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Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the resigning of centres Craig Conroy and Daymond Langkow, left wing Eric Nystrom and goaltender Curtis McElhinney.
“Conroy and Langkow are two of our top centermen who are strong role models for our team both on and off the ice” said Sutter. “Especially with more young wingers in our line-up next season, their experience and leadership will be important. We are happy to be able to make it work by fitting them into our salary structure.”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Here’s a look at the top defensemen who could be available July 1:
All indications were that the smooth-skating defenseman acquired by the Sharks at the trade deadline from the Sabres would remain with childhood friend Joe Thornton in San Jose. But Campbell recently told GM Doug Wilson he wanted to return to the Eastern Conference for family reasons….
The New York Rangers will be back in the hunt and Atlanta, which has never had a top-notch puck mover and power-play quarterback, will likely take a run. If the Leafs can unload Bryan McCabe and his contract, Toronto might be a nice fit for Campbell, whose family is near London, Ontario.
from the Dallas Stars,
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed left wing Loui Eriksson to a two-year contract worth $3.2 million ($1.5 million in 2008-09 and $1.7 million in 2009-10).
“We are very pleased to sign Loui Eriksson to this new contract,” said Stars Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “Loui really started to show some flashes of his potential last season and he seems to be growing into the player we think he can be. We expect Loui’s development and production to continue next season and beyond.”
Fan 590 in Toronto just stated Nick Kypreos is reporting the Ducks will be buying out Todd Bertuzzi.
added 12:24pm, from TSN,
The Anaheim Ducks are parting ways with Todd Bertuzzi, as the club has placed the veteran winger on waivers with the intention to buyout the remaining season of his contract with the organization.
added 3:57pm, The Anaheim Ducks have placed Todd Bertuzzi on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out his contract. If Bertuzzi is not claimed, he will clear waivers tomorrow morning (June 28) at 9 a.m. Pacific Time.
“Todd Bertuzzi is a quality person who we believe can still play at the NHL level,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke. “Unfortunately, we are handcuffed by our salary cap situation. We thank him for his efforts last year and wish him the best of luck in the future.”
from Ryan Dixon of the Hockey News,
If free agents pitched their services on late-night infomercials, Brian Rolston would be positioned as the amazing all-in-one player who can take care of every household need before folding up compactly to be stored out of sight.
No fuss, no mess – just results.
Need a little defensive help? Put Rolston on the penalty kill and just look at that shine! So it’s offense you’re after? Good news; Rolston comes with a 30-goal guarantee!
What player or players are you hoping your team will sign once the UFA signing period starts on July 1st at noon ET?
Do you expect any trades to be made by your team or will they stand pat?
Let your opinion be known by commenting in this post!
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We are now on high alert mode and will be providing updates when any hockey news breaks. Stay tuned, it appears with the rise of the cap, players are waiting to see what their value is on the open market.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Barring a trade of someone bigger than Brian McGrattan, Bryan Murray figures he’ll have about $5 million (all terms US) to wave at an unrestricted free agent next week.
That would likely take him out of the Brian Campbell sweepstakes—unless the former 67’s star is willing to accept less salary to play in the nation’s capital next year….
The Senators’ primary need is for a puck-moving, offensive defenceman, and if Campbell is out of their range, Murray is expected to concentrate his efforts on Michal Rozival. The 29-year-old Czech has posted back-to-back seasons in the 40-point range for the Rangers. He made $2.3 million last year.
more on the Senators…
from the Regina Leader-Post,
Mick McGeough is hanging up his striped shirt, but he’s keeping his skates on ice.
The veteran referee, who’s retiring after 20 NHL seasons, has accepted a newly created mentoring position with the league’s officials association. As a result, McGeough will be back in the fold—and back on the ice—in September when NHL referees and linesmen convene for their annual training camp.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
With just four days remaining before the free-agent market opens, the Flyers are inching toward multi-year contract agreements with potential restricted free agents Jeff Carter, Randy Jones and Riley Cote that will determine how much they can spend on free agents….
The Flyers still must make a decision on 36-year-old defenseman Derian Hatcher, who has one year remaining on a contract that pays him $3.5 million.
Hatcher has expressed a desire to play at least one more season and unless he retires or accepts a buyout, the only way the Flyers can remove him from their cap number is to place him on the long-term injury list.
from Dan Wood of the OC Register,
Given that the club remains intent on re-signing restricted free-agent right wing Corey Perry, who likely will command in the neighborhood of $5 million annually, and still hopes to lure unrestricted free-agent right wing Teemu Selanne back for another season, subtractions from the roster appear inevitable.
“Yes, at some point,” General Manager Brian Burke said….
The obvious candidate to be moved in light of Niedermayer’s return is veteran defenseman Mathieu Schneider. The Ducks signed Schneider as a free agent last summer, ostensibly to replace Niedermayer, who was leaning toward retirement after having won the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player during the club’s 2007 Stanley Cup championship run..
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