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Bruins Sign Shawn Thornton

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The Boston Bruins signed free agent right wing Shawn Thornton to a multi-year contract on Sunday.

more soon…

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Burke On Niedermayer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Anaheim Ducks,

“Scott Niedermayer has informed me that he is leaning toward retirement,” said Burke. “Typical of his character and leadership, he made the call this morning in order to allow us to make alternative plans in the event he does not return. Although he has not retired and would be welcomed back, we felt adding another top NHL defenseman was critical to defending our championship. Mathieu Schneider fits into that category and will be a great addition to our team.”

Thanks to HockeyFights.com for the tip…

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Perreault Agrees To Terms With Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Yanic Perreault has agreed to terms with the Chicago Blackhawks on a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

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Rafalski To The Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Per the Emperor and TSN.

5 years/30 mil.

Essentially, the Wings have given up potent scoring for a very steady defenseman who can put up 50 points per season, and quarterback the PP almost as well as Schneider.  I’ll withhold comment on this until we see what else Wunderkind is up to.

added 7:23pm, Check out the transcript of the interview Rafalski did with TSN… Great job George…

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Wings Sign Rafalski

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Rafalski comes home, now a Wing, per TSN but their site is down…

Update 4:06pm ET:
TSN,

Free agent defenceman Brian Rafalski has agreed to a five-year, $30 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings.
Rafalski is regarded as one of the top defenceman on this year’s free agent market.

continued…

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Flames Sign Cory Sarich

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN, T

he Calgary Flames have dipped into the free agent market, signing defenceman Cory Sarich to a five-year, $18 million deal worth an average of $3.6 million per season.

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Briere A Flyer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Sportsnet.ca has learned that the Philadelphia Flyers have signed Daniel Briere.

more from TSN...

Sources tell TSN that Daniel Briere is in the process of finalizing an eight-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers between $6 million and $7 million per year.

Updated from TSN, 3:52pm ET: Contract is for 8 years, $52 million

Updated 5:56pm ET:
From Lets Go Sabres,

“They’re an organization that’s willing to do whatever it needs to win every year,” Briere told TSN of Canada. “There were teams that were offering more than Philadelphia did per year.
“I wanted to be with a team that was committed to winning and going in the right direction.”

more…

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Report- Gomez To Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

WFAN in New York reporting Scott Gomez to Rangers.
Thanks to a trusted KK member for the tip.

added 4:12pm, Follow along here at Rangers Report...

So we go around in a circle.  That is why it is listed as a report.  Will it happen who knows, but it was on WFAN.

added 4:25pm, Now WFAN stating they never reported a signing.  The source who passed this on is good as gold.  As regular KK readers know, I don’t toss junk out.  I still back the source, and you would to.

update 7:00pm, E.J. Hradek reporting via ESPN News Gomez is a Ranger.

Update 7:55pm ET
Story has now opened up to include both Gomez AND Chris Drury signed by Rangers today. More here.

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Recapping The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Yahoo,

The surprising move by Ducks GM Brian Burke comes with superstar defenceman Scott Niedermayer still debating whether or not to call it quits at 33.
“Scott hasn’t made a decision yet,” Niedermayer’s agent Kevin Epp said Sunday.
If Niedermayer does come back, it gives the Ducks a top-four blue-line also featuring Chris Pronger and Francois Beauchemin with the four defencemen earning of total $21.15 million next season.

much more on the signings today…

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See Ya Schneids

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Mathieu Schneider says sayonara and heads back to the Kings for six million/year.

Well, that was three days ago. Wrong team, but right state and damn near exact amount.  Sad?  Of course you are.  What do we lose?  A lot:  157 points over three years, a blast from the point, a constant threat and some violent tendencies rarely mentioned but always appreciated.

So…5.6/year?  Was that too rich for Kenny’s blood?

Maybe.  Or maybe he’s thinking Kronwall can put up 2/3 of that and we won’t be hurt by Schneider’s defection.  And maybe he’s hedging his bets and stashing his cash.

For who?  You know who.

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