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July 3, Free Agency Column; Updated 4,30pm

Trade Rumors front: Dan Boyle asked to waive NTC. Hawks may be shopping Marty Havlat as GM Dave Tallon said no to giving up Khabibulin.

JAGR ERA AS A New York Ranger is OVER: press conference stated that Markus Naslund signed to a two-year deal worth $8M, and Dmitri Kalinin has signed one-year deal.

July 2, Free Agency Column

Kristian Huselius signs with Columbus, four years, $4.75M p/s.

Doug Weight signs with the Islanders, one year dea; Kukla’s Korner

Pittsburgh re-signs Brooks Orpik, six years $3.75M per.

TRADE CONFIRMED: Zherdev and Fritsche Traded To The Rangers
for Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman.

Ron Hainsey signs a five year deal worth $4.5M p/s with Atlanta.

Senators sign J. Ruutu for three years, $3.9M.

Malkin extends his stay in Pittsburgh for five years; details to follow.

Sean Avery signs a four year deal with Dallas, reported Nick Kypreos; four years $16M.

Jim Vandermeer and Curtis Glencross sign with Calgary.

TSN.ca reports that Marian Hossa has signed a one year deal worth $7.4M

Carolina Hurricanes re-sign Joni Pitkanen, three year $12M. Also Josef Melichar, one year deal, $1M.

July 1st, Free Agents Column

Good morning my hockey friends. This will be an updated post throughout the day on signings and possible trades, much like we do on draft day.

Redden signs with the Rangers, six years $6.5m p/s

Devils sign Bobby Holik, $2.5M; 1 year.

NYR re-signs Michal Rozsival, $20M, 4 years. Toronto signs Niclas Hagman

Rolston signs back with the Devils: a four-year, $20 million contract

Columbus signs UFA defenceman Mike Commodore to a 5 year deal worth $18.75-million; Flyers bring back Ossi Vaananen

Campbell signs with Blackhawks, 8 years at $7.1M p/s

(Minor signings are updated in post, click “read more”).

Top 30 RFA's and UFA's

With just 5 days until Free Agency day I decided to put a list of the top 30 RFA’s AND UFA’s plus which teams are interested in them and their market value.

Penguins Free Agency Dilema

This Coming Free Agency for the Penguins will decide the future of the franchise. Are they going to be a success for a few seasons or are they going to go full steam ahead with becoming a powerhouse in the NHL for the next several years. Here are the top ten prospects that the Penguins need to consider and not allow other teams in the east or west acquire.

Intriguing Draft Weekend

Hello hockey fans! An all new season of my articles is up. I have been quite busy the past months with education (MBA), but hockey season is back on for me now. So not a whole lot to talk about other than the draft, but it’s not the draftee that makes the weekend intriguing, but rather the potential headliners. Such as? Find out…

Sens Seek Facelift

After reaching the cup final in 2007, instead of taking the next step forward, the Ottawa Senators have taken several steps back.

Yes the team was crippled with injuries at the absolute wrong time of the year with both Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Fisher falling to injury in the last week of the season. However, the team was in deep trouble well before that and everything blew up in their face in the playoffs getting swept with ease by the Penguins.

Youth and Size vs. Experience and Poise. [Also stats galore!]

Here we are at last. The Stanley Cup Finals. Analysts, fans and experts are going gaga over what they hope will be one of the best Finals ever.

Who will win and what factors will decide the Champion?

Both teams seem to boast enormous offensive talent, a resurgent goaltender, fantastic defensive play by their entire team, and an excellent PP and PK. The question to ask is what differentiates them from each other? A cursory glance concludes that the Penguins have the youth and size, whereas the Wings have the experience and poise. Which will prove to be more valuable?

The last 9 Stanley Cups have been won by the team with home ice, which Detroit holds. The Penguins haven’t lost at home in regulation since February 13th and Marc-Andre Fleury personally hasn’t lost in Pittsburgh since Thanksgiving 2007. The Penguins top the Red Wings on goals scored, goals against, goal differential, PP and are tied with them for PK. The Red Wings have players that have won a combined 23 Cups to the Penguins’ 4.


Philadelphia Flyers: Offseason Plan

Now that the Flyers are officially done for the year, I’d like to give a realistic examination of their potential off-season activities.

Penny Pinching Sabres Need to Save Some Players For A Change

If you are a Buffalo Sabres fan, you should feel happy that the team is not owned by someone who will be going bankrupt any time soon. What you should not be happy about is the way ownership is going about business to ensure no significant losses.

Tom Golisano, the Sabres owner, has certainly done all he needs to do to save a few dollars. In the meantime, his methods have begun to alienate the loyal fanbase of the team.

Leaf rumors: Quenneville, Hartsburg possible coaches; Campbell, Nonis as execs?

Leafs targeting D Jay Bouwmeester? Gretzky another option as GM

Although the Maple Leafs are enjoying their prolonged summer vacation, they are still managing to make headlines around the NHL.

But then again, this stands to reason, given that the buds currently have no General Manager, Coach, or team Captain.

As such, some new rumors have arisen in the aftermath of Paul Maurice being sacked.

What a day

Ever have a little computer glitch??? HTR had a database meltdown this morning that was not able to sort of be resolved until just now. What does this mean for HTR … we are now back at April for most of the stories … but now ready to move ahead. All systems are a go and I will talk to my server host to see if we can arrange it so that this problem does not happen again.

Darn this was stressful for me. The entire collection of over 10,000 stories went down. It took a lot of time and a ton of stress to resolve this. Wow … that sucked.

The Comments are still not resolved. Hopefully this will be fixed soon too.

Penguins take a 3-0 stranglehold

The Pittsburgh Penguins are continuing to play amazing hockey following an excellent regular season. In Ottawa, the Pens scored 3 third period goals to take the game 4-1 and increase their lead to 3-0 in the series. They are the only team in this year’s playoffs to win the first 3 games, with the Stars having a chance to match them today. The Penguins are one win away from their first playoff series victory in seven years. The Ottawa Senators will try to duplicate the feats accomplished by the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and 1975 New York Islanders, who are the only NHL teams to have erased 3-0 series deficits. An interesting note is there was a 33 year gap between those comebacks, and 2008 also marks 33 years since the last one.

Will history repeat itself?