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According to Darren Dreger of TSN, Tim Connolly signs 2 year extension with the Buffalo Sabres for $4.5 per year for a total of $9 million.
Link will be added as soon as it’s available.
Update 10:51am ET: Link at TSN now available.
Bob McKenzie reporting on TSN that Antoine Vermette has been traded to Columbus for Pascal Leclaire.
Update 10am ET: It’s being reported that Ottawa also gets a 2nd round pick in the deal.
Update 10:03 am ET: Link available at TSN.
Bob McKenzie on TSN is reporting that Filip Kuba has been extended by the Senators for $3.7 million per for 3 years.
added 9:58am, TSN link now available.
There has been talk this morning the Sabres are still negotiating a new contract for Tim Connolly. Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News feels he will be moved…
My previous suggestion that the Sabres re-sign him was based on him returning at the right price and having a healthy lineup around him get into the playoffs. Apparently, he doesn’t want to come back for less. The banged-up Sabres could miss the postseason even if they keep him, so why keep him?
Columbus and Vancouver are interested in Connolly, but Chicago appears to have an inside track. The Blackhawks are looking for a No. 2 center and would be willing to include defenseman James Wisniewski in a package with the Sabres. The two teams were talking Tuesday.
added 9:39am, via Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN the Buffalo Sabres have tabled a two-year contract extension at better than $4 million per season to keep forward Tim Connolly in Buffalo.
Although the offer is considered to be strong, it may not be quite good enough to get the deal done without further negotiations.
via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
A Panthers source said at 9 a.m. ET it was “too early to tell” whether Bouwmeester (UFA July 1) would be moved. In other words, they’re still waiting for the best offers.
Tough call for Panthers GM Jacques Martin.
On Long Island, GM Garth Snow is giving one last try to complete a Bill Guerin trade that he’s been working on since Saturday. A source close to the situation said if the deal doesn’t go through soon today, Snow will move on to a Plan B.
In Chicago, the Blackhawks are close to acquiring a forward, ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside tells us.
added 9:15am, Don’t forget to check out Spector;s blog throughout the day. Lyle Richardson provides “common sense” analysis to all the trades being talked about.
added 9:20am, Kevin Allen of USA TODAY has a deadline day blog going which will be updated all day long.
“We just made it 5 to 2, and we’re jumping on each other like we just won an overtime game. I’m sure if I were on the Carolina bench I’d be going, ‘Look at these idiots.’”
-Caps coach Bruce Boudreau after the Caps lost to the Hurricanes 5-2. Watch a post game video at On Frozen Blog.
Here we sit, waiting for the trades to begin.
Will it be a slow day, maybe fewer trades then what you expect? Will a name that comes out of nowhere be moved?
What is on your mind or have you heard any rumors you wish to share?
Feel free to comment below.
added 8:49am, Jay Onrait of TSN always does a great trade deadline day blog and he started a little after 8:00am this morning. Make sure to check it out throughout the day.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“This was a hard-core 14-day treatment conducted in a lockdown environment in which Sean was grouped with patients who were experiencing serious addiction problems,” said the source, who spoke on the condition of remaining anonymous.
“Sean worked on a technique called, ‘mindfulness,’ which is a type of meditation exercise that gives an individual a type of checklist in his mind that allows him time to consider what he is going to say before he actually says it.
“It’s like installing a switch that slows things down.”
Since completing the two-week program after entering Stage 1 of the NHL/NHLPA behavioral health program, Avery has continued to receive counseling, with regularly scheduled sessions with a personal therapist in New York. These sessions will continue for an indefinite period, perhaps for the remainder of Avery’s career, if not life.
via Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray informed Chris Pronger and his agent Pat Morris his intention is not to move the all-star defenceman at the deadline, according to Sportsnet sources.
With the uncertainty over whether Scott Niedermayer will retire after this season, it’s believed Murray will hold off making further decisions on Pronger until the draft in Montreal in June.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Talking with a couple of front-office and other official type of people from the NHL today, a picture is starting to emerge about the trade deadline: it could be quiet tomorrow.
Here’s the deal: teams are scared to death about what the salary cap could be reduced to in a couple of years….
That’s why I feel pretty confident that Ryan Smyth won’t be going anywhere tomorrow, at least. And, why you may not see guys like Brett Clark or Ruslan Salei going anywhere. Clark’s and Salei’s contracts extend one more year, but at more than $3 million each.
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