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Vaananen to the Blue Jackets?

According to NHL Online the Columbus Blue Jackets are showing tons of intrest in former Colorado Avalanche defenceman Ossi Vaananen.

Highly Possible

The NYPost.com is reporting that the Rangers and Michael Peca will resume talks and could come to an agreement, which is very likely to happen.

mikster’s note: The Rangers lost two penalty killers in Jed Ortmeyer (free agency) and Matt Cullen (trade). They need an experienced penalty killer and a very good face-off center for the third line. update: New York Dailey News had quotes from Michael Peca saying that he wants to play for the Rangers and that he would not give them cap issues. The Rangers are expected to deal away Darius Kasparaitis, if not then send him to the minors where his salary will not count against the cap, and Brandan Shanahan’s bonuses will count against next season. With Peca signed, the Rangers will be slightly under the salary cap.

Parise Makes Pact with the Devils

According to TSN.ca, the New Jersey Devils have re-signed Zach Parise to a four year contract worth $12.5M.

ARBITRATOR AWARDS AVERY $1.9 Million

According to the Blueshirt Bulletin, the arbitrator has awarded Sean Avery a 1 year $1.9Million dollar deal.

Ryder Signed

The Montreal Canadiens have signed winger Michael Ryder to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Oil Spill, NHL's Cap for 2008-2009, Weekend of the Rat

Oil spill in the NHL, what should Kevin Lowe really do.

NHL’s cap for 2008-2009; where it should be and why.

Weekend of the Rat! A great day in South Florida.

Who Has Been the REAL GM of the Rangers?

So, who has been the GM of the Rangers for the past few years?  A couple of months ago I would have said Glen Sather but now I wonder. 

Emery Re-Signs with Ottawa

According to tsn.ca “Ottawa Senators and goaltender Ray Emery have avoided salary arbitration by reaching a last minute, three-year contract agreement worth $9.5 million. It is a substantial raise from the $925,000 he earned last season.”

Blues Acquire Toivonen From Boston

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has acquired goaltender Hannu Toivonen (HA-noo, TOI-voh-nuhn) from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Carl Soderberg.

Lundqvist Re-signs

NewyorkRangers.com released a report that Henrik Lundqvist has agreed terms with the New York Rangers. Accoring to John Dellapina and Larry Brooks, NY journalists, the contratc is believed to be a one year deal worth under $3 million. Lundqvist becomes an unrestricted free agent following the 2008-2009 season.

TSN states it is worth $4.25M.

Penguins sign The Kid for 5 years.

Confirmed from Pittsburgh in both the Tribune-Review and the Post-Gazette, Sidney Crosby has signed a 5-year extension deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The deal is worth $45 million USD, which breaks down to $9M cap hit for 5 years, but does not come into effect until the expiration of his present contract at the end of this season. The extension pushes back Crosby’s time line, if he eventually wishes to become an unrestricted free-agent, by one year. Sidney is now eligible for UFA after the 2012/13 season is over.

Click HERE for the Tribune-Review article (the Post-Gazette article is just a short confirmation).

Kozlov re-signs

According to NHL Line, Slava Kozlov has re-signed with the Thrashers.

Dallas had offered Kozlov a 3 year contract paying him 3.5 mill per year. Atlanta challenged back paying him 3 years 11 million. Read the article at www.nhlline.ca

Analysis: July 1

You hear that? The sound of cash registers….