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from the New England Hockey Journal,
Here’s a look at what NHL scout David Kolb (Red Wings I believe) thinks of some of the free-agent signings from the first couple of days since the market opened: NICKLAS LIDSTROM- Detroit Big Nick deserves everything he gets. Lidstrom and Scott Niedermayer are the only two defensemen in the NHL worth this kind of loot. Each performs every facet of The Game at the highest level. WADE REDDEN- Ottawa With a few more years, he should evolve into a Norris-type player. His minutes will go up without Zdeno Chara around as a teammate. Ottawa should take a close look at handing the “C” over to Redden. ZDENO CHARA- Boston One thing the New York Rangers learned over the past decade is that you can’t buy a good team. Now the Bruins are trying to buy themselves a team, while attempting to have their fans forget about the Joe Thornton fiasco. Simply put, Chara was overpaid.read on
from the Philadelphia Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have re-signed 6’0”, 195-pound goaltender Antero Niittymaki to a new one-year contract, according to club General Manager Bob Clarke. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed. "Antero Niittymaki has proven that he is a terrific, young goaltender,” said Clarke in making the announcement. “Last year at the Olympics, he confirmed to everybody the high level of goaltending that he can play and we believe that he is going to play like that this upcoming season."continued
from the Minnesota Wild,
Now we can get down to business. The Minnesota Wild re-signed Marian Gaborik to a three-year deal, and fans throughout the state can breathe easy. Ending speculation and worry that an unsigned Gaborik could lead to contract squabbles and ill-tempers, the Wild locked up the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. Fans are now free to speculate on what the new-look Wild’s line combinations will be. "Getting this done was an important component of putting together a team that can compete for the long run in the Western Conference," said Assistant General Manager Tom Lynn. "Marian has fit with the players we have, and the new players we've brought in."continued
from the Boston Bruins,
On Wednesday morning, Bruins Interim General Manager Jeff Gorton introduced this summer's most recent addition to the B's roster in defenseman Zdeno Chara. "I was thrilled with the approach that the Boston Bruins took in trying to sign me," said Chara, the former Ottawa defenseman. "They were very straightforward and after speaking with a few former players, Coach Lewis, and Jeff (Gorton), my decision was very easy to make. I'm very excited to be a part of this organization." "I'm not afraid of a challenge and I want to put this team on the winning track," Chara said. "Once we can do that, I want to contend for the Cup and be champions. "We will not be satisfied until we reach that final goal and that's winning the Stanley Cup. You need to have ‘will over skill.' You have to want it and possess that drive."more
Just a week after signing new No. 1 netminder Roberto Luongo, the Vancouver Canucks have bid farewell to their former starter. CKNW radio in Vancouver reports that the Canucks and Los Angeles Kings have completed a deal that sends goaltender Dan Cloutier to L.A.update 4:!5pm, Canucks get a second-round draft pick plus a conditional draft pick. TSN link is now updated.
The Buffalo Sabres have announced that they have agreed to terms on a multi-year deal with unrestricted free agent defenceman Jaroslav Spacek. Spacek was a key member of Edmonton's run to the 2006 Stanley Cup Final, finishing second in scoring among NHL defenseman with 14 points in 24 games. He was eighth overall in power play scoring, 10th in blocked shots, and 10th in average ice time.
from the Dallas Morning News,
The Stars have signed restricted free agent forward Steve Ott to a two-year deal, the team is expected to announce today. Ott will get a raise from the $582,960 he made last season as he will make $775,000 in 2006-07 and $800,000 in 2007-08, according to the NHL Players Association. Ott, who will turn 24 in August, had five goals and 17 assists in 82 games last season. He is expected to take a bigger role in the future.
via Sportsnet Tracker, Eric Cole inks contract with Hurricane- 3 Years, $12 Million
Eric Lindros was just on Fan 590 and said he talked with JFJ last ngiht and waiting for a response from the Leafs. He is feeling good, but his wrist does need to gain some strength. He said it is getting there and it should be great. Mentioned he is looking forward to training camp. He mentioned he hasn't been through a lot of team scenarios, just taking it a step at a time. Eric said he would like to know from the Leafs soon, he wants to be upfront with other teams if needed. Sounds like Eric is waiting to hear from the Leafs, if that option is exhausted, then he will start talking with other teams in a serious manner.
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