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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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Rangers Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Sam Weinman at Rangers Report:

Valiquette re-signed as well

A couple of other quick hits: Sather said he’s talked to Jaromir Jagr’s agent several times and they’re still interested in bringing him back. 

Sather also mentioned he called Sean Avery’s agent Pat Morris and Morris never called him back.

Perhaps the end to the NYR spending day.  Glen Sather is currently on a media conference call and Weinman will probably be adding more to that post shortly.

We’ll note a confirmation of the Stephen Valiquette re-signing when available.

Update 10:01pm ET: TSN notes the Valiquette re-signing. No info on terms at that link yet.

 

 

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr, sean+avery, stephan+valiquette

Islanders Sign Mark Streit for 5 Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

According to Sportsnet’s tracker, Mark Streit has signed for 5 years at

$5.1 million per year

$4.1 million.

Update 8:19pm ET: TSN confirms the signing, but salary amounts are conflicting, TSN stating 5 years for $20.5 million.

Update 8:24pm ET: Sportsnet originally reported salary to be $5.1 million per. They’ve now corrected it to $4.1 million.

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Tampa Signs David Koci

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

TSN tracker:

Tampa Bay Lightning sign UFA forward David Koci to a one-year, two-way contract worth $525,000 in the NHL, $100,000 in the minors

Update 7:54pm ET: For more on Tampa’s new tough guy, HockeyFights.com has it all.

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Redden Signed by NYR

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sportsnet:

Sources have told Sportsnet that Wade Redden has agreed to a deal with the New York Rangers.

Update 4:36pm: TSN television confirms the deal. Six years at $6.5 million per (average).
Update 4:39pm: TSN online—

One of the NHL’s top free agent blueliners is off the market, as the New York Rangers have signed defenceman Wade Redden to a six-year contract worth $6.5 million a season.

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  Tags: wade+redden

Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Plan Z?

Brian Rolston to New Jersey: 4 years, $20 million.

TSN says Edmonton has the inside track on Marian Hossa, with Canadiens running third.

And the phone-in schmucks have started blasting Bob Gainey on CKAC

-Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out

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Hossa Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

According to TSN there is “zero percent chance” of Marian Hossa signing anywhere today.  He’ll be taking some more time to think about his options.

Consider this the Hossa rumor thread until then—there’s certainly enough of them floating around.

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  Tags: marian+hossa

Bobby Holik Signs in New Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

via Sportsnet, Bobby Holik signs with the New Jersey Devils for 1 year, $2.5 million.

Update 7:12pm ET: From Tom Gulliti at Fire & Ice,

“Familarity and wanting to play for a team that can be at the top of their conference, wanting to play winning hockey at the end of my career,” Holik said in listing the reasons for returning to the Devils. “At this point in my career, I wasn’t going to start new somewhere else and when Lou (Lamoriello) called, it was like, ‘Why not?’ because I’m ready for it.”

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  Tags: bobby+holik

NYR Sign Rozsival, 4 Years $20 Million

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

via TSN’s tracker,

New York Rangers re-sign UFA defenceman Michael Rozsival to a four-year deal worth $20 million

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  Tags: michael+rozsival

Leafs Sign Hagman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN Tracker,

Toronto Maple Leafs sign UFA forward Niklas Hagman to a four-year contract

Update 7:02pm ET:  TSN notes the deal for Hagman is 4 years,  $12 million contract.

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  Tags: niklas+hagman

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