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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
They say patience is a virtue and nowhere is that more evident than in the upcoming NHL free-agent season, where the handful of players that will get to July 1 without signing new contracts, stand to make small fortunes, on the grounds of limited supply and overwhelming demand.
The salary cap bump — to $56.7 million — and the pressure on half-a-dozen NHL teams to make the playoffs next season without fail, means they are open for business and will do whatever they can to land the Marian Hossas and Brian Campbells, who are out there, ready to listen to offers….
Even knowing the history of free agency — more bust than boom - is not going to dissuade some teams from opening their wallets on Tuesday, however. After all, there is one single truth that applies to NHL teams, pre and post-lockout, as expressed by that old philosopher/left winger, George Santayana: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
Left wing Mathias Tjarnqvist, an unrestricted free agent who was one of the Coyotes’ top penalty killers a year ago, became a victim of the numbers game on a young team, and it appears doubtful that he will be returning.
The NHL free agency period begins Tuesday, and Tjarnqvist, along with the team’s other UFAs, forward Radim Vrbata and Craig Weller, will be testing the open market.
General Manager Don Maloney continues his talks with Vrbata’s agent, Rich Evans.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
I talked with Larry Kelly a few minutes ago. While he would not get into specifics, he did acknowledge that Campbell is being tugged in two directions as the July 1 opportunity to become an unrestricted free agent nears. And that family matters are indeed a factor.
“He loved his teammates and he really enjoyed the city,” Kelly said of Campbell’s time with the Sharks. “The biggest issue for him is to balance his own preference with something that may dictate that he be closer to home. That’s still evolving as we speak.
“We continue to talk to Doug” Wilson, Kelly added, “and we continue to talk seriously about a return to San Jose.”
Sources tell TSN the Philadelphia Flyers and forward Jeff Carter have officially agreed to terms on a three-year, $15 million contract extension.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The dollar offer out of Russia may be an overwhelming $35 million over three years, but impending free agent Jaromir Jagr Jaromir Jagr has made it clear that his priority is to remain the NHL.
“Jaromir and I spoke last night and this morning, and his goal first and foremost is to play in the NHL for another two or three seasons,” Jagr’s agent, Pat Brisson, told The Post this afternoon. “His objective is to sign a new contract with the Rangers , and that has always been his priority.
Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the resigning of centres Craig Conroy and Daymond Langkow, left wing Eric Nystrom and goaltender Curtis McElhinney.
“Conroy and Langkow are two of our top centermen who are strong role models for our team both on and off the ice” said Sutter. “Especially with more young wingers in our line-up next season, their experience and leadership will be important. We are happy to be able to make it work by fitting them into our salary structure.”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Here’s a look at the top defensemen who could be available July 1:
All indications were that the smooth-skating defenseman acquired by the Sharks at the trade deadline from the Sabres would remain with childhood friend Joe Thornton in San Jose. But Campbell recently told GM Doug Wilson he wanted to return to the Eastern Conference for family reasons….
The New York Rangers will be back in the hunt and Atlanta, which has never had a top-notch puck mover and power-play quarterback, will likely take a run. If the Leafs can unload Bryan McCabe and his contract, Toronto might be a nice fit for Campbell, whose family is near London, Ontario.
from the Dallas Stars,
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed left wing Loui Eriksson to a two-year contract worth $3.2 million ($1.5 million in 2008-09 and $1.7 million in 2009-10).
“We are very pleased to sign Loui Eriksson to this new contract,” said Stars Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “Loui really started to show some flashes of his potential last season and he seems to be growing into the player we think he can be. We expect Loui’s development and production to continue next season and beyond.”
Fan 590 in Toronto just stated Nick Kypreos is reporting the Ducks will be buying out Todd Bertuzzi.
added 12:24pm, from TSN,
The Anaheim Ducks are parting ways with Todd Bertuzzi, as the club has placed the veteran winger on waivers with the intention to buyout the remaining season of his contract with the organization.
added 3:57pm, The Anaheim Ducks have placed Todd Bertuzzi on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out his contract. If Bertuzzi is not claimed, he will clear waivers tomorrow morning (June 28) at 9 a.m. Pacific Time.
“Todd Bertuzzi is a quality person who we believe can still play at the NHL level,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke. “Unfortunately, we are handcuffed by our salary cap situation. We thank him for his efforts last year and wish him the best of luck in the future.”
from Ryan Dixon of the Hockey News,
If free agents pitched their services on late-night infomercials, Brian Rolston would be positioned as the amazing all-in-one player who can take care of every household need before folding up compactly to be stored out of sight.
No fuss, no mess – just results.
Need a little defensive help? Put Rolston on the penalty kill and just look at that shine! So it’s offense you’re after? Good news; Rolston comes with a 30-goal guarantee!
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