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Signing Thoughts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jamie’s (Fitzpatrick) Hockey Blog,

Thoughts on a few of the fat deals signed July 1, opening day of the 2008 NHL free agent season.

G Cristobal Huet to Chicago: 4 years/$5.6 million per year
G Jose Theodore to Washington: 2 years/$4.5 million per year

Each man takes over as the top goalie on a young, exciting team looking to break through sooner rather than later. Given their checkered pasts, it’s hard to believe either of them is up to the job. Nikolai Khabibulin has just one year left with the Blackhawks, so Huet suddenly becomes crucial to their rebuilding effort. Scary prospect.

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What Direction

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Glen Sather wouldn’t give Avery an extra $4M over four years - Page Six Sean is believed on his way to either Detroit or Dallas - but the GM instead lavished a six-year contract worth $6.5M per on 31-year-old Wade Redden, a reasonably dependable puck-moving defenseman who had a dreadful 2007-08 in Ottawa and has never been regarded as a game-changer over 11 seasons with the Senators….

Jagr, meanwhile, is on hold. Unless there’s a new math by which Sather is operating, it would seem impossible for the Blueshirts to make an offer to No. 68 that he’s not going to refuse.

Jagr laughed when asked about whispers from the underground that the Penguins will invite him back to finish where he began -Boo! - if the lure of Broadway proves greater for Hossa than the opportunity to skate with Sidney Crosby. leaves Pittsburgh.

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Signs of Commitment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matteson of rhe Edmonton Journal,

The Edmonton Oilers remain in the Marian Hossa hunt with their new, billionaire owner, Daryl Katz, offering between $9 and $10 million a season, according to some sources. And not for one year; for many, many years.

Mats Sundin has an offer on the table—again reportedly for $20 million over two years—to play in Vancouver. He’s 37 years old. His best years are behind him, but he’s going to the Hall of Fame and nine teams are trying to convince Sundin to play for them.

The Detroit Red Wings want him, but only for one year and not for $10 million, to bridge the gap before they have to sign Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen.

“I wish I was a player,” admitted Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon.

“You always overpay (now), then it trickles down and you get the bargains in August,” said Tallon. “But we had to make a statement. We’ve created a buzz in this market. We’ve started to sell more and more tickets, more sponsorships and we decided we’d try to make an impact to continue the momentum.

“We had to send a message to our young players that we’re committed.”

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Summer of Lunacy

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From James Duthie at The Good, the Bad and the Duthie,

Bingo!  Welcome to The Summer of Lunacy!  Seriously, I knew there would be silliness, but this was a cartoon.  You’ve heard of spending like drunken sailors?  How about spending like billionaire sailors on crack. 

10 million dollars a year offered to Mats Sundin?  Twenty-two million dollars for Cristobal Huet?  (When you already have an overpaid goalie in Khabibulin.)  Michael Ryder, a healthy scratch in Montreal, four million a year?  Fourteen million over four years for Jeff Freakin’ Finger!?!

read on

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  Tags: free+agents

Kings Need Defense

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings spoke with Kings GM Dean Lombardi tonight.  Some highlights from that conversation:

—The Kings were right there on Brad Stuart, and apparently didn’t have a problem with either the term or the money, but Stuart decided that he wanted to play for the Red Wings. To this, Lombardi basically tipped his hat and said, ``I can’t blame him for that.’‘

—Lombardi still has his eye on a defenseman who, in his words, fits with both the present and the future. He’s not at liberty to name names, obviously, but I don’t think it’s hard to do some reading between the lines, right?

—Rob Blake is still there as a strong possibility, and discussions are ongoing.

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  Tags: brad+stuart, dean+lombardi, free+agents, rob+blake

Flames Bring Back Giordano

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Calgary Flames:

Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of defenseman Mark Giordano.

“Mark is an NHL player and we are glad to have him back,” said Sutter. “He was a good player when he left to play in Russia and has improved playing against European players on the larger ice. He is a year older and year more mature.”

The Flames also re-signed Brandon Prust and David Van Der Gulik as well as Ryan Wilson, a free agent from the OHL.

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AO Receives His College Degree

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sportsbox.ru, translation by the Alex Ovetjkin blog,

“I was very nervous, almost like during the game” confessed Ovi to “MK”. “Still, these are different emotions. Probably because of the fact that at the games I work out physically, but here it was different, it was brain’s work out! Now I’ve realized that I can succeed not only playing hockey, but in other areas of life… College education will to add to my game, now I’ll try to think more during the game, to use the theory in practice…”

Ovechkin’s diploma thesis was about “Speed training of the top level hockey players”. He defended it with an “A”

more including a photo of Ovechkin receiving his degree

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Ryder Agrees To Terms With Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Boston Bruins have agreed to terms with winger Michael Ryder on a three-year deal at $4 million per season.

The contract is still being finalized but the two parties have agreed to terms pending the final paperwork being in order.

 

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Mission Clear In Anaheim

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

Perry, 23, made a point of immediately thanking Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli.

“To have me back and let me play here another five years, it’s just going to be something special,” Perry said. “I really wanted to stay in Anaheim. It’s home now. It’s a great place to play hockey. You can’t ask for a better organization to play for than the Anaheim Ducks.”

With Niedermayer having committed to fulfilling the final year of his contract, Pronger signed for two more seasons and Giguere for three, the mission is clear.

“We’re trying to get back to the Stanley Cup team we were two years ago,” Perry said. “That’s everybody’s goal and everybody’s mindset. I just can’t wait for training camp to start.”

more on the Ducks…

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Money Tossed Everywhere

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

It’s tempting to call the $57.12-million (all currency U.S.) for defenceman Brian Campbell or the $23-million for goaltender Cristobal Huet crazy money, but really, what constitutes crazy money any more in today’s NHL?

In a year in which the salary cap went up to a record $56.7-million – setting off another enormous spending spree on the opening day of the 2008 free-agent season – was the combined $79.8-million the Chicago Blackhawks committed to two players, Campbell and Huet, any crazier than the $87-million the New York Rangers spent last year to land unrestricted free agents Chris Drury and Scott Gomez?

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