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From Steve Keating at Reuters,
With most of the top players signed, sealed and delivered, teams continued to pick the bones of the NHL free agent market on Tuesday.
After two furious days of signings that included $50 million deals for Daniel Briere (to Philadelphia Flyers $52 million for eight years) and Scott Gomez (New York Rangers $51 million for seven years) teams were left scouring for bargains and scraps.
Most of the action on day three of the free agency period involved teams looking to plug holes left by the loss of their own unrestricted free agents.
From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail (Wednesday’s edition),
The Nashville Predators have a third party officially involved in what has become a turtle race to purchase the struggling National Hockey League franchise.
A local group, headed by health-care executives David Freeman and Herb Fritch and containing nearly 30 investors, put forth its bid to buy the Predators and keep them in Nashville.
The group’s spokesperson, lawyer Chase Cole, and Predators’ senior vice-president of communications Gerry Helper would not confirm the local syndicate’s proposal to team owner Craig Leipold, but a source connected with the group answered in the affirmative.
From Darren Dreger at TSN,
Based on the free spending and length of contracts handed out this week, can you imagine the chaos that would erupt with Sidney Crosby available in unrestricted free agency?
Crosby isn’t eligible until 2012, but he is entering the final year of his entry level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Discussions between the Penguins and Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson are ongoing with the expectation an extension will be announced soon.
However, this negotiation isn’t as simple as Mario Lemeiux writing a cheque.
*Here is an earlier KK link from yesterday, regarding Crosby’s negotiations, etc.
from the Detroit Free Press via the Santa Barbara News,
On defense, the team will miss Schneider’s power-play acumen, but his replacement, Brian Rafalski, is four years younger and a better all-around player.
It may be tempting the fates to write this, but Niklas Kronwall, whose long history of fluky injuries hints at some sort of curse, is due to play a full season. There’s no question he has the skills of a top defenseman, and maybe this is the year we’ll see them displayed continually….
Once Dominik Hasek re-signs, the Wings will have an elite NHL goaltender, a five-time Norris Trophy winner, two superstar forwards and good surrounding players, many of whom are young. They’re no longer able to keep everyone every summer, but a look at their roster shows they’ll remain among the NHL’s contenders.
more on the Wings outlook for next season…
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from Al Strachan af Fox Sports,
And what do we see? Exactly the opposite of what Bettman intended when he introduced his fatally flawed salary-cap system.
The big-money, big-spending, big-market teams are back in the spotlight with a vengeance, even though Bettman shut down his league for a year and all but killed its support in the United States to prevent such an occurrence.
There was all that talk about “the level playing field” and “making the small-market teams competitive” and “bridging the gap” between the poor and the wealthy.
from the LA Kings,
The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with restricted free agent goaltender Jason LaBarbera, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Tuesday.
Defenceman Brad Stuart has agreed to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings.
The Los Angeles Kings continue to be major players in the free agent market. The Kings have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent defenceman Brad Stuart.
Update 7:50pm ET: TSN updates their story to include the financial terms - 1 year, $3.5 million.
Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the Hurricanes have agreed to terms with defenseman/left wing Wade Brookbank on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Brookbank $500,000 on the NHL level and $100,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level.
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