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*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.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun at Slam/Canoe,
Flames fans can dream all they want about the return of Marc Savard to answer the club’s playmaking needs.
However, the odds are infinitely better another former Flame will be recalled on Canada Day: Alex Tanguay.
While some may be sickened at the thought the former castoff may return as the team’s biggest off-season acquisition, the man whose stock has made like BP’s ever since he asked for a trade out of Cowtown is likely the best fit out there for the cash-strapped club.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
It was the day of the broom in the NHL on Tuesday, with the Edmonton Oilers leading the way and the Montreal Canadiens finishing things up by ending the Sergei Kostitsyn era.
In between, Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk turned a lot of heads when he confirmed what was suspected for some time – the team’s star for the last 20 years, Mike Modano, will not be offered a new contract.
Demolition Day is a more accurate term for what happened in Edmonton, as Oilers GM Steve Tambellini put three of his regulars on waivers, including veteran captain Ethan Moreau, in order to buy out their contracts. If Moreau, Patrick O’Sullivan and Robert Nilsson clear waivers Wednesday they will be bought out as part of Tambellini’s sweeping remake of the team which has seen everyone from 30-year equipment manager Lyle Kulchinsky to head coach Pat Quinn pushed out the dressing room door.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“With the type of money we have, I don’t see us being a player on July 1, 2 or 3,” Holland said. “Our team is a little more set this year than last year.
“We have two or three wants we’d like to fill, not really needs. I’ll make some calls. We won’t be in on the high-end guys. We’ll look at secondary guys, role players, whether they’re on (defense) or up front.”
The Red Wings have 18 players signed for $54.2 million, leaving them $5.2 million under the salary cap of $59.4 million.
A large chunk of that, perhaps between $3.2 million and $3.5 million, will go toward signing restricted free agents Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller and Derek Meech, who remains a candidate to be traded.
Holland will keep a cushion of at least $500,000 under the cap to recall a player from the Grand Rapids Griffins in case there are a few short-term injuries. This is particularly important if a goaltender has a minor injury or illness.
That doesn’t leave much to spend on the free-agent market, perhaps $1 million to $1.5 million.
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