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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The Edmonton Oilers’ major priority may shift away from Dany Heatley and towards finding a No. 1 goalie now that Dwayne Roloson has left to sign a two-year contract with the New York Islanders. Edmonton didn’t want to go two years on a contract extension, fearing that if Roloson – as a player who’ll turn 40 in October – loses some of his edge, they would be stuck for both years of his contract., counting fully against their salary cap. It was a gamble the Oilers weren’t prepared to take.
Internally, they see Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers as a player who can play 20 to 25 games in the NHL next year, but they need someone else to play the majority of games.
This is the waltz of the strongmen in July first in the NHL. After losing the services of Colton Orr for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the New York Rangers have contracted Donald Brashear.
The agreement is two years worth a total of 2.8 million.
Update 3:00pm ET: More from Steve Zipay at Blues Notes, also confirming the RDS reports.
Forward Mike Knuble is heading to his fifth NHL team.
The 36-year-old has signed an two-year contract with the Washington Capitals worth $2.8 million a season.
Various reports are that Steve Montador has signed with the Buffalo Sabres. TSN reports the deal is for 2 years 3.1 million.
From On the Islanders’ Beat at Newsday:
The Islanders have reached agreement with Edmonton’s Dwayne Roloson on a two-year deal believed to be worth $5 million. Signing a veteran starting goaltender solves their top priority, which was to have a 1A-caliber backup for starter Rick DiPietro in the event his injury problems continue.
Update 2:36pm ET: Darren Dreger’s Twitter—
Roloson tells TSN he wanted a 2 year deal and the Isles were quick to offer. Oilers wouldnt offer a 2nd year..
From Darren Dreger of TSN, via his Twitter, Ty Conklin has signed with the St. Louis Blues for 2 years.
According to James Duthie on the TSN broadcast, the deal is for $2.6 million.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has signed free agent goaltender Ty Conklin.
“By signing Ty, we have deepened our goaltending position,” said Davidson. “Ty had a solid year last season and along with the job Chris (Mason) did for us, we look forward to having two solid goaltenders next season.”
Noted by Pierre Lebrun at ESPN:
LeBrun (2 p.m. ET): The Chicago Blackhawks have signed star winger Marian Hossa to a 12-year whopper deal. Sources tell ESPN.com the deal is worth an average of $5.2 million a year.
more here later
added 2:21pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, T
he Chicago Blackhawks landed Marian Hossa today today with the free-agent push in Chicago once again coming from team president John McDonough, who was the driving force behind last year’s two prominent free-agent signings, Brian Campbell and Cristobal Huet, neither of whom provided good value for the money.
Hossa should be a much better buy - less money against the cap and a far better track record than either Campbell or Huet who, one year after the fact, are problems for the team going forward.
Release from the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks have signed right wing Marian Hossa to a 12-year contract and center Tomas Kopecky to a two-year contract.
“To add Marian, an elite and world-class player, and Tomas, a Stanley Cup Champion, to our exciting young core reinforces our commitment to try to win the Stanley Cup,” Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon said.
note: Kopecky was added to the headline at 2:24pm.
Update 2:32pm ET: TSN notes that Kopecky’s deal is for $1.2 million per year, for 2 years.
According to Bob McKenzie on the TSN broadcast (you can watch it live on this post), Matt Walker has been signed by Tampa Bay Lightning, 4 years, $6.8 Million.
From Elliotte Friedman via Twitter, David Booth has re-signed with Florida for 6 years.
Update 1:48pm ET: According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Booth deal is worth $25.5 million.
From Adrian Dater at the Denver Post’s All Things Avs:
Just heard from a source that the Avs have signed Craig Anderson to a 2-year deal. I’ll confirm soon whether that’s fact or not.
More here later.
Update 1:43pm ET: Dater confirms deal is done.
Update 2:22pm ET: Press release from the Avalanche—
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed free agent goaltender Craig Anderson to a two-year contract through the 2010-11 season.
“In Craig we feel we have addressed a very important need within our organization,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman. “His overall performance last year was very impressive and he is entering the prime years of his career.”
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