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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Why do you get the feeling, when watching the Tampa Bay Lightning operate these days, that it’s like seeing two kids running wild and free in a candy store?
Moreover, why do you also get the impression that those two kids, named Oren Koules and Len Barrie, aren’t doing a half-bad job, stockpiling players and generally creating a buzz for the team that they now own officially as of Monday, along with six other investors?
In case you missed it earlier today, Alanah had a similar look at the Tampa ownership group too…
from Rick Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News,
Giguere expects at least two of the Avalanche’s free agents, forward Andrew Brunette and defenseman Kurt Sauer, to sign with other teams. He hasn’t been able re-sign goalie Jose Theodore and defenseman Jeff Finger, and they’ll also become unrestricted free agents.
“One of the luxuries that we have, I think in Peter Budaj we have a very capable goaltender,” Giguere said. “We know that we have an insurance policy that we felt pretty comfortable about. We’re not going to overpay, in our mind, to (re-sign Theodore).
“We would like to get another goaltender of quality to come in. I imagine the scenario would be that Peter and another guy would come in, but I would think Peter would be the guy kind of with the reins. But we wouldn’t mind if there’s a challenge there.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via the National Post,
Unrestricted free agency is a wild ride. It’s like having a shopping cart and a time limit to careen down the supermarket aisles and stuff whatever items catch your eye as the clock ticks - the only downside is whatever you grab you pay for, and often your head should take precedent over your eyeballs.
Ask the Los Angeles Kings how they felt giving Michal Handzus a four-year, US$16-million deal last July. Or if the folks in Toronto Maple Leaf Nation felt Jason Blake deserved that US$20-million over four years that he signed a year ago.
from Matt Paulson of the East Valley Tribune,
There are a few high-end defensemen on the market such as Brian Campbell and Wade Redden, but Phoenix’s salary structure dictates signing mid-level guys such as Ron Hainsey or Andrej Meszaros. Both made under $1 million last season. They figure to receive substantial raises but could still work in Phoenix even if their salaries tripled.
If the Coyotes want to spend a little more, physical, stay-at-home defenseman Brooks Orpik would seem a good fit.
Maloney has said Phoenix’s payroll will once again be near the league minimum, which this season will be $40.7 million — the cap is $56.7 million — so that gives him at least $6 million to work with since the team’s cap hit is currently around $34 million.
from Chipped Ice at the Pittsburgh Tribune- Review,
Malkin’s agent, JP Barry, told us over the weekend that talks with Penguins general manager Ray Shero regarding a long-term extension for Malkin are “going well.” Barry still believes that deal should be signed in “early July.”
Chipped Ice has learned Malkin’s deal will likely be worth at least $42.5 million over five years – an $8.5 million cap hit for the Penguins.
The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed forward Paul Gaustad to a four-year, $9.2 million contract.
Gaustad will earn $1.7 million in the first year of the deal, and $2.5 million per year for the remaining three years.
from the San Jose Sharks,
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed Group III unrestricted free agent left wing Jody Shelley to a two-year contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“From the first day that Jody arrived here, he brought toughness and character,” said Wilson. “He is one of the most respected players in our room because of his team-first attitude and his willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.”
from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Player agents Mark Guy and Pat Morris of Mississauga, Ontario-based Newport Sports Management, Inc., Ducks general manager Brian Burke and assistant general manager David McNab, the club’s primary contract negotiator, are all optimistic that a deal will get done in short order.
“We’ve had active and strong dialogue with Brian and David McNab,” Morris said Monday afternoon. “Certainly, they’re showing Corey the respect they have for him as a player. We’re moving in the right direction.”
via John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
NHL free agency begins in a matter of hours, but the Buffalo Sabres’ main focus is re-signing a player with a year left on his contract. General Manager Darcy Regier said today the team has begun preliminary contract talks with goaltender Ryan Miller.
“It’s early, but anytime we have conversations in that area it’s good,” Regier said.
from Blueland Blog,
Last week readers of the Blueland Blog were given the chance to submit questions for new head coach John Anderson. I caught up with him while he was in town (he’s currently in Ontario at a coaching clinic) and asked as many of those questions as I could in the time allotted….
Q. How do you plan on getting the most out of Ilya Kovalchuk?
Open the gate and let him go.
Q. What current hockey coach do you most admire?
Bruce Boudreau. I respect a lot of the things he does.
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