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via Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Barring something unexpected - always a high possibility in this crazy business - I believe you’ll be hearing about Ryan Smyth becoming a member of the Avalanche soon. A grade A source tells me a deal is close to being done. Stay tuned. And don’t kill the messenger if the deal falls through!
Update 6:23pm ET (by Alanah)
The link above stopped working for some reason. The original story appears to be missing, but Dater references it online here as well:
Still waiting on a Smyth deal. These things can be complicated. These are the top two lines I see for this season, if Smyth brings his mullet to Denver:
Update 7:12pm ET (Alanah)
Dater is now acknowledging that he did remove his original post deliberately.
Let’s just all sit and wait for the proper authorities to alert us of any big Avalanche deals today, OK? I took a previous blog about a Ryan Smyth deal down not long ago, because I forgot about a parliamentary procedure to post a “news” story like that. That was the reason, not anything else.
There are a lot of other teams that are after the same guys the Avs are after, and it’s no guarantee ANY of them will be coming to our Dusty Old Cowtown yet. So, again, breathe in, breathe out. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Hmmm… this is probably not going to go over well with Avs fans, I’m guessing.
From On Frozen Pond,
At least Radek Dvorak won’t have to go far for the Panthers’ 1996 reunion.
Sunday, the Panthers signed the former Panther to a two-year deal. Terms coming as soon as Dvorak’s agent tells TSN what they were.
Dvorak, 30, played with the Panthers from 1995-99.
*found with thanks to Spector
The Boston Bruins signed free agent right wing Shawn Thornton to a multi-year contract on Sunday.
via the Anaheim Ducks,
“Scott Niedermayer has informed me that he is leaning toward retirement,” said Burke. “Typical of his character and leadership, he made the call this morning in order to allow us to make alternative plans in the event he does not return. Although he has not retired and would be welcomed back, we felt adding another top NHL defenseman was critical to defending our championship. Mathieu Schneider fits into that category and will be a great addition to our team.”
Thanks to HockeyFights.com for the tip…
Yanic Perreault has agreed to terms with the Chicago Blackhawks on a one-year, $1.5 million contract.
Rafalski comes home, now a Wing, per TSN but their site is down…
Update 4:06pm ET:
Free agent defenceman Brian Rafalski has agreed to a five-year, $30 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings.
Rafalski is regarded as one of the top defenceman on this year’s free agent market.
via TSN, T
he Calgary Flames have dipped into the free agent market, signing defenceman Cory Sarich to a five-year, $18 million deal worth an average of $3.6 million per season.
Sportsnet.ca has learned that the Philadelphia Flyers have signed Daniel Briere.
more from TSN...
Sources tell TSN that Daniel Briere is in the process of finalizing an eight-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers between $6 million and $7 million per year.
Updated from TSN, 3:52pm ET: Contract is for 8 years, $52 million
Updated 5:56pm ET:
From Lets Go Sabres,
“They’re an organization that’s willing to do whatever it needs to win every year,” Briere told TSN of Canada. “There were teams that were offering more than Philadelphia did per year.
“I wanted to be with a team that was committed to winning and going in the right direction.”
WFAN in New York reporting Scott Gomez to Rangers.
Thanks to a trusted KK member for the tip.
added 4:12pm, Follow along here at Rangers Report...
So we go around in a circle. That is why it is listed as a report. Will it happen who knows, but it was on WFAN.
added 4:25pm, Now WFAN stating they never reported a signing. The source who passed this on is good as gold. As regular KK readers know, I don’t toss junk out. I still back the source, and you would to.
update 7:00pm, E.J. Hradek reporting via ESPN News Gomez is a Ranger.
Update 7:55pm ET
Story has now opened up to include both Gomez AND Chris Drury signed by Rangers today. More here.
from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Yahoo,
The surprising move by Ducks GM Brian Burke comes with superstar defenceman Scott Niedermayer still debating whether or not to call it quits at 33.
“Scott hasn’t made a decision yet,” Niedermayer’s agent Kevin Epp said Sunday.
If Niedermayer does come back, it gives the Ducks a top-four blue-line also featuring Chris Pronger and Francois Beauchemin with the four defencemen earning of total $21.15 million next season.
much more on the signings today…
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