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The New-Look Blackhawks

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

What a week. Let’s recap.

Gone are Ladd, Burish, Dustin Byfuglien, Kris Versteeg, Brent Sopel, Ben Eager, Colin Fraser, John Madden, Nick Boynton and possibly Jordan Hendry.

That’s roughly $10 million in committed salaries for Ladd, Byfuglien, Versteeg and Sopel off the books for 2010-11.

The new Hawks are John Scott, Marty Reasoner, Vishnevskiy and Viktor Stalberg. Combined they would make less than $4 million if they’re all on the opening night roster, which is no guarantee.


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Grading Day One Of The UFA Period

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Day 1 of free agency was a busy one. Here’s a look at the top 10 signings (through 10:30 p.m. ET) in descending order of the impact each player will have on his new team:

1. Paul Martin and Zbynek Michalek to Penguins

Within minutes of watching Sergei Gonchar sign with Ottawa, Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero moved quickly to steal Phoenix Coyotes prize blueliner Zbynek Michalek and then lock up former Devils defender Paul Martin.


added 8:47am, from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Here are a few other awards to hand out:

Best collection of former Blackhawks in one city: Atlanta Thrashers.

The Thrashers have officially become the first team not to make the playoffs that has to worry about a Stanley Cup hangover. With their trade on Thursday for Andrew Ladd, they now have four Blackhawks (Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager and Brent Sopel) off the 2010 Stanley Cup champions.


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It’s All About The Money For Kovalchuk

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

As night fell on the launch of the NHL’s annual exercise in throwing money at problems, the Kings had not signed free-agent left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, the marquee player and prolific scorer they need and had targeted.

They have the resources and cap space and face little competition for the two-time 50-goal scorer. But they didn’t reach an agreement Thursday and General Manager Dean Lombardi, through a team spokesman, declined to comment on the state of the talks.

Word from various corners of the hockey universe was that Kovalchuk is aiming high — think $10 million a year for 10 to 12 years — and the Kings are uncomfortable with that. The deal isn’t dead, but its pulse could be less than robust. The New Jersey Devils might be hovering, ready to remind Kovalchuk that travel in the East is less taxing on the body and worth taking a slightly lower payday.


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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Flyers Comfortable With Their Goaltending

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

With each signing, it became more and more likely the Flyers will head into next season with Michael Leighton as their starting goaltender. He agreed to a 2-year, $3.1 million deal on Tuesday night.

Most telling was the signing of Dan Ellis, a goaltender who reportedly interested the Flyers. He signed for 2 years at a price less than Leighton to be the starter in Tampa Bay under new general manager Steve Yzerman.

Now, even with Evgeni Nabokov and Marty Turco - two of the biggest goaltending names available in free agency - still unsigned, the Flyers don’t have the cap room to sign either player without first making a trade. The Flyers have approximately $1.7 million in space without Riley Cote and Oskars Bartulis on the roster, two players with NHL contracts.

“Right now, it’s not high on our priority list,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. “We’re comfortable. Does that mean we’re not going to look around and see if there’s something else out there that makes us better? We’ll certainly continue to do that. But if the season were to start tomorrow, I’d certainly feel comfortable right now with our goalies.”


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Can The Rangers Afford A First Line Center?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers, who were approximately $17 million under the summer cap going into yesterday’s opening of the free-agent market, committed an aggregate $4.45M of 2010-11 space to Derek Boogaard ($1.65M), Vinny Prospal ($1M, plus approximately $1M in deferrable bonuses) Erik Christensen ($925,000) and Martin Biron ($875,000).

This leaves GM Glen Sather and the Blueshirts in the neighborhood of $12.55M with which to sign restricted free-agent defensemen Marc Staal and Dan Girardi—the defense pair will likely command between $7.5M-8M, depending on the length of their deals—and Group II winger Brandon Prust before addressing other issues.

The summer cap, which remains in effect through the end of training camp, is 10 percent higher than the season ceiling of $59.4M. All one-way contracts in the organization count under the summer cap. Players who might be waived won’t come off the cap until camp ends. And Donald Brashear’s $1.4M will remain on the cap unless the Blueshirts can somehow trade him.

Thus, if the Blueshirts are going to add a legitimate first-line center via a trade, (e.g., Brad Richards, whom Dallas may not be able to afford at $7.87M), they will have to move money back in the deal in order to make it work before the end of camp.

continue for more Rangers talk…

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Spezza Will Stay In Ottawa

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Jason Spezza won’t have to worry about those change-of-address cards.

While the Senators centre told GM Bryan Murray he wouldn’t “object” to being dealt, the Senators couldn’t find any dance partners before Spezza’s “no move” clause kicked in at midnight Thursday.

He certainly won’t be traded after Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk stroked a cheque for a $4-million bonus owed to Spezza.

Murray said he studied the market for Spezza and a deal that made sense.


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  Tags: jason+spezza

The Latest On the UFAs

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Everyone still breathing? Good, because there’s still plenty more free-agent action coming.

Still available is the gem of the entire 2010 class, Ilya Kovalchuk. The New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings, as advertised, were charging hard, but there was still no deal as 7 p.m. ET approached Thursday.

Reached at his office around 6 p.m. ET, Kings GM Dean Lombardi said “No,” when asked by ESPN.com if he was closing in on Kovalchuk. Asked if he believed the Kings were still in it, he responded, “Not sure.”

Oh, he’s in all right, but clearly the Kings were frustrated when the negotiating wasn’t going swimmingly. The Kings want Kovalchuk, but they don’t want to break their financial structure and make it impossible to fill out a Cup contender….

continued plus other UFA players mentioned…

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Ducks Finding It Difficult To Sign Bobby Ryan

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

In a conference call to announce the signings of center Saku Koivu and defenseman Toni Lydman, Murray revealed that he sweeten his previous offer to a flat five-year deal worth $25 million and said it was rejected.

“We went to five years at $5 million a year, thinking that after what I heard him say last week that it would be very close,” Murray said. “We offered him a four-year deal at a lower number and they flat out turned that down as quick as you can say whatever you want to say.”

Murray had previously offered five years at an amount between $20-25 million. Ryan, who led the Ducks with 35 goals last season, told the Register that he wasn’t seeking to be paid as much as top point producers Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

When asked to characterize the situation going forward, Murray said, “Basically, that situation is nowhere.”

“As you recall, Bobby said he would like to be just under Getzlaf and Perry,” he added. ”Well five and five is just under those two guys.”


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  Tags: bobby+ryan

Nystrom Signs With Wild

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Eric Nystrom signs with MIN, three years at $1.4M per year.

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  Tags: eric+nystrom

Wings Will Wait A Few Days Before Looking At UFAs

Ken Holland was on Fan590 today and discussed numerous topics.  Wings need to sign a defenseman and a forward. 

Holland addressed the Modano question too, stating it has to be a fit.  He also addressed RFA signings and other topics.

Listen here, interview lasts about five minutes…

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  Tags: ken+holland

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