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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
“As far as I know Bouwmeester is not the guy that Jacques Martin is offering up,” said a league executive yesterday. “Bouwmeester is the guy they’ve got to build that team around. I haven’t heard his name being offered around in a trade, not even once.”
Instead, the group of blueliners Martin is trying to deal is a lot less attractive to NHL GMs. The indications are anybody can have Florida defenceman Mike Van Ryn, who is scheduled to make $3.35 million the next two seasons, for just a draft pick…
The Senators held brief discussions with C Jason Williams, but are studying other options for a Top 6 forward.
more on the Sens…
added 10:31am, via Bruce Garrioch at Off The Posts,
I took plenty of calls from people asking me Saturday if the Senators had signed Jason Williams.
The quick answer: No.
The reality: They held one brief conversation with Williams and decided to go in another direction. The Senators simply can’t afford to sign anybody to a contract at the moment….
Antoine Vermette’s agent Allan Walsh has denied his client has asked for a trade and wants to work out a long term deal.
Vincent Lecavalier’s new deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning will carry him close to his 40th birthday.
The 28-year-old franchise centre signed an 11-year, $85-million contract extension with the Lightning that will kick in for the 2009-2010 season and run through the 2019-2020 campaign.
Lecavalier will earn $10-million per season in salary and bonuses for the first six seasons of the deal, before dropping to $8.5-million in 2016-2017, $4-million in 2017-2018, $1.5-million in 2018-2019 and $1-million and 2019-2020.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Although it’s been reported that Sergei Brylin has signed with SKA-St. Petersburg of the Russian Continental League, I received a message from Sergei this morning saying that he “hasn’t signed a contract for next season.”
from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,
Summertime. Attention span short. Too many distractions…umm…outside window. Here’s blog, in spurts:
For the second consecutive summer, the Nashville Predators have an ownership mess, underscored by a dearth of activity in free agency (as in zero this year).
While GM David Poile, head coach Barry Trotz and their staffs deserve heaps of credit for prevailing under difficult circumstances, the constant franchise turmoil is unseemly and telling.
While there is a faction of concentrated, good fans in the region, NHL hockey still isn’t working in Music City.
SPORT-EXPRESS.RU: reports former NY Rangers forward Brendan Shanahan has apparently received an offer from an unnamed KHL team, believed to be SKA St. Petersburg, the same club that signed former New Jersey Devils forward Sergei Brylin earlier this week. They have a spot for a foreign player and the team is coached by Barry Smith who used to work for the Detroit Red Wings when Shanahan played there.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Little news has been heard about Shanahan since the UFA market opened nearly two weeks ago, and it remains to be seen if he’d consider playing in Russia if he fails to land an NHL contract.
more signing talk…
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
In the last 20 years, there have been few, if any, athletes to pass through Ottawa possessing more character, grit and toughness than Zenon Konopka.
And yet this week he was able to repeatedly drive along the 417, right by the Senators’ front door—an unrestricted free agent who would have jumped at an invite inside—before finally leaving town as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
What an absolute shame.
But no indignity, real or rumoured, compares with what Draper’s newborn daughter Kamryn – diaperless – did to the Cup in June.
“A week after we won it, I had my newborn daughter in there and she pooped in the Cup,” said Draper. “That was something. We had a pretty good laugh.
“It was, well, clean it out. I still drank out of it that night, so no worries.”
more on Draper with the Cup in Toronto by Kevin McGrath of the Toronto Star…
Another Morning Line added 7:17am...
via Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,
As for smaller market teams being forced to spend US$40-million to reach the salary cap floor when they’ve traditionally capped expenditures in the mid-to-low 30s, Nill offers one simple question.
“Isn’t that what revenue sharing is for?” Nill said. “Some teams that normally spent about $32-million are getting an additional $10 to $12 million in revenue sharing. That gets them to the $40-million.”
from Dan Wood of the OC Register,
The Ducks on Friday announced the signing of Montador to a one-year contract worth $800,000.
“I thought Anaheim was the best place for me, based on the team that’s already there, the opportunity for winning, and the history and reputation that Anaheim has started,” Montador said. “I am super excited to be a part of it.”...
“I think it was in part getting better as a player, and also getting more of an opportunity,” Montador said. “There was an opportunity to go back to Florida, but I chose not to. I felt the opportunity for me as a player, for minutes played and the role they discussed, I had more interest in coming to the Ducks.”
more on the Ducks…
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile issued the following statement regarding reports that Alexander Radulov has signed a contract to play in Russia…
“Alex is under contract with the Nashville Predators through the 2008-09 season. We are looking forward to him being here for training camp and being a part of this franchise’s success for years to come.”
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly issued the following statement in response to questions regarding the Alexander Radulov reports:
“It is our understanding, based on the representations made both at our meeting yesterday, but also at an earlier meeting with Mr. Medvedev in May, that the Russian League will not allow a player to play in violation of his contractual obligations in the NHL.”
*More on the Radulov signing earlier today on KK
According to the Sportsnet trade tracker, Chris Gratton has been signed this afternoon for 1 year by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Note: It was reported only three days ago that Gratton would not be back with the Bolts.
Update 5:00pm ET: From the Tampa Bay Lightning—
The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed center Chris Gratton to a one-year contract today, owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie announced.
“We are extremely excited to have Chris back in the fold for next season,” vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton said. “He is a true professional that fits in perfectly with our plan to be a tough team to play against. We look forward to having a healthy Chris Gratton on the ice next season.”
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