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My first article, so be gentle.
Many were quick to criticize the Flyers during this year’s free agency period, as they chose not to go after many big names and were strapped down by their attempts to sign Gagne. Not knowing how much Gagne is going to make yet limited their ability to sign highly-payed players. They instead signed defenseman Nolan Baumgartner, and wingers/centers Randy Robitaille and Mark Cullen. I say wingers/centers simply because Center is a position the Flyers are overloaded with right now, and these players will most likely be converted to the wing. They also signed 2000 unsigned draft pick Lars Jonsson, who spent recent years in the Swedish Elite League, but has yet to play an NHL game. Bob Clarke countered these seemingly small signings by claiming that they made their big moves last year, in obtaining Forsberg, Knuble, Hatcher and Rathje. This would be a fine answer if Rathje and Hatcher actually panned out, but apparently admitting mistakes isn’t something this franchise likes to do too often. But, all is not lost.
The Ducks have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with left wing Stanislav Chistov.
The deal will pay Chistov approximately $800,000 each of the next two seasons.
According to startribune.com, the Toronto Maple Leafs have signed the AHL scoring leader last season (who was an UFA with the Minnesota Wild organization last season), Erik Westrum to a one-way contract.
The Toronto Sun reports that sources claim the Rangers are considering bringing back former Rangers blueliner Brian Leetch.
According to TSN.ca The Montreal Canadiens announced Monday the signing of forward prospects Mathieu Aubin, Matt D’Agostini and Mikhail Grabovski.
TSN – Vancouver Sun reports that the Canucks will announce early this week they have signed free agent centre Marc Chouinard to a two-year, $2 million US contract.
By Darryl Dobbs
Free agency opened in the NHL last weekend, and from noon that Saturday until the following Sunday many of the elite players were scooped up by GM’s hungry for that missing piece that will put their team over the top.
The daily action has since slowed down over the past week, but many significant moves still occurred. Here are some of the signings/deals with the most impact on your fantasy squad:
TSN.ca is reporting that Brendan Shanahan has decided to sign with the New York Rangers. The deal is said to be for 1 year at around the 4 million dollar mark. Apparantly Shanahan turned down bigger offers from both the Red Wings and the Canadiens. Reportedly Shanahan called Gainey on Saturday to tell him he was going to reject his offer. So finally we are able to end all speculation from Boston to Detroit to Montreal in the biggest media capital of the world, New York, New York.
According to Sports Radio 66 WFAN in New York City, the New York Rangers have made an offer to Brendan Shanahan. While listening to the 20-20 updates, Jerry Recco stated that the Rangers are currently waiting to hear a response from Shanahan on whether or not he’ll take their deal.
What the heck is going on, or should I say is wrong with Ken Holland all of a sudden. The league has known him to be a deal maker and top-notch stealer in the past years but lately his choices are questionable.
Now that the Leafs have almost set their line-up for the 2006-07 season, who won’t make the team and what would the lines look like? I’m going to set a line combination with possible signings (ex. Roberts, Lindros, Peca). I’m interested to hear all of your feedback and your own ideas.
According to the Ottawa Sun:
Martin Havlat is taking another step closer to the door.
With most of the major UFAs signed, the landscape of the NHL has changed drastically from last season…well, at least for a couple teams. Which of these teams do you think came out on top?
According to TSN and Sportsnet, free agent goaltender, Manny Legace was expecting to get some offers from some teams. Manny Legace didn’t get that AT ALL, infact he has had no calls from other teams regarding him signing a contract. Legace’s agent has started calling teams, but by the looks of things, Legace is going to be left without a job, seeing there are very few teams without a starting goalie and several other goalies to choose from.
If you could have any one player on your team, who would it be?
During the appeal of the ongoing battle between Steve Belkin and the other owners of the Thrashers and the Hawks of the NBA, a Maryland judge ruled that the two teams cannot sign players to multi-year deals or trade for players who already have multi-year deals. Only one year contracts.
According to one of Pittsburgh’s most prestigious newspapers, The Pittsburgh Tribune review, Mark Recchi may be intrested in returning to the Penguins again.
Source : Mix 99.7 FM Radio Station
The Montreal submit a 5 years / 25 Millions dollars offer to Simon Gagne.
According to tsn.ca
The Washington Capitals continued to stockpile for the future Thursday, signing 20-year-old defenseman Sasha Pokulok to an entry-level contract.
Restricted free agent forward Nik Antropov has agreed to a one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Terms have not been released.