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From Phil Coffey at NHL.com:
The Buffalo Sabres acquired veteran defenseman Craig Rivet from the San Jose Sharks on Friday.
The Sharks sent the 33-year-old veteran and a seventh-round selection in the 2010 Entry Draft to the Sabres in exchange for second-round selections in the 2009 and 2010 Drafts.
Rivet will help the Sabres replace Dmitri Kalinin, who signed with the New York Rangers on Thursday.
Update 5:10pm ET: Comment from Sabres GM Darcy Regier, via press release—
“We are very excited to add such a quality veteran player to our roster. He is a great character player that will provide our club added leadership and experience.”
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
If the Canucks strike out in the Sundin sweepstakes, look for Gillis to take another swipe at adding to his roster through a restricted free agent offer sheet.
Best bet? Detroit winger Valterri Filppula. The Red Wings tend not to lose players they want to keep—and Filppula definitely fits that category—but they are running out of cap space. It might take an offer in the $4 million dollar range to force them to pass
more and some UFAs that are still unsigned…
via Rangers Report,
Also, just received a text message from Paul Mara who said he has re-signed with the Rangers. More on terms in a bit.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
The Toronto Maple Leafs are moving closer to signing Swedish defenceman Jonas Frogren, a mainstay of the Tre Konor national team.
“It hasn’t happened yet, but it will happen,” one insider close to the deal told thestar.com today.
Frogen, a 6-1, 200-pound stay-at-home defenceman negotatiated his release from Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
The Vancouver Canucks are one of three teams in the running for veteran defenseman, Dan Boyle.
Sources tell TSN the Canucks, San Jose Sharks and Philadelphia Flyers are the three teams Boyle is considering, however he has yet to waive his no-trade clause to clear the way for a trade.
The belief is Boyle will consent to trade at some point today and will select the team of his choice, however until he officially waives his no-trade, there is always a chance the Lightning’s efforts to move him may be scuttled.
Update 10:20am ET (alanah): Link above has entirely changed the content—
Sources tell TSN that Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Dan Boyle has waived his no-trade clause and has agreed to a trade to the San Jose Sharks.
The paper work confirming Boyle has consented is being processed right now and once signed by Boyle, it will clear the way for the Sharks and Lightning to complete the deal.
In return for the 31 year old veteran defenseman, its believed Tampa will receive a package that will include 23 old defenseman Matt Carle, a 1st round pick, a prospect and a 4th round pick.
Sources say defenseman Brad Lukowich is also part of the deal going to San Jose.
Update 10:51am ET: From Lightning Strikes—
“Yes,” Boyle’s agent George Bazos said. “That’s the way we’re going. We went through the whole process and picked a [place] he’s very happy to be. If the Lightning can go ahead and [consummate] a trade, then Dan is very happy with that.”
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
If it’s true that anyone on the planet can be linked to another with only six degrees of separation, what is the breakdown of hockey connections?
One degree of separation?
In hockey’s small world, everyone seems to know everyone else. Coaches mentor other coaches, a fraternity that connects with hundreds of players over the course of a career. Scouts, coaches and former players become general managers and tap into links forged over decades.
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
“We have a pretty good 1-2 punch now with Campbell and Dunc,” said Savard. “One of them is going to be on the ice every other shift.
“Campbell gives us a lot of options now. I don’t care how many good forwards you have, it takes a good defenseman to get the puck to the forwards. He fits in with us perfectly. He’s got great skill, but he’s also good in his own end.”
As for how Campbell will fit in on the power play, Savard envisions the two-time all-star playing the point on the right side.
“We’ll see where he fits best, but I know he’s going to be out there with (Jonathan) Toews, (Patrick) Kane and (Martin) Havlat,” said Savard.
“We’ll make adjustments, but he gives us a lot more options. He’ll bring it up the ice on the power play, which will have us spending less time going back for pucks.”
more on Chicago…
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
There are still plenty of players available and the Canucks still have plenty of money to spend. See, there’s Stephane Yelle. And Jim Dowd. And Kevyn Adams hasn’t signed, has he? Then there’s Mark Rycroft. Oh, and Randy Robitaille. And Sergei Brylin. And so many others….
When Mike Gillis was announced as the new general manager, he said his goal was to make the Canucks a winner right away and he would build the team in that direction. But, two months later, as virtually every other team in the West has improved themselves significantly, he’s lost Naslund; is about to lose Brendan Morrison; he’s added three insignificant fourth-liners; and he waits helplessly as the enigmatic Sundin decides if he’ll play in Vancouver for $20 million.
from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,
Remember, this is about winning. Kristian Huselius, the free-agent forward the Jackets signed after the Zherdev trade, is talented and appears to be a better fit for Hitchcock than Zherdev was. Raffi Torres, a winger who came to the Jackets in the Brule deal with the Oilers, definitely is.
With hard-checking free-agent defenseman Mike Commodore, those two big Rangers puck-movers (Tyutin and Christian Backman) and former Flyers winger R.J. Umberger, it’s obvious the Jackets now have the kind of players Hitchcock and Howson want, even if they’re not necessarily the best ones.
This is going to be a much different Blue Jackets team than previous ones. Given the record, it isn’t such a bad thing.
from Inside the Kings,
OK, here we go. For those who enjoy soap operas, strap in…
We started with Blake’s statement that the Kings never made him an offer, and with my clarification that Blake’s agent, Pat Brisson, had called Lombardi on Tuesday morning with a one-year, $4-million contract request.
So here’s the time line, according to Lombardi, with quotes from Lombardi added where appropriate.
Here’s what Pat Brisson, Rob Blake’s agent, had to say tonight about the way things went down between Blake and the Kings. It’s lengthy, but if you’ve been following the saga today, you might find it to be a good read. As I told Pat tonight, all I’m trying to get is get the information out there. People can make up their minds based upon what they believe and read. What an interesting subplot to the week though, huh?
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