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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.
From Michael Russo at Russo’s Rants,
Wild isn’t confirming, but I heard from them a couple hours ago that there would be a smaller signing this afternoon. While the team doesn’t have a signed contract yet for Miettinen, this appears to be it.
Update 4:30pm ET: At the above link, Russo says this is now confirmed by the team.
Update 6:58pm ET: TSN states the contract is 3 years.
via press release:
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed free-agent defenseman Daniel Tjarnqvist to a one-year contract.
Tjarnqvist, 31, has appeared in 315 NHL contests with Atlanta, Minnesota and Edmonton before playing last season in the Russian hockey league. The 6-2, 195-pound native of Umea, Sweden was drafted 88th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1995 NHL draft.
“Daniel Tjarnqvist is an experienced defenseman who provides us greater depth on our blueline,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere.
From TSN’s tracker:
Montreal Canadiens sign UFA forward Georges Laraque (3-year, $1.5 million)
3:50pm ET: TSN—
The native of Montreal, Quebec has signed a three-year contract with the Canadiens, reportedly worth $4.5 million. The deal includes a partial no-trade clause.
via press release from the Phoenix Coyotes,
Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman David Hale to a two-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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