July 10, 2009 News and Rumors Roundup

RANGERS: KOTALIK IN, ZHERDEV LIKELY OUT

DEVILS CENTER ATTENTION ON MORRISON

Arbitration, Alex Tanguay, Brian Boyle

Penguins: McKee could fill hole on defense


RANGERS: KOTALIK IN, ZHERDEV LIKELY OUT

LARRY BROOKS

So what does yesterday’s three-year, $9 million signing of Ales Kotalik, a 30-year-old winger with a modest ceiling who has never been a plus-player in seven NHL seasons and who has been on the decline for the past three years, tell us about the Rangers?

Well, it tells us that 24-year-old Nikolai Zherdev is almost certain to be done on Broadway once his salary arbitration case is decided, out after one season and at the cost of 25-year-old Fedor Tyutin, surely a more valuable defenseman than Wade Redden and Michal Rozsival.

It also tells us that management doesn’t believe that P.A. Parenteau or any of his teammates with the AHL Wolf Pack are capable of earning a job in camp and contributing offensively during the early part of the season. Same old, same old for the Rangers, who never met a middling veteran they didn’t like better than their own minor league, uh, prospects.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/07102009/sports/rangers/rangers__kotalik_in__zherdev_likely_out_178502.htm

DEVILS CENTER ATTENTION ON MORRISON

MARK EVERSON

With Saku Koivu now a Duck, general manager Lou Lamoriello’s options for adding an offensive center are dwindling. It seems more and more likely that his pronouncement of only adding “role players” to his roster actually will be the case.

Former Devil Brendan Morrison is one offensive center still available on the unrestricted market. Agent Kurt Overhardt refused comment on whether Lamoriello is trying to sign Morrison, but did say “there are a couple of things going on,” and that he expects the 33-year-old to sign somewhere in a few days.

Morrison had sought a trade from New Jersey when he was packaged with Denis Pederson to Vancouver for Alexander Mogilny on March 14, 2000.

Meanwhile, Overhardt said negotiations with the Devils for Travis Zajac have not hit any obstacle, despite Zajac’s filing for arbitration as a restricted free agent.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/07092009/sports/devils/devils_center_attention_on_morrison_178369.htm

Arbitration, Alex Tanguay, Brian Boyle

Word is that several teams have kicked the tires on UFA Alex Tanguay (and checked his repaired shoulder), but nothing imminent. We hear Rangers also have paddles in the trade waters out West, no specifics, although people in the info stream suggest San Jose, L.A., Edmonton and Chicago.

***Boyle’s deal is $525,000 per for two years, down from his $750,000 in ’08-09. Looks like a bargain.

http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/blog/2009/07/thursday_topics_arbitration_al.html

Penguins: McKee could fill hole on defense

Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins might be close to signing a defenseman, one of the final missing pieces for their roster.

Jay McKee, an unrestricted free agent who spent the past three seasons with St. Louis, is likely to decide in the next few days where he will spend the 2009-10 season, and that could be with the Penguins, his agent, Pat Morris, said yesterday.

“When the Penguins come calling, it catches your attention,” Morris said of the recently crowned Stanley Cup champions. “I think there are things he does well that the Penguins like. He can be a shutdown guy.”

McKee, who turns 32 before the season starts, is considered a skilled shot-blocker. At 6 feet 4, 203 pounds, he adds a physical presence.

The Penguins lost defensive defensemen Rob Scuderi and Hal Gill to free agency this month.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09191/982967-61.stm


28 Responses to July 10, 2009 News and Rumors Roundup

  1. Komic-J says:

    At this point, I think Gainey would be wize to bring back Tanguay. I know, he wouldn't bring any size upfront, but there's nothing outhere, on the free agency market, that would anyway. Plus, this team is all about speed, which is something Tanguay is known for.

    With Cammalleri, Gionta and Kostitsyn as our only legitimate top-lines wingers, the Habs could use a playmaker like Tanguay on their second line. Tanguay has also been a very valuable and versitile player, playing both wings, and the point on the Power-Play.

    With Koivu, Kovalev and Komisarek's departure, the fans could also use a familiar face in the line-up. Tanguay has been nothing but class eversince he joined the Habs…

    I have no clue what Tanguay's looking for in terms of money/terms. But at the right price, I think he could be a good fit.

  2. pezzz123 says:

    Habs sign Paul Mara for 1 year. No terms realeased.

  3. my_sphincter says:

    Habs don't have the available cap space. As it stands, they can afford to fill out the roster with their RFAs and some youth and maybe have some wiggle room at the trade deadline to pick up someone for a playoff run.

    Tanguay will command at least 4 mil per and the Habs just don't have it.

