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The All-Free-Agent-Leftover team

From mid-August onward, the free agents remaining on the market tend to start signing either short-term deals or agree to pro try-outs--and with the NHL's teams "capped out" in large part due to the almost-flat salary cap, and the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline notes that there are still some solid free agents out there:

-- Veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar will attend camp with the Pittsburgh Penguins on a professional tryout offer. That's the best the 41-year-old could do. You wonder if other established NHL players might go the similar route. It's a bit of a gamble -- take the low-ball offers on the table now, or go to somebody camp without a contract, wait for the inevitable injuries to crop up around the league, and sign a deal that's right. Among the NHL players still out there: forwards Daniel Briere, Curtis Glencross, Stephen Weiss, Martin Erat, Martin Havlat, Brenden Morrow, Daniel Cleary, Olli Jokinen, Tomas Fleishmann, Erik Cole, Michael Ryder, B.J. Crombeen, Jiri Tlusty, Sean Bergenheim, Tyler Kennedy, Marcel Goc and Scottie Upshall, and defenseman Cody Franson, Jan Hejda, Andrej Meszaros, Marek Zidlicky, Bryan Allen, Eric Brewer, Michal Roszival, John Erskine, Keith Ballard, Tim Gleason and David Schlemko.

-- What would you think of this club?

F1: Curtis Glencross – Steppen Weiss - Daniel Briere

F2: Martin Havlat – Olli Jokinen – Michael Ryder

F3: Martin Erat – Tomas Fleischmann – Brenden Morrow

F4: Erik Cole – Marcel Goc - B.J. Crombeen

extras: Tyler Kennedy, Jiri Tlusty

D1: Christian Ehrhoff – Andrej Meszaros

D2: Jan Hejda – Cody Franson

D3: Tim Gleason – Marek Zidlicky

extra: John Erskine

G1: Josh Harding

G2: Jonas Gustavsson

G3: Ray Emery

OK, you've got some goaltending issues. And, yes, this group would look a lot better, say, in 2008-09 than it does now. But that, friends, is the the current all-UFA team. How many games does that team win?

Portzline continues...

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Deadline day Garrioch

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch can only pen "'almost deal'" columns after today, so he's delivering a hum-dinger of a rumor wallop this morning. Among his trade deadline day ruminations:

A guy who isn’t being talked about much who may be attracting a lot of interest is New Jersey defenceman Marek Zidlicky. Nobody is sure if Devils GM Lou Lamoriello would actually deal Zidlicky, but teams have been calling to see what the asking price is, just in case he does decide to make a move.

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The Maple Leafs want to be the busiest team in the league Monday. They have been trying to deal almost their entire roster, but all eyes will be on captain Dion Phaneuf and wingers Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul. They’ve also, for the past two weeks, been shopping centre Tyler Bozak and his $4.2-million salary. Toronto has a chance to make this a significant day if they make moves.

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The Montreal Canadiens set up shop in San Jose on Sunday night after a long flight that left at 11 a.m. The Habs have been steadfast in their search for a defenceman since the quest for help began. They were able to help their forward ranks by picking up Devante Smith-Pelley from the Ducks earlier this week in exchange for Jiri Sekac, but the thinking is GM Marc Bergevin isn’t done. The Habs would like to get a defenceman and the belief is they’ve been eyeing Toronto’s Roman Polak and Edmonton’s Jeff Petry. Though teams have wanted draft picks in return, the talk is the Habs may be dangling goaltender prospect Zach Fucale, who was a second-round selection (No. 36 overall) in 2013.

Garrioch continues, reporting that the Sabres and Bruins may swing a Chris Stewart deal, that the Blues want to make some sort of impact and that Matt Beleskey is in high demand.

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Video- John Tavares Spears The Stomach Of Marek Zidlicky

from Rich Chere of NJ.com,

The call? A slashing minor.

“Zid stepped up in the neutral zone on him with a clean hit,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. “It looked from the bench like (Tavares) speared him. I don’t know why it was a slashing call.”

Zidlicky confirmed he was speared.

