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From Joe O’Connor at the National Post,
In parting, Avery’s most inflammatory barb was a muted blast at the Rangers’ archrivals in New York.
“If they were smart,” Avery said of the Islanders. “They probably would have tried to sign me.”
The Islanders did not even bid for Avery’s services, and the Rangers backed away from the big money the super-pest was going to bring on the open market, despite the fact the team was 33-14-10 with him in the lineup last season and 9-13-3 without.
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
Although the departures of Avery and Jagr, in particular, will disappoint a bloc of fans, the Maven sees only positives coming out of the transformation.
No matter how you shake it, Jagr was a questionable captain with a capital Q. This was evident when he turned down the leadership role after the lockout, only to eventually change his mind.
While he did have a strong home-stretch this past season, and a solid playoff, his performance in the first few months was far below what had been expected of his talents.
more on the NYR…
Update 11:22pm ET (Alanah): John Dellapina at the Blueshirts Blog has an interview with Jaromir Jagr tonight, reflecting on his time with the NYR.
“We’ve been in communication,” Bazos said of Boyle’s camp and the Lightning. “Everybody understands everybody’s position. Dan is going to think about things tonight. We will have further discussions (Friday) to find what is the best option for Dan.”
Said Lightning owner Len Barrie: “We’re working closely with Dan on trying to make this work on both sides. Dan has been a great player for the organization, but sometimes we have to make tough decisions. The good news for Dan is he has an opportunity to get into some great situations.”
Lightning Strikes says tomorrow could be the day Boyle decides his future…
From Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,
Just got off a conference call with Rob Blake, who says the Kings never made him an offer. (Left unsaid was that Blake’s agent apparently talked to the Kings on July 1 and asked for $4 million). Before Blake got on the call, San Jose general manager Doug Wilson said he called Blake’s agent on July 1 to inquire about Blake’s services. Here’s some quotes from Blake…
On not getting an offer: “No, i didn’t receive [an offer] from the Kings. As time went past on July 1… I made a decision a few weeks ago, a month ago, that i wanted to play again. That wasn’t going to be happen in L.A. and I had to start looking elsewhere.’‘
Note: Blake was signed for one-year at $5 million earlier today.
via press release:
Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have re-signed defenseman Matt Jones to a two-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Jones, 24, played 45 games with the Coyotes last season, registering 0-2-2 and 10 penalty minutes (PIM). The 6-foot, 215-pound defenseman also played in five games with the San Antonio Rampage (AHL) last season.
Update 6:48pm ET: More at the Phoenix Coyotes site.
The Blue Jackets are talking to center Michael Peca about returning to the club, The Dispatch has learned. A deal could be announced soon, NHL sources say, perhaps as early as today.
I talked to Peca this afternoon, and he confirmed his desire to join the Blue Jackets. He also said he wants to sign for more than one season and “be a part of something special.”
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…
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