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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
It’s tempting to call the $57.12-million (all currency U.S.) for defenceman Brian Campbell or the $23-million for goaltender Cristobal Huet crazy money, but really, what constitutes crazy money any more in today’s NHL?
In a year in which the salary cap went up to a record $56.7-million – setting off another enormous spending spree on the opening day of the 2008 free-agent season – was the combined $79.8-million the Chicago Blackhawks committed to two players, Campbell and Huet, any crazier than the $87-million the New York Rangers spent last year to land unrestricted free agents Chris Drury and Scott Gomez?
Sam Weinman at Rangers Report:
Valiquette re-signed as well
A couple of other quick hits: Sather said he’s talked to Jaromir Jagr’s agent several times and they’re still interested in bringing him back.
Sather also mentioned he called Sean Avery’s agent Pat Morris and Morris never called him back.
Perhaps the end to the NYR spending day. Glen Sather is currently on a media conference call and Weinman will probably be adding more to that post shortly.
We’ll note a confirmation of the Stephen Valiquette re-signing when available.
Update 10:01pm ET: TSN notes the Valiquette re-signing. No info on terms at that link yet.
According to Sportsnet’s tracker, Mark Streit has signed for 5 years at
$5.1 million per year
Update 8:19pm ET: TSN confirms the signing, but salary amounts are conflicting, TSN stating 5 years for $20.5 million.
Update 8:24pm ET: Sportsnet originally reported salary to be $5.1 million per. They’ve now corrected it to $4.1 million.
Tampa Bay Lightning sign UFA forward David Koci to a one-year, two-way contract worth $525,000 in the NHL, $100,000 in the minors
Update 7:54pm ET: For more on Tampa’s new tough guy, HockeyFights.com has it all.
Sources have told Sportsnet that Wade Redden has agreed to a deal with the New York Rangers.
Update 4:36pm: TSN television confirms the deal. Six years at $6.5 million per (average).
Update 4:39pm: TSN online—
One of the NHL’s top free agent blueliners is off the market, as the New York Rangers have signed defenceman Wade Redden to a six-year contract worth $6.5 million a season.
Brian Rolston to New Jersey: 4 years, $20 million.
TSN says Edmonton has the inside track on Marian Hossa, with Canadiens running third.
And the phone-in schmucks have started blasting Bob Gainey on CKAC
-Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out
via Sportsnet, Bobby Holik signs with the New Jersey Devils for 1 year, $2.5 million.
Update 7:12pm ET: From Tom Gulliti at Fire & Ice,
“Familarity and wanting to play for a team that can be at the top of their conference, wanting to play winning hockey at the end of my career,” Holik said in listing the reasons for returning to the Devils. “At this point in my career, I wasn’t going to start new somewhere else and when Lou (Lamoriello) called, it was like, ‘Why not?’ because I’m ready for it.”
via TSN’s tracker,
New York Rangers re-sign UFA defenceman Michael Rozsival to a four-year deal worth $20 million
via TSN Tracker,
Toronto Maple Leafs sign UFA forward Niklas Hagman to a four-year contract
Update 7:02pm ET: TSN notes the deal for Hagman is 4 years, $12 million contract.
From the Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have signed unrestricted free agent forwards Glen Metropolit and Nate Raduns; and unrestricted free agent defensemen Ossi Vaananen and Sean Curry, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren. The 5’10”, 195-pound Metropolit signed a two-year contract, while the 6’3”, 205-pound Raduns signed a one-year contract. The 6’4”, 215-pound Vaananen signed a one-year contract, while the 6’4”, 230-pound Curry signed a two-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.
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