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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.”
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Nik Antropov could go from a nobody to No. 1 centre in less than a year.
The 6-foot-6 Kazakh is aware of the Maple Leafs’ proposed training camp experiment, and though he’s not practising ceremonial faceoffs while Mats Sundin is still in the mix, Antropov won’t turn down the chance to be the first line’s engine.
“It would take a while to get used to playing there again,” Antropov said yesterday. “I heard from my friends last week that (general manager Cliff Fletcher and coach Ron Wilson) were talking about me at centre. We’ll see. A lot can happen in camp with the forward lines.”
from Terry Foster of the Detroit News,
Former Red Wing Dino Ciccarelli didn’t understand all the fuss generated after free-agent forward Marian Hossa turned down multiple-year contracts to sign for one year with the Red Wings. Ciccarelli thought the criticism continuing to ring out at Hossa for turning down $40 million in guaranteed money to be silly….
“When you play this game you want to be successful as a team and you want to be successful individually,” said Ciccarelli, who lives in Shelby Township. “He’s got the best of both worlds. I don’t know who would knock him. Why wouldn’t a player want to come here? How the hell can you knock the guy?”
In the story you will also find a reference to a TSN column, but it is not the TSN we know as hockey fans. This is the 2nd Detroit media reference to the story from the other TSN and I am beginning to wonder if they know the difference? Foster writes Canadian columnists have accused Hossa… but the TSN story he is pointing out is US based and not really known for their hockey coverage.
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
There is no questioning what Jason Smith brings.
The only question is what Smith has left to give.
A traded captain of the Edmonton Oilers just a year ago and not a serious consideration to return with the rising Philadelphia Flyers, Smith will have to prove he is still the top four type of defenceman that Bryan Murray believes he is bringing to the Ottawa Senators.
“I’m really excited about what this club can do,” (Brian) Campbell said. “The main thing for me was going to a place that loves hockey and sells out their building and wants to win. I think the [Hawks] organization has proven that.
“This town is going to embrace us. I can’t wait for that [and] I can’t wait to show my personality to my teammates … to the fans and the media and get the excitement going in the city for the Blackhawks.”
via Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune
from the Universal Cynic,
Where the bloody (expletive) is the puck-moving defenceman that the Senators desperately require? Things with Meszaros have yet to be settled, and do you really want to put all your eggs in that basket? Same goes for Brian Lee—he’s just a kid and can’t be expected to shoulder that load. The lack of a definitive defensive system in Ottawa already puts Lee at high risk for stunted development. They need someone who’s fully developed with the skills and mindset to pick up from Redden’s massive regression, and move the team forward (both literally and figuratively) at the blueline.
from David Pollak at Working the Corners,
Confirming that Christian Ehrhoff has signed a new contract that will pay him $9.3 million over the next three years, including $2.75 million in the 2008-09 season. The official announcement is expected tomorrow (today)....
The Sharks like to present their re-signings in mini-packages for some reason, so it doesn’t surprise me that the team hasn’t made anything official yet. When it does become official, expect it to be packaged with a new deal for Ryane Clowe.
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