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Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x with Ray Shero at 7:02 PM: It gets curiouser and curiouser—or dumber and dumber. According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, Jaromir Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, continues to delay and deny any reports that his client might have his “heart in Pittsburgh,” Detroit or anywhere else, nor does he seem to have any intention to ask his client to make up mind in short order:

Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, said this afternoon that he’s still in talks with the Detroit Red Wings, as well as the Pittsburgh Penguins and other teams, refuting a report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the one-time NHL star had decided to sign with the Penguins.

“No decisions have been made,’’ Svoboda said. “We’re talking a lot. Nothing is going to happen before 6 p.m.’‘

Judging by how this saga has dragged on now for two weeks, there’s no guarantee anything will happen after 6 p.m., either.Asked if he anticipated a decision today, Svoboda said: “I don’t have a crystal ball. I don’t know.’‘

But, he added, “The Red Wings are obviously one team he wants to play for. There’s a chance (a decision) could come later today.’‘

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Dejean Kovacevic speaks for many of us when he says that this has gotten out of hand, and to the point where at least the Penguins—if not the Wings as well—might want to pass on a 39-year-old who’s acting like he’s 12:

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One More Year For Modano?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fromm Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Mike Modano will see what free agency has to offer before he’ll consider retirement, he said Thursday.

” go back and forth a lot, but the bottom line is the injury I had really messed up last season,’’ he said of getting his wrist punctured by a skate in November and missing 42 games. “I felt great before I got hurt, I feel great now, but I missed out a on a lot of the season, and so it does make you feel like maybe there’s something more.’‘

Modano, who turned 41 on June 7, was seeking a little closure when he decided to try free agency last summer.

Bottom line, he wasn’t ready to call it a career when Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk told him that he would not get another contract in Dallas. So, he signed a one-year free agent deal, went back to his hometown of Detroit and played a season with the Red Wings in search of maybe a few answers.


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Avalanche Signs Ryan O’Byrne, 2 Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adrian Dater at the Denver Post’s All Things Avs:

Avs sign O’Byrne

Two years, $3.6 million


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Dr Seuss Runs Down Free Agency

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Well, not Dr. Seuss, but Jeffrey Seaver at Blue Line Station takes a stab at it:

Bettman, I am.

That Gary Bettman, That Gary Bettman,

I do not like that Gary Bettman.

Do you like free agency and all it delivers?

I do not like it,

Gary Bettman,

I do not like free agency.


Not really the “rhyming” approach to Seuss, but it has a beat.

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Blackhawks Sign Montador, 4 Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

via an email alert from Sportsnet.ca:

Chicago   re-signs Steve Montador
Length of contract: 4 years
Average annual value: $2.75 million


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Signings You Might Regret

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News:

Sometimes that regret doesn’t reveal itself for a couple years (as was the case with Nikolai Khabibulin in Edmonton) and sometimes it reveals itself almost immediately (as was true of the Jason Blake experiment in Toronto). So which pending unrestricted free agents this summer have the potential to turn into multi-million dollar albatrosses? In no particular order, here are the top five UFAs I’d steer clear of:

1. Tomas Vokoun

With Ilya Bryzgalov signing a ludicrous contract (nine years and $51 million), Vokoun is the biggest netminding name on the market. But like Bryzgalov, Vokoun has done nothing in the post-season to deserve a huge and lengthy deal.


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Predators Buyout J.P. Dumont

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jim Diamond at the Nashville Predators Examiner:

J.P. Dumont’s time with the Nashville Predators is over. Nashville’s President of Hockey Operations and General Manager David Poile confirmed Thursday that the team will buy out the one remaining year on Dumont’s contract.

Dumont was set to be paid $4 million in 2011-12, so the buyout will cost the team two-thirds of the remaining value, spread out over twice the remaining time on the contract. Under the terms of the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NHL Players Association, Dumont will be paid $2.667 million, split evenly over the course of the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.

“Today we have bought out the contract of J.P. Dumont,” Poile said Thursday. “It is disappointing for both us and for J.P.”


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Hurricanes re-sign Jokinen for 3 years, $9 million

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Shazam, via NHLGossip on Twitter: the Carolina Hurricanes re-signed Jussi Jokinen:

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Jussi Jokinen on a three-year contract. The deal will pay Jokinen $3 million per season.

“Jussi is a player who fit in with our team from day one in all situations, and has been a valuable offensive contributor,” said Rutherford. “He feels that he has found a home in Carolina, and we are glad that he has chosen to stay with the Hurricanes.”


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2011 All UFA Team

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The free agent frenzy begins in less than a day.  Every year, I like to make a 23 man roster of the best of the upcoming unrestricted free agent class.  Here is last year’s team.  This allows me to look at how good a team one can buy each summer.  Usually the All UFA Team signs for well over the salary cap and produces like a non-playoff team.  This goes to show that you must produce talent internally to win in the NHL today.  There is no quick way to buy a team.  Some of the players on the team may be only UFAs in name only in that they will re-sign with their current team if they stay in the NHL.  This is my pick of the best possible team that can be made of UFA players.

There still is time for a player or two on this team to sign with the team that holds his negotiating rights before noon eastern time on July 1st when the market opens up.  Should that happen, I will update the team.

Here is the 2011 All UFA Team:

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You know how the Kings wouldn’t trade Smyth to Edmonton without healthy compensation? About that…

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

This is just bizarre, via Pro Hockey Talk’s Joe Yerdon: the Los Angeles Kings refused to take on Gilbert Brule as a banged-up player in compensation for sending Ryan Smyth to Edmonton, and now the player the Kings acquired instead, Colin Fraser, turns out to be less than healthy and hale:

The Kings’ medical staff discovered that Fraser is injured when checking him out and now the Kings are upset with Edmonton for sending them a broken player. Under more normal circumstances, the deal would be reversed and nullified while the teams better worked things out.

This time around, the Kings are happy to have Smyth’s salary off their books and after haggling things out with Edmonton on this deal before they should’ve guessed something could be up. The player the Kings initially wanted was Gilbert Brule but that was nixed when it was found out that Brule was also injured.

According to Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times, the Oilers medical staff cleared Fraser but when he arrived in Los Angeles, the Kings staff found out that he was not. This kind of mistake reflects poorly upon Oilers GM Steve Tambellini because he attempted to send out one injured player and managed to not know he had a second one and sent him to L.A. anyhow. Kings GM Dean Lombardi has every reason to be angry about this but according to Elliott, the trade will not be rescinded and the teams will work out an alternate means of compensation.

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