“I don’t think that was necessary what he did,” the defenseman said.

Was he hurt?

“A little bit the first couple of seconds. He hit my stomach,” Zidlicky said. “I’m okay.“

more on the game... and video of the spear is below...

Continue Reading »

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New Jersey Devils Re-Sign Marek Zidlicky

Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today re-signed defenseman Marek Zidlicky to a new contract. The announcement was made by Devils’ President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.

Zidlicky will enter his fourth season with New Jersey and 11th in NHL overall. He finished first among the club’s defensemen and fifth on the team with 42 points last season, including 12 goals and 30 assists, while appearing in 81 games. 

 

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Zidlicky Signs With Devils, Blues Trade Perron To Edmonton

 

added 4:12pm,

 

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Wild/Devils Trade

via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

According to multiple reports, Minnesota Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky has agreed to waive his no-trade clause to come to the Devils and a trade is imminent.

Zidlicky is not taking part in pre-game warm-ups for Wild tonight in Dallas. Zidlicky was supposed to be in the Wild’s lineup tonight.

Defenseman Kurtis Foster was a late scratch for the Devils’ game tonight against Vancouver. He was supposed to return to the lineup after missing two games with a stiff back.

added 8:36pm, via NJ Devils tweet,

Devils acquire Marek Zidlicky from Wild for Kurtis Foster, Nick Palmieri, Stephane Veilleux, 2nd rd pick in ‘12, conditional pick in ‘13.

adjusted the headline to reflect the trade being official

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Problem Brewing In Minnesota With Zidlicky

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Zidlicky is unhappy, something I learned this morning when the veteran defenseman came looking for me to offer his opinion on the fact that tonight against his former team, the Nashville Predators, he’ll be scratched for a third consecutive game.

Zidlicky was critical of coach Mike Yeo, the way he has been treated and the fact that he loves the game too much to sit idly by if the Wild keeps scratching him.

While Zidlicky didn’t say he has asked for a trade, he indicated he is willing to waive his no-trade clause if this continues.

“I can’t be quiet,” Zidlicky began during our sitdown, which you can read more details about in tomorrow’s Star Tribune. “I think three games healthy scratch, it’s more than just like a healthy scratch. [Yeo’s] put me in this position that I am in right now. It’s not easy for me….

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Also from Russo,

I’ve covered the NHL since 1995. Never before have I sat in a coach’s office 45 minutes before an important game talking about a scratched player. You can bet Mike Yeo wished he could have been doing something else, but he chose this time and venue to respond to this morning’s conversation I had with scratched defenseman Marek Zidlicky. Check out that blog below or by clicking this link.

Here are Yeo’s comments. Check out the story in Wednesday’s newspaper. I’ll also be on KFAN at 9 a.m.

“One thing for sure, we’re going to talk. This is not the right way to handle it. Much the same as I wouldn’t want a player to pick up the newspaper one day and read something like, ‘Woah, I didn’t know the coach thought that.’ Like, come into talk to me if there’s a problem. There’s always more than enough communication from our side. It’s got to go both ways.”

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Lennart Petrell With A Push From Behind On Marek Zidlicky

I think we have seen more of these types of hits this season than any other.  I am not really sure why players can’t seem to avoid making that push from behind.

Lennart Petrell of the Oilers received 5 minutes for checking from behind and a game.

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Report- Zidlicky Re-Signs With Wild

from a Michael Russo tweet,

Sources: The Wild has signed Marek Zidlicky to a three-year, $12 million contract

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Zidlicky Contract Extension Talks Hit A Snag

from Michael Russo and Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune,

The Wild and defenseman Marek Zidlicky have hit a potential snag in contract negotiations that could derail the whole thing and cause him to be traded by Wednesday’s 2 p.m. deadline.

According to multiple sources, a three-year contract with the veteran is all but complete.

However, Zidlicky is insisting on a no-trade clause to be included for the life of the contract.

The Wild has scoffed at that notion because of Zidlicky’s age. He turned 33 on Feb. 3, and the Wild so far has been willing to offer Zidlicky a no-trade clause for only part of the contract.

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