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At Fire & Ice, Tom Gulitti reports:
It appears they have re-signed Jay Pandolfo and Sergei Brylin as well [as Bryce Salvador, reported earlier], but i’m still waiting for comfirmation on that. The Devils have called an 11:15 a.m. conference call with Lou Lamoriello to “discuss the team’s players.” I’ll give updates and more detail when I acquire them.
update 11:28am, Now updated with this,
The Devils have re-signed left wing Jay Pandolfo and defenseman Bryce Salvador, the team announced this morning.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello also announced that they have passed on the option on Sergei Brylin’s contract for $1.52 million. Lamoriello did not rule out signing Brylin at a later date, but said he will become an unrestricted free agent at noon. Arron Asham will also become an UFA.
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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
If the rumor mill is any indication, the one team I’d keep a close eye on is the Chicago Blackhawks. GM Dale Tallon has somewhere in the area of $13 million to spend and I fully expect him to come away with one of the higher-end, puck-moving defensemen (Brian Campbell, Wade Redden, Mark Streit or Michal Rozsival) over the course of the next 24-48 hours.
One of the more intriguing side plots I’ll be watching is the level of interest in two players – Todd Bertuzzi and Ray Emery – whose less-than-ideal reputations precede them in a major way.
The New Jersey Devils and defenceman Bryce Salvador have agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth an average of $2.9 million per season.
The Tampa Bay Lightning gave it their best shot, but forward Brian Rolston is going to unrestricted free agency.
Sources say Rolston informed the Lightning this morning that he would become an unrestricted free agent at 12 noon and see what the market will bear for his services.
via TSN UFA Tracker,
Washington re-signs defenceman Mike Green to a four-year deal worth $5.25-million a season.
added 9:20am, from the Washington Capitals,
“Mike has developed into an impact defenseman in the short time since we drafted him, and he will be a key part of our team moving forward,” McPhee said. “We look forward to his further contributions as we continue to improve the hockey club.”
more on Green…
from Snapshots at Mlive,
Despite the fact that many newspapers don’t publish on Canada Day (Happy Canada Day!), there’s no shortage of multimedia goodness pertaining to Red Wings forward Dan Cleary’s two-day celebration with the Stanley Cup in his home province, Newfoundland:
Global National posted a 2:22 clip of Cleary’s arrival in St. John’s and his trip to Janeway Children’s Hospital;
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from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,
Though the Wild have roughly $35 million committed to 14 players next season, well below the $56.7 million salary cap, that cap space is deceiving — for several reasons.
First, a substantial chunk of that will go to restricted free agents Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Stephane Veilleux and Kurtis Foster — maybe as much as $6 million if Bouchard isn’t traded. Second, general manager Doug Risebrough doesn’t plan to spend all the way to the cap.
“It’s not that I don’t want to spend up to the cap. The question is, is it worth it in this climate?” Risebrough said Monday. “In this climate, (top) guys are going to get their money. The cap is going up, but I don’t see the quality of free agents.”
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
Generally speaking, Snow will attempt to fill out the roster with young players who have a chance to grow with the team he is trying to build. But he also might add an experienced veteran who could mentor young kids who will be playing major roles and take some pressure off them.
Describing the balance he’s trying to strike, Snow said: “It’s always a Catch-22. We want to be younger; we want to give our young players an opportunity to come into training camp and earn their spot. If some of our young players perform at the level they finished at last season, it won’t be an issue. I just don’t want to bring in older players that would pretty much put our young players in Bridgeport.”
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Holland plans to stay active this afternoon, especially if Mats Sundin hits the market. There’s tremendous interest from the Wings in the 6-foot-5 forward, coming off a season in which he had produced 78 points in 74 games.
There is also some interest in Todd Bertuzzi, the enigmatic forward who played for the Wings from February to May in 2007, and whose contract was just bought out by the Ducks.
more on the Wings…
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
To me, hitting the home run for Katz would be finding a first-rate scoring star the likes of, oh, say Rick Nash to complement Ales Hemsky as the gifted playmaker heads into the prime-time years of his career.
I’m not saying that you could do that deal, specifically.
But the Oilers have a pretty good stockpile of assets that they could put on the table to get a guy who would make Hemsky complete.
If you offered up Shawn Horcoff and Joni Pitkanen from column A, and Raffi Torres and Robbie Schremp from column B, for example, shouldn’t you be able to acquire a pretty good player to be Hemsky’s first-line soul- mate here?
Pitkanen, clearly, is about to be moved.
more on the Oilers…
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