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from the New York Islanders,
The New York Islanders and forward Sean Bergenheim have agreed to a two-year contract worth $1.725 million. The energetic forward will earn $800,000 in 2008-09 and $925,000 in 2009-10. Bergenheim has also voluntarily made a large donation to the Islanders Inspire.
“We’re very happy to have Sean locked up for two years,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “He’s another young player who we’re excited to see at training camp and competing.”
from the New York Rangers,
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Nigel Dawes.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
“TThe NHL is delighted to bring its most historic rivalry to one of the most historic venues in sports,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We thank Rocky Wirtz and John McDonough for their vision. We thank Mike Ilitch and the Red Wings for their cooperation. And we thank Mayor Daley, in advance, for the warm welcome we know the City of Chicago will extend to our newest tradition.
“We also acknowledge the interest and efforts of the New York Yankees and the City of New York throughout the NHL Winter Classic 2009 site selection process. We look forward to continuing discussions regarding the possibility of a future Winter Classic game at the new Yankee Stadium.”
much more on the Winter Classic…
from the Buffalo Sabres,
Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today that forward Daniel Paille has agreed to terms on a multi-year deal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Danny is a talented young player that can make a difference at both ends of the ice,” Regier said. “Danny has been a key component to our penalty killing unit and we look forward to helping him continue to develop with our club for years to come.”
from the St. Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has signed free agent forward Brad Winchester.
Don Brennan reports “a hot rumour in NHL circles” has the Senators, Chicago Blackhawks and LA Kings on the verge of a blockbuster deal, which would see G Martin Gerber and D Andrej Meszaros shipping to the Kings, F Anze Kopitar dealt to the Blackhawks and G Nikolai Khabibulin and either D Brent Seabrook or Cam Barker moved to the Senators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: ...this deal sucks for the Kings, moving their best forward (and perhaps future franchise player) for an overpaid average goalie and a young defenseman which they’ve already got in abundance.
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
If you’re a Red Wings season-ticket holder, you’ll likely be receiving renewal information today….
A total of 1,869 tickets for seats in the upper bowl, which were priced at $44, have dropped to $33, while some $54 seats have gone down to $44.
And the first three rows off the ice in the lower bowl, which were $85 last season, have gone up to $125 (although the Wings stress they’re still the second-least-expensive such ticket in the league).
Steve Violetta, the Red Wings’ senior vice president of business affairs, said the opportunity to lock in to last season’s prices has existed since February, when the team began selling playoff ticket packages.
Violetta said renewals had been running at about 60 percent through the playoffs.
Season ticket renewals at 60%? That has to be a red-flag for the Wings organization. The Sabres announced yesterday their renewals are at 97%.
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
The events of the past four weeks will best be gauged a few seasons down the road. For now, The Dispatch offers this analysis of the proceedings:...
1. Andrew Brunette, LW, Minnesota—A 70-point player with sniper skills, making $2.5 million the next two seasons and $2 million in 2010-11.
2. Niklas Hagman, LW, Dallas—An in-your-face player with lots of upside and a deceptive scoring touch, he’s coming off a 27-goal season. He’ll get $3 million annually the next four seasons.
3. Cory Stillman, LW, Florida—A 20-goal scorer with a great touch on the power play. He’ll make about $3.6 million per season.
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
The Islanders’ so-called “Committee” is dead. When it became obvious in the middle of last season that the decision-making process was too cumbersome, owner Charles Wang stepped in and clarified the lines of authority, placing general manager Garth Snow in clear control atop the hockey operations pyramid.
There was no formal announcement, but the change obviously freed Snow to act more decisively, as he did on Monday when he told coach Ted Nolan his services no longer were required. It was obvious during the draft and free-agent signings this summer that Nolan already had been rendered powerless regarding personnel decisions, while Snow felt sufficiently empowered to execute his aggressive draft strategy, trading down twice in the first round and amassing 13 picks.
from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,
Imagine how the good people of Nashville must be feeling about hockey this morning.
The diehards heartbroken because they have once again been played for suckers.
The politicians relieved that, thanks to Del Biaggio’s financial implosion, they may have just dodged an extremely expensive bullet.
The local investors wondering where they can possibly find the money to operate without losing their shirts in a league in which — thanks to rising revenues elsewhere, especially in Canada, but certainly not in Nashville — spending even to the salary floor becomes ever harder to justify.
Everyone else, wildly cynical about the whole enterprise, and amazed that a “major league” sport could ever do business like this.
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