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via Pierre LeBrun tweet,
Joe Corvo signs with Carolina, team announces. $4.5 million over two years.
from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
The pattern is always the same.
The big fish are taken out of the NHL free agent pool in the first day. A day or two later, smaller fish get snatched up. And as the first week comes to an end, all that is left are minnows and fish so old that you do not know if they are still good to eat.
Darcy Tucker is an old fish….
Still, Tucker is looking for at least one more chance at a championship. The question is whether any teams are similarly interested in adding a veteran with significant mileage on his body….
Along with Tucker, here are five other veterans who are playing the waiting game:
The Blues are heading in the right direction, no question about it. I expect them, 100 percent, to be in the playoffs next year.”
-Keith Tkachuk. More from Keith by Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News.
via a Pierre LeBrun tweet,
Patrick Eaves re-signs in Detroit for one year, $750,000
The Washington Capitals have avoided arbitration with defenceman Jeff Schultz, agreeing to a 4-year, $11 million contract.
Schultz, who played in 73 games with the club last season, scored 3 goals and added 20 assists. He also led the entire NHL in plus-minus with a plus-50 rating.
from Roger Millions of Sportsnet,
The Oilers brandishing their three youngsters this week, led by No. 1 overall draft pick Taylor Hall, are bludgeoning the Flames on the airwaves, on newsprint, and on the wacky world of the internet.
No question the Oilers proposed makeover is timely. These kids may become bona fide NHLers and dig a very proud hockey organization out of what seems to have been determined as a self-constructed abyss. It’s a nice story.
Counter that with the Calgary Flames. They were a disappointment last season and have added to the questions and concerns by re-signing the likes of Olli Jokinen and Alex Tanguay. These two had already left the Stampede City once under allegedly not so positive circumstances. Couple that with numerous attacks on GM Darryl Sutter from media and fan sources alike, and Calgary NHL hockey talk is not exactly a sunny topic.
You get the feeling that somewhere in the middle the actual facts will eventually play themselves out.
Helene Elliott tweets,
Kings and Kovalchuk are “re-engaged” Lombardi says. Kovy to make first counter-offer today. This gets stranger and stranger…
update 12:27pm, Helene has added more tweets on this topic, so click her twitter feed for more.
via Pierre LeBrun tweet,
Hearing that Rob Niedermayer has agreed to terms with the Buffalo Sabres.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
As the LeBron James saga has played out over the last many months, the mind keeps drifting back to one year ago, when Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash decided to sign an extension and avoid a circus.
Yes, James is a global superstar. (I feel greasy even typing those words.) He is known on every continent and is marketable to myriad demographics. Nash, meanwhile, is a star in central Ohio, in Canada and among NHL fans. Big difference.
But there’s also a big difference in how the athletes have handled the process, and Columbus isn’t even Nash’s hometown.
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
Nikita Filatov is saying all the right things to the Blue Jackets these days - he’s training hard, excited about the club’s new coaching staff, and planning to attend training camp in September.
To confirm all of this, Blue Jackets development coach Tyler Wright departed Columbus for Moscow yesterday, where he’ll spend five days training, living and talking with the 20-year-old left winger.
“We haven’t sat down with Nikita and talked since the World Junior (Championships in early January),” Howson said. “We just wanted Tyler to go over and reach out to him, find out how his training is going, let him know where we stand on him coming to training camp, and relay the expectations of our new coaching staff.”
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