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From Michael Russo at Russo’s Rants,
WILD HAS SIGNED ANDREW BRUNETTE TO A MULTI-YEAR DEAL AND HAS ACQUIRED DEFENSEMAN MAREK ZIDLICKY, A QUALITY OFFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN, FOR RYAN JONES AND A 2009 SECOND-ROUND PICK
Note: Sorry about the all-caps. Russo is shouting.
Update 1:33pm ET: Zidlicky also confirmed on TSN:
Nashville trades defenceman Marek Zidlicky to Minnesota for prospect Ryan Jones from Miami of Ohio and a second round pick. Details to follow.
Update 1:42pm ET: Link at TSN now available. TSN also confirming Brunette deal via SMS updates.(2:07pm ET)
Update 2:54pm ET: Russo updates his post to say Brunette has been signed to a “three-year $7million deal.”
From Michael Russo at Russo’s Rants in the Star-Tribune, a rather vague report:
A player just told me Atlanta offered Brian Campbell a contract worth $60 million. Not sure of years, but I think seven.
Make of that what you will.
Update 2:10pm ET: Bruce Garrioch throws the Blackhawks into the mix:
Campbell to Chicago?
That’s the talk. The hawks are being aggressive and are moving towards a deal.
via Sportsnet’s Tracker, Radim Vrbata to the Tampa Bay Lightning
Update 1:05pm ET: Sportsnet:
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent forward Radim Vrbata to a three-year, $9 million contract, Sportsnet has learned.
From the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Anton Babchuk on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Babchuk $1 million in 2008-09.
Update 1:26pm ET: From Lord Stanley’s Blog,
Ryan Bayda, Wade Brookbank and Tim Conboy have all re-signed, Bayda and Brookbank for one year each and Conboy for two.
Bayda and Brookbank will each make $475,000 next season. Conboy has a two-way deal next season ($475,000 and $100,000 in the AHL) and a one-way deal in 2009-10 at $500,000.
The Anaheim Ducks have agreed to terms on restricted free agent forward Corey Perry.
It is five-year deal worth $26.625 million and an average of $5.325 a year. The breakdown by year is as follows: $4.5 million, $6.5 million, $5.375 million, $5.375 million and $4.875 million.
The Edmonton Oilers have traded defenceman Joni Pitkanen, a restricted free agent, to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Erik Cole. Details to follow.
Update 12:33pm ET: This TSN link provides more info
From AM 640 radio:
Curtis Joseph will be returning to the Maple Leafs.
AM 640 Toronto Hockey Expert Bill Watters says he’s hearing that Cujo will return as a back-up goaltender, and will be signing a one-year contract worth about $700,000.
*hat-tip to John for the link!
Update 1:09pm ET: Sportsnet agrees with the earlier reports:
Toronto Maple Leaf fans can expect at least one familiar face next season. Sources are telling Sportsnet that goaltender Curtis Joseph has agreed to a one-year deal with his former club.
Update 3:31pm ET: Joseph signing confirmed.
Sources tell TSN the Detroit Red Wings and veteran defenceman Brad Stuart have agreed to terms on a 4 year contract that averages $3.75 million per year. Details to follow.
From Dave Molinari at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The Penguins made their first free-agent signing this morning, agreeing to a three-year deal with forward Pascal Dupuis.
They also have agreed to the structure of a contract extension for center Evgeni Malkin, although the deal has not been finalized. Malkin’s contract will be patterned after that of Sidney Crosby, which means it will run five years and include an annual salary-cap hit of $8.7 million.
Sources tell TSN the Edmonton Oilers have traded forward Raffi Torres to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Gilbert Brule. Details to follow..
Update 11:36am ET: TSN,
The Edmonton Oilers have created some financial flexibility by dealing hard-hitting left winger Raffi Torres to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for 21-year-old centre Gilbert Brule.
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