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From Adrian Dater at the Denver Post,
Foppa had surgery Thursday and plans to test out his right ankle on skates either later this week or early next. If he feels terrible, retirement is a definite option. If he feels great, he’ll play again. The question remains: will he take probably a bit less money to play here than he could probably get on the open market, and do the Avs even want him back?
Both are uncertain right now, but I do believe Foppa would take a good discount to play on this team again, especially with yesterday’s signings.
from the Buffalo News,
The Buffalo Sabres this afternoon said they were willing to match the offer Chris Drury received from the New York Rangers on Sunday, but the popular co-captain didn’t give them the chance.
“The decision was to go to the New York Rangers,” Regier said. “It was a personal choice, and I respect that choice.
“He called me after and expressed his desire to go there. He was grateful for everything that he achieved here, individually and collectively, but that’s what unrestricted free agency is. It’s an opportunity to choose where you want to go.”
According to the Team 1260 in Edmonton, the Oilers have signed veteran centre Michael Nylander.
The report did not include any contractual details.
Update 3:14pm ET:
Japer’s Rink has stated that 630 CHED radio in Edmonton “is now reporting that Nylander has agreed to 4 years with Edmonton. Salary was not disclosed.”
Nothing from the Oilers, just this earlier comment from Allan Watt, the Oilers VP of Communications, who is quoted as saying “The deal is done when [GM] Kevin Lowe tells me it’s done.”
Update: 4:54pm ET:
Capitals have signed Nylander. More here.
Note: Post originally published at 1:39am ET, July 2.
from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,
I know yesterday was a frustrating day for Kings fans, but I wanted to again say thanks for the tremendous support. Yesterday, this page got HUGE traffic, so much that the managing editor of the paper e-mailed me to say so. That’s staggering to me, and again I thank you for the continued interest and support.
Now go read what Eric at Off Wing found…
Here’s an idea—why not treat ESPN personalities like Mike Greenburg who run down the sport the same way we ought to treat anybody who has too much power?
Fight the power. Question authority. Think for yourself. Watch hockey.
From Greg Logan’s Islander’s Beat,
Shortly after Ryan Smyth’s decision to sign with Colorado became official around 11 p.m. Sunday night, my phone rang. It was a player who had been an Islander for six years, not six minutes. It was Jason Blake.
How was he feeling after signing a five-year deal worth $20 million with Toronto? Silly question.
“Awesome,” Blake said with a little laugh.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Tom Preissing is going to La La Land.
The Senators defenceman has agreed to a four-year, $11-million deal with the Los Angeles Kings which will pay him $2.75 million per season.
Preissing made $600,000 last season.
The deal still has to be finalized before it’s official.
Updated at 2:20pm ET
One line from the story was accidentally omitted. Now fixed.
update 4:09pm, CP has confirmed,
Preissing will earn $2.75 million a season, a huge over the $600,000 he made last season in Ottawa.
from Scott Morrison of the CBC,
The likes of New York, Colorado, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia all had their cheque books out on the first day of free-agent shopping. And almost all got goofy with not only the dollars, but the terms in the contracts. Five, six, seven, even an eight-year deal, the values from $6 million to seven and change on average. And two players will earn $10 million next season.
All of which has prompted more than observer of the game to ask aloud: And what exactly was the lockout suppose to accomplish?
Well, the spending is linked to revenues, so there is overall control. That’s what the NHL wanted.
more and who won and lost on day 1 of the UFA signings…
Roman at eNHL.cz (not translated) has a quote from Jagr regarding the loss of Nylander…
Jagr: “I am little disappointed the Rangers were not able to keep Nylander on the team. It was really good for me to play with him.
We played together for 2 years with the Rangers and 1 year in Washington. We worked well together and knew what to expect from one another.”
For the next week, NHL players Steve Montador and Andrew Ference will be in Tanzania, Africa, as athlete-ambassadors for the humanitarian organization Right To Play.
While in Tanzania, Montador and Ference will be able to read your support of their charitable efforts here:
In addition, Ference will be writing a journal and posting pictures when he returns home on July 8, and will be able to respond to any questions or comments you post.
from the Patriot Ledger,
There’s that knee injury that pretty much put Fernadez out of action after January. Even though he was scheduled this week to be medically cleared by Wild doctors to resume play, there’s something a little unsettling about hearing a player say he sprained a knee ligament, and then ‘‘tore it three more times.’’
There’s that $4.33 million salary cap figure this year and next, which may knock Boston out of the running for any current free agents of significance.
There’s the thought that Fernandez, 32, has been so insulated by Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire’s defense-themed system, he may not be as good as his statistics.
Risk, of course, is part of every trade, but there’s so much logic built into this deal that general manager Peter Chiarelli couldn’t pass it up.
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