call and Weinman will probably be adding more to that post shortly.
We’ll note a confirmation of the Stephen Valiquette re-signing when available.
Update 10:01pm ET: TSN notes the Valiquette re-signing. No info on terms at that link yet.
According to Sportsnet’s tracker, Mark Streit has signed for 5 years at
$5.1 million per year
Update 8:19pm ET: TSN confirms the signing, but salary amounts are conflicting, TSN stating 5 years for $20.5 million.
Update 8:24pm ET: Sportsnet originally reported salary to be $5.1 million per. They’ve now corrected it to $4.1 million.
Tampa Bay Lightning sign UFA forward David Koci to a one-year, two-way contract worth $525,000 in the NHL, $100,000 in the minors
Update 7:54pm ET: For more on Tampa’s new tough guy, HockeyFights.com has it all.
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