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Hossa & Kopecky to the Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Noted by Pierre Lebrun at ESPN:

LeBrun (2 p.m. ET): The Chicago Blackhawks have signed star winger Marian Hossa to a 12-year whopper deal. Sources tell ESPN.com the deal is worth an average of $5.2 million a year.

more here later

added 2:21pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, T

he Chicago Blackhawks landed Marian Hossa today today with the free-agent push in Chicago once again coming from team president John McDonough, who was the driving force behind last year’s two prominent free-agent signings, Brian Campbell and Cristobal Huet, neither of whom provided good value for the money.

Hossa should be a much better buy - less money against the cap and a far better track record than either Campbell or Huet who, one year after the fact, are problems for the team going forward.

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Release from the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks have signed right wing Marian Hossa to a 12-year contract and center Tomas Kopecky to a two-year contract.

“To add Marian, an elite and world-class player, and Tomas, a Stanley Cup Champion, to our exciting young core reinforces our commitment to try to win the Stanley Cup,” Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon said.

note: Kopecky was added to the headline at 2:24pm. 

Update 2:32pm ET: TSN notes that Kopecky’s deal is for $1.2 million per year, for 2 years.

 

 

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Matt Walker Signs in Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

According to Bob McKenzie on the TSN broadcast (you can watch it live on this post),  Matt Walker has been signed by Tampa Bay Lightning,  4 years, $6.8 Million.

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Mirtle: Hossa a Hawk

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Kopecky a Hawk too, and this is interesting from Kevin Allen,

With Hossa signed with Chi 4 12 yrs, I have ‘Hawks at $34 mill for 8 players in 10-11 with no Kane, Toews, Keith

From Elliot Friedman’s Twitter account,

Pierre LeBrun (the real one) reports it is 12 years, $5.2 million per season for Hossa.

Via TSN, then James Mirtle.  No word on money or term.

And so, I’m thinking the rivalry with Chicago?  Just got a bit more intense.

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David Booth Re-Signs in Florida

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Elliotte Friedman via Twitter, David Booth has re-signed with Florida for 6 years.

More soon.

Update 1:48pm ET: According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Booth deal is worth $25.5 million.

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Report:  Avalanche Sign Craig Anderson

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adrian Dater at the Denver Post’s All Things Avs:

Just heard from a source that the Avs have signed Craig Anderson to a 2-year deal. I’ll confirm soon whether that’s fact or not.

More here later.

Update 1:43pm ET: Dater confirms deal is done

Update 2:22pm ET: Press release from the Avalanche—

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed free agent goaltender Craig Anderson to a two-year contract through the 2010-11 season.

“In Craig we feel we have addressed a very important need within our organization,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman.  “His overall performance last year was very impressive and he is entering the prime years of his career.”

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Andy Greene Re-Signs With New Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Defenseman Andy Greene has re-signed with the Devils.

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added 2:16pm, Tom has updated his post, 2years, $1.475 million.

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  Tags: andy+greene

Free Agent Frenzy: Live

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

TSN’s Free Agent Frenzy will start broadcasting on TV and online at 2pm ET till 6pm.

TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger will be at the ‘News Breakers’ desk to bring viewers the most up-to-date information on NHL signings. Duthie is joined by TSN hockey analysts Pierre McGuire, Darren Pang and former Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster on the Instant Analysis panel while Gino Reda will deliver an in-depth look at all of the Free Agents in play.

The show will be streamed live here on this blog post, as soon as it starts. Stay tuned.

Update 2:00pm ET: The TSN broadcast is now embedded in a livestream below.
Note: Available to USA IP addresses only. Canadians are advised to watch the TSN tv broadcast.

Continue Reading »

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Colton Orr Signs 4-Year Deal with Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

According to Bob McKenzie on TSN, Colton Orr signs a 4-year deal with Toronto, $4 million deal in total.

More soon.

Update 1:16pm: TSN link.

Update 1:23pm: From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail

A 27-year-old native of Winnipeg, Orr fought 18 times with the New York Rangers last season. Toronto general manager Brian Burke has made it crystal clear that he wanted to upgrade the Maple Leafs in the toughness department.

 

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Dvorak Re-Signs With Florida

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN Cover IT Live Blog,

Florida has re-signed Radek Dvorak. Two years for 3.4 million total.

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Leafs Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

As for Toronto, last week an NHL GM told me that he figured his Leafs’ counterpart, Brian Burke, would have both Chris Neil and Travis Moen locked up within the first 24 hours of free agency – and that they would be two-thirds of Toronto’s third line next year. Let’s see if he turns out to be right.

read on for some Hossa/Edmonton thoughts. 

Regarding Hossa, Dreger reporting Chiccago showing interest but I wonder, why not just sign Havlat?

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