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The Detroit Red Wings have taken 2006 Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom off the free agent market, signing him to a two-year contract. The deal will pay him $7.6 million in each season.
It appears Tie Domi's days as a Toronto Maple Leaf are over. Sources tell TSN the team has initiated the buyout process which starts with Domi being placed on waivers at Noon et on Friday. Assuming he isn't claimed by any other team on waivers, the Maple Leafs are then eligible to buy out Domi on the remaining year of his $1.25-million a year contract. And that is their intention.update 1:26pm, Belfour gone too! from TSN,
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Friday that the club has bought out the contract of forward Tie Domi and have elected not to exercise the option year on the contract of goaltender Ed Belfour.
Red Wings fans should remember Keith Gave. from AbeltoYzerman,
Yesterday I posted an article found in the Bay City Times (I also pointed to it on KK) that claimed the Red Wing organization is hoping Steve Yzerman will retire. But it was clear in a near hour-long conversation with Devellano that the club is hoping the captain will call it a career – for his own good. A huge statement. An epic statement, but one that is paraphrased and not attributed to Devellano. The writer is providing us his impressions of his interview rather than a quote from Jimmy D directly stating that the organization would prefer the Captain step down. Further down, the writer injects his own opinion. It’s best for the franchise that he calls it quits. There was no byline. No contact information. Only a reference within the body of the story to his significant time spent covering the Wings. Today I received confirmation from Bay City Times editor John Hines that the writer is, in fact, Keith Gave.continued
On the heals of signing goaltender Roberto Luongo to a four-year contract, the Canucks have locked up both Daniel and Henrik Sedin to three-year contract extensions, Swedish sources tell Sportsnet.added 12:49pm, Same link from Sportsnet, the deal is 3 years for $10.75 million for each brother.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The subject of trade rumours since the NHL draft last week in Vancouver, the posssibility of a Havlat-for-Toskala deal seems again be gaining steam. Earlier this week, the reluctance of the young Senators forward to sign a long-term deal seemed to be standing in the way of such a deal. However, sources tell the Sun this morning that talks are back on after things appeared to have fallen apart Thursday night. The sources indicate Havlat would still be part of any deal involving Toskala, but it's possible things have broadened out.
from the Buffalo News,
The Buffalo Sabres waited a long time for the NHL to get its financial house in order. And while they turned a profit in the first year of the new collective bargaining agreement, there's no guarantee they'll reside in the black as the CBA continues to mature and salaries escalate. Their small-market status mandates the Sabres tread cautiously. Paying Jay McKee in the vicinity of $3 million a season, a figure he might attain through free agency, would throw their payroll structure out of kilter. How can anyone rationalize paying McKee well in excess of the combined salaries of the team's top two defensemen, Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman? And if Regier were to cave, which he won't, he would be contributing to the indiscriminate salary escalation he lobbied against for years. McKee's a warrior who warrants a substantial increase from the Sabres, but it has to come within the small-market context.read on
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello was noncommittal Thursday when asked if he was optimistic that he could get Elias and/or Langenbrunner signed before the deadline. "We'll do whatever we can, but I can't answer those questions," Lamoriello said. Langenbrunner's agent, Steve Bartlett, believes there's still enough time left to reach a deal with the Devils, though. "It shouldn't take that long to get it done, if we can get it done," Bartlett said. When noon arrives Saturday, Elias and Langenbrunner will be free to follow in the steps of Scott Niedermayer, Bobby Holik and a host of other unrestricted free agents who left New Jersey when they got the chance.more
from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox,
Nice to see the cheerleaders are out for Gary Roberts and his return to Toronto. Is there a team in sport that loves to bring back players more than the Leafs? From Punch Imlach to Carl Brewer to Wendel Clark to Doug Gilmour to Drake Berehowsky, a former Leaf is always coming back. Of course, it never seems to dissuade the management team at the time that it never pays off. To bad they can't bring back the draft pick that New Jersey used to draft Scott Niedermayer. Or the one used to draft Roberto Luongo. All bringing back Roberts will do is take away ice time from young players like Alex Steen. Moreover, it erases the chance to develop a fresh, new dressing room atmosphere currently available with Pat Quinn gone and veterans like Ed Belfour and others on their way out.more hockey talks scattered through Damien's latest post...
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
"Hopefully, they will turn our attention to us now," said Chara's agent, Matt Keator, after learning of Redden's signing. "There's nothing to say we can't talk past July 1 because he'd still like to be with the Senators." The word is the Kings, Rangers, Maple Leafs, Canucks, Wild, Panthers and Bruins are ready to make a pitch for Chara. It's believed Muckler is prepared to offer Chara a similar deal to the one Redden received. That won't be good enough because Chara will likely command between $7 million and $8 million on the open market.
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