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from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,
It was clear late Tuesday night that Hawks GM Dale Tallon hoped to re-sign both Martin Havlat and Nikolai Khabibulin before they became unrestricted free agents at noon on Wednesday.
The serious interest in bringing back Khabibulin was a pretty strong indicator that Tallon was actively trying to trade goalie Cristobal Huet and the three years and more than $16 million he has left on his contract.
Two teams that need goaltenders – Edmonton and Colorado – were believed to be at least listening to what Tallon was offering. Could defenseman Cam Barker be part of a package with Huet? The Oilers are believed to have some interest in Barker.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Boy, oh, boy oh Dany boy, is this a double whammy of Pronger proportions to the well-bruised Edmonton ego.
Edmonton product Jay Bouwmeester signing with Calgary was the first skate to drop. But that was nothing until Calgary product Dany Heatley played coy when it came to to waiving his no trade clause on a done deal.
The price was a little stiff. But it would have allowed the Edmonton Oilers to unload a stiff and add a 50-goal scorer to play with Ales Hemsky.
But now young gun Andrew Cogliano, Ladislav Smid and Dustin Penner know the Oilers had traded them, which is only minor damage.
But now the world knows that a Calgarian would apparently rather take the spit and abuse of coming off as a bigger jerk than he already appeared to be to play in the city a three hour drive to the north.
No, I am not up yet, but soon will be.
For those readers who have been around KK for more then a year, you know what to expect today. For those of you that are new, you may want to check out how we did thing during the first day of the UFA period last season (then scroll forward). It is kind of fun to read all the talk last year on July 1st too,
KK will be around all day and into the night and will be providing you with the latest signings, trades and yes, even some of the rumors.
We hope you enjoy the day and just in case you are not sure, the UFA signing period starts at noon ET.
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
The Wild’s expected to make an offer, but it’s not just a sure-thing Saku Koivu signs a deal to play with Mikko.
I talked to Mikko very early this morning my time. I got him on his boat in Turku. He did voice some concerns that he and Saku have been discussing in recent days. Saku doesn’t want to step on Mikko’s toes because this is his team now, they’ve talked about what it would be like to handle the other being criticized publicly if that were to happen and they talked about the distractions it could create if every city they went to turned into a series of Koivu Bros. stories.
He admitted it’s not a big problem and that they know that stuff would die down, but those are a few of the “cons” on their pros and cons list. On the “pros” side, the fact that it would be special for Saku, 8 1/2 years older, and Mikko to play together and that their parents would absolutely love it. He said it’s a “dream” of theirs.
Sources tell TSN a Dany Heatley deal to the Oilers is getting close, but not yet finalized.
The expected deal would see Edmonton sending Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner and Ladislav Smid to the Senators in exchange for Heatley.
Heatley will be required to waive his no-trade clause.
added 10:48pm, Senators have now asked Heatley to waive his NTC. All the information is at the above link to TSN.
added 11:01pm, via Sportsnet,
Sources tell Sportsnet that the Ottawa Senators have traded disgruntled all-star Dany Heatley to the Edmonton Oilers for Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner and Ladislav Smid.
added 7/1/09 12:05am, RDS (translated) says Heatley will not waive his NTC.
added 7/1/09 at 12:11am, If you want to follow this story to conclusion, I suggest watch Dan Tencer’s Twitter. He will provide you with the outcome, meanwhile, I need some sleep.
Bob McKenzie of TSN says deal is dead.
“If Hossa comes back at a number we can’t refuse, we’ll go through the process of moving bodies around to get him in. But based on our space, I’m not optimistic. He can receive offers from other teams that don’t have the star contracts we do, and he can be their star.”
Wings GM Ken Holland. More on the Wings from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press….
Sources tell TSN Jay Bouwmeester has agreed to terms with the Calgary Flames.
Bouwmeester avoids unrestricted free agency, agreeing to a 5 year deal.
Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to a multi-year agreement.
The Flames acquired Bouwmeester on June 27, 2009 from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jordan Leopold and the 67th pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
“Jay is one of the most complete defenseman in the game, and we are very pleased to have reached an agreement that will make him an important component of the Calgary Flames success,” said Sutter. “We identified Jay as the priority player where we were going to focus our money. We wanted an opportunity a few days in advance of the deadline, and that’s why we made the move we did this past weekend.”
“I am happy to have this deal done as Calgary was a team I was very interested in playing for. I was encouraged by the commitment Calgary showed by acquiring me prior to July 1,” said Bouwmeester. “I am familiar with some of the players and believe we have a strong club that is poised to make the next step in becoming a championship club. I look forward to contributing to that success.”
added 8:42pm, TSN has added this to their story from above,
Bouwmeester avoids unrestricted free agency, agreeing to a 5 year deal worth $6.6 million per year against the salary cap.
from the Montreal Gazette,
“I learned about the possibility of a trade when I was playing softball with some friends last night and then I got a call from Mr. Sather,” Gomez said from his native Alaska, where he was on a fishing trip.
Gomez said he had a limited no-trade clause. “I had a list of teams where I didn’t want to go, but obviouslty Montreal wasn’t on that list.”
“I’m happy to be going to the Mecca of hockey,” he added. “I know there’ll be some pressure, but that’s what it’s all about. I got some taste of the Montreal tradition playing for Larry Robinson.”
more on the Canadiens…
George Malik of SnapShots at Mlive points to numerous sources regarding Hossa and other Wings,
As we stand about seventeen hours from the start of the unrestricted free agent period, my best educated guess suggests that Marian Hossa will sign somewhere else between 12 and 2 PM tomorrow, with Mikael Samuelsson and Ty Conklin soon to follow, Tomas Kopecky to last until July 3rd at the latest, and I expect someone to toss a $2.5 million offer sheet at Jiri Hudler before the week’s out.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Local agent Byron Baltimore has talked to Calgary general manager Darryl Sutter twice in the last two days and he is expected to make Bouwmeester an offer before Wednesday’s 10 a.m. MDT opening of the free-agent marketplace. The Flames acquired Bouwmeester’s negotiating rights from the Florida Panthers on Saturday.
If they want to sign Bouwmeester, 25, the youngest and arguably biggest free agent prize out there, the Flames appear to be restricted in how much money they can pay the Edmonton-born defenceman.
That’s because Flames captain Jarome Iginla, one of the top-10 players in the league, took a hometown discount when he signed his latest deal with Calgary for five years at $7 million per year. The optics of paying Bouwmeester more than Iginla would not be good.
So does that put the Flames out of the running for the smooth skating defenceman?
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