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Hello hockey fans! Isn’t it a joyous month of July? Things got exciting for two straight weeks, my country won the World Cup and some good changes happening in the NHL.
Yet, it seems media people get a bit mental and start shooting out ideas as rumors with “sources”.
According to www.hockeybuzz.com and to a Quebec city radio station (was at the shopping mall… can’t tell which station was online at this time… sorry) Mike Keenan is looking to get a goaltender real soon.
Rocky Mountain News is reporting Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles avoided salary arbitration Tuesday when he signed a two-year contract, according to a source close to the situation.
According to Detroit free press and Montreal Gazette…
Rumours about restricted free agent David Aebisher intensify that the wings have made an offer to the Montreal goalie and that is why the talks between the Detroit GM and Belfour have stalled a bit.
The Wings are very interested in Aebisher but no names have been mentioned of whom the Wings would give in return if that deal could be made.
Forward Jan Bulis had a career-high 20 goals last season but the Montreal Canadiens won’t bring back the 28-year-old Czech Olympian. His agent Jiri Crha said Friday that a deal was close at hand with another team.
“There are a few teams that want to sign him,” said Crha. “I think something will happen very soon.”
According to the Daily Herald “As it stands now, the Hawks have Mark Bell, Arkhipov and Patrick Sharp as their top three centers. Tuomo Ruutu could be the club’s No. 1 center, but coach Trent Yawney believes Ruutu is more effective at wing.
Bell is believed to be one veteran they are trying to trade.”
According to the Boston Herald ” knowledgeable source, the possibility of free agent winger Brendan Shanahan signing with the B’s is now dead. Reportedly, St. Louis and Detroit are in the running for the 37-year-old’s services.”
Sportsnet.ca is reporting that center, Mike Peca, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are in the process of
serious negotiations with Mike Peca on a contract.
It is being a reported the Mike Peca would take a
paycut from his 4 million dollar salary last year, to
move his family where they will be happier (in Toronto).
The Leafs are dangeroulsy close to the cap, so if they sign Peca it will be difficult to re-sign Eric Lindros.
According to tsn.ca
The Tampa Bay Lightning avoided an “unpleasant” arbitration case with left wing Ruslan Fedotenko, re-signing the 2004 Stanley Cup hero to a one-year, $1.65 million contract.
Just a week after signing new No. 1 netminder Roberto Luongo, the Vancouver Canucks have bid farewell to their former starter.
CKNW radio in Vancouver reports that the Canucks and Los Angeles Kings have completed a deal that sends goaltender Dan Cloutier to L.A.
Cloutier will earn $2.55 million US next season, the final year of a two-year deal he signed with the Canucks.
More to follow.
The Stars are expected to sign free agents Jeff Halpern and Matthew Barnaby today. Stars general manager Doug Armstrong confirmed that he was in discussions with the two players and said talks are “well down the road.” Barnaby’s deal is said to be one year for $625,000; Halpern is said to be ready to sign a four-year deal worth $2 million per season. – Dallas Morning News/Fort-Worth Star-Telegram & TSN.ca
According to tsn.ca
The Los Angeles Kings have signed right winger Brian Willsie. The 28-year-old agreed to terms on a two-year contract on Tuesday.
According to tsn.ca, The Atlanta Thrashers have signed unrestricted free agent goaltender Fred Brathwaite, forwards Jason Krog and Darren Haydar. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Simon Gagne’s agent Bob Sauve, said he had rejected the Flyers’ four-year contract offer, a proposal first reported in The Times.
“Where we’re standing with the offer is nowhere,” Sauve said. “It’s going to take a lot more than where we’re at right now.”
Clarke appears strapped with Cap troubles to not only have the inability to look elsewhere for FA’s but is going to have trouble retaining his own.
Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette has said that the Pens are actively pursuing center Yanic Perreault for his faceoff and defensive abilities as a third-line center.
Also, the Penguins were interested in the services of Danny Markov and Jaroslav Spacek, but settled for D-man Mark Eaton as “the price was right”.
A return to Pittsburgh for Mark Recchi seems to be “a long shot”.
GM Ray Shero may be finished with free agency, but he has “left open the possibililty of making significant trades when other teams are forced to shed payroll or find themselves overloaded at a particular position.” Shero believes that even if he doesn’t sign free agents, other clubs doing so (such as the NJ Devils) will create trade possibilities.
Lastly, if the price is right, the Penguins would like to acquire Samsonov to play with Crosby or Malkin.
According to tsn.ca, the Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Marc Denis to a three-year, $8.6 million contract. Denis was acquired in a trade with Columbas on June 30.
According to WGR 550 Sports Radio, The Sabres have come to terms with veteran defenseman Teppo Numminen on a one-year contract, giving him a raise from the $2 million dollars that he earned last year.