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via Tom Reed at Puck-rakers,
The Dispatch has learned the Blue Jackets are negotiating with free-agent forward Kristian Huselius, who played the past three seasons with the Flames. A deal could be struck later tonight. Huselius has scored 59 goals over the past two seasons.
In other free-agent news, the Blue Jackets appear to be out of the running for center Brendan Morrison..
Updated 9:30pm ET (Alanah): SIGNED. Breaking news from TSN—
The Blue Jackets have signed free agent left winger Kristian Huselius to a four-year contract worth $19 million, The Dispatch has learned. Huselius will make $4.75 million per season.
*link will be available shortly (Updated 9:32pm - story online at TSN)
Update 9:51pm ET: A comment from Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson: “Kristian is a highly skilled player with good vision and hockey sense who has performed at a very high level throughout his career. We are very pleased to have a player and a person of his caliber join the Blue Jackets organization.”
via Icing at the Chicago Tribune,- A fan question…
“The idea of a $12 million goaltender tandem is hard to believe. Publicly, the Hawks say they’re going to stick with both, but I think this is posturing until a deal is in place. What do you think?”
Having two top goalies is a luxury, indeed, and puts the Hawks over the salary cap, but general manager Dale Tallon seems sincere in keeping both. He firmly believes that to win in the NHL you need great goaltending. With Nikolai Khabibulin’s contract up following the season it will pave the way for Huet to take over the No. 1 job in 2009-10 and at less than Khabibulin’s salary. I have no doubt Tallon would trade Khabibulin if the right deal comes around. Certainly at the trade deadline in February,
from the CP,
We’re still working and have been on the phone this morning and will continue to work,” Regier said Wednesday, a day after signing Patrick Lalime to a two-year, US$2-million contract to back up starter Ryan Miller. “We’re still exploring, really looking for a defenceman, so I remain hopeful.”
What encourages Regier is that rather than reaching out to players’ agents, as he did Tuesday when the NHL’s free agency period opened, agents are now calling him.
“That for me is positive news,” Regier said. “It tells me that players are looking at it and saying, ‘Hey, Buffalo would be a nice place to play.’ It tells me that it’s a possibility.”
more on the Sabres…
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
His agent, J.P. Barry, pushed Sundin this morning to decide on his future. Sundin said he could not make that decision right now. Barry asked if the decision would be coming sooner or later, and was told that, without question, Sundin’s decision on whether to play or retire still remains weeks away.
I anticipate that Sundin will not declare his status for the 2008-2009 season until sometime in August. We’re going to be talking about this for quite some time.
more on Mats and some Hossa talk too…
from the CP,
With Hossa off the market and Sundin needing perhaps several weeks to figure out his playing future, 36-year-old winger Jaromir Jagr instantly became the No. 1 offensive target in free agency.
He’s also in no hurry.
“Jaromir is exploring his options but he’s in no rush to make his decision right away,” agent Pat Brisson told The Canadian Press on Wednesday.
The Rangers are still interested in keeping their Czech captain, but it’s believed the Oilers and Penguins also had interest as of late Wednesday afternoon. Expect that list to grow.
“Nothing new today,” Rangers GM Glen Sather said Wednesday when asked about Jagr. “I guess he was waiting to see what happened with Hossa and now that that’s happened, we’ll see what happens.”
much more, basically all the action from today…
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:
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