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Paul Kariya to St. Louis Blues

From St.Louis Blues.com,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has signed left wing Paul Kariya.
“We are excited to announce we have signed a world class hockey player as well as a first class person,” said Davidson. “Paul gives us instant scoring up front as well as bringing an entertaining brand of hockey to the St. Louis Blues.”


Update 11:55pm ET:
TSN reports it’s a 3-year deal. More details to come soon.

Update 1:09am ET:
Pointed out by a KK reader (thanks!) the previous TSN link has been updated to note Kariya’s new salary: 3 years for $18 million.

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Blues Re-Sign Jackman

via the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has re-signed defenseman Barret Jackman to a one-year contract. 
“Barret has been solid on the blueline for the Blues since breaking in with the club in his first full season in 2002-03,” said Davidson.  “He’s an excellent assistant captain and we look for him to play a vital role in helping lead our team next season.”

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Blues Sign Tkachuk

via the St. Louis Blues,

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has signed center Keith Tkachuk.
“We are excited to be able to bring a player of Keith’s caliber back to the St. Louis Blues,” said Davidson. “Keith played great hockey under Head Coach Andy Murray last season and we are thrilled to have him wearing the Bluenote again.”


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Blues Offer Contract to Keith Tkachuk

From Jeremy Rutherford at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues have offered veteran center Keith Tkachuk a two-year contract worth $3.5 million per season, a source has told the Post-Dispatch.
The club will now wait for a decision from Tkachuk, who spent six seasons with the Blues prior to being traded to Atlanta last February.
On Tuesday, the Blues made a deal with the Thrashers to acquire Tkachuk’s rights. The club has the power to negotiate exclusively with the 35-year-old unrestricted agent until Sunday, when the NHL free-agency period opens.


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UFAs That Could Fit The Blues Mold

from Jeff Gordon at St. Louis Today,

In this corner of cyberspace, we believed Scott Gomez would be the ideal addition to the Note. But his free-agent value is pushing $8 million per season this summer and he will hear from several Cup contenders.
Gomez appears to be well out of this team’s range. He is the top player on a lot of shopping lists.
Another option was former Blue Michal Handzus, but the Blackhawks showed more interest in retaining him after shedding defenseman Adrian Aucoin and his contract. Handzus is said to be seeking a $4 million salary in next contract, moving into the range the Blues would like to pay somebody (Tkachuk) with more offensive ability.

read on

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Blues Get Rights To Tkachuk

from Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com,

Atlanta traded the rights to Tkachuk, an unrestricted free agent, and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2008, back to St. Louis on Tuesday in exchange for the conditional first-round pick in 2008 that was sent to St. Louis as part of the February trade.
St. Louis receives the conditional fourth-round pick only if Atlanta signs Tkachuk before Nov. 1.
But, that seems unlikely. By obtaining Tkachuk’s rights, St. Louis holds sole negotiating rights with the player until free agency opens July 1. That suggests that the Blues will work diligently to get Tkachuk signed before Sunday’s free-agent frenzy begins.


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Blues Will See Less Of Legace

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Manny Legace joked after a Monday morning workout in Kirkwood that his wife, Gigi, can finally see his abdominal muscles.
Well, muscle ... singular.
“I have one,” said Legace, who’s been fending off “chubby” jokes much of his NHL career.
Legace may have more abs showing by the time Blues training camp starts in September. He’s working out three times a week with club strength coach Nelson Ayotte, while skating once a week and taking shots from assistant coach Rick Wamsley.


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Blues Set Budget

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Owner Dave Checketts, who lowered ticket prices to entice fans back to the arena, has said the Blues’ payroll would be about $40 million for the 2007-08 season. That leaves Davidson and Co. with about $5 million to spend in free agency — probably not enough to land a player such as Briere. He made $5 million with the Sabres this season, and after posting 32 goals and 95 points, could net $8 million to $9.5 million per year in a new deal.
So, three years after salaries bordering on $10 million forced the NHL into a lockout, salaries are back in the same neighborhood. This time, it was planned.


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The Gassoffs’

A must read, again pointing to Abel to Yzerman. Then, to find out more on the senior Gassoff, check out Legends of Hockey.

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St. Louis Blues Sign #1 Pick Erik Johnson

From Bob McKenzie at TSN,

The St. Louis Blues have signed No. 1 overall pick Erik Johnson to a contract and the University of Minnesota freshman will begin his pro career in the fall.
In the meantime, he has been invited to join Team USA at the World Championship in Moscow.


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