Monthly Archives: July 2003

Updates on Free Agency **UPDATE**

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Down to business: reports that the Detroit Red Wings have made a new offer to Derian Hatcher of $6M for four years after offering $5.5M per season.

Newsday reports that the New York Rangers pass on Todd Marchant, who is seeking a six year deal worth $24M. The Columbus Blue Jackets are still interested in signing the checking role player. Stay tuned as signings may happen soon this week.

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reported that Sergei Fedorov is interested in signing with the L.A Kings.

Rangers Choose Coach, Bure May Retire *Update*

GM Glen Sather announced that he will coach the Rangers in the 2003-2004 season, stated

Also, reported that Pavel Bure may retire. has learned that Pavel Bure was appointed as Russia’s Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs. The moves of tradinf Leetch’s and Messier’s rights may also persuade Bure to make the decision.

Furthermore, also made an error regarding Lindros. GM/Coach Glen Sather said that was incorrect. He also said that he expects Brian Leetch to be back in the Big Apple, and maybe Eric Lindros as well. Also, the GM mentioned that he is not looking to change the goaltending and will most likely not acquire Curtis Joseph from the Detroit Wings.

Stay tuned for updates!

Updated: 3,00 pm: has made an error that the Rangers have declined Eric Lindros’ player option, thus making him an unrestricted free agent. However, the has reported that the Rangers traded Mark Messier’s rights to the Sharks for future considerations. reports that Eric Lindros may be a UFA when, and if, placed on the waiver wire on Wednesday. reports that the Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed center Andrew Cassels to a two-year deal worth $3.05M.

Rem Murray re-signed with the Predators.

Philadelphia signs goaltender Jeff Hackett to a two-year deal worth $6M.

Fedorov Interested in Leafs?

KEN CAMPBELL writes that unrestricted free agent Sergei Fedorov, has listed the Leafs high on his prefered teams, according to his agent Pat Brisson. It will now depend on if the Leafs will make a pitch for Fedorov, which would mean they would give up their prudent attitude they wanted to have coming into this year free agency.

McCarty Gets his Wings, Rippoman Remains a Yote, Flyers News

The Phoenix Coyotes have re-signed Teppo Numminen to a one-year deal, terms undisclosed reports

Darren McCarty has re-signed with the Detroit Red Wings. reports that it is a four year deal worth $8.75M. And, Jason Wooley will also be back with the Red Wings.

According to, he Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed Eric Desjardins and Claude Lapointe to NEW two-year contracts.

Eric Desjardins receives a two year deal worth $8M with an option of $3M. Claude Lapointe receives a contratc worth $2M.

Review of Free Agency News **Updated**

The following will have all of the news of re-signed players, and players who received and did not received qualifying offers.

Updated July 1st, 2003. 12,10 pm et.