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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
**From what I’ve been told, Brendan Shanahan’s agent Rick Curran received phone calls from several teams expressing interest in signing in the UFA left wing today. None of them were from the Devils.
**The Rangers are still in the bidding for Marian Hossa and Mats Sundin, but don’t have the room to sign both. Edmonton is said to have the best offer on the table for Hossa. Word is it’s for more than $9 million per season.
**If the Rangers land Hossa or Sundin, Jaromir Jagr’s days as a Ranger are likely over. There is a possibility that Jagr could go back to Pittsburgh, but it appears the market for Jagr is waiting on Hossa’s decision.
**Bobby Holik on whether the Devils’ fans will welcome him back after boing him since he left New Jersey to sign a five-year, $45 million deal with the Rangers in 2002: “I’ll tell you what, fans in New Jersey are somewhat spoiled and I don’t mean it in a bad way. They want their team to be successful. There’s nothing more important to them and because it’s been a great 12-13 years prior to last year. But if I give my best as I always had and make the team better, I think that’s all they (want). Yeah, there are going to be people who have opinions. I have opinions, too. So, we all do. And we’re all entitled to them. But the bottom line is I’m on that team to make the team better and I believe I can with whatever role they designate for me.”
more, Devils related…
via Sportsnet, Bobby Holik signs with the New Jersey Devils for 1 year, $2.5 million.
Update 7:12pm ET: From Tom Gulliti at Fire & Ice,
“Familarity and wanting to play for a team that can be at the top of their conference, wanting to play winning hockey at the end of my career,” Holik said in listing the reasons for returning to the Devils. “At this point in my career, I wasn’t going to start new somewhere else and when Lou (Lamoriello) called, it was like, ‘Why not?’ because I’m ready for it.”
The New Jersey Devils are on the verge of signing free agent forward Brian Rolston to a four-year, $20 million contract.
Update 6:13pm ET: Tom Gulliti at Fire & Ice,
A league source told The Record that Brian Rolston has decided to return to New Jersey and sign with the Devils. The contract is believed to be four years at $5 million per season. More details to come.
At Fire & Ice, Tom Gulitti reports:
It appears they have re-signed Jay Pandolfo and Sergei Brylin as well [as Bryce Salvador, reported earlier], but i’m still waiting for comfirmation on that. The Devils have called an 11:15 a.m. conference call with Lou Lamoriello to “discuss the team’s players.” I’ll give updates and more detail when I acquire them.
update 11:28am, Now updated with this,
The Devils have re-signed left wing Jay Pandolfo and defenseman Bryce Salvador, the team announced this morning.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello also announced that they have passed on the option on Sergei Brylin’s contract for $1.52 million. Lamoriello did not rule out signing Brylin at a later date, but said he will become an unrestricted free agent at noon. Arron Asham will also become an UFA.
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The New Jersey Devils and defenceman Bryce Salvador have agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth an average of $2.9 million per season.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
It is believed that Sundin will ultimately choose between the Red Wings and Rangers, though he is not expected to make a commitment today….
Would Jagr be more amenable to returning on a one-year contract if Sundin stands to be his pivot? Would the Rangers be a more desirable destination for Sundin if he knows he will play with No. 68? Are they interlocking parts? If so, can Sather pull it off?
Sean Avery, given permission to speak with other teams late last week, is believed to have offers in his asking-price neighborhood of four years, $16M from at least the Maple Leafs, Blackhawks and Canucks, with other suitors expected to emerge.
also from Brooks regarding Brendan Shanahan,
The Post has been told to expect the 39-year-old winger to go home again - home to New Jersey to complete the circle of his first-ballot worthy Hall of Fame career that commenced with the Devils New Jersey Devils in 1987-88.
more at the NY Post…
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said tonight that decisions on Sergei Brylin, Jay Pandolfo and Bryce Salvador will have to “wait until tomorrow.”...
Sosa said Salvador is prepared to start fielding offers from other teams if he isn’t signed before noon. I’d imagine Pandolfo is ready to do the same. If he or his agent had returned any of the many messages I’ve left for them in the last week, I’d let you know what he’s thinking.
I have heard that Scott Gomez and Chris Drury (Pandolfo’s former Boston University teammate) have given glowing recommendations to Rangers’ management about Pandolfo.
a little more...
from Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record,
There are some indications, however, that Lamoriello will try to make a big splash after the free agent market opens at noon on Tuesday in an attempt to propel his team back into the Eastern Conference’s elite.
The big fish would be right wing Marian Hossa….
Although pursuing such big-name players would seem to be out of character for Lamoriello, he suggests otherwise.
“All of that goes on behind the scenes and we don’t talk about it,” he said. “If we can do something that makes our team better, we’ll do that. You try to do that during the regular season, but you can’t always do it.”
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
What matters to us is just how big a splash our locals will make. Or, to put it another way: will Glen Sather match his 2007 spree that landed Scott Gomez and Chris Drury in an astonishing one-day Double Dip?
D-Day is Tuesday and between now and then you’ll hear rumors galore of which about one-tenth of one percent will be on target.
No question, Sather, Lou Lamoriello and Garth Snow are entranced by Brian Campbell, but his asking price is likely too ridiculous for any of the trio.
One fascinating subject has to be lifetime Devil, Jay Pandolfo. Lou apparently is trying to lure JP back to Newark but one of Jay’s best buddies happens to be Scott Gomez
from Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice,
Bryce Salvador is looking for stability. That’s why the 32-year-old defenseman lists contract length and a no-movement clause as his top two priorities in negotiating his next deal.
Salvador will become an unrestricted free agent at noon on Tuesday if the Devils don’t sign him to a new deal before then.
“Definitely, the most important thing is term and then the no-movement (clause),” Salvador said today. “I’m looking for that stability, especially after going through being traded this past season. We have a young son and maybe looking to have another child down the road and that stability is a big thing. After the term and the no-movement clause, then comes the dollars.”
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