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The big bomb that some want right away may not have occurred, but there have still been plenty of adjustments taking place.
“We’ve already made some changes,” said Wilson. “There are seven or eight players (notably Mike Grier, Marcel Goc, Travis Moen) that already won’t be coming back, so we’ve made a level of changes there.”
Plus there could still be more to come.
“Are we pursuing some discussions that may lead so some trades, absolutely,” noted Wilson. “I share this with everybody, I think this is a society of instant gratification. ‘Let’s make all these changes right now.’ That’s not really how it works. It’s been busy with a lot of phone calls. We’re entering into another phase of our team building time.”
added 8:05pm, from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen via the Vancouver Sun,
The Sharks are currently pushing the salary cap limit of $56.8 million US for the 2009-10 season, but their only major long-term commitment is to Boyle, who will make an average of $6.7 million per season until 2014.
If the Senators were willing to take back most of Heatley’s salary in the form of another player or two — Marleau has one year and $6.3 million remaining and Jonathan Cheechoo has two years and $6 million left — there could be room for a deal. (With Heatley and Alex Kovalev currently on the books, the Senators are approximately $2 million over the salary cap, but NHL teams have until September to get under the number).
It all makes a degree of sense and cents. If something was done with the Sharks, Murray would be forced to sell the fans on the merits of an underachieving, overpaid player or two, but that wouldn’t be all that different from the potential Edmonton deal as the Senators would have been taking on Dustin Penner.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Kevin Weekes said he’s not closing the door a return to the Devils, but the 34-year-old goaltender admits that he probably won’t be re-signing with the team.
“That’s the way it’s looking,” he said today via telephone from Toronto. “You never know in pro sports, but right now that’s the way it looks.”
So, it appears as if Yann Danis or rookie Jeff Frazee will be the Devils’ backup goaltender in 2009-10. Although Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello left the door open for Weekes to return when he signed Danis on July 10, the sides have not been able to reach an agreement and Weekes is exploring other opportunities.
“There’s other opportunities, but it’s also just looking at a lot of different factors,” he said. “Like Lou always says, free agency is always an interesting thing. It’s an inexact science. You can’t always retain all of your free agents and in my case I fulfilled my obligation. I think I brought a lot of value to the role and I played my role with pride, even though I didn’t get to play as much hockey as I would have liked to have played even when Marty (Brodeur) was injured.
via Ben Wright of Blueland Blog,
The Thrashers have signed Evander Kane to his first pro contract, which shouldn’t surprise anyone given that there has been talk that he might make the team out of training camp. Tavares, Hedman and Duchene (the top three picks) have all signed with their teams, making Kane the fourth of the top four picks to do so.
from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report at the Tampa Tribune,
If the Lightning can convince Tanguay it would be in his best interest to try and build his resume back up by playing on a line with Lecavalier for a season (or two) it would be the icing on the cake of what has already been a successful summer.
It’s nothing definite at this point, as Tanguay’s agent said his client is in discussions with several teams, but it is definitely an intriguing thought for the team, the player and Lightning fans alike.
from John Kreiser of NHL.com,
It’s been roughly three weeks since the free-agency market opened, which saw the likes of Marian Hossa and Marian Gaborik sign blockbuster deals with new teams. But with training camp still several weeks away, dozens of quality players remain without an address.
Here’s an updated look at 40 of the top unrestricted free agents still on the market (players unsigned through July 20):
Robert Lang- Lang turns 39 in December and is coming off an Achilles tendon injury, potentially limiting the size and length of his contract. But before he got hurt, he showed he still had something left in the tank.
Alex Tanguay- Like Lang, Tanguay is coming off an injury-ruined season. His point production has dropped from 81 to 58 to 41 in the past three seasons. He may have to take a shorter-term deal to rebuild his value.
From the Boston Bruins:
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Matt Hunwick to a multi-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
Are you like me? Do you cringe and/or grind your teeth any time you hear clichés and done-to-death buzzwords? Well, since the NHL doesn’t have much in the way of news to comment on, I figured we could take another periodical look at the verbal junk that passes for insight both inside and outside the hockey world and break that junk down to its nonsensical essence.
Aren’t particularly fond of that idea for a hockey blog in late July? Hey, it is what it is.
Moving Forward: Far and away the most widely overused cliché of the moment, this phrase usually is employed as utterly superfluous sentence-beginner (or ender). So instead of an NHL GM or coach saying this:
“We want to build a team that competes for the Stanley Cup each year.”
You get this:
“Moving forward, we want to build a team that competes for the Stanley Cup each year.”
via Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
Jay Leach, the veteran defenseman who did a solid job last season after being recalled from the minors, married Kathryn Tappen this past Saturday in New Hampshire.
Leach, 29, played 24 games for the Devils last season and had no goals and one assist.
Tappen, 28, is the daughter of Richard and Sheila Tappen of Morristown. She is NESN’s in-studio host for Boston Bruins games and is a Rutgers graduate. She will continue to use her maiden name on the air.
Do you pay for your local newspaper? Do you even visit their website?
When it comes to hockey coverage and the MSM, what is the future of their existence?
Check out Puck Daddy who points out a few stories that have hit the web today.
I for one, and I should know, have found the hockey news from the mainstream media has switched from standard stories on the web or local paper to blogs. The explosion of blogs from the MSM grew in numbers last season and I see the trend continuing in the future.
“I’m excited about going into camp with an opportunity to make the team.” I had a good experience there last year and I think they know what I can do.
“Only they know where I fit into their plans for the future, so I’m just trying to get stronger and bigger and faster… Trying to keep improving.”
-Justin Abdelkader of the Detroit Red Wings. More on Justin from Troy Ruel of the Muskegon Chronicle at Mlive.
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