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After being drafted together in 1999, and playing their entire careers on the same club, the Sedin brothers Daniel and Henrik will continue that trend now in Vancouver.
The brothers have signed a pair of five-year contacts, averaging $6.1 million a season.
from Pierre LeBrun or ESPN,
Now that Jay Bouwmeester is off the market, it’s nice to be Mike Komisarek, right?
For my money, he’s the best blueliner available, although more of a defensive banger than an offensive force like Bouwmeester.
“It certainly gives a little more clarity to the market place having him there [Bouwmeester sign in Calgary],” Komisarek’s agent, Matt Keator, told ESPN.com Wednesday morning. “But there’s still other good defensemen out there like [Mattias] Ohlund and others. So Mike isn’t the only one out there.”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Don’t assume Martin Havlat is going to hit the open market just yet.
Havlat’s agent, Allan Walsh, and Chicago GM Dale Tallon were hard at it first thing this morning, trying to see if there was some common ground between the skilled forward and the Blackhawks….
If the two sides can’t reach a deal, Havlat will be coveted by a number of teams looking to add an impact forward, teams like Montreal, which brought in skilled playmaking center Scott Gomez from New York on Tuesday.
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
Astonishing at it might seem, Sutter probably even underpaid.
In the hockey market, understand, Jay Bouwmeester’s a Picasso or a Rodin. These types of players don’t simply drop out of the sky and into your lap: A 25-year-old stud defenceman stuck in the bright and balmy, but still deadened hockey market of south Florida, who, you get the feeling, has yet to unearth the full might of his vast potential. A star who, in a nurturing environment, could be a super-duper-star.
Why, they’re rarer than photos of Darryl Sutter smiling.
The addition of Bouwmeester now provides the Flames with a Big Three—including Robyn Regehr and Dion Phaneuf—the envy of any organization around. This acquisition undoubtedly means adios to UFA Adrian Aucoin, and leaves the Flames’ blueline also manned by battle-scarred old warrior Cory Sarich and the handy Mark Giordano. If Sutter can get the young and improving Adam Pardy re-signed, it’s a very solid group.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
His game was gone, his smile was gone, and he was going. The Rangers had been dangling Gomez for months. They needed to clear cap space. They needed to move forward without Gomez.
“If you perform up to expectations, play hard every day, game in and game out and be productive, there’s a chance you’ll never be traded,” Sather said yesterday afternoon after announcing that Gomez had been traded.
Gomez’ heart was in the right place two summers ago. But his eyes exceeded his commitment. New York was too big for him.
from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
In terms of the Big Three (Hossa, Havlat, Gaborik), I’ll make the following predictions: Hossa will not be a King, and Havlat and/or Gaborik will be with the Kings only if they agree to short-term deals.
from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,
Christopher Higgins’s mother, Sue, is thrilled beyond words on Long Island, her son soon to be playing much nearer home. His father, Bobby, is another matter. A Canadiens fan “for 50 years,” Higgins says, Bobby Higgins is burying his son’s Canadiens paraphernalia. Or at least putting it behind closed doors in the basement for now….
I reached Higgins at his summer home on Long Island, where the day’s trade to the New York Rangers was still sinking in. He spoke glowingly of his time in Montreal and of the fans in this city, no matter their voice on any particular night.
New York is a dream come true. But leaving Montreal doesn’t happen without many memories being stirred.
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.
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