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from Stan Fischler of Game On,
If they were the Broad Street Bullies before, the acquisition of Chris Pronger from Anaheim has turned them into the BROAD STREET BULLIES now.
This should inspire thought—if not concern—among the Rangers, Islanders and Devils; not to mention all points north and south.
Let’s not kid ourselves; this Incredible Hulk called Pronger is an unholy terror….
his was an incident last season in Anaheim; Devils vs. Ducks with only a couple of seconds left in a game long ago decided.
New Jersey’s ace, Zach Parise knew that the final buzzer was about to sound and let down his guard.
He did not bargain for Pronger who emerged from behind and delivered a devastating—as dirty as can be—crosscheck that felled the unsuspecting Devil.
Parise survived the blow—don’t ask me how—and Pronger escaped without a penalty, but that’s not the issue, although that is Pronger’s specialty.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Plenty of teams are tight against next season’s $56.8- million (all terms US) salary cap and others are worried about the cap dropping in a year, expect some big deals to go down as GMs look for a quick fix.
“You really have to be careful about the way you spend, but that won’t stop teams from buying,” said a league executive, who noted that with teams trying to move players like Daniel Briere (Philadelphia), Brian Campbell (Chicago), Tomas Kaberle (Toronto), Dany Heatley (Ottawa) and Patrick Marleau (San Jose) during the draft, there were more than $500 million in contracts on the market.
Here’s what could happen with the top players:
- Hossa: The Wings offered him a 10-year deal, but haven’t been able to lock up the winger. GM Ken Holland is toying with dealing his negotiating rights today. Detroit has major salary cap issues and needs to shed cash. Hossa wants to go to a winner. He is a close friend of Boston D Zdeno Chara, but the Bruins have money issues as well. The Habs, Wild, Oilers, Kings and Canucks are going to make a pitch if he’s available.
via David Pollak of Working the Corners,
The team signed the 39-year-old defenseman to a one-year deal that will pay him $3.5 million next season, according to a team source. Blake would have become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Teams have until high noon Wednesday to sign their own potential unrestricted free agents, Eric Duhatschek writes, otherwise they risk losing them for nothing in return. Many teams are feverishly negotiating with players now in the hopes of striking an 11th-hour deal, but if that doesn’t happen, the following will be the most attractive commodities once the doors open.
1/1a. Daniel & Henrik Sedin, Vancouver
Negotiating as a pair and will move as a pair if the Canucks cannot get them signed, which means any potential suitor for the twins will need a minimum of $12-million (all figures U.S.) in salary-cap space to make an effective bid. The Maple Leafs, run by Brian Burke, who drafted the Sedins, will be the heavy favourites, followed by Minnesota and Los Angeles.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
When the dust settles from this year’s free-agent frenzy, the Detroit Red Wings could part ways with as many as four forwards who played for them during the postseason—Marian Hossa, Mikael Samuelsson, Jiri Hudler and Tomas Kopecky.
At least two or three won’t be back, perhaps all of them.
So when NHL free agency begins Wednesday, the Red Wings could be in the market for a forward or two.
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
It appears the Devils will be able to keep highly-regarded defenseman Johnny Oduya from testing the market when the free agency period officiallly begins at noon Wednesday.
Oduya has been priority No. 1 for Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello, who said Monday night that a deal with the speedy defenseman could be finalized Tuesday. Lamoriello and agent Don Meehan are believed to be close to a multi-year contract at about $3 million per season.
“I think that’s close,” Lamoriello said Monday night about re-signing Oduya.
“We are delighted to have Johnny Oduya stay with the organization,” said Lamoriello. “He has developed into one of the more talented young defensemen in the National Hockey League.”
Multi year deal, around $3M per season.
from Rebekah L. Sanders of the Arizona Republic,
Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes is blasting the latest bid for his bankrupt team as illegitimate.
Chicago sports mogul Jerry Reinsdorf and Valley attorney John Kaites together recently offered $148 million to keep the NHL team playing in Glendale.
Moyes says it appears to be a no-cash bid that would assume $118.5 million in secured debt but would fail to pay creditors….
Moyes points out that the new Reinsdorf bid requires renegotiation of contracts with Glendale and the other vendors, an arm-twisting approach Moyes was unable to accomplish before turning to bankruptcy.
“The current structure of our agreements with Glendale and other parties is a money loser no matter how well the team plays,” Moyes said in a statement. “Simply put, the Reinsdorf bid wants to only assume the team’s debt and then restructure all agreements, which is what I have been trying to do for the last year.”
from Dan Wood of the OT Register,
“July 1 and 2 are going to be very interesting,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. “The whole month of July, I’m going to be very curious to see what happens.”
With 16 anticipated NHL players under contract, the Ducks have a salary-cap commitment of slightly more than $37 million. That sum will rise significantly if the Ducks, as expected, re-sign unrestricted free-agent defenseman Scott Niedermayer, whose previous four-year contract was worth $6.75 million annually.
Among those also unsigned are defenseman Francois Beauchemin, who could receive an offer so lucrative the Ducks will lose him, fellow unrestricted free agents Todd Marchant and Rob Niedermayer, and restricted free agent James Wisniewski.
The Ducks and Marchant, who was outstanding while centering the club’s checking line late last season and in the Stanley Cup playoffs, are haggling over terms, with the team desiring a one-year deal and Marchant seeking more.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
So, here’s the rumour:
The Calgary Flames add Jay Bouwmeester, then flip Dion Phaneuf to Ottawa for Dany Heatley.
They lose some offence from the blue-line in the transaction, but bring in a local boy who scores 50 goals up front. And the salary cap hit in losing Phaneuf and gaining Heatley only costs GM Darryl Sutter $1 million.
Senators GM Bryan Murray gets the offensive defenceman he covets and can justifiably grant Heatley his trade request, and everyone is happy….
Meanwhile, 300 km up Highway 2, rumours persist that Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini is shopping one of his four offensive defenceman in an attempt to kickstart the rebuild in Edmonton.
We’re hearing Sheldon Souray to Los Angeles — where his children live with his ex-wife, a long distance relationship that Souray has found taxing through two seasons in Northern Alberta. The package coming back would include defenceman Jack Johnson, and we’re guessing a forward with some grit, like a Wayne Simmonds.
Pittsburgh.PA—The Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with right wing Bill Guerin on a one-year contract, it was announced tonight by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Guerin, 38, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
A veteran of 17 NHL seasons, Guerin played a major role in the Penguins’ Stanley Cup run, contributing seven goals and 15 points in 24 playoff games and providing exceptional leadership on and off the ice.
“We are excited to agree to terms with Billy on this one-year deal,” Shero said. “He made a tremendous impact on this team with his scoring ability, physical play and outstanding leadership and was a key factor in our drive to the Cup. I know our players, coaches and fans will be happy to have him back in Pittsburgh.”
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