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LA Kings sign Simon Gagne

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Los Angeles Kings announced via Twitter that they’ve found a “plan B”  after losing out on Brad Richards:

#LAKings reach verbal agreement with left wing Simon Gagne on two-year contract. More details to come.

Update: Via LA Kings Insider’s Rich Hammond:

Kings sign Simon Gagne, 2 years, $7 million.

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Report: Tim Connolly to sign with Maple Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Per TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Toronto Maple Leafs are making a move:

Paperwork being worked on between the Leafs and Tim Connolly. 2 year agreement @ $4.75 aav.
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Connolly is healthy. He’s had some fluke injuries, but has no concussion issues. Will be a good fit with Kessel.

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Hurricanes sign Anthony Stewart to 2-year, $1.8 million contract

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Via NHLGossip on Twitter, the Carolina Hurricanes quite happily snagged Anthony Stewart, and CarolinaHurricanes.com’s Ken Preston reports that they got him at a bargain price:

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with right wing Anthony Stewart on a two-year contract. The deal will pay Stewart $800,000 in 2011-12, and $1 million in 2012-13.

“Anthony is a big man who plays a strong all-around game,” said Rutherford. “He is coming off of a very good season with Atlanta and will be a strong addition to the Hurricanes’ forward lines.”

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Jagr conference call breaks the BS meter

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x with the full presser transcript at 2:49 PM: I truly hope that someone will post a full transcript of Jaromir Jagr’s conference call with the media on Saturday, because the Twitter updates regarding his commentary suggest that he quite literally broke the bull[expletive] meter while rationalizing his decision to sign with the Philadelphia Flyers for $3.3 million dollars, spurning both the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins, as more aesthetically pleasing (because the Flyers have right-handed centers), somewhat selfless (more money was on the table from other teams…in…some league…) and absolutely, positively not the product of stringing anyone along or making false promises, as noted by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe:

Jaromir Jagr is not apologizing for not signing with the Penguins: “I didn’t promise anybody anything,” Jagr said in a conference call Saturday. “If the Penguins feel like I did something wrong, you know, I didn’t feel like I did anything wrong. If they feel like that, I can’t change their minds.”

Jagr said he had a brief conversation with Penguins Mario Lemieux. When asked if his relationship with Lemieux was damage, Jagr did not give a specific answer: “I talked with him once,” Jagr said. “Wasn’t for very long. He talked about the organization. I didn’t talk with him since I left the NHL.”

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Tick Tock?  You’re Testing Us, Young Man.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

First, there’s this:

St. James

The top four are slated to be Lidstrom, Ericsson, Niklas Kronwall and Brad Stuart.

That, in itself, makes me want to just throw up right in my mouth.  There was a time when Jonny Ericsson was strong as any mountain and walked tall as a tree.

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Matt Gilroy Signs With Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent defenseman Matt Gilroy to a one-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Gilroy, 6-foot-1, 201 pounds, played in 58 games with the New York Rangers last season, recording three goals and 11 points with one game-winning goal.  He also had a career-best plus-5 rating in just his second NHL season.  Gilroy also made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut in 2011, recording his first career NHL playoff goal in his first game, April 13 against Washington.

A native of North Bellmore, New York, Gilroy has played in 127 career NHL games with the Rangers, recording four goals and 15 points.  In 2009-10, his rookie season, he notched career highs with four goals and 11 assists in 69 games.  That season he tied for sixth in the NHL among rookie defensemen in goals, seventh in blocked shots (77) and ninth in points. 

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Washington Signs Chris Bourque

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed free agent left wing Chris Bourque to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Bourque, 25, split time between Lugano of the Swiss-A league and Mytishchi Atlant of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) last season, collecting 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) in 39 games with Lugano and adding one goal in eight games with Mytishchi.

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Start Spreading The News, Richards Headed To NYC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Deal not signed, but Richards chooses Rangers

Also via Dreger tweet,

9 years at $6.5 AaV for Richards and Rangers.

added 11:14am, via Nick Kypreoset tweet,

Front loaded money Richards should make 50M in first 5 yrs in New York

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added 12:05pm via TSN’s Darren Dreger tweet,

Our numbers for Richards are slighly off. It’s 9 years at $60 million. What’s that…$6.7 aav?

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Rob Niedermayer Will Play In Switzerland Next Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Rob Niedermayer leaving NHL. Signs with Lugano, Switzerland.

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Is Michael Yormark Giving Ted Leonsis A Run For His Money?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Yormark is the President and COO for the Florida Panthers and has been tweeting on a regular basis the last few days.

Highlights of those tweets from oldest to newest…

PanthersYormark Michael Yormark Big day tomorrow for the cats! Let’s get it on! 30 Jun

Great day to be a panthers fan!!! Go dale!!! 18 hours ago

Coming out with a new ticket sales campaign tonight. Time to buy season tickets!!!!! 18 hours ago

@Bob1321 @dshoalts you are so negative about sunbelt teams. give it a rest. enough already 18 hours ago

Dale does it again!! Versteeg welcome to the cats!!! Its our time!!! 17 hours ago

@Bob1321 @bcmikejetsfan @dshoalts you should give us credit on a great day and don’t compare us to Phoenix. We have a great owner 17 hours ago

Best day for cats fans in the past ten years?? Without a doubt!!! 14 hours ago

Hard to sleep after a day like yesterday. Opening night can’t get here soon enough! 6 hours ago

 

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