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from Lord Stanley’s Blog,
So that points to Frank Kaberle and Niclas Wallin, both stalwarts of the 2006 Cup team. Kaberle was once the Canes’ offensive pivot point, but declining numbers and new arrivals have reduced his role and made him expendable.
With Pitkanen, Joe Corvo, Matt Cullen and Babchuk ahead of Kaberle in the power-play point depth chart, it’s tough to pay Kaberle $2.2 million. Whether the Canes will find any takers for a player who has had two injury-ridden seasons of declining performance is another matter.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
from Lightning Strikes,
Boyle, who turns 32 on July 12, said listening to the rumors he will be traded to help clear cap space for a team that is over the $56.7-million limit “has been tough. It’s been really hard.”
He also said that right now, he has no intention of waiving his no-trade clause. Having said that, he also said he understands this situation is not personal.
“I’m looking at every different angle, but mainly, absolutely, business,” he said. “If a trade makes sense, I completely understand, and I have no problem with that. But on the other hand, if it doesn’t make sense, then I do have a problem with that.”
via the Washington Capitals,
The Washington Capitals have signed free agent center Keith Aucoin to a two-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Update 2:18am July 4th (alanah): Aucoin’s salary for 08/09 is reported as $475,000.
“Obviously, I’m very close to Erik,” Staal said. “I’ve been good friends with him since the moment I came into the league. He was one of those guys who was there my first year and he did anything to help out as a friend and roommate. Along the way we became very close.
“When you develop a friendship with someone, to see them get traded is tough. It was hard for me to hear but it’s part of the game, part of the business and you have to kind of move forward I guess.”
-Eric Staal on Erik Cole at the News & Observer
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
Predators General Manager David Poile said on Wednesday the team made an offer to Georges Laraque, but that the player’s agent, Steve Kotlowitz, told Nashville that Laraque was looking to sign elsewhere….
Some of the tough guys still on the unrestricted free agent market include Atlanta’s Eric Boulton, Tampa Bay’s Andre Roy as well as Aaron Downey and Darren McCarty of Detroit.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
GM Darryl Sutter is not buying the theory the Flames, as they appear today, are no different from the 2007-08 squad.
“If they do that, they’re guys that are out on the golf course and write something, but don’t really know much about our team,” Sutter said yesterday.
“But that doesn’t really bother me. I fully understand how ignorant they are.”
from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Pittsburgh thinks often of Cleveland as its rival metropolis, and sometimes of Philadelphia, but with this week’s free-agent fiasco, is there a place somewhere generating more frowns ‘round town than Motown?
The research that begot the ad campaign extolling Detroit’s “hot cars, cutting edge music, Vegas-style gaming, diverse culture, and championship sports” reportedly concluded that among 11 regional cities, including Chicago, Toronto, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, Detroit was the only one perceived to offer a travel experience appealing primarily to young adults 21 to 34.
Mr. Hossa is 29.
Yeah, they’re geniuses out there.
added 8:45am, from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
One presumes Hossa’s plan is to go for one year to Detroit, put up ridiculously-high numbers while playing with Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk or Valtteri Filppula, and call himself a Cup champion. Then he takes the big money the following year from the team willing to risk that he won’t retire on their dime.
Never even mind the fact that some insiders felt he was wired into Detroit by some previous, devious agreement anyway, and that the first day’s bidding may have been nothing more than a sham.
from John Dellapina of the NY Daily News,
“I think they’re happy with what they got,” Jagr said of the Rangers. “The guys they got are what they feel they needed.”
Asked if he thought he could return to the Rangers, he replied: “That’s a tough question. To be honest, at times like this, I don’t think you should think. Because you might think something and get hurt. This is a business.
“First of all, I’ll tell you one thing, I’m not angry because I always believe that everything that happens happens for a reason. It’s possible. Everything is possible.
“But it doesn’t look to me like I was their first choice. And I don’t know if I was No.2 or No.3.”
more on the Rangers…
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.
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