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from Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News,
You could make a convincing – though not overwhelming – argument that Montreal upgraded its top-six forward supply by replacing Saku Koivu, Alex Kovalev and Alex Tanguay with Scott Gomez, Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta.
What can’t be argued is that the Habs chewed threw the one valuable resource they possessed – cap space – and failed to land the franchise-defining player they’ve lacked for years.
By the time they take care of their RFAs, the Canadiens will be pushing up against the cap, yet still without a big No. 1 center or stud defenseman in their midst.
The unknown element in all of this is what Gainey’s options were.
via Rob Rossi, Penguins beat writer, on his Twitter,
Rob Scuderi has agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Kings, he confirms via text.
Update 4:27pm ET: From TSN—
The Los Angeles Kings made their first dip into the free agent market on Thursday, signing defenceman Rob Scuderi to a four-year, $13.6 million contract.
“A substantial portion of the seating” at the two-year-old Prudential Center in Newark fails to meet specifications, the Devils assert in response to the seating manufacturer’s bid to claim $1.2 million in payments.
Michigan-based Irwin Seating filed suit in U.S. District Court in Newark against Devils Renaissance Development in May, seeking the remaining portion of what it said was a total of $5.6 million in construction costs at the Newark facility. The Devils responded late Wednesday, saying that Irwin Seating “failed to perform its obligations in accordance with the [Jan. 2007] agreement.”
from Randy O’Halloran of the Washington Times,
Bruce Boudreau’s day began with meeting Tiger Woods and ended with the Washington Capitals’ signing of winger Mike Knuble on the opening day of NHL free agency.
The middle part wasn’t bad either.
Playing in the AT&T National pro-am Wednesday at Congressional Country Club, the Caps’ coach was in a group headed by fellow Canadian left-hander Mike Weir.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have re-signed restricted free agent forward Mikhail Grabovski to a three-year, $8.7 million deal, sources tell Sportsnet.
According to the TSN tracker, Karlis Skrastins has been given a 2 year contract by the Dallas Stars, worth a total of $2.75 million.
Update 2:05pm ET: Also reported by RDS (French).
GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman Adrian Aucoin to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are excited to add Adrian Aucoin to our team,” said Maloney. “He is a defenseman who played over 22 minutes per game in Calgary last season. He is an intelligent puck-moving defenseman who will help improve our power play and bring leadership to our locker room.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Unless the Edmonton Oilers are willing to increase what they’re going to pay for the disgruntled Senators winger, Heatley won’t be going to the Oilers anytime soon.
“It’s different now,” said Murray. “I don’t know whether we will continue or not. During the day, I will talk to Steve Tambellini again. Very definitely it’s not the same deal it was yesterday.”
When Darryl Sutter was asked if the team was still in the market for a tough guy, he responded, “I’m the enforcer.”
More on the Flames from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald.
Also, in case you missed it earlier today, the Flames signed Garth Murray this morning.
from Manny Almela of MontrealCanadiens.com,
“Gomez needs to play with shooters and that’s where Cammalleri comes in. I think he’s a better fit that way than a player like Alex Tanguay would have been,” explained Gainey. “We told Mike that we had a good place for him and he’s a 27-year-old that is looking for a challenge.”
“Spacek is a top four defenseman who can help us in a number of areas, including the power play. He’s another player that several teams were looking at,” offered Gainey. “A veteran like Hal Gill brings us that physical presence and toughness we lost in Mike Komisarek.”
The busiest team in the NHL on the biggest shopping day of the year, the Canadiens made a serious statement. Gainey pulled no punches about the message that was sent.
“All of these players were being looked at by other teams, but we beat them to the punch,” said Gainey. “The important thing is, they chose Montreal.”
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