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via Sportsnet, Bobby Holik signs with the New Jersey Devils for 1 year, $2.5 million.
Update 7:12pm ET: From Tom Gulliti at Fire & Ice,
“Familarity and wanting to play for a team that can be at the top of their conference, wanting to play winning hockey at the end of my career,” Holik said in listing the reasons for returning to the Devils. “At this point in my career, I wasn’t going to start new somewhere else and when Lou (Lamoriello) called, it was like, ‘Why not?’ because I’m ready for it.”
via TSN’s tracker,
New York Rangers re-sign UFA defenceman Michael Rozsival to a four-year deal worth $20 million
via TSN Tracker,
Toronto Maple Leafs sign UFA forward Niklas Hagman to a four-year contract
Update 7:02pm ET: TSN notes the deal for Hagman is 4 years, $12 million contract.
From the Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have signed unrestricted free agent forwards Glen Metropolit and Nate Raduns; and unrestricted free agent defensemen Ossi Vaananen and Sean Curry, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren. The 5’10”, 195-pound Metropolit signed a two-year contract, while the 6’3”, 205-pound Raduns signed a one-year contract. The 6’4”, 215-pound Vaananen signed a one-year contract, while the 6’4”, 230-pound Curry signed a two-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.
The New York Rangers announced that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward Patrick Rissmiller.
Rissmiller, 29, appeared in 79 games with the San Jose Sharks this past season, registering eight goals and nine assists for 17 points, along with 30 penalty minutes.
The New Jersey Devils are on the verge of signing free agent forward Brian Rolston to a four-year, $20 million contract.
Update 6:13pm ET: Tom Gulliti at Fire & Ice,
A league source told The Record that Brian Rolston has decided to return to New Jersey and sign with the Devils. The contract is believed to be four years at $5 million per season. More details to come.
From TSN’s tracker:
Philadelphia signs UFA defenceman Ossi Vaananen to a one year deal worth $1-million
via TSN text alert, the Columbus Blue Jackets sign Mike Commodore to a 5-year, $18.75 million contract.
Update 6:09pm ET: Now noted on TSN’s tracker.
Update 6:15pm ET: TSN now has a story up.
From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News,
There must be a second part to this move.
The Chicago Blackhawks signed goaltender Cristobal Huet to a deal worth $5.625 million per season for four years, THN has learned.
Now, the Hawks still have No. 1 goalie Nikolai Khabibulin on the books for a very cap-unfriendly $6.75 million next year, so something’s gotta give here.
Not only do the Hawks now have quite a lot of cash tied up in goaltenders, but the funny thing about that position is you can only have one on the ice at any given time and most starting netminders tend to want to be out there as much as possible.
On TSN about 15 minutes ago, Darren Pang reported that in his conversation with GM Dale Tallon today, Tallon claimed they would be carrying both goalies into next season. To add intrigue, Bob McKenzie also mentions that Tampa goalie Mike Smith—who just signed an extension earlier today—might now be shopped.
from the Blueshirts Blog,
Of all of the negotiating impasses between Glen Sather and 2007-08 Rangers who were approaching free agency, the one that made the least sense was the one with Michal Rozsival.
Finally, about six months longer than it should have taken, the Rangers and Rozsival are on the verge of signing a new contract.
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