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Price, Canadiens Agree On A Two Year Contract

MONTREAL  – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing of goaltender Carey Price to a two-year contract (2010-11 and 2011-12). As per Club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“We are extremely happy that Carey has agreed to pursue his career with the Canadiens. Carey is a key member of our Club. He has proven that he has what it takes to be a good goaltender in the league, and we are confident he will perform to the best of his abilities for years to come in a Canadiens uniform”, said Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier.

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No Longer The South-Worst

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

I’ve got a feeling - no, not that tonight is going to be a good night - but rather, that the Southeast will be the most fun (and least predictable) division in the league this year.

The Washington Capitals stand out as the runaway favorites to repeat as division champs, but after that, no team is a lock to make the playoffs.

The expectations for the Florida Panthers are rightfully diminished, but after the shocking performances of Phoenix and Colorado last season, even the Cats can’t be counted out.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been picked by many pundits (including me) to reverse their downward trajectory and make the playoffs. Yet until their reconfigured defense corps and goaltending platoon prove themselves worthy of the affection, there will be cause for skepticism.

The Carolina Hurricanes were one of the better teams during the league in the latter half of the 2009-10 campaign, but some still question their depth, overall team experience and ownership’s focus on keeping salary costs in line with its internal budget.

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Coaches On The Bubble

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Although there are varying degrees of pressure and expectations on all 30 NHL coaches (from raw rookies to battle-tested veteran bench bosses), some may be feeling the heat earlier and more intensely than others heading into the start of training camps on Sept. 17. Here’s a look at five of them:

Bruce Boudreau, Washington Capitals
No team fell as far and as hard as the Washington Capitals this past spring. After laying waste to the rest of the competition during the regular season, setting team records for wins and points and leading the NHL in goals scored for the first time, the Caps blew a 3-1 series lead against eighth-seeded Montreal in the first round of the playoffs.

One of the challenges for Boudreau (for our money, still the same quality coach who a year earlier won coach of the year honors) will be in keeping the gruesome memories of April at bay. It won’t be easy given that nothing the team does during the regular season will be good enough. Only playoff success, and meaningful success at that, will push this talented team forward and dispel the notion that it’s San Jose East….

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Morning Line

Making a deal is common sense, for now and the future. But, as Jerry Seinfeld once said, the problem with common sense? It’s not that common.

Hopefully, this will be the exception.

-Elliotte Friedman of CBC.  More from Friedman about the contract situations involving Kovalchuk and others.

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The Goalie Situation In Dallas

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Nieuwendyk actually made his decision on this one in February, trading for Kari Lehtonen and deciding that Marty Turco would not be with the team after the 2009-10 season. But, he did make a decision in the off-season to give Lehtonen a three-year contract extension for $2.7 million this season, $3.7 next season and $4.25 million the following season. In theory, this is a great move as it assures Lehtonen will be in at an average of $3.55 million for three seasons, which seems very reasonable for a No. 1 goalie in the NHL.

But the problem is that Lehtonen has been injury-prone, and we’re still not sure if he can handle the weight of being a No. 1 goalie. What if he fizzles like Cristobal Huet, and the Stars are stuck with a high-priced goalie they can’t unload? And with the prices for goalies seemingly going down, will Lehtonen be overpriced when his contract is done in 2012-13?

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Antti Niemi Signing Official

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed Group III un-restricted free agent goaltender Antti Niemi to a one-year contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Niemi, who turned 27 on Aug. 29, helped lead the Chicago Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup last season, posting a 16-6 mark in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games, a 2.63 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage along with two shutouts.

During the 2009-10 regular season with Chicago, he notched a 26-7-4 mark in 39 games, with a 2.25 goals-against average (4th in the NHL) and a .912 save percentage and seven shutouts (3rd in the NHL).

“Antti’s play last season speaks for itself,” said Wilson.  “Our goal this summer was to create the best goaltending unit we could and we feel we have successfully done that.”

The six-foot-two, 210-pound native of Vantaa, Finland was originally signed by the Chicago Blackhawks as a free agent on May 5, 2008.

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Malhotra Brings His Gritty Style To Vancouver

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Malhotra unloaded his Swiss Army knife set of skills in the Shark Tank last year. He centred a grind line and played wing on the power play. He dominated defensive faceoffs and showcased a low and hard slapshot. He developed into, quite possibly, the best defensive forward on the Sharks. He finished with a career high 14 goals, had a career best plus-17 rating and established a new reputation. He did it all for $700,000.

How will it translate in Vancouver where he expectations have ballooned with his salary? Too early. It’s September and everyone looks promising. Even Victor Oreskovich has people excited.

Still, it’s possible the best moves the Canucks made this offseason were not the loudest and most expensive additions they made to their defence. Instead, what may prove to be the most noticeable difference is replacing Kyle Wellwood and Steve Bernier with Raffi Torres and Malhotra. That, should be a significant step up in class.

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Players Going Social

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Hockey fans will remember this summer for llya Kovalchuk’s endless free-agent odyssey and the NHL’s attempt to rewrite the collective bargaining agreement in midstream, but it will also be remembered as the summer NHL players plunged into using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter and stepped into uncharted waters.

Including Kings captain Dustin Brown, who began tweeting in August, and Ducks winger Bobby Ryan, who hit the Twitterverse in July, more than 40 players are Twitter users. That estimate came from Michael DiLorenzo, the NHL’s director of social media marketing and strategy. He added that fewer than 40 players also use Facebook or have fan pages on Facebook.

Most players’ Twitter messages are funny: Ryan gets impatient in California traffic and Brown, watching Saturday morning TV with his kids, wondered what happened to all the good cartoons. Both needle teammates and talk about workouts and dinner plans, not revelations but information that gives them distinct personalities and builds rapport with fans.

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Will Anyone Sign Patrick O’Sullivan?

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Free agent Patrick O’Sullivan will still be paid about $450,000 US this season and next, even if he doesn’t play anywhere else in 2010-11 after the Edmonton Oilers bought out his contract earlier this summer.

However, the winger is better off than Ryan Potulny, Mike Comrie, Brendan Morrison, Marek Svatos, Ruslan Fedotenko, Jeff Halpern, Miroslav Satan and older forwards Bill Guerin and Owen Nolan, who are also looking for work these days, but aren’t getting paid while they wait for the phone to ring. Indeed, these are tough times for free agents everywhere.

But has O’Sullivan’s stock dropped so far that there’s not one team that will give him $500,000? He’s only 25. He has 149 points in 280 career NHL games.

Granted, he was dreadful last year with the Oilers, with fewer points (34) than his plus-minus rating of minus-35—worst in the NHL.

continued and more hockey notes too…

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Shean Donovan Looking For Work

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

After accepting a deal to play in Finland, Donovan was told the contract has been put on hold.

So the 35-year-old free agent is back to square one, searching for a new home. Except now there’s only two weeks before NHL camps open.

Instead of going for a skate Wednesday at the Bell Sensplex, Donovan went for a bike ride in the Gatineau hills with his lawyer, Larry Kelly.

“I don’t really know what’s going to happen now,” said Donovan. “I thought that I had something in Europe, but it didn’t work out. There was a deal I thought I accepted, but they said I didn’t call back quick enough.

“It’s all right. I guess it just means this is going to take a little longer. I’ll have to find something else. I said, ‘Sure, I’ll take it’ and then they didn’t call me back for a few days.”

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