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Goaltender Pascal Leclaire has signed a three-year contract worth $11.4 million with the Blue Jackets, The Dispatch has learned.
The deal will pay Leclaire $3 million this season, $3.6 million in 2009-10 and $4.8 million in 2010-11.
added 5:22pm, from the Columbus Blue Jackets,
“We’re very happy to have signed Pascal to a new contract that will keep him with the Blue Jackets for the next three seasons,” said Howson. “He is an important part of our team and we think he will continue to improve and play a significant role in helping us reach our goals.”
Mike Vogel at WashingtonCaps.com sits down with Jose Theodore for a one-on-one interview.
from Mark Moore at the Hockey News,
...In my opinion, the most valuable player in the Ducks’ defeat of Ottawa to capture the Cup was Samuel Pahlsson, a small speedy defensive center from Sweden who most fans probably wouldn’t recognize if he showed up at their front door.
When Ottawa’s top line, featuring Daniel Alfredsson, was matched against him, they found a defender they couldn’t escape. Everywhere they turned, with his speed and agility, Pahlsson was there. Soon the Sens’ stars got frustrated, started gambling and turning the puck over, generating counterattacks and beating themselves.
Now fast forward to this year’s final. With the Ducks long gone, the final featured Detroit and Pittsburgh, two teams surely near the bottom of anyone’s list of muscle and brawn. But the Red Wings sure could fly, and so could the Penguins.
The difference was, Pittsburgh’s speed was on offense while Detroit’s was on defense. In a game in which defense wins championships, the series outcome spoke for itself.
Bruce Boudreau will be a guest host tomorrow on The Morning Show from 6a-9a on Fan590 in Toronto.
You can find the live stream here in case you want to listen in.
from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
The Panthers defenseman has endured four surgeries—three on his right wrist alone—as he has tried to regain the strength and power that fueled his slapshot and helped him become one of Florida’s top players at the position.
Van Ryn missed 62 games last season after having his second surgery on his right wrist in less than a year.
‘‘I feel awesome now,’’ said Van Ryn, who spent last week helping coach a youth camp in Coral Springs. ``I look at other guys around the league. It took [Edmonton Oilers defenseman] Sheldon Souray a while to get his right. It can be a difficult surgery. I’m just excited to play, try and contribute and help the Panthers win some games.’‘
read on including how Van Ryn feels about the trade rumors…
from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,
The Ottawa Senators and Antoine Vermette are one day away from having their differences over a new contract resolved for them.
Unless they come to an agreement on their own before tomorrow’s arbitration hearing in Toronto, they’ll present their arguments and then nervously wait for the arbitrator’s decision.
If the Senators don’t like the decison, they can exercise their right to “walk away,” but that would allow Vermette, 26, to become an unrestricted free agent. General manager Bryan Murray would be loath to lose such a young, promising player for nothing.
Vermette’s name has also been mentioned in a number of trade rumours, including swaps with Toronto (for Pavel Kubina), Vancouver (Ryan Kesler or Sami Salo), Chicago, Columbus and Florida.
from Russo’s Rants,
L.A.’s under the cap floor, but Terry Murray’s the coach now. Parrish played for him in Florida, so I’m sure it’ll be like, “been there, done that.”
However, Terry’s older bro, Bryan, is the GM in Ottawa, and Bryan traded for Parrish is Florida.
Maybe he goes back to the Islanders? He’s buddies with GM Garth Snow. Vancouver definitely needs offense and has plenty of cap room, so maybe he reunites with Pav. Atlanta and Phoenix are just above the cap floor.
more on Parrish and the Wild…
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
They’d have to start with a trade package of forwards Scottie Upshall ($1.225 million) and Steve Downie ($821,000). Downie played briefly under recently hired Panthers coach Peter DeBoer when both were with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario League.
The Panthers would need a defenseman as part of the package and the Flyers could free another $2.75 million of cap space by trading Randy Jones.
That would give the Flyers plenty of cap room to take on Bouwmeester, who almost certainly would negotiate a long-term extension that takes him well past unrestricted free agency next summer.
But the Panthers would need more for Bouwmeester than Upshall, Downie and an overpriced Jones. A deal maker would be James van Riemsdyk, the second player taken overall in last year’s draft who will play for the University of New Hampshire this season.
from Brad Schrade of the Tennessean,
Two NHL owners who stood to gain if William J. “Boots” Del Biaggio III bought a stake in the Nashville Predators lent the California financier and the team a total of $27 million to help close the deal in December, according to court records, interviews and confidential internal documents obtained by The Tennessean.
The two lenders — sports and entertainment giant AEG, which owns the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, and then-Predators owner Craig Leipold — were in the inner circle of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. However, Bettman says he knew nothing about the loans to Del Biaggio at the time the Predators’ sale was finalized in December.
from Mark Spector of the National Post,
Right now, Sundin is like a guy who has paid $29.95 for brunch, but has no room left after a single plate. He sits in Sweden, knowing he is healthy enough to still play, knowing that the Vancouver Canucks two-year, US$20-million offer is something he should snap up, knowing there is a buffet table there for the pillaging.
But there is just one problem. Sundin isn’t hungry anymore.
Judging by the effect a lack of hunger for the game has had on the games of great players like Niedermayer, Selanne and Forsberg, why would a semi-committed Sundin fare any better?
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