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From Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice:
Defenseman Colin White and right wing Trent Hunter cleared waivers at noon today without being claimed by another team.
The next step will be for the Devils to complete the buyouts of both players, which general manager Lou Lamoriello said Monday is the intention.
read on for salary info on each player
The buyout formula is two-thirds the remaining total monetary value on the contract spread over twice the remaining years on the deal.
In the summer of inaction we saw Kovalchuk sign, unsign, and then sign again. We saw players head to Russia. We saw Canadiens forward Glen Metropolit, and Islanders stalwart Richard Park head to Switzerland. But more than anything, we saw unrestricted free agent after unrestricted free agent after – wait for it – unrestricted free agent remain unsigned. And don’t even get me started on the RFA players still sitting at home without a contract.
So who’s left?
Without further ado, The Upper Canadien presents the best of the rest – ten players left as unrestricted free agents who could step in and make a difference across the NHL.
18 days to training camp, and we have some good news: Andrei Markov is back on skates. Yes, the Canadiens best defenceman is skating on his own and apparently ahead of schedule in his recovery from knee surgery, the result of a hit during the playoffs so many months ago. More on that available here:
However, there is still no news regarding unsigned Canadiens starting goaltender, Carey Price. Vacationing in Quebec, I am able to testify first-hand that the “holdout” whispers are beginning. It is quite strange that neither player nor team has commented on the contract in weeks, as normally the odd quote filters out to diffuse the situation publicly. Perhaps we’ll hear more in the coming days, but for the time being we are bombarded by the sounds of silence.
In other Habs news, it was announced today that Jaroslav Halak is on his way back to Montreal…for a large public autograph signing next weekend. You can bet thousands will line up with their “HALAK” stop signs to get them signed and say thank you. Normally I am not a fan of these sorts of things, but proceeds from the sale of pictures Halak is signing are going to charity, so I think it’s a pretty neat gesture. From the reaction to the announcement on the radio, the city is still in love with the Bratislava Brick Wall.
Free agents still out there that the Canadiens SHOULD be interested in: Owen Nolan, Bill Guerin, Brendan Witt. But I would be very surprised at this point if any more moves take place before training camp – except the presumed signing of Mr. Price.
From Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
The NHL’s money season is just around the corner. Come Tuesday, July 1, the wallets come out in full force from the NHL’s 30 teams. Here’s my look at some notable players slated for unrestricted free agency (with age and current team also listed):
Marian Hossa, 29, Pittsburgh Penguins:
GM Ray Shero is off the hook here. He offered Hossa $7 million a year and a chance to continue playing alongside the best centre in the world. That’s a darn generous offer given all the other moving parts Shero has to figure out on his roster.
read on for the estimated values of a pile of UFAs
From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:
Can it get any better for us, hockey fun in the summer time? All teams are at 0-0-0-0. All teams have an equal shot at the Stanley Cup. We all believe, all our team needs is a little tweak here and there, and we are on our way to hockey in June.
These are the days we have been waiting for. An opportunity exists for our team to get better quickly, giving us hope for a dream season. Some teams will go all out, making a big splash in the UFA market while other teams will continue to build from within. Which way is correct? Well, we won’t know until the games are played, but it sure is fun knowing every team has a chance to improve by signing that key player(s)!
From John Glennon at the Tennessean,
Said Dumont: “The contract stuff is not really in my hands. We would definitely like to stay here, but we’ll see. If it happens, it happens. Hopefully it will.’‘
The only question regarding a re-signing of Dumont would be money. The Predators already have some relatively large salaries on the books for next season — Jason Arnott ($4.5 million), Legwand ($4.5 million), Steve Sullivan ($3.2 million), Marek Zidlicky ($3.2 million) and Chris Mason ($3 million).
Assuming Poile still plans to re-sign the key restricted free agents, will Dumont’s next salary fit the budget? Dumont is paid $2.5 million, but after posting a career-best 66 points last season and assuming he stays on course for 60 points this season, he’ll be due more money in the future.
*Nashville’s current salary cap situation.