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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..
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Cliff Fletcher is now in the market for a backup goalie who won’t break the bank….
Wade Dubielewicz just left the New York Islanders, but is headed for Russia. Another journeyman, 6-foot-6 Etobicoke native Steve Valiquette, is expected to depart the Rangers after his most active year in the NHL (13 games behind Henrik Lundqvist), but could be joining the Vancouver Canucks. Curtis Joseph’s name has been mentioned, but agent Don Meehan so far is playing down the chances of him coming back.
After a long talk with Andrew Raycroft’s agent Jordan Neumann, Fletcher is deferring his call on the ex-backup’s fate until Monday. He’s considering putting Raycroft on waivers again to facilitate a buyout or gauge interest in him around the league.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,
Dead Money Walking. Welcome to the world of paying players NOT to play in the NHL. And the lingering effects of their buyouts against the salary caps for teams such as the Flames.
To find a willing buyer for the contracts of Rhett Warrener, Marcus Nilson and Anders Eriksson, the Flames put them on waivers Thursday, the first step to buying out one, two or all three of them on their contracts. Rather than subject you to NHL algebra, here’s the skinny on buyouts: the Flames will assume approximately $3.3 million in dead salary-cap space if all three are bought out—or about $1.65 million per year for the next two years
from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,
Katz said he wants to do something special with the Oilers. Boiled down, he said, his mission is for the Oilers to be an “elite team at the heart of the city.”
“I think the city deserves it, and now is the right time. And I think the Oilers franchise deserves it. This is one of the most storied franchises in the league. This team deserves to be an elite team.”
Dressed in jeans and a track-suit top, Katz took time out from his deal-making to sit down for an interview in his riverbank mansion overlooking Hawrelak Park.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
A rise in the NHL salary cap doesn’t mean the Canucks will publicly commit to spending to the new $56.7 million US ceiling.
General manager Mike Gillis, who now has $21.6 million in cap space heading into the free-agency and contract season, said there are too many variables to accurately predict how much the club will spend….
“I don’t want to be held to that standard and it’s our intention to get the best players,” he said. “It [stating a payroll total] is not a policy matter and that’s why I’m reluctant. It’s dependent on things that happen and at this point I don’t know how things will unfold.”
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.”
from On the Islanders Beat,
The handwriting has been on the wall for the past couple seasons regarding the demise of Shawn Bates’ Islanders career. The Islanders are expected to make it official Friday morning when they announce their decision to buy out the remaining year of his contract.
Bates was scheduled to make $1.2 million, but under NHL buyout provisions, he will receiver two-thirds of that amount in equal installments of $400,000 spread over the next two seasons.
from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,
Keep in mind a couple things: 1, I don’t know what the Avs’ exact offer was/is to Theodore before talks broke off and 2, it’s pro sports, where everybody wants the most money they can get while they can get it - and I’m sure I’d be the same way if I was a pro athlete.
But, let’s face it: If the Avs made anywhere near a fair, market-value offer to retain his services, but Theodore turned it down thinking he could get a little more from someone else, then my attitude if I was Francois Giguere would be: don’t let the door hit your padded backside on the way out, Jose.
You have to wonder if there is a market for Theodore right now.
from Scott Morrison at Sun Media,
There has been speculation the Oilers might make a big pitch for unrestricted free agent Marian Hossa. The question is, would he want to go west and endure the travel, or stay east where life is more comfortable? ... Now that Ray Emery has been bought out, a team will take a chance on the former Senators goaltender. Every team thinks it can turn the talented but enigmatic Emery’s career around. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he ended up in Detroit.
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