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from the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that General Manager Dale Tallon has been given a 2-year contract extension. Tallon became the 8th General Manager in the team’s storied history back on June 21, 2005.
“I’m very excited that the Blackhawks have given me the opportunity to continue to work toward our goal of winning the Stanley Cup,” said Tallon. “We are continuing to put together the pieces of the puzzle that are going to make the Blackhawks a very competitive team. We are getting closer to where we want to be and when we get there we are going to stay there for a very long time.”
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
For some reason, such as arrogance, the Buffalo Sabres figured they could get away with trying to muscle co-captains Chris Drury and Daniel Briere when, in fact, General Manager Darcy Regier and owner Tom Golisano didn’t have an ounce of leverage. Apparently, they thought they were smarter than legions of people who have wailed all season to get something done. Boy, they really taught Drury and Briere a lesson, didn’t they?...
One more time: Drury and Briere would have stayed in Buffalo for less money than their market value had the Sabres shown genuine interest. The Sabres’ gross miscalculation concerning this situation will cost them plenty of fans, which translates to plenty of money. It’s bad business.
from the Edmonton Journal,
Oilers fans may well adopt a “show-me” attitude about the deal Lowe made. At least until the painful irony of watching Smyth sign with divisional rival Colorado for the same numbers—five years for $31.25 million US—that Pronger agreed to in Edmonton not so long ago, wears off.
Lowe said he called Smyth’s agent (Don Meehan) first thing Sunday morning to put in Edmonton’s bid. Lowe never received a call back.
Kevin Allen was on WDFN radio in Detroit this morning and few bits from Kevin.
-Shanahan signing with the Rangers will be very tight (cap wise).
-He feels Niedermayer will come back and play.
-Hudler RFA) may get more money playing in Europe than signing with the Wings.
Touring the hockey sites and forums this morning, I am seeing some “the cap isn’t working” remarks.
My advice, deal with it, the owners molded the latest CBA and there should be no complaining.
If you are not happy with it, look at team management, not the CBA!
from Terry Jones at the Edmonton Sun,
The fans aren’t going to like it. And the players don’t like it.
Both fans and players will have trouble dealing with the loss of Jason Smith before wrapping their minds around the rest of the deal the Edmonton Oilers did yesterday in lieu of failing to sign a free agent.
Trading your captain? Trading another heart-and-soul player, a war horse and popular player and teammate? For a young ‘maybe’ and an old ‘maybe not’?
Andreas Lilja must feel pretty good about himself today. Between Danny Markov’s inevitable departure and the fact that there’s no real serviceable “defensive defenceman” who fits the Wings’ M.O. not named Vitaly Vishnevski, and his superb playoff performance in the absence of his now-departed teammate Mathieu Schneider, the Red Wings’ lone “big man” on defence is much more likely to take a regular shift each and every night this fall. His struggle to accept playing on an occasional basis last season paid off.
By the time he skidaddled from his exit meetings, Jiri Hudler at least partially understood that the crazy man who made him pay his “playoff dues” wasn’t doing so personally, and that same crazy man who rides his performances actually wants Huds to become a full-time NHL’er, and a good one at that.
Chris Chelios still can’t stand the man at times, but the old warhorse has made his peace with the way things work in Detroit now, and he, too, knows that his playoff performance means more minutes during the regular season, and another year of mentoring Brett Lebda, Nik Kronwall, Derek Meech, and Kyle Quincey.
from Philly Burbs,
Completing a whirlwind of action in roster realignment yesterday, the Flyers managed to land free-agent center Daniel Briere, late of the Buffalo Sabres, with an eight-year, $52 million contract that will pay a whopping $10 million next season.
Just a few months removed from finishing dead last in the NHL for the first time in franchise history, the Flyers have now secured arguably the top defenseman — Kimmo Timonen (in a June 18 trade) — and the most heralded forward on the open market.
There wasn’t confetti and champagne at the Skate Zone last night but there were plenty of smiles.
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Few people expected the Penguins to give a $24 million contract to a defenseman on the first day of free agency.
They were wrong.
“Obviously for me, it’s unbelievable,” Whitney said. “For six years, it’s fair to them, too. With the other guys they’ll have to sign [in coming years], I don’t think I screwed them over.”
At the very least, Whitney left management enough money to sign free-agent goalie Dany Sabourin to a two-year deal worth $1.025 million.
more on the Pens…
from the Rocky Mountain News,
Acquiring Smyth, 31, is another huge catch for the Avalanche, which has the option of putting him on what could be a potent line with captain Joe Sakic and Andrew Brunette.
“We feel we’ve really upgraded the team,” Giguere said. “We finished the year with two (regulation) losses in the last 19 games, so we felt that when the season ended, we were one of the top teams. With these two guys, we feel we’re a team that’s going to compete for the Stanley Cup.”
All of a sudden, it seems just like old times for the Avalanche, which made a habit of bringing in marquee names through trades before the post-lockout collective bargaining agreement and salary-cap system came into play.
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