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From George Richards at On Frozen Pond,
The Panthers made two moves this afternoon, signing center Brett McLean from Colorado to a three-year deal, and also signing former Cap Richard Zednick to a two-year contract.
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Update 2:31pm EDT:
The Florida Panthers have dipped into the free agent market, signing winger Richard Zednik to a two-year deal ($1.5 million and $1.75 million), and forward Brett McLean to three-year deal worth $1.7 million per year.
Restricted free agent Ryan Whitney has agreed to terms on a new contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Details to follow.
TSN reporting White signs with Atlanta- 4 years, $9.5 million.
Update 1:53pm ET:
The Atlanta Thrashers kicked off the free agent season with the first official signing, landing centre Todd White with a four-year contract worth $9.5 million.
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Spector checks in at KK,
It’s obvious the reason why it’s so quiet in the opening hour and change thus far is, as the TSN crew pointed out, the top UFAs are getting lots of offers and they’re taking their time sorting through them.
Once the main guys make up their minds (and I expect that to start happening by 2 PM ET), the logjam will be broken and the signings will come fast and furious, because the ultimate destination of the main guys will have those teams that lost out in the bidding for them turning to their “Plan B” players.
Just my two cents while we wait. This is as bad as my military days…“hurry up and wait”.
The first hour of unrestricted free agency in the NHL didn’t bring any blockbuster deals, but The Hockey News reports the Calgary Flames are on the verge of giving captain Jarome Iginla a long-term contract extension.
Multiple sources have confirmed that later Sunday or Monday, the Flames will announce they have reached an agreement with Iginla on either a four-or five-year contract extension. Depending on the length of the deal, it would keep Iginla in Calgary through the 2011-12 season or the 2012-13 season.
via the St. Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has re-signed defenseman Barret Jackman to a one-year contract.
“Barret has been solid on the blueline for the Blues since breaking in with the club in his first full season in 2002-03,” said Davidson. “He’s an excellent assistant captain and we look for him to play a vital role in helping lead our team next season.”
TSN’s Jay Onrait is doing the liveblog thing again today, if you’re interested…
12:46 - A reader named Jeff Lush asks: “Does the TSN Brass realize the risk of having these free agent/trade deadline shows? What happens if nobody signs today?” I’m sure they’re not that concerned. What else were you planning on watching today, the U.S. Women’s Open? Boo-yah! Take that Lorena Ochoa!
According to Leafs Lunch, Chief Pro Scout Craig Button has left the organization to sign on with the Boston Bruins.
via the San Jose Sharks,
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed Center Joe Thornton to a three-year contract extension, which will keep the 2006 Hart Trophy winner in San Jose through the 2011 season.
“Joe Thornton is among the top group of elite players in the National Hockey League,” said Wilson. “In addition to his play on the ice, Joe leads by example and has as much love for the game as anyone I have seen. Making sure Joe remained in San Jose was a top priority and he will be an integral part of our franchise as we march towards our goal of competing for the Stanley Cup next year and for years to come.”
Update 12:29pm ET:
The San Jose Sharks announced Sunday that the club has signed centre Joe Thornton to a three-year contract extension, which will keep the 2006 Hart Trophy winner in San Jose through the 2011 season.
The deal will pay Thornton $7.2 million a season.
Bill Watters on Leafs Lunch reporting Gomez will sign for 7 years at $7M per- Rangers or Flyers are the two teams he is hearing.
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