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via Nick Kypreos tweet,
Scratch one goalie off the UFA list. Sportsnet has learned Michael Leighton has come to terms on short term 2 year/ 3.1M with the Flyers.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
It would appear one of the NHL’s most prolific offensive defensemen of this era is headed to the free-agent market.
Sergei Gonchar, coming off his ninth career 50-point season, had nothing going with the Pittsburgh Penguins as of Wednesday afternoon with the clock ticking toward the start of free agency Thursday at noon ET.
“We have nothing scheduled today, so I have to assume we will be going to the market tomorrow,” Gonchar’s agent, J.P. Barry, told ESPN.com Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. ET….
Bob Murray, the agent for Bill Guerin, told ESPN.com on Wednesday morning that it appeared the veteran winger was headed to the market. Things can always change, but that was Murray’s gut feeling. Guerin was such a good fit in Pittsburgh the past two seasons, helping the Pens win the Cup in 2009. But it might be time for Pittsburgh to upgrade the winger position.
more names mentioned…
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
Does Olli Jokinen get a bad rap? He’s only 31, and since 2001-02, he’s scored 36, 26, 38, 39, 34 and 29 goals.
Last year was the first year since 2001-02 that he scored fewer than 26 goals—15 with Calgary and the Rangers.
I talked with Jokinen this morning from his home in Parkland, Florida. The former Panthers captain said he simply had one bad year, is training hard and is determined to once again prove himself to the NHL. He also maintains he’s not the cancer he’s sometimes portrayed to be.
*Teams can disintegrate before your very eyes, just like in Buffalo in 2007 when Chris Drury and Daniel Briere left town.
*No-name players with questionable skills can become multimillionaires, like Jeff Finger in 2008.
*Teams can swoop in unexpectedly and deliver a 12-year deal to someone it seemed was never on their radar, like Chicago did in 2009 with Marian Hossa.
-John Vogl of Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News as we prepare for the UFA period.
The NHL has fired Phoenix Coyotes president, Doug Moss.
He will be replaced by internal candidate, Mike Nealy.
Moss had been the Coyotes’ President since December, 2002. Prior to that, he had been a Senior Vice-President with the Anaheim Ducks, and President and CEO of the International Hockey League.
Nealy, who joined the Coyotes in 2006, was an Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer for the club. Prior to joining Phoenix, he had worked in finance with the Minnesota Wild.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA—- Mike Nealy today was named Chief Operating Officer of the Phoenix Coyotes. Nealy, who had been the Coyotes’ Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, replaces Doug Moss, who has left the organization to pursue other business opportunities.
“On behalf of the National Hockey League, I send thanks to Doug for his devoted service to the team, the fans and to Jobing.com Arena,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. “We wish Doug the best as he moves on to a new chapter in his career.”
Nealy joined the Coyotes on January 30, 2006 after spending four years as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller with the Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Sports & Entertainment. As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Nealy was responsible for overseeing all of the Finance and Administration functions for the Coyotes and Jobing.com Arena and most recently also played a leadership role with Sales and Marketing. He also served as Treasurer on the board for Coyotes Charities.
via an Aaron Portzline tweet,
CBJ have claimed LW Ethan Moreau off waivers.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have claimed left wing Ethan Moreau off waivers from the Edmonton Oilers, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Moreau, who served as the Oilers captain the past three years, has registered 145 goals and 132 assists for 277 points with 1,066 penalty minutes in 863 career NHL games with Edmonton and Chicago.
“We are very pleased and excited to add a player of Ethan’s caliber and person of his character to the Blue Jackets organization,” said Howson. “He will bring valuable leadership, competitiveness and experience to our lineup.”
The Carolina Hurricanes will hold media availabilities with center Rod Brind’Amour and President and General Manager Jim Rutherford today. Brind’Amour will be available at a news conference at the RBC Center at 2:30 p.m.
RALEIGH, NC—Carolina Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour today announced that he will retire from hockey and transition to a position in the Carolina Hurricanes front office.
“For 10 years, Rod Brind’Amour has represented the best of Hurricanes hockey,” said Hurricanes President and General Manager Jim Rutherford. “He helped the franchise reach two Stanley Cup Finals and led the team to its first championship. His work ethic set the bar for what is expected in our locker room, as did his professionalism and leadership. I look forward to working with Rod as he begins his next chapter in hockey.”
Huber passed away at his home in Hamilton, Ontario.
Read more from the AP at USA TODAY.
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
Averting possible arbitration or, perhaps, a trade, the Devils have signed RW David Clarkson to a three-year contract, The Post has learned.
Clarkson, 26, is believed to have agreed to salaries of $2 million, $3 million and $3 million in his new contract
Clarkson made $875G last season, a campaign ruined by a broken leg suffered from a Zdeno Chara slapshot Nov. 27. He missed 13 games before returning too soon, and after playing two games, went back on the shelf for 23 more. Clarkson was tied for the second-most goals on the team when he blocked Chara’s shot. He finished 11-13-24 in 46 games.
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday that defenceman Mike Van Ryn has elected not to play in the 2010-11 hockey season.
Van Ryn, 31, has been rehabilitating his left knee after undergoing an osteotomy (knee re-alignment) on October 22, 2009. He did not appear in a game this past season due to the injury. The native of London, Ontario joined the Leafs in a trade with the Florida Panthers on September 2, 2008.
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