  4. my_sphincter says:

    I hope this means they don't have to play O'Byrne

  5. nordiques100 says:

    not going to hurt them.

    they have sufficiently added solid depth to their defence.

    markov-spacek
    hamrlik-mara
    gorges-gill

    with the likes of subban, weber, obyrne and maybe mathieu carle pushing the veterans.

    at the very least, it takes some pressure off of subban and gets him a chance to plan in hamilton for the year. weber, still working on his defensive game will be allowed to do that plus be the 1st callup.

    obyrne is a decent 7th guy but i wouldnt be surprised if gainey just moves him. the poor kid. his career was ruined with that own goal. at least his mtl career.

    he may be a serviceable guy down the road. he is at least better than andy wozniewski lol

  6. nordiques100 says:

    i think tanguay would be redundant back in mtl.

    he is a good player, but they have lots of quick guys who are solid playmakers.

    they need sandpaper, grit, size, toughness among their top 6 or at worst, top 9.

    really, their most experienced Power forward is latendresse and taht is sad.

    i guess if we think of how martin set up his teams in ottawa, we will try and look for the habs to use their quickness to the advantage and be strong positionally.

  7. BruMagnus says:

    It's official.

    McKee signs!

    $800,000.

    Frakking amazing price! I thought $1.5 million for Boynton was a steal.

    http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_633131.html

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09191/983051-100.stm

  8. BruMagnus says:

    If it's under $2 million then it's a solid signing.

  9. JustYouW8 says:

    The Leafs signed Rickard Wallin to a one year deal, Terms were not released.

  10. lafleur10 says:

    paul mara signed for  1 year 1.9 million

  11. pezzz123 says:

    Travis Moen signs the the Habs. 3 years. No money released yet.

    Now they have too much LW with Cammalleri, AK, Latendresse, Pacioretty, Stewart, Moen. A trade is coming for sure.

  12. Habroller says:

    I'm waiting for you to say how bad this move is for the Canadiens.

  13. pezzz123 says:

    It's not a bad move, as he will provide grit on the 4th line, but 1.5 million per year is a steep price, and now they have too much LW.

  14. RealisticNick says:

    Luckly Cammalleri also plays center, also Kostitsyn and Latendresse can play the other wing.

    I actually see him on a line with Latendresse and Lapierre.

  15. lafleur10 says:

    we signed him for 3years @4.5 million over those years

  16. THENOTORIOUS says:

     Andrei Kostitsyn is actually a RWer, he was drafted as a RWer and use to play the RW 2 years ago along Higgins and Plekanec. Latendresse should also be playing the right wing, he had his best days playing the right wing along Tangay and Koivu.

  17. pezzz123 says:

    Cammalleri is horrible at center. Beware.

  18. pezzz123 says:

    Latendresse actually had his best days playing left of Koivu and Ryder, and then playing left of Lapierre and Kostopoulous. He never played RW with the Habs.

  19. mojo19 says:

    Ya I heard them talking about him on the radio today, he's supposed to be pretty good. They're thinking he'll probably start out as like a 3rd line centre. It's just a 1 year deal so if he works out he could be like a 3rd line, two-way centre, which would be good.

  20. nordiques100 says:

    solid pickup, albeit expensive. 2 years, 2 mil max was my guess. 4.5 over 3 is pricey.

    but, he fills a major void on the habs roster. size, grit, good PK, experience, character.

  21. Komic-J says:

    While I agree with you about Kostitsyn, Latendresse is much more comfortable of the left side. When Higgins was injured, Latendresse did have succes playing with Koivu and Tanguay, but Tanguay was playing on the right side.

    I really hope Andrei will be used as right-winger this season, as I think he could be just as succesful as Kovalev was, as a left-handed right winger.

  22. RealisticNick says:

    Damn, I read he won 60%ish of his face-offs and took that as he could play there.

  23. DandoEagle says:

    Habs got bigger and nastyer today and  Moen will be good for the team and Leaf fans will hate on this move because it was a bad move but if Bruke had brought him to Toronto he would be knighted lOL!

  24. pezzz123 says:

    No. If fact he's a one-dimensionnal sniper. He's bad at face-offs (the 60% is deceiver), horrible defensively and has poor vision. He's excellent at the wing, really. But bad at center.

  25. DandoEagle says:

    for any1 who has questions if the Habs improved or went sideways takea look at these

    They replaced Komisaurus with 2 NHL defensmen in Hal Gill and Mara, they replaced O'Byrne with Spacek – I don't think Bob should have let Francis Bouillon walk though – he's a good sandpaper gritty player who I'm shocked is still on themarket.

    Up front he's got 3 guys who've all put up good numbers playing in a defence first system in Cammy, Gomer and Gionta, and bringing in Moen makes Bob the smartest GM in the league! Am I the only one who remembers Moen being apart of the best energy line in Hockey that helped win a cup for Anaheim?

    The average height on defense is over 6 feet – there is going to be some nasty times in front of Price.

    The most important stat, last year exactly one Montreal canadien had won a Stanley Cup and three who played in a finals.

    Now we have 4 cup winners on the team, and each one played a pretty emportant roll on the teams that won.

    To all the Habs fans who are scared – no fear in Bob you truest!

    (P.S. Can't wait for Latendresse to have a 30 goal season!)

  26. BruMagnus says:

    Uday sucks.

  27. zackman13 says:

    well he just got bought out of the last year of his four-year, $16 million contract so he didnt mind taking a pay cut for a year to play on a good team.

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