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From Kevin Oklobzija at the Democrat and Chronicle:
Rory Fitzpatrick, who spent much of last season in the American Hockey League, agreed today to terms on a two-way contract with the NHL’s Florida Panthers.
Fitzpatrick, 33, will very likely play much of next season with the Rochester Americans, unless Florida suffers injuries on its defense or he performs exceptionally well in training camp.
Noted on Sportsnet’s tracker, Marc Denis has been signed to a two-way, one year deal with the Montreal Canadiens.
Update 5:39pm ET: From the Montreal Canadiens—
Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced today the signing of free agent goaltender Marc Denis to a one-year, two-way contract (2008-09). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
via press release:
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the club has re-signed forward Yan Stastny to a two-year deal.
“Yan can play many roles within our organization,” said Davidson. “He has skill, is great at faceoffs and can kill penalties.”
Update 2:02am July 4th— Stastny’s 08/09 salary is being listed at $710,000. No figure available for year two.
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
The talks with UFA center Sergei Fedorov are moving in a positive direction. “We’ve talked Sergei,” McPhee said. “He wants to come here and is willing to wait until some of the dust settles. We’ll continue to talk to him, but we’re pretty confident that we’ll get something done here.”
more on the Caps including Matt Cooke will not be returning…
via Inside the Kings,
I have an unconfirmed report, from a source very close to Rob Blake, that he has signed with San Jose for $5 million.
Update 5:19pm ET: Confirmed by Inside the Kings:
Rob Blake has signed with San Jose, apparently for one year and $5 million. I’ve confirmed this with two sources close to the situation but the Sharks have yet to release word of this.
Update 6:02pm ET: TSN reports this as breaking news, “TSN has learned the San Jose Sharks have signed defenceman Rob Blake to a one-year deal.”
Update 6:06pm ET: From David Pollack at Working the Corners—
Expect the official announcement in about an hour, but the Sharks have signed veteran defenseman Rob Blake to a one-year, $5 million contract.
Sharks GM Doug Wilson declined to discuss the impending announcement of what will be the Sharks’ first free-agent signing of the summer, saying it was “a little premature.” But he didn’t shoot down the report that first surfaced on a Southern California web site.
A “Southern California web site”? Is it that hard to provide credit?? Sheesh.
Update 6:09pm ET: San Jose Sharks press release below.
Noted on the Sportsnet tracker, Dominic Moore has been re-signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs for 1 year.
From the CP via Sportsnet:
During a conference call, general manager Glen Sather said that the Naslund signing means that Jaromir Jagr will not be back with the Rangers next season.
Update 5:31pm ET: The link at Sportsnet.ca has changed the content we cited, noting that Jagr will be back now. Numerous other sources contradict this (agreeing with Sportsnet’s original wording) and so it seems likely that Sportsnet or the CP have just made an error.
From Mike Knobler at the AJC:
Russian national team defenseman Ilya Nikulin is close to signing a contract to play for the Thrashers this season, his agent said Thursday.
“At least in terms of dollars, the deal is done,” Scott Lites said, adding that the last sticking point is working out wording that will protect his client from spending the season with the Thrashers’ minor league affiliate in Chicago rather than Atlanta.
from Lightning Strikes,
But there apparently are more teams interested than the Senators. It is believed the list includes the Sharks, who lost Brian Campbell to free agency, Canucks, Flyers, Islanders and Thrashers. There could be others but these seem the most likely right now….
Boyle has said he is not inclined to waive his no-trade clause, but doing so could be risky as it is believed Tampa Bay could at some point put him on waivers and expose him to the entire league. If Boyle agrees to a trade, at least he has some control over where he ends up.
Steve Zippy at Blue Notes in Newsday notes that the Rangers are hosting a conference call at 4:30pm ET with “deals/signings imminent.”
Is it Markus Naslund?
That’s what one source tells me….but no confirmation
Update 4:42pm ET: From The Fourth Period: “Rangers sign Dmitri Kalinin and Markus Naslund”. Says Naslund:
“Initially, there was quite a few teams contacting us. Me and my agent, I gave him instructions early on that there was only limited number of teams I was interested in playing for and the Rangers were on top of that list.”
Confirmed also by Steve Zippy:
Swedish left wing Markus Naslund, who played in Vancouver for 12 years is the newest Ranger, inking a one year, $4.5-million deal. They also added defenseman Dmitri Kalinin from Buffalo.
Update 4:47pm ET: More at theNY Rangers site—
Update 4:52pm ET: TSN notes that the Naslund contract is 2-years, Kalinin is 1-year
Update 5:26pm ET: TSN’s tracker notes the contract for Naslund is 2 years for $8 million, not $4.5 per as previously reported.
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