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from the Tennessean,
“I was holding out hope until we talked to (Predators General Manager David Poile) four or five days before free agency,’’ Poile said. “He said there was nothing he could do. His hands were tied.
“With the ownership situation there and so much uncertainty to where the team is going to be and what was going to go on, we had to take a look and see what was out there.’‘
Kariya said he thought about signing a one-year contract with the Predators, secure in the knowledge the team would definitely be in Nashville this coming season. But the 32-year-old left wing wasn’t comfortable with the uncertainty that might follow.
Wings fans are always looking for players with “size”. We need to get bigger, tougher, stronger. Ever since Probert and Kocur departed, the Wings have always needed to “get bigger”!
Well, if your team needs to get bigger too, KK member Jdunc lists the UFA players that are “bigger”.
You can find them in this post at Abel to Yzerman (in the comments, 25 down).
Just remember, bigger doesn’t always equal grit or tough…
from the NY Daily News,
But on the day the Rangers presented their two newest stars to the media, it remained clear that summer jobs at least as important as the dual Sunday signings of Gomez and Drury remained on Sather’s list. Fortunately for the Rangers’ GM, franchise goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and heart-and-soul winger Brendan Shanahan were heartened by the big-money acquisitions that make their re-signings a bit more tricky.
“Certainly, I’ve had enough people talking to me over the last 24 hours trying to pry me away or ask me if I’m done there,” Shanahan said. “But my feeling is: ‘No, this is just what I wanted.’
thanks to Rangers Report for the pointer…
from the Thrashers Blog at the AJC,
Now back to Kozlov. Bertuzzi signing with Anaheim is an interesting development in that if the Wings got Bertuzzi done at a decent price, they probably wouldn’t have a need for Kozlov. Now suddenly the Red Wings might be back in the picture. Dallas also remains a team closely connected to the Kozlov negotiations. If the price is right, teams like Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Ottawa might be interested, but not for anything in the Kariya, Nylander price range.
Yesterday I pointed KK readers to Off Wing Opinion, who had discovered a story regarding the influence ESPN has on the NHL.
If you missed it or passed it over, you owe it to yourself to read it.
from The Situationist,
The reduced exposure on ESPN can only be harmful to the NHL. By minimizing coverage and highlights, the network is effectively reducing the imprint of the game on Americans’ collective sports consciousness. Worse still, several ESPN writers and commentators have gone out of their way to emphasize the demise of hockey. Le Ann Schreiber recently noted that during the NHL’s regular season, hockey was only mentioned on-air if there happened to be “some egregious brawl” or if it was being “dissed” for its invisibility and irrelevance.
from the Buffalo News,
“I’m feeling the same as you’re feeling if you’re a Buffalo Sabres fan,” Sabres winger Ales Kotalik said from the Czech Republic. “It’s frustrating for me. It’s tough watching other teams getting stronger and us getting weaker.
“We’ll have to find our way through it. There are a lot of guys on our team who can rise up and step in. I’m definitely ready to step into a bigger role.”
from the OC Register,
In addition to his relationship with Burke, the club’s talent base and the raucous Honda Center atmosphere during the playoffs contributed to Bertuzzi wanting to join the Ducks.
“Obviously, it’s pretty special when you can get the defending Stanley Cup champions to find room to fit you in,” Bertuzzi said. “I’m thrilled at the opportunity. Being there in the playoffs and seeing first-hand what an unbelievable rink it is, I think it’s going to be an unbelievable place to play.
“I’m just going to come in to fit into their program, because it’s been successful. I just want to get my game back to where it can and should be.”
from Inside the Kings,
That’s all tonight, folks. I guess there might be rumblings of talks with Stuart, but even if they’re serious I don’t think it will pick up again until the morning.
Here’s the transcript of Lombardi’s conference call…
(Can you take us through the last couple days, getting things done today after yesterday’s frustration?)
“I’m pretty happy with the guys we were able to sign and the prices we were able to get. It kind of all fit with where we’re trying to go.
from the Detroit Free Press,
The Wings had offered Bertuzzi, acquired at the trade deadline in February to boost their playoff hopes, a one-year deal in the low $3-million range and worth nearly $4 million with bonuses.
“I would have loved to have Bert stay here,” general manger Ken Holland said, “but it’s the cap world. We weren’t prepared to offer a two-year deal.”
Holland said the team has to keep an eye on retaining its own elite players. That list starts with re-signing five-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom, who has one year left on his deal.
Henrik Zetterberg’s contract is up at the end of the 2008-09 season, but the Wings can start negotiating with him next summer. He’ll most assuredly cost at least the annual $6.7 million Pavel Datsyuk is making.
On top of that, Dan Cleary and Kris Draper will be eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer, and Valtteri Filppula will be restricted in a year.
more on the Wings including Hasek deal close…
from the Mercury News,
After securing the biggest piece of their future Sunday, the Sharks could have a follow-up soon.
“They’ve made me a great offer,” free-agent TV analyst Drew Remenda said Monday. “I want to give them a definitive answer by the end of this week.”
Remenda left his highly visible spot with the Sharks last year to be with his family, working on Canadian network TV and on local radio in Saskatchewan. Family concerns remain an issue - Drew and wife Michelle have a daughter in high school and twin sons in grade school. He said the deal wasn’t quite to the all-but-done stage.
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