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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
For all the reasons Todd Bertuzzi chose to make his NHL next stop in Calgary, the primary factor was not the money, but the opportunity — to play with Flames’ captain Jarome Iginla.
“I gotta to say, Jarome is 100 per cent why I’m a Calgary Flame,” said Bertuzzi. “I had great talks with him. Everything he said about the organization and the city was nothing but positive. Haven’t talked to my family, we decided it was a good opportunity for us and we couldn’t pass it by.”
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
...Bettman hasn’t done so yet – and even if he did, I doubt he’d do it publicly – but I sure hope he doesn’t listen to those buttoned-up arbiters of appropriateness.
In fact, I’d love nothing more than to see him add more fuel to the fire and give Lowe and Burke (a) full license to draw caricatures of each other in public, (b) two of those giant cotton swab devices they use on American Gladiators, and (c) a dump truck’s worth of salt for each other’s wounds.
added 2:47pm, from TSN,
A few days after Edmonton Oilers’ Kevin Lowe fired back at rival GM Brian Burke, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman tried to pour water on the feud of the two rival team executives.
Following comments by Burke over the past year and comments Lowe made recently to an Edmonton radio station, Bettman ordered the two to cease and desist in a conference call Monday.
via press release:
Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of free agent forward Todd Bertuzzi.
“Todd is a proven scorer with the ability to play both wings,” said Sutter. “He expressed to us that he wanted to play in Canada and that desire along with signing him to a one year deal was important to our philosophy. He wanted to play on a good team and it fit our money. Additionally, our captain, Jarome Iginla, was a strong supporter of Todd and wanted him on our team.”
added 1:30pm (Paul), from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
So naturally, your first thought is, what could they possibly be thinking?
How could the Calgary Flames, with their eyes wide open, possibly sign Todd Bertuzzi to a one-year contract with the NHL team? After all that happened — the Steve Moore incident and the persistent distraction that it had become; the decline in production, the injuries — after all that, how could the Flames assume the risk of putting Bertuzzi in their line-up next season, a year in which they legitimately think they can challenge for a Stanley Cup?
The official explanations will be coming later today, on a conference call with the general manager, Darryl Sutter, but let’s start with a couple of threads that need to be pulled.
1:44pm ET: Bertuzzi’s salary is $1.95 million (per TSN’s tracker).
via press release:
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today the team has signed free agent defenseman Matt Walker (6-3, 213) to a one-year contract.
Update 12:36pm ET: Release available at Blackhawks website.
From the Columbus Blue Jackets:
The Columbus Blue Jackets signed center R.J. Umberger to a four-year contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced July 7. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Last month, Umberger was acquired by Columbus with a fourth round pick (118th overall) in the 2008 Entry Draft from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a first round pick (19th overall) and a third round pick (67th overall) in the same draft.
From the Delco Times:
The Flyers have signed General Manager Paul Holmgren to a three-year contract extension that will keep him at the helm through the 2011-12 season, the Daily Times has learned.
Holmgren was credited in large part with the wheeling and dealing last off-season that took a team that finished last in the NHL and put them back in the playoffs.
Update 3:04pm ET: Also in the same article above, Arron Asham was signed to a multi-year deal today.
From Tim Wharnsby in the Globe & Mail,
The Toronto Maple Leafs will announce later today that they have signed young forward Matt Stajan to a two-year deal worth $3.5-million (all currency U.S.).
With Stajan under contract that means the Leafs have 24 players signed for the upcoming season for a $51.3-million payroll. The Leafs also are close to signing 28-year-old Swedish defenceman Jonas Frogren.
Update 6:17pm ET: An interview with Matt Stajan at Maple Leafs.com
via the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free-agent defenseman Dennis Seidenberg on a one-year contract worth $1.2 million. Rutherford also announced that restricted free-agent forward Chad LaRose has elected to file for salary arbitration.
from Empty Netters,
Performances like that led to many wondering if Conklin was really the Penguins’ true MVP. Some even wondered if Conklin should’ve been considered as the league’s MVP. Others even questioned if Conklin should be the Penguins’ starting goaltender regardless of Fleury’s health. Fans embraced Conklin due to the fact he came on board through the most humble of fashions for someone in the NHL yet found a way to dominate games at times as if his name were Brodeur or Luongo.
from Jamie Fitzpatrick at Jamie’s Hockey Blog,
After three seasons, the new salary system is “an abject failure in regard to the goal of ‘cost certainty’” according to Jim Kelley at SI.com.
He’s wrong. NHL player costs are certain, down to the penny. Just ask the army of accountants who calculate league revenue every year. The players’ share is set at just over 56 percent for next season. You don’t get much more certain than that.
Bottom line: If the money wasn’t rolling in, the players wouldn’t be getting it.
Maybe the Florida Panthers and Phoenix Coyotes don’t have enough of that money. That’s their own fault for not selling enough tickets.
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