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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
It used to be everybody wanted to come to Denver to play for the Avalanche. Not so, anymore, as a last-place finish and a much tighter payroll have taken some of the luster off Colorado as an NHL destination.
To Craig Anderson, however, the Avalanche might as well still be considered Shangri-La.
Spurning offers from several other teams, Anderson signed a two-year, $3.6 million free-agent contract with the Avs on Wednesday and is expected to be the team’s No. 1 goalie this coming season.
“It’s a dream come true,” Anderson said. “It was the place I wanted to be, a city I’ve always loved. I think it’s a great opportunity for me, and I want to be part of the solution bringing the team back.”
from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
OK, here are all the quotes from tonight’s interview with Dean Lombardi. I typed fast, so excuse any typos.
Can you go through the day, and talk about anything you might have been close to getting done?
LOMBARDI: ``Obviously we went into this for wingers. Like I’ve said, it’s one of the positives of being in our situation now, as opposed to three years ago, when we were looking for everything and signing seven guys. The No. 1 guy we targeted was Hossa. I got permission to talk to Hossa at the draft. There were three teams, us and two others. Detroit gave me permission, and we started the dialogue at that time. Detroit, if he got signed, they would get compensation.
read on for more on the Kings…
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Disptach,
After an early-evening meeting with his agent, Joe Resnick, Nash told The Dispatch last night that the initial offer from Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson yesterday fell short of what he had in mind.
“Things didn’t line up the way I anticipated them lining up,” Nash said. “I thought we had a solid chance of getting (a contract) done, especially with all the interest they said they had going into this.
“If this doesn’t happen in the next week, and we can’t hit a number where we’re both satisfied and we both feel it’s fair … if they want me that bad, they’ll get it done.”
Neither Howson nor Nash would reveal specifics in the contract, but sources indicated to The Dispatch that the offer had a five-year term.
I am a bit surprised Nash would say anything after the first day of negotiations.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Last night’s conference call in which the Rangers announced the signing of marquee free agent Marian Gaborik was interrupted after just about 30 seconds.
Let’s hope this was not a harbinger of things to come.
If he’s healthy, Gaborik is a great player; an electric offensive machine as capable of carrying his team as he is at carrying the puck and creating scoring chances for himself. He’s a pure finisher; a dynamic skater with remarkable offensive instincts and skills; and a creative soloist.
He is the go-to force the Rangers haven’t had since Jaromir Jagr in the first year after the lockout.
He is all that. He is all that if he’s healthy and can stay healthy.
With just mere minutes remaining before the Ottawa Senators are on the hook for a $4 million signing bonus, it looks as though Dany Heatley is no more inclined to waive his no-movement clause to facilitate a trade to the Edmonton Oilers than he was 24 hours ago.
Sources close to Heatley say he doesn’t intend to make a decision by 11:59 p.m. eastern tonight and that he’s not comfortable making a decision on the Senators’ timetable.
But until the ‘‘deadline’’ actually passes, nothing is carved in stone just yet.
Source: Meeting went OK with the Oilers. It’s more about Heatley trying put the screws to Ottawa.
Update 12:50am ET: From Darren Dreger at TSN, a summary of today’s events.
Part of the problem can be traced back to the NHL entry draft last weekend in Montreal. Heatley was led to believe both the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers were both strong trading partners. Some suggested, the Los Angeles Kings showed interest as well.
Heatley was preparing for the trade.
read on for the full story
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
I have been told by impeccable sources that Havlat has cut his list to one team — and that’s Minnesota.
According to sources, the Wild also continues to be in negotiations with free-agent center Saku Koivu, although it’s unclear how close that is. Because of the time in Finland, it could go into tomorrow.
added 10:25pm, via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,
Havlat has a verbal agreement with the Wild.
added 10:26pm, TSN link...paper work not completed, but deal in place….
added:11:07pm, Sportsnet Tracker has Havlat signed 6yrs., $30M.
added 11:16pm, from Matin Havlat’s Twitter,
Excited to be in Minny where I was welcomed and appreciated by management. The real story about what happened in Chicago to come out.
Ken Holland spotted driving into every gas station he sees on the way home. Waiting for phone to ring but it hasn’t yet.
Wings fans may remember the phone story from last year’s UFA period.
via Chip Alexander of Canes Now at the News & Observer,
Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said Wednesday night that it now appears unlikely free agent forward Chad LaRose would be signed to a new contract.
“It’s not going to happen,” Rutherford said Wednesday night. “I informed (Morris) that we had another deal we were working on, that I was giving him a courtesy call. He said he would run everything by Chad and call back in an hour. I waited but they never called back.
“Obviously they have a deal somewhere else. So we’re working on signing another free agent. It’s time to move on.”
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
via the TSN tracker, John Madden has signed a 1 year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks worth $2.75 million.
Update 9:13pm ET: TSN story link.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
The Edmonton Oilers are working overtime to sell Dany Heatley on the trade.
Sources say members of the Oilers management team have arranged a face-to-face meeting with Heatley in hopes of convincing the star forward to waive his no-move clause
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