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from the Detroit Free Press,
The Wings had offered Bertuzzi, acquired at the trade deadline in February to boost their playoff hopes, a one-year deal in the low $3-million range and worth nearly $4 million with bonuses.
“I would have loved to have Bert stay here,” general manger Ken Holland said, “but it’s the cap world. We weren’t prepared to offer a two-year deal.”
Holland said the team has to keep an eye on retaining its own elite players. That list starts with re-signing five-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom, who has one year left on his deal.
Henrik Zetterberg’s contract is up at the end of the 2008-09 season, but the Wings can start negotiating with him next summer. He’ll most assuredly cost at least the annual $6.7 million Pavel Datsyuk is making.
On top of that, Dan Cleary and Kris Draper will be eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer, and Valtteri Filppula will be restricted in a year.
more on the Wings including Hasek deal close…
from the Mercury News,
After securing the biggest piece of their future Sunday, the Sharks could have a follow-up soon.
“They’ve made me a great offer,” free-agent TV analyst Drew Remenda said Monday. “I want to give them a definitive answer by the end of this week.”
Remenda left his highly visible spot with the Sharks last year to be with his family, working on Canadian network TV and on local radio in Saskatchewan. Family concerns remain an issue - Drew and wife Michelle have a daughter in high school and twin sons in grade school. He said the deal wasn’t quite to the all-but-done stage.
from the CP via NHL.com, Recap of Monday transactions…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
But those who believe that the stunning double play the Rangers pulled on Sunday - Sather to Gomez to Drury, as pretty as any turned by Tinker, Evers and Chance - signal a return to the Bad Old Days in which the Blueshirts threw bad money after bad in order to entice players to pull on the Blueshirt, well, they couldn’t be more wrong.
For despite the outlay of cash, the Rangers did not bribe these players to come to New York, the way they once bribed mercenaries such as Theo Fleury, Val Kamensky and Stephane Quintal to pull on the Blue$hirt. Drury and Gomez will wear the sweater - er, RBK Uniform System - because as badly as the Rangers wanted them, the feeling was mutual.
From The Fourth Period,
The Anaheim Ducks have re-signed unrestricted free agent left wing Brad May, TFP has learned.
May’s agent, Pat Morris, confirmed to TFP during a radio interview (click to listen) that the two sides have agreed on a new contract.
Terms of the deal are not yet known.
continued… *includes audio of an interview with Pat Morris, also Todd Bertuzzi’s agent
Update July 3, 5:09pm ET:
Duck Press Release - 2 year deal
From Greg Logan at Newsday,
Free agents across the NHL continued to bypass the Islanders Monday on their way to lucrative contracts elsewhere. In some cases, general manager Garth Snow said Monday night, he made a value judgment not to waste money on players who aren’t worth it.
But when it comes to players, such as Ryan Smyth, for whom he was more than willing to open the vault, Snow said one big drawback he keeps hearing is that worn-out Nassau Coliseum isn’t exactly a selling point. If all things are equal, players tend to choose a more modern, exciting environment.
More from Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune,
Back in 2004-05, when I was writing fun things about third-string Dolphins linemen blowing out their knees and being assigned stuff such as Tonya Harding’s prizefight against a transvestite, people would say to me, “Boy, you must be going nuts during the lockout.”
I replied, “Yeah, but the good news is they’ll idiot-proof the NHL’s economic system, stop the owners from spending recklessly and the league will live long and prosper.”
Well, this NHL writer learned a lot in these first few days of free agency, such as, you can’t idiot-proof the system when idiots are at the controls.
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From non-stop busy, to non-stop bored—here’s the stuff that I keep seeing everywhere and (of course) getting nowhere with:
“Sheldon Souray to the Rangers!”
...closely followed by the rumor “Sheldon Souray to every other hockey team in the entire world except the Canadiens…”
Ugh. Someone sign him already.
“Dainus Zubrus to the Leafs!”
Supported by various message board posters who insist they’ve heard this all day long on the FAN590. So I listened to FAN590 earlier today. I listened to FA590 till my head nearly exploded as they talked of NASCAR racing, just praying someone would interrupt to say “Dainus Zubrus to the Leafs!” Nobody did and I’m deeply bitter about it.
Thank God for the hard legitimacy of that “Brad Isbister is a Canuck!” rumor or I’d be having no fun working tonight whatsoever.
Any more rumors for me, KK friends? Amuse me… please!
From Michael Russo at the Star Tribune,
Multiple sources confirmed Monday night that the Wild is close to signing the 37-year-old Duluth native to a one-year, incentive-laden contract.
Reached at his North Carolina home, Hill said, “We’ve definitely had talks and we’re getting there, but at this point, I don’t want to say anything more and jinx it. But things are moving along good and it’s been very positive.”
In April, Hill, at the end of a strong season for the Islanders, became the first player to be suspended under the NHL’s drug policy. He appealed the automatic 20-game suspension, but the suspension was upheld.
The Calgary Flames have locked up a key component of their defence corps, signing defenceman Robyn Regehr to a five-year contract extension, worth $20-million.
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