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via Dan Tencer of 630 CHED,
With less than 48 hours to go before free agency, Oilers GM Steve Tambellini is focusing his efforts on two of his own key free agents. The club has tendered what they believe to be a “very strong” 1 year offer to goaltender Dwayne Roloson. But, Tambellini isn’t sure if Roloson is going to take the offer. “It’s Dwayne’s choice,” he says. “He’s earned the right to free agency and if he thinks he can do better elsewhere, maybe (he’ll leave). We’ve got a day and a half to go.”
Tambellini says they also hope to come to terms soon with defenseman Denis Grebeshkov. “Denis is in our plans and we’ll get moving on that soon,” Tambellini says. He admitted that the delay in negotiation so far was due to the Oilers wanting to see what was available on the trade market.
The Chicago Blackhawks have re-signed second-line centreman David Bolland, inking the restricted free agent to a five-year deal.
The Toronto native will earn $3.375 million per season throughout the term.
RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Jussi Jokinen on a two-year contract. The deal will pay Jokinen $1.5 million in 2009-10 and $1.9 million in 2010-11.
“Jussi was a good addition to our team last season, and he really stepped into his role in the playoffs,” said Rutherford. “His ability to contribute on the power play and penalty kill, and his versatility at different forward positions makes him a valuable player.”
from the Vancouver Sun,
Infant pacifiers bearing the logos of the Vancouver Canucks and some other NHL teams have been recalled by Health Canada for posing a danger to children, the federal agency said Monday.
Testing by Health Canada has revealed that the pacifier button, ring handle and shield with nipple can detach, posing a choking hazard to children, Health Canada said in a press release….
lso under the recall are pacifiers featuring the logos of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings, Health Canada said.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
The Canadiens’ continuing failure to secure a big centre has left general manager Bob Gainey with a sizeable dilemma.
Gainey has some decisions to make in the next few days because the Canadiens currently have only two centres under contract - Maxim Lapierre and Glen Metropolit.
Gainey had hoped to trade for a big centre during the National Hockey League entry draft on the weekend, but it was one of the quietest drafts in recent memory, with the Canadiens general manager describing it as a logjam.
via Jeremy Rutherford of the Morning Skate at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues today bought out the final year of defenseman Jay McKee’s contract. McKee was due to make $4 million for the 2009-2010 season, completing a four-year, $16 million contract he signed in 2006.
“I was at the gym and missed some calls,” McKee said. “I saw my agent and Larry Pleau called, so I assumed something was up. It’s not something I expected, especially after my most productive season in St. Louis. But I understand they had a decision to make and I was one of them. …
“The bottom line is, I didn’t fit in their depth chart and my salary was probably a hindrance to their payroll,” McKee added. “They have their reasons and I accept that.”
from Vincent Cauchy of MontrealCanadiens.com,
The Canadiens are sitting pretty as the most flexible team in the league, counting more available salary cap space than any other franchise. With $34.9 million at their disposal and just 11 players currently under contract, the Habs’ decision makers have plenty of room to work with when planning out next season’s roster makeup. The Blackhawks are treading in similarly calm waters with the same number of players inked to contracts and a hefty $24.4 million on hand. With 13 players currently on board, the Thrashers are also poised to strike with $27 million burning a hole in their pockets.
At the other end of the spectrum, there are some NHL teams bursting at the seams with personnel and their respective cap hits. The Red Wings, Senators and Flyers all have less than six million dollars in cap space left to lure in free agent this summer. With so little breathing room available, these three clubs’ lineups are shaping up to look almost identical to their 2008-09 counterparts.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Had chance to catch up with Marian Gaborik’s agent, Ron Salcer, on Monday. He wanted to squash, once and for all, the strange rumor that his star client had bought a house in Vancouver.
“He has not bought a home in Vancouver, that’s outlandish,” Salcer told ESPN.com. “Marian has been in Slovakia. He hasn’t been shopping in Vancouver for a home. That’s just crazy.”
It appears fairly obvious Gaborik will hit the open market Wednesday. Other than one conversation with new Wild GM Chuck Fletcher, Salcer said he hasn’t really talked much with Minnesota lately.
“They have my number, they know how to reach me,” Salcer said.
read on for some Chelios talk…
via Peter Adler at The Cult Of Hockey,
Alexander Radulov, despite approaches from Nashville and other NHL clubs, has decided to stay at Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Here’s his quote (verbatim translation) from the Sport-Express: “I’m on a two-year contract, and even though I got some offers from the NHL, Ufa helped me last year, and I wouldn’t want to betray them”.
YES! Of course, he was under a valid contract with Nashville last year, and still left them for Ufa.
via Kevin Allen’s Twitter,
Believing that there will be more talks between Toronto and Boston about Phil Kessel and Tomas Kaberle. Bruins need puck moving D man..
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