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via Puck-rakers, Columbus Blue Jackets Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche have been traded to the New York Rangers for Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman.
Update 4:32pm ET: And from TSN (link not yet available)—
Sources tell TSN the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers have completed a trade. The Rangers will receive Nikolai Zherdev as part of the package. Details to follow.
Update 5:19pm ET: TSN has more now.
Update 5:30pm ET: Puck-rakers has more, explaining the reasons for this deal from the Blue Jackets’ perspective.
Update 5:37pm ET: Comment from GM Scott Howson—
“The addition of Fedor and Christian to our lineup has really improved our puck moving ability from the blueline. All strong teams are built from the backend out and we feel like we made significant strides in that area today.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
A day after three dozen or so of his peers went chasing after the most dollars they could possibly grab, Marian Hossa left tens of millions on the table Tuesday to sign a modest one-year, $7.4 million deal with the Detroit Red Wings.
Hossa was being greedy all right — but not in the conventional sense of the term. At the age of 29 and 10 years into his NHL career, Hossa was greedy for a Stanley Cup — and figured his best chance to win one was to go to the defending champions.
Sportsnet has learned defenceman Ron Hainsey has signed a $22.5 million five-year deal with the Atlanta Thrashers.
via TSN’s tracker:
Ottawa Senators sign UFA Forward Jarkko Ruutu to a three-year, $3.9 million contract.
via the TSN tracker:
Ottawa Senators sign UFA Forward Shean Donovan to a two-year contract.
Update 2:46pm ET: More details to provided on this TSN page.
Press Release from the Pittsburgh Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Evgeni Malkin to a five-year contract extension commencing with the 2009-10 season, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
According to FAN 590, Nick Kypreos reports Avery has signed for 4 years, $16 million.
Update 1:14pm ET: From Sportsnet.ca,
Sportsnet has learned Sean Avery has shifted his disturber role to the Dallas Stars, signing a $16-million, 4-year deal.
Update 2:01pm ET: Sportsnet and TSN report $15.5 million for the 4 years.
Update 2:08pm ET: More at Dallas Stars.com
via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The Penguins have lost free-agent right winger Marian Hossa to Detroit.
Team officials are believed to have been informed this morning that he will not re-sign.
Terms of Hossa’s contract were not immediately known, but the Red Wings are believed to have been offering a shorter-term contract than most other clubs.
update 12:37pm, on NHL Live, per TSN, 1 year 7.4M.
update 12:38pm, Done deal!
Update 12:50pm (Alanah): Link to story at TSN
Update 12:50pm (Alanah): Just want to say thanks to the boys at NHL Live on the NHL Network for this!
A day after being acquired by the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Erik Cole, restricted free agent Joni Pitkanen has signed a three-year contract.
The club announced on Wednesday, that the 24-year old defenceman signed a deal worth $12 million over the three seasons. The deal will pay Pitkanen $3.5 million in 2008-09, $4 million in 2009-10 and $4.5 million in 2010-11.
from Russo’s Rants,
It has been confirmed to me by Kristian Huselius’ agent, Don Meehan, that the Wild is pursuing the free-agent left wing and the two sides will speak again Wednesday. Huselius has got a ton of skill and was nearly traded to Minnesota in 2005-06.
more on the Wild… (note, Russo’s Rants has been having some issues but appears to be back up)
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