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From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News,
There must be a second part to this move.
The Chicago Blackhawks signed goaltender Cristobal Huet to a deal worth $5.625 million per season for four years, THN has learned.
Now, the Hawks still have No. 1 goalie Nikolai Khabibulin on the books for a very cap-unfriendly $6.75 million next year, so something’s gotta give here.
Not only do the Hawks now have quite a lot of cash tied up in goaltenders, but the funny thing about that position is you can only have one on the ice at any given time and most starting netminders tend to want to be out there as much as possible.
On TSN about 15 minutes ago, Darren Pang reported that in his conversation with GM Dale Tallon today, Tallon claimed they would be carrying both goalies into next season. To add intrigue, Bob McKenzie also mentions that Tampa goalie Mike Smith—who just signed an extension earlier today—might now be shopped.
From Erik Erlendsson at the Tampa Tribune,
The Lightning have now reached terms on a deal with former Pittsburgh forward Adam Hall on a three-year contract.
Update 12:41pm ET: TSN’s ticker notes the contract is “a 3 year deal worth $1.8-million.”
From Damian Cristodero at Lightning Strikes,
The Mats Sundin thing notwithstanding, the Lightning’s final move today likely will be signing goaltender Olaf Kolzig. It’s not done, but talks apparently are going well.
Update 2:27pm ET: From Erik Erlendsson at the Tampa Tribune,
Got word that the team is getting there on a deal with Kolzig and the team is still in the mix for Rolston.
Update 2:49pm ET: Fan590 is saying the Kolzig deal is done. And Lightning Strikes has an update on Mike Smith:
As if the Lightning wasn’t busy enough today, now it appears the team will announce a contract extension, believed to be for two years, for goaltender Mike Smith. The goalie has one year left on his contract that pays $950,000 next season.
Update 4:21pm ET: TSN tracker notes that Kolzig signed for $1.5 million
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 Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Why do you get the feeling, when watching the Tampa Bay Lightning operate these days, that it’s like seeing two kids running wild and free in a candy store?
Moreover, why do you also get the impression that those two kids, named Oren Koules and Len Barrie, aren’t doing a half-bad job, stockpiling players and generally creating a buzz for the team that they now own officially as of Monday, along with six other investors?
In case you missed it earlier today, Alanah had a similar look at the Tampa ownership group too…
from Lightning Strikes,
Before we even get into why the Lightning, as it stands at this moment, is in no position to give up one of the league’s best puck-moving defensemen, let’s start with this: Dan Boyle, recently married to a local woman and expecting a child in late November, has a no-trade clause that his agent said Monday Boyle likely is not inclined to waive.
“I haven’t pushed it with Dan other than when we signed,” agent George Bazos said of when Boyle signed his six-year, $40-million deal. “Dan wants to be in Tampa. Nothing has changed as far as that goes. My best guess is that Dan would not want to waive his no-trade clause right now.”
from Lightning Strikes,
The Lightning announced it traded for Flyers minor league defenseman Janne Niskala, and sent the Flyers a sixth-round 2009 draft pick.
Niskala, 26, was acquired by Philadelphia on June 25 from Nashville for forward Triston Grant and a seventh-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
from Lightning Strikes,
Perhaps it was just posturing. Perhaps he just didn’t want to give anything away. Or maybe Brian Rolston is so committed to exploring his worth on the open market, the Lightning is going to have to work like crazy to get him signed.
Whatever the motivations, Rolston’s agent Stephen Bartlett played it close to the vest Monday afternoon when asked how negotiations were going with Tampa Bay.
“We’ve had some discussions,” he said.
Ryan Malone and Gary Roberts are officially members of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and defenceman Dan Boyle might be the player in the team’s cross-hairs.
Malone has agreed to a seven year, $31.5 million contract, while Roberts agreed to terms on a one year contract that pays him a base salary of $1.25 million plus $10,000 for every game that he plays in the 2008-09 NHL regular season. So if Roberts were to play in all 82 games, he would earn $820,000 in bonuses, which could make his total income for the season $2.07 million.
continued… plus some speculation on Dan Boyle’s future
From the Minnesota Wild (press release):
Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough tonight announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired a conditional draft pick in either the 2009 or 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forward Brian Rolston.
Update 11:07pm ET: From Michael Russo at his Star Tribune blog,
The trade is done. It’s for a conditional draft pick with three different conditions apparently depending on whether Rolston signs with Tampa Bay or not. The conditions will be spelled out to me in a little bit.
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