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Columbus signs James Wisniewski to 6-year deal

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Per the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline on Twitter, the Columbus Blue Jackets backed the Brinks truck up to James Wisniewski’s home:

#CBJ sign D James Wisniewski. Six years, $33 million.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie confirms...

added 11:11am,

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman James Wisniewski to a six-year contract, club Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed. The Blue Jackets acquired Wisniewski’s rights from the Montreal Canadiens for seventh round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft on Wednesday. With his signing, that pick now becomes a fifth round selection in 2012.

“James is a player we identified very early on and we are thrilled to have him as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets,” said Howson. “He brings offensive skill and grit to our blueline, character to our dressing room and will be a key contributor to our hockey club.”

Update at 7:39 PM: Very belated, per the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline:

Dispatch: Wisniewski deal: $7M in ‘11-12 & ‘12-13; $6M in ‘13-14; $5M in ‘14-15 & ‘15-16; $3M in ‘16-17. Bonuses: $2M in 11-12, $3M in 12-13

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Eaves re-signs with Red Wings for 3 years, $1.2 million per yr; Miller signed, Ericsson confirmed

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Latest update at 2:48 PM: As Paul noted and as confirmed by Capgeek.com and confirmed by the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff and TSN’s Bob McKenzie...

As per @GMillerTSN, DET signs Patrick Eaves to a 3 year extension.

This deal is worth $1.2 million per season, and is very fair and affordable given what Eaves does for the Wings.

Update: The Red Wings are confirming both Eaves and Ericsson’s deals:

The Red Wings have agreed to terms with Jonathan Ericsson and Patrick Eaves. Both are three-year contracts.

Update #2: MLive’s Ansar Khan also confirms.

Update #3: Hmm, per the Fan 590’s Greg Brady:

Red Wings are eagerly trying to move Jiri Hudler & offered him to loads of teams (Leafs included) at the Draft. Be shocked if he’s back.

The Windsor Star’s Bob Duff confirms:

There’s substance to Hudler trade talk. Not a popular guy in #redwings dressing room. But they won’t give him away.

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How Good Was The 2010 All UFA Team

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

As teams will soon begin to bid on unrestricted free agents in earnest in a short time,  I took a look at what is out there yesterday with my 2011 All UFA Team.  To get an idea of what this team might look like this season, let’s look at last year’s team and assess how good that team would have been.  Here was last year’s team.  Of the 23 players, 19 played in the NHL.  Maxim Afinogenov, Pavol Demitra and Evgeni Nabokov played on in the KHL and Paul Kariya took the season off to attempt to recover from concussions and eventually retired.

Here are the 2010 members of the All UFA team with their statistics and salary cap hits from last season:

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Wings Retain Eaves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Craig Custance tweet,

Patrick Eaves deal done - $1.2 million per season for three years.

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Report- Salo Re-Signing With Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Scratch Sami Salo of the UFA list. He re-signs in with #Canucks. Working on the details but believed to be a 1 year deal at 2M.

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Players Looking For A Match

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Former Leafs D Tomas Kaberle is going to hit the market. He wants a long-term deal in the $4.5-million per-season range and the Bruins aren’t willing to do that. He contributed to a Stanley Cup, but didn’t have a major impact. That doesn’t mean the door is closed on his return to the Bruins. Boston might be willing to do a short-term deal once Kaberle has had a chance to test the market. Keep in mind that 18 teams need to get to the floor.

The Montreal Canadiens will have to go looking for blueliners. They’re going to lose veterans Roman Hamrlik, James Wisniewski, Brent Sopel and Paul Mara. They could make a pitch for the Coyotes’ Ed Jovanovski. If the Bruins do lose Kaberle, Jovanovski might be an option if he’s willing to take a short-term deal. Boston certainly has the chance to repeat as champions because the team has pretty much been kept intact.


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Rangers Won’t Get Involved In A Bidding War For Richards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The first day of NHL free agency is about the rich getting richer.

For the Rangers, if not the Maple Leafs, Lightning, Kings, Flyers and Sabres, today will be about learning just how much richer the club will have to make Brad Richards in order to get the class of 2011’s lone upper-echelon center to sign on the bottom line.

If Richards is going to make his choice purely on dollars, then the Rangers are extremely unlikely to become involved in a bidding war, let alone win one.

The combination of Richards’ rewarding history with head coach John Tortorella, the Rangers’ urgent need for a blue-chip, first-line pivot and the paucity of elite centers immediately available through either free agency or the trade market, will likely prompt general manager Glen Sather to offer up to six years for up to an average of $7 million per in a dramatically front-loaded offer.


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Who The Predators May Be Targeting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,

Last season the Predators signed speedy offensive center Matthew Lombardi to a three-year deal worth $3.5 million per season. At the time of his contract, Lombardi was 27. There aren’t too many players in this year’s market who fit the Lombardi mold.

Former Predator Scottie Upshall is 27 and could come relatively cheap. Last season at Columbus, he made $2.25 million on his salary cap hit.

Vancouver’s Chris Higgins, 27, also could provide some cheap scoring punch. He’s a gritty player in the Predators mold who made $1.6 million last season. In 2007-08 with Montreal, Higgins scored 27 goals and notched 52 points.

“What’s going to happen the first few days of July is teams are going to get what they want, or they’re not,” Poile said. “There doesn’t appear to be enough free agents out there to satisfy everybody.”


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Western Conference Needs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stu Hackel at Habs Inside/Out,

With the NHL’s free agent signing period set to begin at noon on Friday, here’s what each team in the West will likely be looking for on the open market….

San Jose – The Sharks don’t have much cap space ($7.87 million, third least in the league) and that could inhibit their action. Addressing their need to improve on the blueline, the Brent Burns deal was a major move by GM Doug Wilson, but the Sharks may still be seeking more depth on defense. They probably are more focused on getting a top six forward to replace Devin Setoguchi and highly regarded prospect Charlie Coyle, who went to the Wild for Burns. They also might be in the hunt for a depth forward who can win face-offs and help on the penalty kill the way Manny Malhotra did prior to his signing with the Canucks last summer.

read on for the rest of the Western Conference…

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Happy Canada/UFA Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

While most of North America has weekend plans, those of us who have hockey in our blood will be sticking close to the computer to get the latest news from the hockey world.

I still say the UFA signing period should begin on July 5th, but what do I know.?

Before the madness begins, I would like to wish our friends north of the border a Happy Canada Day and please be safe on this holiday weekend.

With that out of the way, who will be the first player signed after 12:00pm ET today?


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