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The Washington Capitals have signed goaltender Jose Theodore to a two-year contract.
Update 3:25pm ET: TSN reports that Theodore’s deal is for 2 years, $9 million.
via the Colorado Avalanche,
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed forward Per Ledin to a one-year contract.
Ledin, 29, spent this past season with HV 71 Jonkoping of the Swedish Elite League, where he tallied 33 points (16g/17a) and 137 penalty minutes in 52 games. The left winger finished third on the team in penalty minutes, fifth in goals and sixth in points. He also appeared in all 17 playoff games for Jonkoping, which captured the league title.
“Per Ledin will add a different dimension to our team,” said Avalanche Assistant to the General Manager Michel Goulet. “We believe his gritty style of play will benefit our club in the upcoming 2008-09 season.”
The Los Angeles Kings have acquired defenceman Denis Gauthier and a second-round draft pick from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for two prospects.
Gauthier, 31, spent all of last season in the American Hockey League, playing with the Philadelphia Phantoms, putting up 18 points and a plus-16 rating in 78 games.
Update 2:23 pm ET: More on Gauthier from Rich Hammond.
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The Penguins have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with free-agent defenseman Mark Eaton. Financial terms were not immediately known.
Update 2:20 pm ET: From TSN’s tracker,
Pittsburgh Penguins re-sign UFA D Mark Eaton to a 2 year deal worth $2-million
via Darren Dreger of TSN,
The threat of retirement is not standing in the way of NHL teams taking a hard run at free agent forward Mats Sundin.
Sources tell TSN as many as four teams have tablde offers for the 37 year old, including one undisclosed team that has offered a whopping $10 million per year on a multi-year contract.
Update 2:33pm ET: Which team offered $20 million for 2 years to Sundin? The Canucks, so sayeth the rumor guys.
From Damian Cristodero at Lightning Strikes,
The Mats Sundin thing notwithstanding, the Lightning’s final move today likely will be signing goaltender Olaf Kolzig. It’s not done, but talks apparently are going well.
Update 2:27pm ET: From Erik Erlendsson at the Tampa Tribune,
Got word that the team is getting there on a deal with Kolzig and the team is still in the mix for Rolston.
Update 2:49pm ET: Fan590 is saying the Kolzig deal is done. And Lightning Strikes has an update on Mike Smith:
As if the Lightning wasn’t busy enough today, now it appears the team will announce a contract extension, believed to be for two years, for goaltender Mike Smith. The goalie has one year left on his contract that pays $950,000 next season.
Update 4:21pm ET: TSN tracker notes that Kolzig signed for $1.5 million
From Michael Russo at Russo’s Rants,
WILD HAS SIGNED ANDREW BRUNETTE TO A MULTI-YEAR DEAL AND HAS ACQUIRED DEFENSEMAN MAREK ZIDLICKY, A QUALITY OFFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN, FOR RYAN JONES AND A 2009 SECOND-ROUND PICK
Note: Sorry about the all-caps. Russo is shouting.
Update 1:33pm ET: Zidlicky also confirmed on TSN:
Nashville trades defenceman Marek Zidlicky to Minnesota for prospect Ryan Jones from Miami of Ohio and a second round pick. Details to follow.
Update 1:42pm ET: Link at TSN now available. TSN also confirming Brunette deal via SMS updates.(2:07pm ET)
Update 2:54pm ET: Russo updates his post to say Brunette has been signed to a “three-year $7million deal.”
From Michael Russo at Russo’s Rants in the Star-Tribune, a rather vague report:
A player just told me Atlanta offered Brian Campbell a contract worth $60 million. Not sure of years, but I think seven.
Make of that what you will.
Update 2:10pm ET: Bruce Garrioch throws the Blackhawks into the mix:
Campbell to Chicago?
That’s the talk. The hawks are being aggressive and are moving towards a deal.
via Sportsnet’s Tracker, Radim Vrbata to the Tampa Bay Lightning
Update 1:05pm ET: Sportsnet:
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent forward Radim Vrbata to a three-year, $9 million contract, Sportsnet has learned.
From the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Anton Babchuk on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Babchuk $1 million in 2008-09.
Update 1:26pm ET: From Lord Stanley’s Blog,
Ryan Bayda, Wade Brookbank and Tim Conboy have all re-signed, Bayda and Brookbank for one year each and Conboy for two.
Bayda and Brookbank will each make $475,000 next season. Conboy has a two-way deal next season ($475,000 and $100,000 in the AHL) and a one-way deal in 2009-10 at $500,000.
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