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Nash Signs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Adam Portzline of Puck-rakers,

The Blue Jackets have signed captain Rick Nash to an eight-year, $62.4 million contract extension, The Dispatch has learned. That’s an annual cap hit of $7.8 million.

The deal will keep Nash under contract with the Blue Jackets through the 2017-18 season.

added 8:36pm,

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed team captain Rick Nash to an eight-year contract extension that begins in 2010-11 and continues through the 2017-18 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Scott Howson announced tonight. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

“Rick is a Blue Jacket. He is our captain, the foundation of our team and one of the elite players in the National Hockey League and we are very happy that he will continue to call Columbus home for many years to come,” said Howson. “This is an important and exciting day for our franchise and our fans.”


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All The Signings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sportsnet NHL Signing Tracker has all the signings, both big and small, so don’t forget to check it out to keep up-to-date.

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See Ya Sammy

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Vancouver Province, via Malik

“I liked it in Detroit, I have no hard feelings for them,” Samuelsson said. “But they came up too short, and too late. In my mind they made their choices when they signed guys through the year.”

If we had a dollar for every time one of the 19 complained about Mikael Samuelsson playing the point on the Wing powerplay?  We’d be able to pay the 2.5 million he’ll be making per year in Vancouver.  In truth, Sammy provided some clutch play, a little grit and plenty of conversation. 

Another inevitable departure, but a little surprising at how much he’s getting paid.  Sammy’s happy with the cash.

“Obviously that (the money) was the key, I shouldn’t lie,” Samuelsson said.

No you shouldn’t Sammy.  Discuss.


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A New Challenge For Scuderi

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

“It feels very weird,” Scuderi told ESPN.com after signing the deal. “It’s a weird combination of odd and exciting.”

While he had no desire to leave and wouldn’t have left had the economics of the game and the cap restraints of the Penguins specifically been different, he acknowledged, “it’s kind of exciting to start a new challenge.”


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The Face Of Hockey Changing With Twitter

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from pucksandbooks of On Frozen Blog,

With the past week as laboratory, it’s an apt time to broaden our lens a bit and remark on how fantastically hockey coverage is expanding and improving by virtue of a single social media application: Twitter.

The two big-on-the-calendar events of the past seven days, indeed of the entire hockey season—the NHL Draft and Wednesday’s start of free agency—were by virtue of this single communications tool blown wide open in insider access: every hockey fan with a hand-held suddenly had access to the real-time thoughts and experiences of the most gifted 18-year-old hockey talents on the planet, player agents, NHL free agent stars, leading media personalities, and of course bloggers.


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Biron Hopes To Sign Soon

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via Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files at the Courier-Post,

Just spoke with Marty Biron, who is on his way to Buffalo with his faily.

Biron said he is “a little surprised” he has not signed a contract with an NHL team in the first three days of the NHL signing period, but also said he has had discussions with teams and hopes to sign with one of them soon.

“I’m waiting for some options to open up,” he said.

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  Tags: marty+biron

Shane Hnidy Signed By Minnesota

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via Michael Russo’s Twitter,

Wild signs tough defenseman Shane Hnidy

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Moving Dollars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Some final thoughts following another wild week on the NHL free-agent front.

Even as teams spent staggering sums of money – upwards of half-a-billion dollars – to either secure their own unrestricted free agents, or to sign players away from other teams, you wonder if the frenzy is less about the actual dollars going out, and more about the roster and trade gridlock that has smothered player movement in the NHL’s salary-cap era.

Think about it.

In the old days, if a team wanted to change its culture the way the Montreal Canadiens did, they could do it any number of ways, at any number of times during the season. The trading game was never easy exactly, but it was a lot easier than it is today, when every move is filtered through the team’s chief financial officer before the hockey operations people get a crack at it.

continued & many more hockey topics…

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Samuelsson Canada Bound

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

The Detroit Red Wings are about to lose another of its free agents as Mikael Samuelsson is poised to sign elsewhere.

Sources tell Sportsnet that the Swedish winger is close to a deal with one of the six Canadian teams.

Samuelsson, 32, has played the past four seasons in Detroit, averaging $1.2 million in salary. In 2008-09 he appeared in 81 games, scoring 19 goals and 40 points.

added 12:14pm,

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have signed right winger Mikael Samuelsson to a three-year deal. In keeping with club policy terms were not disclosed.


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Arnason Signs With Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet Tracker, Tyler Arnason signs with Rangers, no details yet.

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  Tags: tyler+arnason

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