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Kovalev to Ottawa

nordiques100 writes” The Ottawa Senators have made a major bold signing, picking up former Hab Alexei Kovalev on a 2 year 10 million dollar deal.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=283891

The signing comes on the heels of the failed Dany Heatley trade and now with Kovalev in the fold, it likely means something may be in the oven involving Heatley.

The team has chosen to move forward, and the skilled Kovalev is a fine start. He is one of the best one on one players in the NHL when he puts his mind to it.

Spurned by the Habs, Kovalev now joins the rival Sens. With Komisarek in Toronto, Ryder in Boston, Rivet in Buffalo, several former Canadiens will be seen often in Northeast Division battles.

It will now be interesting to see what can be salvaged with Heatley. They are in a cap conundrum if he stays, and really, they will be in trouble if he stays whatever the reason. He is the most hated man in Ottawa. His time to leave is now.

But if there is a team out there willing to shell out big dollars and big assets, its not been found just yet. Until then, Sens fans should at least be appeased by this signing as its a good indication the team isnt going to let one player ruin their ability to move forward.

NHL Rumors and Notes for July 7th

1. Nikolai Zherdev one and done with the Rangers

2. Leafs want Swedish teammates

3. Canucks resign O’Brian and Pick up Goalie Raycroft

4. List of 20 players that have elected to take their teams to Salary arbitration.

NHL To Investigate the Leafs for Tampering

TSN is reporting that the Nhl is going to investigate the leafs for tampering due to Ron Wilsons remarks about Daniel and Henrick Sedin. The Globe and Mail is reporting that the Maple Leafs are under investigation by the NHL due to Wilson’s comments on the club’s interest in Daniel and Henrik Sedin prior to July 1st, the first day that unrestricted free-agents could test the market.

The New Habs; Did Gainey Win or Lose ?

Much debate going on since July 1st in Montreal (and around the league) about Gainey’s move. Did he do the right thing ? Are the Canadiens better or worse than last year ? Should we label them as winners, or losers ? Here’s my take on it.

Salary Arbitration 2009

New York Rangers right winger Nikolai Zherdev and Detroit forward Jiri Hudler are among the 20 players who will enter salary arbitration, the NHL Players’ Association said Sunday night.

NHL News and Rumors – July 6, 2009

Wild waiting on decision from Saku Koivu

Leafs chase Monster’s mate

Monster praise for Leafs

Predators won’t get paid if Steve Sullivan hurts back

Best playmakers in the NHL

It’s a pleasure I have to make lists about any category of players. You probably remember my list about the best defensive d-men or about the best d-corps. I thaught about writing one about the best offensive d-men, but with Markov and Kaberle in play, it would be too dangerous ;) Maybe one day!

July 5, 2009 – NHL News and Rumors Roundup

Clerical error could cost Hawks

Quick tidbit on Alex Tanguay

Whither Sundin? Friday’s signing may mean there’s no more room last season’s prized free-agent acquisiton

Winners and Losers of July 1rst. 30 teams version.

Here’s my take on what happened since July 1rst. There’s still a few good free agents available, but in general, most teams are done. Let’s start a good discussion!

Anaheim : The jury’s still out. While signing Niedermayer was a good start, they were needing at least 2 top 9 forwards. Also, if they don’t resign Beauchemin, the D isn’t looking as strong as it was. Time’s not up yet, so we’ll see. But they have to move if they don’t wanna be losers.

The calm after the storm…

This July 1st, hockey fans were able to witness something that is typically rare during free agency day. That being Canadian hockey teams actually signing free agents. Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto, spent some money and were able to get some of the most coveted free agents this off-season. Now…the calm after the storm happened and now all of us are starting to get a clear picture of what next years rosters are going to look like.

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