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via Inside The Kings,
It’s not too hard to figure out what happened today. The Kings made a play for Brooks Orpik and it didn’t work out. Now the attention, most likely, turns to another tier of defensemen and the Kings will look to grab a guy on a short-term contract, either via trade or signing.
The more interesting thing is that Rob Blake remains unsigned. I did not anticipate that, and perhaps if his agent would return calls I might get a little insight. But when there’s mutual interest people a player and team and there’s no deal, you have to follow the money, right?
from Empty Netters,
If the Penguins were “Goodfellas,” Crosby, Fleury, Malkin and Staal would be Robert DeNiro , Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci and Paul Sorvino. Colby Armstrong, Michel Ouellet, Marian Hossa, Gary Roberts, Georges Laraque, Ty Conklin and even Brooks Orpik, who signed a big deal yesterday, are bit players.
After what happened yesterday with Marian Hossa, it’s hard to imagine Ray Shero every investing long term into a scoring winger for Crosby or Malkin. We have a hard time believing these two will have their versions of Glenn Anderson or Jari Kurri for any serious length of time.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Brett Hull sees a little of himself in Sean Avery.
No wonder the two got along so swimmingly back in 2002 when Hull and wife Darcy took in the then-rookie forward with the Detroit Red Wings. Avery lived over Hull’s garage for a season, and the two bonded.
“It was like Fonzie with Mr. and Mrs. C,” Hull joked….
“I like to push it to the edge, that’s how I play and that’s how I live,” Avery said. “But I’m not the same player I was four or five years ago. ... What I’ve learned is how to do that without hurting the team.”
from Mike Downey of the Chicago Tribune,
The whole organization is going through what Savard might call a great spin-o-rama.
That’s what his signature move was called during his playing days. And this is what Savvy wants from his team, a little old-time hockey, a little regard for the face on that blouse. “Commit to the Indian,” as the coach put it last season.
Campbell is a commit-to-the-Indian kind of guy.
“I love him,” Savard said. “He and Duncan Keith together as a 1-2 punch are going to make a huge difference.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
And so, with options on the market all but exhausted and the team lining up as the ultimate in helicopter squads (no wings), the Rangers instead pulled off a trade with Columbus, acquiring the very talented but equally erratic and thus far underachieving 23-year-old right winger Nikolai Zherdev (and throw-in pivot Dan Fritsche) for Fedor Tyutin - a third-pair D following the addition of Wade Redden - and Christian Backman.
“It’s going to be on Chris and me now, and that’s what we wanted when we came to New York,” Gomez said by phone yesterday from his home in Alaska. “If I’m playing with Zherdev, it’s going to be up to me to see that it works, and I’m up for it.
“We’re going to go be an in-your-face team that moves and pressures the puck. I’ve been talking to Chris and he feels exactly the same way I do.
“We’re ready for the responsibility.”
more on the Rangers…
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
At the entry draft in Ottawa last month, Ken Holland stood holding court on the draft floor with a couple of newspaper types, trading war stories and describing his approach to luring talented players to the Detroit Red Wings.
“We sell dreams and happiness,” he said, unable to stop himself from chuckling. “Dreams and happiness.”
The Wings general manager was kidding, but only partly so. His hockey club, which boasts the most stable ownership/ management team in hockey as well as the most talented roster, has become the destination of choice for the best players in the sport.
From Dave Molinari at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
While a few issues—like whether the deal will cover five or six seasons—still must be resolved, all major hurdles to an agreement have been cleared.
“I’m hopeful that in the next couple of days, something will work out there,” said Shero, the Penguins’ general manager.
read on for more Penguins business
from Damian Cristodero of the St. Peterburg Times,
Because Boyle is one of the game’s best puck-moving defensemen, characterized by former Lightning coach John Tortorella as the key to the team’s attack.
It is why Hall of Famer and Panthers analyst Denis Potvin said of the unconfirmed gossip, “Until something happens, I won’t believe it. I just don’t see where this will be a smart move.”
The talk could be moot.
Boyle, who turns 32 on July 12 and has a six-year, $40-million contract that pays $6.667-million annually, has a no-trade clause Bazos said he is not inclined to waive. Even that sparked conversation.
Updated 11:05pm ET (alanah): Darren Dreger at TSN—
Sources say the Tampa Bay Lightning have contacted the Boyle camp to alert them to the fact a deal may be in the works. Whether or not the Lightning have officially asked Boyle to waive his no-trade clause is unconfirmed, however a source close to the player says they have.
via Tom Reed at Puck-rakers,
The Dispatch has learned the Blue Jackets are negotiating with free-agent forward Kristian Huselius, who played the past three seasons with the Flames. A deal could be struck later tonight. Huselius has scored 59 goals over the past two seasons.
In other free-agent news, the Blue Jackets appear to be out of the running for center Brendan Morrison..
Updated 9:30pm ET (Alanah): SIGNED. Breaking news from TSN—
The Blue Jackets have signed free agent left winger Kristian Huselius to a four-year contract worth $19 million, The Dispatch has learned. Huselius will make $4.75 million per season.
*link will be available shortly (Updated 9:32pm - story online at TSN)
Update 9:51pm ET: A comment from Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson: “Kristian is a highly skilled player with good vision and hockey sense who has performed at a very high level throughout his career. We are very pleased to have a player and a person of his caliber join the Blue Jackets organization.”
via Icing at the Chicago Tribune,- A fan question…
“The idea of a $12 million goaltender tandem is hard to believe. Publicly, the Hawks say they’re going to stick with both, but I think this is posturing until a deal is in place. What do you think?”
Having two top goalies is a luxury, indeed, and puts the Hawks over the salary cap, but general manager Dale Tallon seems sincere in keeping both. He firmly believes that to win in the NHL you need great goaltending. With Nikolai Khabibulin’s contract up following the season it will pave the way for Huet to take over the No. 1 job in 2009-10 and at less than Khabibulin’s salary. I have no doubt Tallon would trade Khabibulin if the right deal comes around. Certainly at the trade deadline in February,
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