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Edmonton billionaire Daryl Katz spoke to the media today.
From the CP via TSN:
Minutes before the news conference, the Oilers latest hopes of landing a marquee forward were dashed when word surfaced that Marian Hossa had signed a one-year deal with Detroit.
But Katz simply smiled as he talked about the excitement of working this week with Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe as they bid for Hossa to give Edmonton some much-needed scoring punch.
“We’ve had a lot of fun,” he said. “The experience of pursuing Marian was great for us and it won’t be the last time.”
From the Philadelphia Flyers:
Flyers G.M. Paul Holmgren revealed on Tuesday evening that the club has agreed to a two-year contract extension with restricted free agent defenseman Randy Jones, and a three year deal with restricted free agent Riley Cote.
Note: Paul posted the Randy Jones signing earlier today, but the Riley Cote deal was only just added to that same Flyers’ story. Terms not yet available.
From Chris Botta at NYI Point Blank:
I thought it might go past the July 4 weekend, but the Islanders got the deal done a few minutes ago. Point Blank has learned that the Islanders have signed veteran center Doug Weight to a one-year deal.
Update 6:27pm ET: Confirmed by TSN. Link not yet available.
Update 6:35pm ET: TSN—
The New York Islanders have agreed to a one-year contract with Doug Weight worth 1.75 million.
From the NY Islanders,
The New York Islanders have signed goaltender Yann Danis to a one-year, two-way contract.
NYI fans can read more about Danis from Pat Hickey in The Gazette, published two weeks ago.
via press release,
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Brooks Orpik to a six-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Update 5:13pm ET: TSN notes that the contract is $22.5 million over 6 years (*
link not yet available
update: link now available).
Remainder of Penguins press release is below:
via press release:
Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed defenseman Kurtis Foster to a 2008-09 contract.
Update 4:48pm ET: Michael Russo notes that Foster’s salary is $1.025 million for the season.
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed restricted free-agent forward Wojtek Wolski to a two-year contract.
“Wojtek is definitely part of the elite young group of players establishing themselves in the league. Therefore, we feel very strongly that he is important to the future success of our club,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “We’ve been pleased with his development at the NHL level and we expect him to be a big contributor to our team.”
Ken Holland was on Fan590 in Toronto about 1/2 hour ago and talked about how the Hossa deal came about. Kenny also mentioned future plans and said the Sundin camp told him yesterday afternoon that they were not interested in the Wings offer, they would be going in a different direction.
via Puck-rakers, Columbus Blue Jackets Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche have been traded to the New York Rangers for Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman.
Update 4:32pm ET: And from TSN (link not yet available)—
Sources tell TSN the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers have completed a trade. The Rangers will receive Nikolai Zherdev as part of the package. Details to follow.
Update 5:19pm ET: TSN has more now.
Update 5:30pm ET: Puck-rakers has more, explaining the reasons for this deal from the Blue Jackets’ perspective.
Update 5:37pm ET: Comment from GM Scott Howson—
“The addition of Fedor and Christian to our lineup has really improved our puck moving ability from the blueline. All strong teams are built from the backend out and we feel like we made significant strides in that area today.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
A day after three dozen or so of his peers went chasing after the most dollars they could possibly grab, Marian Hossa left tens of millions on the table Tuesday to sign a modest one-year, $7.4 million deal with the Detroit Red Wings.
Hossa was being greedy all right — but not in the conventional sense of the term. At the age of 29 and 10 years into his NHL career, Hossa was greedy for a Stanley Cup — and figured his best chance to win one was to go to the defending champions.
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