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via the TSN tracker:
Ottawa Senators sign UFA Forward Shean Donovan to a two-year contract.
Update 2:46pm ET: More details to provided on this TSN page.
Press Release from the Pittsburgh Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Evgeni Malkin to a five-year contract extension commencing with the 2009-10 season, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
According to FAN 590, Nick Kypreos reports Avery has signed for 4 years, $16 million.
Update 1:14pm ET: From Sportsnet.ca,
Sportsnet has learned Sean Avery has shifted his disturber role to the Dallas Stars, signing a $16-million, 4-year deal.
Update 2:01pm ET: Sportsnet and TSN report $15.5 million for the 4 years.
Update 2:08pm ET: More at Dallas Stars.com
via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The Penguins have lost free-agent right winger Marian Hossa to Detroit.
Team officials are believed to have been informed this morning that he will not re-sign.
Terms of Hossa’s contract were not immediately known, but the Red Wings are believed to have been offering a shorter-term contract than most other clubs.
update 12:37pm, on NHL Live, per TSN, 1 year 7.4M.
update 12:38pm, Done deal!
Update 12:50pm (Alanah): Link to story at TSN
Update 12:50pm (Alanah): Just want to say thanks to the boys at NHL Live on the NHL Network for this!
A day after being acquired by the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Erik Cole, restricted free agent Joni Pitkanen has signed a three-year contract.
The club announced on Wednesday, that the 24-year old defenceman signed a deal worth $12 million over the three seasons. The deal will pay Pitkanen $3.5 million in 2008-09, $4 million in 2009-10 and $4.5 million in 2010-11.
from Russo’s Rants,
It has been confirmed to me by Kristian Huselius’ agent, Don Meehan, that the Wild is pursuing the free-agent left wing and the two sides will speak again Wednesday. Huselius has got a ton of skill and was nearly traded to Minnesota in 2005-06.
more on the Wild… (note, Russo’s Rants has been having some issues but appears to be back up)
From Jean Lefebvre at Flames Insider,
The Calgary Flames have raided the roster of their northern rivals. The club today will officially announce the signing of Edmonton Oilers forward Curtis Glencross (see last night’s entry for more details), who scored 15 goals in 62 games this past season.
No terms yet, but one unconfirmed report suggested the deal is for three years and $3.2 million.
The Flames are also expected to announce the signing of incumbent defenceman Jim Vandermeer.
Update 12:55pm ET: The above signings have been confirmed by the Flames via press releases a few minutes ago. Additionally, the Flames also signed Peter Vandermeer.
Raffi Torres is a badass. Check out YouTube. Well, first watch the hysterical spoof from The Daily Show that involved Torres, but then watch Torres’ hits. This guy had 27 goals two seasons ago.
You know who Torres is? He’s a faster-skating Ryan Malone without the public relations help provided by the Stanley Cup Finals. Malone had the eyes of the hockey world on him during the Penguins’ Cup run, and he was awesome. His stock soared. That was Torres just two Cups previous. Big, nasty, feels no pain and lives, breathes and sleeps hockey.
more on Columbus
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
There were a frenzy of signings during Day 1 of the free-agency period. Here’s a look at the top deals so far:
The home run—Parts I and II
• Blackhawks sign defenseman Brian Campbell to eight-year deal ($7.125 million annual average), goalie Cristobal Huet to four years at $5.6 million per season…
Free-agency grade: Campbell, A+; Huet, A-
via the Philadelphia Flyers,
Flyers G.M. Paul Holmgren revealed on Tuesday evening that the club has agreed to a two-year contract extension with restricted free agent defenseman Randy Jones. Jones also took part in a conference call with local reporters regarding his deal.
Randy Jones: “I just talked it over with my agent and kind of looked at the scenario that would have been best for me. With a two-year [deal] I think it worked out the best for myself and for the Flyers.”
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