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Andre Savard is a smart GM going after the deals that are in the interest of the team.
What is Doug Gilmour’s current retirement status? Who are the Habs shopping and why?
General Manager Andre Savard is building the habs like a team is meant to be built; slow and accurate. Savard so far has done what the team needs by aquiring scoring with Czerkawski, grit with Mckay and getting rid of shooter Sergei Berezin.
Doug Gilmour is still un-retired but for how long? Gilmour said he will decide on his future by the quality of free agent signings made this off-season. With Mckay joining the veteran Montreal squad, I think thier is a good chance he will resign.
According to Dave Pagnotta the habs are shopping defenseman, possibly Patrick Traverse. The Traverse deal was the only questionable deal Savard has made since taking over Rejean Houle’s duties. The canadiens are also rumoured to be shopping big defenseman Sheldon Souray. Possible deals could see Derek Morris come to Montreal in exchange for Souray and Traverse.
The Habs are continuing thier search for Lord Stanley’s Cup, when will they find glory?
The Islanders have decided that Tony Amonte is too expensive and have bowed out of the running for his services. They have also alledgedly reset their sights on Scott Young instead.
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild are both expansion teams from 2 years ago. They have decided to take two different paths.
After communicating with Dave Pagnotta of the thefourthperiod.com, on the status of Tony Amonte, he told me that it was still unclear as to which team Amonte is leaning towards. The five teams, Dallas, NYR, NYI, San Jose, and Toronto, are still the only teams making serious runs at Amonte.
If anyone has information Amonte, do tell.
His improbable journey from New York to Edmonton and back to New York is now complete.
TSN.ca is reporting that Mike Richter has re-signed with the New York Rangers. The new deal is for 2 years at $8 million total.
The Rangers had traded his rights to the Edmonton Oilers just before the start of the free-agency period. The Oilers will receive a compensatory draft pick in next season’s draft.
Richter was 24-26-2 with 2 shutouts and a 2.95 GAA in 2001-2002 before his season ended due to a skull fracture.
It was thought that Richter may go to any one of 5 teams, including a return to the Rangers. But with the Red Wings and Maple Leafs signing Curtis Joseph and Ed Belfour respectively, and the Blues bringing back Brent Johnson, the options quickly diminished for Richter.
Richter has a career record of 296-252-72 in 14 seasons with the Rangers. He is the all-time club leader in victories.
Sources have told TFP that the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins are the front runners in the Teemu Selanne sweepstakes. The Chicago Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils are also pursuing the “Finnish Flash.”
So much for Selanne staying West.
The Blue Jackets have also signed Scott Lachance according to TSN.ca
Reports on tsn.ca say that defenseman Luke Richardson has signed a multi year deal with the Blue Jackets.
The Bruins have reportedly offered forward Teemu Selanne a multi-year contract worth $7.5 million a season or so. Selanne said he wanted to re-sign with the Sharks, but also turned down a deal they offered.
This says that the Bruins have pretty much said goodbye to Bill Guerin. Losing Guerin, but perhaps picking up Selanne, has its good points and bad points. First of all, Guerin would have been captain if he returned to Boston this year, which says that he is an immense leader for the young team. He also scored 41 goals, but his point total was not as high and his plus/minus was pretty bad.
I think Selanne is a better goal scorer, and would provide more offense for the Bruins in Guerin’s absence.
In my opinion, it would be less of a blow to lose Guerin if we picked up Selanne. In fact, it could be an improvement.
It is a matter where Richter will play in the upcoming season, but like Stan Fischler said, free agency is all about money.
A 5 year contract has just been signed by Guerin. Look out, somebody else is perhaps on the way. Dallas has just taken another “BIG” step and another perhaps is about to be taken. I believe it was $45 mill.
The Buffalo Sabres re-signed tough guy Rob Ray to a 1-year deal.
The Florida Panthers traded winger Jason Wiemer to the New York Islanders today (Wednesday) in exchange for defenceman Branislav Mezei.
Defenceman Vitaly Vishnevski agreed to a 1-year contract Tuesday to stay with the Mighty Ducks.
The Montreal Canadiens will likely re-sign Jose Theodore to a incentive-based contract, or just give what he wants. But what other needs does Andre Savard have to fill this offseason?
WOW!! It’s been an amazing couple of days hasn’t it? Holik, Cujo, Kaspar so on and so forth…
What I’m gonna try and do is make some sence out of these last few days.
The Stars picked up an impact defenseman with their first free agent signing of the summer, securing the 6-foot-3, 221-pound Philippe Boucher Tuesday with a four-year contract.
The Maple Leafs have replaced Curtis Joseph by signing Eddie Belfour to a two year deal.
The Detroit Red Wings, who saw goaltender Dominik Hasek retire last week after leading them to the Stanley Cup, will announce the signing of free agent goalie Curtis Joseph today, a team source said.
Joseph, who played for Toronto last season, had not yet signed a contract but had agreed to join the Stanley Cup champions, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Joseph scheduled a news conference for late-morning ET in Toronto.
Joseph told the Maple Leafs he had no interest in signing a new contract with the club, ESPN The Magazine’s E.J. Hradek reported Monday. League sources said Joseph also was considering an offer from the New York Rangers
The Capitals have signed free agent Robert Lang to a 5 year deal which is believed to be a 25 million dollar contract.
The New Jersey Devils have been known as the low-budget team to be very successful. Can GM Lou Lamoriello run this team with a low-budget?
Mark Everson of the NYPost reports:
NOTE: This is a compendium of Quick Hits over the past two weeks
Kozlov shuffles out of Buffalo
Senators: rebuilding or remodeling?
Belfour’s a Predator…for now
On the radar screen
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