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After one year of modest success following several abysmal seasons, the New York Islanders have raised ticket prices by a whopping $35 per seat. How, then, can they justify their utter inactivity in the free agent market this off-season?
As we see the superstars of toady approach their final years in the league, such as Roy, Sakic, Yzerman, Lemieux, their is a new generation of elite players who will take the torch and represent the new superstars of the league.
TSN.ca is reporting that Tony Amonte has signed with the Coyotes. The last of the upper tier unrestricted free agents, Tony Amonte, has found a home.
(Jul. 12th) — TFP has learned that the Ottawa Senators have re-sign team captain Daniel Alfredsson. The Ottawa Sun is reporting the two sides have agreed to a 2-year, $9.5 million contract, which could be worth as much as $10 million with bonuses.
The Senators would not confirm, nor deny these reports. A Senators representative told TFP, “We’ll announce it, when we announce it.”
Remain hooked to TheFourthPeriod.com for details as they happen…
The Team 1050 in Toronto is reporting that Tony Amonte Will make a decision on which team to join by Saturday. According to the report, Amonte has two offers and is expecting two more today. No word on which teams are involved, but the Rangers, Leafs and Islanders are all rumoured suitors for the Winger’s services.
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New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent left wing Ted Donato. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. (newyorkrangers.com)
The New Jersey Devils today signed free agent goaltender Corey Schwab to a contract. The announcement was made by Devils’ CEO/President/ General Manager Lou Lamoriello. As per club policy, no terms were disclosed.
Schwab, 31, spent the 2001-02 season with Toronto where he posted 12 wins, ten losses and five ties, with one shutout and a 2.73 goals-against average in 30 games played. The 6’0”, 180 lb. native of North Battleford, Sask. is looking to become the seventh player to be re-acquired and play for the Devils. He has career totals of 35 wins, 60 losses, and 11 ties with four shutouts and a 3.08 GAA in 133 games with New Jersey, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, and Toronto. Schwab was selected by the Devils in the tenth round of the 1990 Entry Draft.
With some G talent gone to ducks Schwab is the solution ? Give a chance to Ahonen !
Over the last few days Toronto newspapers have been filled with articles calling for Pat Quinn’s head as GM. Its hard to find anyone in Toronto who is happy with the moves or lack there of that he has done this offseason. The question is does he need to be replaced?
Mike Gillis, Tony Amonte’s agent was quoted in the NY Times as saying that the Islanders and Rangers are the frontrunners for Tony Amonte’s services after Toronto pulled out when Amonte turned down their 5 year, 32 million dollar offer.
(Jul. 6th) — TFP has learned that the Phoenix Coyotes have signed winger Kelly Buchberger to a 2-year contract.
Details to follow…
To Anaheim : Petr Sykora , Igor Pohanka, Mike Commodore , Jean-François Damphousse.
To New Jersey : Oleg Tverdovsky, Jeff Friesen and Maxim Balmochnykh
According to the Fan 590, a Toronto area sports radio station, who spoke with Amonte’s agent, Tony AMonte and the Toronto Maple Leafs are very close to a deal. They almost had it completed last night, but it didn’t evolve into a signing, but talks continue at the moment. Amonte’s agent said that Tony was excited about a chance to play for the Leafs, and is very close friends with Travis Green and Bryan McCabe.
Apparently according to sportsnet in Toronto. Dallas has cooled off on Amonte and that He was asking 7.5 million a season . This figure apparently was too high for toronto (big surprise) and that the islanders are interested but not at this price either .
Bob Clarke is making a big statement this year by not going after any big named free agents. Clarke seems to think that Philadelphia has what it takes to win the cup. Are the Flyers good enough to advance to the finals and win? Do they have what it takes to beat teams like Detroit and Colorado in a Seven games series? Are the making a mistake by standing idle while many of their rivals are improving.
(Jul. 4th) — TFP has learned that the Dallas Stars have signed right-wing Scott Young to a 2-year, $7 million contract.
Andre Savard is a smart GM going after the deals that are in the interest of the team.
What is Doug Gilmour’s current retirement status? Who are the Habs shopping and why?
General Manager Andre Savard is building the habs like a team is meant to be built; slow and accurate. Savard so far has done what the team needs by aquiring scoring with Czerkawski, grit with Mckay and getting rid of shooter Sergei Berezin.
Doug Gilmour is still un-retired but for how long? Gilmour said he will decide on his future by the quality of free agent signings made this off-season. With Mckay joining the veteran Montreal squad, I think thier is a good chance he will resign.
According to Dave Pagnotta the habs are shopping defenseman, possibly Patrick Traverse. The Traverse deal was the only questionable deal Savard has made since taking over Rejean Houle’s duties. The canadiens are also rumoured to be shopping big defenseman Sheldon Souray. Possible deals could see Derek Morris come to Montreal in exchange for Souray and Traverse.
The Habs are continuing thier search for Lord Stanley’s Cup, when will they find glory?
The Islanders have decided that Tony Amonte is too expensive and have bowed out of the running for his services. They have also alledgedly reset their sights on Scott Young instead.
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild are both expansion teams from 2 years ago. They have decided to take two different paths.
After communicating with Dave Pagnotta of the thefourthperiod.com, on the status of Tony Amonte, he told me that it was still unclear as to which team Amonte is leaning towards. The five teams, Dallas, NYR, NYI, San Jose, and Toronto, are still the only teams making serious runs at Amonte.
If anyone has information Amonte, do tell.