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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.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Here’s a goofy idea: I would love to see Mike Modano play for another team next season.
If _ and this is a big if _ if Modano was happy.
He wasn’t last season. He didn’t have a real place on the Stars. The team didn’t play well. His ability to fight through frustration had worn down. That happens when you get older and have put up with a lot in your career. It’s hard to battle through the tough times.
But if you get a fresh start, a change of pace, a new challenge, your resolve becomes stronger.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
With the NHL free agency period set to begin on Thursday at noon, it appears more and more likely Leighton has been elevated from Plan B to Plan A and that their free agent focus is now on acquiring a solid defenseman to add to their starting four of Chris Pronger, Matt Carle, Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn.
There is no shortage of free agent blue liners who would fit nicely into the Flyers’ lineup next season.
Anton Volchenkov, a shot-blocking, crease-clearing warrior who made $3.2 million last season, could carry the highest price tag on the open market, but may make the biggest impact.
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
George McPhee said he’ll be “involved” when free agency opens tomorrow, but the GM also issued his annual caution to Capitals fans: Don’t expect any splashy signings.
“We’ll be involved but I don’t expect to do a whole lot,” he told me late yesterday. “We’re in a great position right now where we have a good team. So rather than getting seduced into signing three- or four-year deals, we believe we have young people who are ready to go.”
The Caps’ biggest need is a second-line center to replace the departing Brendan Morrison and serve as Alexander Semin’s setup man. Whether that void is filled from within, or from the outside, remains to be seen.
NEW YORK, NY (June 29, 2010) – When the National Hockey League’s annual race to sign veteran talent commences on July 1, fans in the United States will be able to keep up with all the moves of free agency on NHL Network™ and NHL.com.
American hockey fans can watch TSN’s Free Agent Frenzy show on NHL Network and streamed live on NHL.com to follow all the signings and rumors during one of the most exciting days on the League’s calendar. The NHL on TSN: Free Agent Frenzy will be broadcast on NHL Network and streamed on NHL.com from 2-6 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 1.
Before throwing it to TSN in Toronto, NHL Network and NHL.com will carry NHL Live! The League’s daily satellite radio call-in show on Sirius XM, that is simulcast on NHL Network and streamed live on NHL.com each weekday from noon-2 p.m. ET, will be hosted by Don La Greca and E.J. Hradek live from the NHL Powered by Reebok store in Manhattan. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will join Don and E.J. in studio as a special guest as the free-agency signing period officially begins at noon ET.
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
In a story of how quickly the mighty can fall, the Ottawa Senators bought out the final year of Jonathan Cheechoo’s contract on Tuesday.
The move comes as no surprise.
It was inevitable, considering no other NHL team was willing to pick up the $3.5 million U.S. remaining on his deal earlier this week and last March, when the club placed him on waivers before shipping him to Binghamton of the American Hockey League.
His NHL career is likely over.
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