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“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?
FRISCO, Tex. – Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced today that the club has re-signed right wing Jere Lehtinen to a one-year contract for the 2009-10 season. His deal includes a $1.5 million base salary, and as much as $1 million more in incentives.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Jere Lehtinen back with our club next season,” said Nieuwendyk. “He has been one of the cornerstones of this franchise for many years, and we feel he will continue to be a significant contributor going forward. Jere is a consummate professional on and off the ice, and we look forward to his healthy return next season.”
A few people are reporting the Sedin’s have agreed to a contract with Vancouver.
Nope, not true and if you go back to those sites, they may have been deleted or changed, either way, they were wrong to begin with.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
San Jose Sharks
Biggest Need: A spiritual makeover
The Solution: Chad Larose, Mikael Samuelsson, Erik Cole…
Biggest Need: Overloaded with too many fancy dancers who’d rather avoid contact than drive the net to create a chance, they’re desperately in need of a fearless power forward presence.
The Solution: Mike Knuble…
via Kevin Allen’s Twitter,
Canadiens’ Higgins just traded to the Rangers, details to follow shortly as I get them.
Plus Fan590 in Toronto reports RDS say Gomez going the other way.
added 5:03pm, via TSN,
The Montreal Canadiens have acquired centre Scott Gomez from the New York Rangers in exchange for winger Chris Higgins.
added 5:24pm, Secondary names were included in the trade, follow the TSN link for all the names.
added 5:30pm, via the Montreal Canadiens,
“We are extremely pleased to have acquired an impact centreman in Scott Gomez. He is an outstanding playmaker and an excellent skater. Having won the Stanley Cup twice with the New Jersey Devils, he brings a lot of playoff experience to our team. Scott is an elite player who will certainly contribute to the success of our team for years to come,” said Bob Gainey.
from Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
GM Peter Chiarelli has concluded a conference call regarding tomorrow’s opening of free agency. And as expected, given the club’s cap situation, Chiarelli said not to expect much movement today or tomorrow.
“We’re going to sit back,” Chiarelli said. “Unless there are certain players we like and we feel there are good fits for those players.”
Chiarelli said the Bruins will not sign any of their free agents, restricted or unrestricted, before tomorrow’s noon opening. P.J. Axelsson, Mark Recchi, Stephane Yelle, Manny Fernandez, Shane Hnidy, and Steve Montador will become UFAs. Phil Kessel, Matt Hunwick, and Byron Bitz will become RFAs.
* Chiarelli has said previously that he will match any offer sheets. But he tempered that statement today, hinting that he would not match any offer sheets he terms beyond reason.
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