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from Mike Knobler at Thrashers Blog,
The Thrashers remain hopeful of signing defenseman Ilya Nikulin, their second-round pick from 2000. The latest: His agent has to prove to the NHL that Nikulin’s 2008-09 contract with the Russian team Ak Bars of Kazan has an escape clause that allows him to play in the NHL. That contract, of course, is in Russian.
“The agent has to prove that his contract has an out. The agent is spending a lot of money, $1,000 to get it translated,” Thrashers general manager Don Waddell said Wednesday. “It’s got to go to the NHL office, and they have to be able to read it to approve it. That’s the process that’s going on right now.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
On July 22, three years will have elapsed since the NHL and the National Hockey League Players’ Association ratified a collective agreement to end the exhausting 310-day lockout that cancelled the 2004-05 season.
During the shutdown, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s favourite buzzwords were “cost certainty.” While Bettman would never publicly condone the money that several clubs tossed at players this past week, the NHL office can’t be happy about the more than $725-million (all currency U.S.) that clubs spent in the past nine days to re-up some of their own players and lure new talent.
From the Montreal Canadiens:
Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Wednesday the signing of defenseman Josh Gorges to a three-year contract (2008-09 to 2010-11). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“Josh established himself as a key member of our defensive squad last season. His reliability and solid play made him one of our most improved players. He is a young defenseman with a very good work ethic,’’ said Bob Gainey.
From the Carolina Hurricanes:
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed forward Chad LaRose to a one-year contract. The deal will pay LaRose $875,000 for the 2008-09 season.
“This should be the last signing to complete our team heading into this season,” said Rutherford. “We’re glad to come to an agreement and avoid arbitration with Chad.”
From Brett McMurphy at The Tampa Tribune:
The way Barry Melrose sees it - make that saw it - nobody viewed more hockey than he did last season as an ESPN analyst.
“What I like is, no one has watched more hockey than me in the last year, the last five years,” Melrose said. “I’ve probably seen Tampa play 70 times last year and every team on the East Coast probably 70 times and the West Coast teams maybe 50.
“It’s the personnel. There’s not many players in the NHL I don’t have a read on - who I like, who I wouldn’t like. That’s probably the best thing about the NHL and what I know is the personnel.”
The new Lightning coach is the latest to transition from sitting in makeup to making out a lineup.
Since the Koules/Barrie superteam took over, nearly all of the press releases regarding player movement have been announced by one of them or new executive something-or-other Brian Lawton.
I’m not sure what Feaster is doing these days but there’s a good chance he’s collecting a nice check while sitting in an air-conditioned office watching reruns of The Surreal Life on Tivo rather than calling GMs and dealing with the league.
And Bruce Garrioch shares this theory at Off the Posts today:
The whisper amongst NHL executives is he has three years left on his contract, is on the verge of being fired and will likely get a buyout from the Bolts.
My opinion of Garrioch rumors notwithstanding, he might be onto something. Feaster is a ghost these days.
Update 3:00pm ET: The new Lightning owners and Barry Melrose will be available for questions at an open town hall meeting next Tuesday. No indication that Feaster will be attending.
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues have been especially careful, adding depth defenseman Mike Weaver to offset the loss of Matt Walker. The team also extended an offer sheet to Canucks restricted free agent Steve Bernier, a pointed payback for Vancouver’s bid on David Backes.
But there are always several GMs out to make a splash. Some are new to their job. Others are fighting to keep their gigs.
Some represent new owners seeking to start their run with some style. And there are always a few big-market GMs with money to burn.
read on plus a look at some of the moves that have been made in the NHL…
The Washington Capitals have signed forward Brooks Laich to a three-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will hold a 12:30pm press conference today to announce a contract extension for Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock.
Update 1:27pm ET (alanah): Extension is for 3 years, till the end of the 2011-12 season. From the Blue Jackets—
“Signing Ken Hitchcock to this contract extension is another important step for the Columbus Blue Jackets as Ken is at or near the top of anyone’s list when it comes to NHL coaches,” said [GM Scott] Howson. “He has brought credibility, presence and structure to our team and is an integral part of the Blue Jackets’ identity. We are pleased to have stability for at least the next four years at the head coaching position.”
The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Sergei Fedorov to a one-year $4 million contract.
added 3:57pm, from Capitals Insider,
General Manager George McPhee just confirmed moments ago that Sergei Fedorov has agreed to terms on a one-year, $4 million contract. The terms have been agreed to by both sides, but it still awaits Fedorov’s signature.
‘It’s paperwork,” McPhee said when asked about why the deal had not been announced. “We just have to do some administrative things.”
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