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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Post has learned that Sather made an effort to keep Nylander from becoming a free agent yesterday morning, but that No. 92 was determined to test the market. When Nylander, who will turn 35 in October, received offers of four years at more than $20M, Sather declined to match.
From the moment the season ended in Eastern elimination by the Sabres, the Rangers had targeted Gomez and Drury - 2004 USA World Cup and 2006 USA Olympic teammates - as 1 and 1A to fill the second-line center hole.
more on the Rangers big day…
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenceman Darryl Sydor to a two-year deal worth $5 million.
Update 1:34am ET:
Story originally just mentioned the Sydor signing, but TSN’s site has updated to include another name:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed winger Petr Sykora and defenceman Darryl Sydor to two-year deals.
From St.Louis Blues.com,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has signed left wing Paul Kariya.
“We are excited to announce we have signed a world class hockey player as well as a first class person,” said Davidson. “Paul gives us instant scoring up front as well as bringing an entertaining brand of hockey to the St. Louis Blues.”
Update 11:55pm ET:
TSN reports it’s a 3-year deal. More details to come soon.
Update 1:09am ET:
Pointed out by a KK reader (thanks!) the previous TSN link has been updated to note Kariya’s new salary: 3 years for $18 million.
The Colorado Avalanche have signed Ryan Smyth to a five-year deal worth $31.25 million.
After playing his entire career with the Edmonton Oilers, Smyth was traded to the New York Islanders at the February trade deadline when the two sides were unable to reach a long-term contract. In return, the Oilers received prospects Ryan O’Marra, Robert Nilsson and the Islanders’ first-round pick in 2007.
Update 11:30pm ET:
Quotable Adrian Dater at the Denver Post: “...Smyth and Hannan might not make the Avs the best team in the league, but they definitely have the league’s two best mullets now.”
From The Tennessean,
Jed Ortmeyer, a 6-foot, 197-pound forward with the New York Rangers last year, has agreed to a two-year contract with the Predators.
The deal is worth $750,000 each season.
Ortmeyer had two goals and nine assists in 41 games last season.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Hey, can someone please explain how the Flyers are going to pay Daniel Brière $10-million (all figures U.S.) next season and how the Rangers were able to snap up two free-agent heavies, forwards Scott Gomez and Chris Drury?
Technically, we understand this can happen, and it did. Theoretically, though, we were led to believe the wicked ways of the NHL were as gone as Tie Domi. The Great Lockout was supposed to have corrected the league’s bad habits, made it a changed animal, the new it.
Mr. Campbell, start handing out fines if anyone signs after 9:30pm EDT. You see, we have to get up early tomorrow to do this all over again, and again, and again…
Make the signings stop for the night. The MSM would appreciate it to, they have deadlines to meet.
Open post- How do you feel? Get what you were asking for, still waiting, disgusted?
Also, who has been here the longest today?
Islanders have signed veteran forward Jon Sim to a three-year deal.
The 29-year old Sim scored 17 goals and 12 assists with the Atlanta Thrashers last season.
TSN has a scroll on their homepage stating Niedermayer about to announce his retirement.
I know a press confernece is just completing, but we expected this announcement after the signing of Schneider.
added 8:53pm, from the Anaheim Ducks,
I wanted to give Brian as strong as picture as I could. Brian has asked me to take time and think it through and make the proper decision. I’m trying to do a lot of things at once.
This isn’t something that sort of popped into my head a day after we won. Throughout the year, after the first season we had in Anaheim, and then the next year, you’re on the road and you have plenty of time to think about what you want to do with your career. I thought about something like this and after it happened, I would consider retirement. That’s where we’re at.
I’ll miss the people, the teammates. I think that’s a pretty special bond you have with those guys. You’re competing at a very high level. You need each other and trust each other. Playing at that level, I’ll miss that. There are guys in Canada who play till they’re 70 years old. The game is always there. I’ll miss that as well.
TSN Update 9:19pm…
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