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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.
from Lightning Strikes,
Things all of a sudden seem to be moving fast with the Lightning and Dan Boyle as the Lightning defenseman confirmed the team has asked him to waive his no-trade clause.
“They have asked me to waive my no-trade clause,” Boyle said, “but that’s all I can say right now.”
It was unclear if the Lightning gave Boyle a destination.
Update 2:11pm ET (alanah): Erik Erlendsson at his Tampa Tribune blog, notes this:
Here’s an indicator as to what the Lightning has in mind of what they fully intend to do with Dan Boyle. If you go to the Lightning homepage during the introduction of the new faces (and a couple of familiar ones), Boyle is not among those listed, which also includes Gary Roberts, Ryan Malone along with the likes of Vinny Lecavalier and Marty St. Louis. But no mention of Boyle.
RDS (French) is reporting that both Miroslav Satan and Ruslan Fedotenko have been signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins—Satan for $3.5 million and Fedotenko for $2.25 million.
Update 1:51pm ET: TSN confirms with the same details.
Update 2:38pm ET: Press release from the Penguins, re. Fedotenko, is below.
Update 3:15pm ET: Press release on Satan, also now added below.
Sources tell TSN Marc-Andre Fleury has signed a 7 year, 35 million dollar extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Update 3:39pm ET: Press release from the Penguins is below…
Toronto announced Thursday that the club has acquired forward Mikhail Grabovski from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for the rights to Greg Pateryn and a second-round draft pick in the 2010 draft.
“Mikhail had tremendous success at the most recent World Hockey Championships,” said Fletcher in a statement. “He has great upside and we will look for him to contribute for us right away at the centre position.”
via press release from the Chicago Blackhawks:
James Wisniewski to Undergo Knee Surgery
The following statement was issued today by Chicago Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry of University of Chicago Medical Center:
“James reinjured his right knee while training for the upcoming season. He has torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and will undergo surgery this week. We anticipate full recovery and his return during the 2008-09 season.”
from James Mirtle,
By my count, half the NHL’s teams aren’t likely to buy significantly into the free agent market at this point — which has to be just a wee bit troubling for those still waiting and available. There are not enough homes, and there will be bargains to be had.
So, who will spend?
Vancouver: The Canucks are a “have” team in terms of cap space, with roughly $17-million to use and an owner willing to spend.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Gotta love that Brian Burke. Just when you think the war of words between the Anaheim Ducks general manager and his Edmonton Oilers counterpart, Kevin Lowe, is dying down, Burke re-ignites the controversy by blaming the rise in player salaries among the NHL’s youngest players on Lowe. In an interview published by the Los Angeles Times, Burke said: “You go right now from entry-level to what used to be the third contract, thanks to two offer sheets from Kevin Lowe. Most managers don’t’ like starting fights with any other managers. Thanks to the Edmonton Oilers, the second contract has disappeared.”
As Mike Brophy of the Hockey News said on Fan590 this morning about this topic, he basically stated, “getting a little tired of the Burke talk.” I agree!
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