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Mike Commodore made a spur-of-the-moment decision to sign with the Red Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This was mentioned by the Red Wings’ press corps regarding the team’s signing of Mike Commodore to a 1-year, $1 million contract, but given that somewhere around 40 players of note found new homes today, ESPN’s Scott Burnside posits a story worth repeating: Commodore received a call from his agent, informing Commodore that the Red Wings would give him fifteen minutes to decide whether he wished to join the team:

“I was like, oh my God,” Commodore told ESPN.com Friday night.
“I was just kind of sitting there in my truck,” Commodore said. “It happened fast.”

About a minute later, he came up with his answer. Heck yeah, he’s going to Detroit.

“Obviously, it was a no-brainer,” said Commodore, who earlier in the day was bought out of the final two years of his contract by the Blue Jackets.

Given that Commodore spent the latter part of the 2010-2011 season in the AHL, he’s quite happy to be a good soldier…

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Bergenheim Signs with Florida Panthers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From George Richards (twitter):

Welcome Sean Bergenheim to the #FlaPanthers ... Holy smokes what a day

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Sharks sign Michal Handzus to 2-year contract

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Per TSN’s Gord Miller, the San Jose Sharks have added size up the middle:

San Jose signs Michal Handzus to a two year deal for $2.5m a year.

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Canucks sign Andrew Ebbett

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Per TSN’s Bob McKenzie:

[Vancouver] signs Andrew Ebbett to a one-year, one-way $525K contract. Thrill of a lifetime for a Vernon, B.C. kid.

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Winnipeg makes its first, erm, I mean second UFA signing in Tanner Glass

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

They’re way below the cap floor, still, but TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the Winnipeg Jets (2.0) have stuck their toe into the free agent pool [edit: whoops, for the second time!]:

Tanner Glass has signed in Wpg. Accurate.
1 yr, $750 for Glass…also confirmed.

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Blackhawks sign Carcillo

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Utterly classic, per ESPN:

Per team release: Blackhawks sign Dan Carcillo.

The Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc confirms:

#Blackhawks agree to terms with forward Dan Carcillo on one-year contract.

Update: Per TSN’s Bob McKenzie:

Carcillo’s deal in CHI is one year, $775,000.

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Kings Made Their Pitch To Richards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond at LAKings.com,

Members of the Kings’ front office staged a one-day invasion of Toronto with a singular mission: win over Brad Richards, the prime target in this summer’s free-agent market.

The NHL’s signing period for unrestricted free agents started at 9 a.m. Pacific time Friday, and the Kings wasted no time in making their substantial pitch to Richards—a seven-time 20-goal scorer—in the office of his agent, Pat Morris.

In a meeting that lasted more than two hours, the Kings made their offer to Richards. The presentation had a multi-media aspect as well, as the Kings showed Richards a video that included greetings from Kobe Bryant and other local athletes and celebrities.


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Coyotes sign Boyd Gordon

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the Phoenix Coyotes:

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed unrestricted free agent forward Boyd Gordon to a multi-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to sign Boyd to a multi-year contract,” said Maloney. “Boyd is an intelligent, veteran center who is an excellent face-off man and penalty killer. He is a strong addition to our team.”
In seven NHL seasons with the Washington Capitals, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Gordon has played in 363 games, posting 27-58-85 and 82 penalty minutes

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Your Thoughts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Happy, upset, want more, holding up the the stop sign?

Your take on the almost six hours of UFA Day 1?

I have another question too, what about Vokoun, where does he end up?

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Avs add Kobasew

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Smart signing by the Avs, per TSN’s Darren Dreger—assuming that he stays healthy:

Kobasew signs in Colorado. 2 yrs. $1.25 AAV.

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