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Lightning Continue Adding Forwards; Other Free Agent News

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed veteran forward Mark Recchi to a 1 year contract worth 1.25 million plus bonuses which could make the contract worth up to 1.5 million. Adding Recchi is a great move for the Lightning as it will give them a great mentor for Steven Stamkos. The Lightning also signed Evgeny Artyukhin to a 2 year 1.9 million dollar deal. Artyukhin comes back to Tampa after playing 2 seasons in Russia. As it stands, the Lightning look like this heading into the 2008-09 season:

Pens round out their team by adding Matt Cooke and Janne Pesonen. + New lines!

TSN reports Matt “Cookie” Cooke has signed a 2-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins worth $1.2 million a year.
The move was done in large part to replace the departure of Jarkko Ruutu, also a former Canuck.

Maybe the more interesting news is that it seems the Pens are very close to signing the Finnish SM-Liga’s leading scorer, Janne Pesonen, a 26-year old left winger, to a one-year, two-way deal. Could he be the missing link to play with Crosby or Malkin?

Flyers Report

The Philadelphia Flyers have not been able to pull off any big moves to this point of the off-season. Although there were reports they were after Dan Boyle and Wade Redden. They have for once only maintained and added depth players. The big moves that they made last year were the moves which were meant to give the team a strong future for the next few years to come.

How does everyone predict they will do this upcoming season? Seems as alot of people feel they are not going to do too well. I think they have upgraded their defense and some of the younger guys who are a year older should help them to be a competitive team again. Nothing is a giving in the NHL outside of the Detroit Red Wings. So who knows maybe they could make it to the final but it is all about being healthy at the right time. They found out this past spring pretty quick.

Have the Habs Improved?

With most of the big name free agents gone, except for Sundin, and barring him signing with Montreal, I think that Bob Gainey is probably done his signings. So here a look at the Habs lineup changes for this year.

Leafs sign D Jonas Frogren; Other Leaf rumors

Morrison, Jagr probably not on Leafs radar

Derek Harmsworth of The Bleacher Report says the Maple Leafs have apparently agreed to terms with Swedish defenseman Jonas Frogren.

Additionally Frogren’s Swedish team Farjestad BK have posted an article on their website saying that Frogren has signed with the Leafs, and is following in the footsteps of Hall of Famer Borje Salming.

A change will do you good

This article is a recap of all Glen Sather has done in these past 4 days, my analysis of all of these moves, future targets including Mats Sundin, and what to expect.

Toronto Maple Leaf Fans – Gotta Love to Hate Them

I’m writing this article because I want everybody’s opinion on what they think about the Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans.
In this article I will also talk about their current acquisitions and my thoughts on Toronto Maple Leaf fans and hockey fans in general.

Sundin considering retirement

Was Cherry right after all?

The National Post is reporting Thursday that Mats Sundin is considering retirement.

If true, this would suggest that Don Cherry was right all along.


DON’T BE IN SHOCK… but you will hear it here first. The Rangers who have just traded Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman to Columbus in exchange for Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche

Could very well likely:
SIGN SUNDIN AND JAGR for 7.5 a piece.

Tyutin and Backmon alone cost 6.5 Million. The Rangers who where said to have had 10 Million remaining after signing Redden and Rozival have now freed up enough money to sign both Jarg and Sundin.

Don’t be surprised if Sundin and Jagr are line mates in 2008-2009

The Kids Are Alright

I’m hearing opinions that the Marian Hossa deadline deal in retrospect was a bad move and that the Penguins are going to struggle to make the playoffs now that Malone and Hossa, and others are elsewhere. This so called ‘ripple affect’ from losing Hossa is nonsense and let me tell you why…

Columbus and New York make a deal is reporting that the Blue Jackets have send Zherdev and Dan Fritchie to the Rangers in exchange for Fedor Tyutin and and Christian Backman.

Leafs paying the price for mediocrity

Some teams made big splashes on July 1st, while others made tweaks, and some decided to stand pat. The Maple Leafs, however, in a seven hour period summed up everything that is wrong with their organization.

Big Names being chased

Two hot rumors are making the rounds regarding very talented and highly sought after veterans. Apparently the Canucks have offered Sundin a two year contract worth a whopping 10 million per season and the Pittsburgh Penguins are in hot pursuit of veteran Jaromir Jagr.