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NHL.com provides a a selection of articles rounding up all the latest happenings in the Central Division. Articles posted today include:
“Davidson Sees the Blues Making Strides” by Mike G. Morreale
“Blackhawks a Team on the Rise” by Brian Compton
“Jackets Still Seeking Elusive Playoff Berth” by Mike G. Morreale
“Wings Dominated en Route to Stanley Cup” by Brian Compton
“Despite Ouster, Reasons for Preds to be Proud” by Mike G. Morreale
This week is sure to be a hectic time if you are a hockey fan!
Have you heard of any possible trades, signings, etc?
If so, feel free to leave a comment so other KK readers can be informed too.
Ryan Malone and Gary Roberts are officially members of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and defenceman Dan Boyle might be the player in the team’s cross-hairs.
Malone has agreed to a seven year, $31.5 million contract, while Roberts agreed to terms on a one year contract that pays him a base salary of $1.25 million plus $10,000 for every game that he plays in the 2008-09 NHL regular season. So if Roberts were to play in all 82 games, he would earn $820,000 in bonuses, which could make his total income for the season $2.07 million.
continued… plus some speculation on Dan Boyle’s future
from Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record,
There are some indications, however, that Lamoriello will try to make a big splash after the free agent market opens at noon on Tuesday in an attempt to propel his team back into the Eastern Conference’s elite.
The big fish would be right wing Marian Hossa….
Although pursuing such big-name players would seem to be out of character for Lamoriello, he suggests otherwise.
“All of that goes on behind the scenes and we don’t talk about it,” he said. “If we can do something that makes our team better, we’ll do that. You try to do that during the regular season, but you can’t always do it.”
Bob McKenzie was just on Team 990 in Montreal and said he expects Rolston to sign with Tampa Bay.
Bob mentioned even though the Tampa management team has dismissed the Dan Boyle trade rumors, he is being shopped and remember, Boyle has a NTC. Bob then wondered what will Tampa do on the defensive end.
The Senators need to sign their own players and Spezza won’t be moved unless something comes up that knocks the socks off of the Sens.
He mentioned Brian Campbell will get between 6.5-7M and Redden in the 6-6.5 salary range. Bob felt at one time Campbell would sign but the family issue he has may force him to sign in the East. Hard to know if he will chase the $$$ or the opportunity.
Bob wonders if Boyle would be a fit in San Jose if they do lose Campbell.
He feels both Theodore and Huet will go the UFA route but could see the Caps signing Huet.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
This is the first skate to drop.
There will be a second skate to drop for Kevin Lowe and the Edmonton Oilers today. It’s almost certain that a blockbuster trade yesterday will result in another trade involving Joni Pitkanen to follow quickly.
The trade of Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene to the Los Angeles Kings for Lubomir Visnovsky - instantly making the Slovakian defenceman the highest paid player on the hockey team - definitely registers on the hockey trade Richter scale.
continued with more on the trade for Visnovsky…
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Free-agent season opens tomorrow but if Canucks’ fans think their team can re-invent itself with a few crafty signings, they’re dreaming in technicolour. Of all the ways to improve an NHL lineup—trades, player development, drafting, etc.—free agency is by far the least efficient and the most dangerous. It can be a useful tool if a team is looking to fill one or two specific needs. Beyond that, you’re generally looking at players whose value has been artificially inflated.
from the Detroit Free Press,
Word spread quickly on the street that the Cup and Osgood were inside the Irish pub. Lines formed outside 821 Penniman Avenue to get a glimpse of North America’s oldest professional sports trophy, which is made of silver and nickel alloy.
And once you gained entrance inside O’Callaghan’s, it was pure bedlam.
“Oh, my God, I just drank out of the Stanley Cup,’’ said one female patron as she exited the bar.
While patrons poured their alcoholic beverages into the Cup for a chance at a celebratory swig, Osgood patiently accommodated, hunched over and standing on top of the bar, while pouring the bulky 34-pound trophy.
Read about the celebration that is about to begin in Harbour Grace N.L., brought to you by the CP via the Globe and Mail…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Lightning hired Phoenix pro scout Greg Malone as their head of scouting. A few days later they acquired the rights to his son, Ryan Malone, whom they are poised to sign to a multi-year deal. What a coincidence.
The Rangers should hire Jagr’s father, also named Jaromir and the president of Kladno of the Czech League, as their director of Czech hockey operations. Why not? They should hire Mr. Jagr and then sign No. 68.
The Lightning opened the door. Let the NHL try to close it on Jagr and the Rangers. Just let them try.
more on Jagr…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Sources say the Senators believe they have a good shot at landing Campbell and he will be their No. 1 target tomorrow.
There’s talk Campbell would like to return from San Jose to the Eastern Conference—and Ottawa would be on his list.
“That’s definitely a team I’d consider,” said Campbell, enjoying the holiday weekend at his home near Strathroy. “You hear a lot of rumours and speculation about (the Senators) being interested. I know that city as well as I know Buffalo and probably better than San Jose.”...
The indications are the Rangers, Thrashers, Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Bruins and Blackhawks are all going to make a pitch. And the Sharks can’t be ruled out because Campbell feels a certain amount of loyalty toward them.
A league source said Atlanta GM Don Waddell is so determined to bring Campbell into the fold that the Thrashers might be willing to table a five-year, $42-million US deal (that’s $8.4 million a season).
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