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Canucks Free Agent Updates

07/01/2007 at 11:56am EDT
Happy Canada Day! Any news on the Canucks today, UFA speculation etc, will be added to this post all day. All other free agent news I'll be contributing to Kukla's Korner, so watch that for updates of things going on around the league.#1 6:56am PT Larry Brooks at the New York Post: "The Canucks might have interest in Kariya, but only short-term and at a discount..." (Geez, I was just joking about that yesterday...)#2 7:00am PT Helene St. James at the Detroit Free Press: "[Bertuzzi] may be eyeing a return to Vancouver considering the Canucks need scoring"#3 7:17am PT From Ben Kuzma at The Province. Just some numbers.
With 14 players under contract for $40.9 million US next season, an increase in the salary cap ceiling to $50.3 million won't loosen the purse strings. Not with eight more players to sign and a plan to spend $2 million under the ceiling. "I'd like to have some room, and you need it for injuries or a deal that presents itself," said Nonis. "That gives you flexibility as the year goes on." [...] "At some point during the summer, we're going to add some free agents and if it's July 1, I don't know," added Nonis. "But it's very unlikely.The challenge is to re-sign restricted free agents Lukas Krajicek ($625,000) and Ryan Shannon ($473,000) and bring back unrestricted free agents that fit the plan for a faster and grittier club.Nonis hinted that mercurial winger Jan Bulis ($1.3 million) and depth defenceman Rory Fitzpatrick ($500,000) are possibilities. It's 50-50 whether Trevor Linden ($600,000), Josh Green ($450,000) and Dany Sabourin ($450,000) will return, while rental Bryan Smolinski ($1.52 million) and Tommi Santala ($450,000) were busts.
Plus comments from Sopel, acknowledging that he realizes the Canucks can't afford him for the 2007-08 season. (Grant Kerr's Globe & Mail report yesterday has other general comments on the situation faced by Nonis.)#4 5:33pm PT Only thing that has anything to do with the Canucks at all today - that I've seen - is that Dany Sabourin reportedly got signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins for 2 years for just over $1 million total. No idea if it's true - just saw mention of it on a message board. Sounded legit though. (I'll add more later.)So yeah, boring day for Canucks fans, but entertaining watching stuff around the rest of the league so far...Note: two minutes after I post that above, TSN confirms the Sabourin thing here.

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