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The Tampa Bay Lightning gave it their best shot, but forward Brian Rolston is going to unrestricted free agency.
Sources say Rolston informed the Lightning this morning that he would become an unrestricted free agent at 12 noon and see what the market will bear for his services.
via TSN UFA Tracker,
Washington re-signs defenceman Mike Green to a four-year deal worth $5.25-million a season.
added 9:20am, from the Washington Capitals,
“Mike has developed into an impact defenseman in the short time since we drafted him, and he will be a key part of our team moving forward,” McPhee said. “We look forward to his further contributions as we continue to improve the hockey club.”
more on Green…
from Snapshots at Mlive,
Despite the fact that many newspapers don’t publish on Canada Day (Happy Canada Day!), there’s no shortage of multimedia goodness pertaining to Red Wings forward Dan Cleary’s two-day celebration with the Stanley Cup in his home province, Newfoundland:
Global National posted a 2:22 clip of Cleary’s arrival in St. John’s and his trip to Janeway Children’s Hospital;
continued with video links…
from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,
Though the Wild have roughly $35 million committed to 14 players next season, well below the $56.7 million salary cap, that cap space is deceiving — for several reasons.
First, a substantial chunk of that will go to restricted free agents Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Stephane Veilleux and Kurtis Foster — maybe as much as $6 million if Bouchard isn’t traded. Second, general manager Doug Risebrough doesn’t plan to spend all the way to the cap.
“It’s not that I don’t want to spend up to the cap. The question is, is it worth it in this climate?” Risebrough said Monday. “In this climate, (top) guys are going to get their money. The cap is going up, but I don’t see the quality of free agents.”
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
Generally speaking, Snow will attempt to fill out the roster with young players who have a chance to grow with the team he is trying to build. But he also might add an experienced veteran who could mentor young kids who will be playing major roles and take some pressure off them.
Describing the balance he’s trying to strike, Snow said: “It’s always a Catch-22. We want to be younger; we want to give our young players an opportunity to come into training camp and earn their spot. If some of our young players perform at the level they finished at last season, it won’t be an issue. I just don’t want to bring in older players that would pretty much put our young players in Bridgeport.”
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Holland plans to stay active this afternoon, especially if Mats Sundin hits the market. There’s tremendous interest from the Wings in the 6-foot-5 forward, coming off a season in which he had produced 78 points in 74 games.
There is also some interest in Todd Bertuzzi, the enigmatic forward who played for the Wings from February to May in 2007, and whose contract was just bought out by the Ducks.
more on the Wings…
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
To me, hitting the home run for Katz would be finding a first-rate scoring star the likes of, oh, say Rick Nash to complement Ales Hemsky as the gifted playmaker heads into the prime-time years of his career.
I’m not saying that you could do that deal, specifically.
But the Oilers have a pretty good stockpile of assets that they could put on the table to get a guy who would make Hemsky complete.
If you offered up Shawn Horcoff and Joni Pitkanen from column A, and Raffi Torres and Robbie Schremp from column B, for example, shouldn’t you be able to acquire a pretty good player to be Hemsky’s first-line soul- mate here?
Pitkanen, clearly, is about to be moved.
more on the Oilers…
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
With 10 forwards fighting for spots on the top three lines and $44 million in salaries already on the payroll, the Canes are almost certainly going to have to trade a forward before they can go after the defenseman they desperately need.
“I don’t think we’ll be very active,” general manager Jim Rutherford said. “Certainly there are some players there that we could consider, but I think in order to balance our team out to add the type of player we’d like to add on defense, it’d be more apt to be done through trade.”
more on the Canes…
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
The Bruins, who yesterday agreed to terms on a new deal for forward Petteri Nokelainen (two years, average $850,000), won’t shop in Hossa’s ‘hood. Their cap already stands right around $50 million, leaving them with slightly less than $7 million in potential shopping dollars. A tight budget and a squeezed market for top free agent talent most likely will have the Bruins cautious from the start.
General manager Peter Chiarelli, reached by phone late yesterday afternoon, sounded as if he is prepared to ignore the early wave of emotional bidding, then look to move in for a value purchase (the $2 million to $4 million-a-year range) once the market begins to cool.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
In a major test of Cliff Fletcher’s resolve to follow a patient, in-house rebuilding plan, the general manager must fight the craving to sign one or two veterans for short-term playoff hopes in favour of augmenting the current Leafs roster with some lesser known free agents, farmhands, perhaps a trade and letting the chips fall.
“There will be no temptation, but let’s get to 12:01 and see what drops,” Fletcher said last night. “We’re not expecting a big-time centre to be there, but we might look for a couple of wingers and then move someone to centre, say Nik Antropov. There are some young free agents, particularly under 30, who could play with our team for a few years and be rewarded in the end.”
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