Contrary to what has been reported by TSN last night (which was coming from an Edmonton radio station), Michael Nylander has apparently signed a 4-year deal with the WASHINGTON CAPITALS today.
According to many sources and the Washington Post, the Washington Capitals are interested in the services of Alexei Yashin, but only at a discount price.
They want to get him at around $2M per but Yashin’s agent has made it clear the bottom is $3M. If he can be convinced to take less money, the Caps think he will be re-ignited from his laziness alongside fellow russian superstar Alexander Ovechkin.
According to the Ottawa Sun, the Los Angeles Kings have agreed to a 4-year, 11M$ deal with defensemen Tom Preissing
These past 3 weeks have taught me a lot of things in the world of hockey…so here’s the countdown from 5 to 1…hope you like it!
The Tribune-Review reported on Monday that the Pittsburgh Penguins were finalist in the bid for the services for Scott Hannan. The article which was focused on the re-signing of Ryan Whitney, also reveals that the Penguins made an offer for Paul Kariya along with Vancouver, St. Louis, and Toronto, but determined early on that Kariya was out of their price range. The Penguins were reportedly willing to give Kariya a 3-year $12M deal, with management unwilling to pay more than $4M/year for Kariya’s services, and at times their offered seemed to be the favorite in Kariya’s camp..
As a Ranger fan, i take great delight in what is happening to the Islanders so far this offseason…
Here are the best UFA’s still available, courtesy of Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle blog.
The Maple Leafs missed out on the two players they really needed the most, Ryan Smyth (Colorado Avalanche) and Paul Kariya (St. Louis Blues). They instead signed a 34 year old, who’s a league renowned a**hole, and dressing room cancer to a big contract. Now I sit here writing my 200th article, an article I was hoping to use to announce the Ryan Smyth signing, writing about another failed off-season for the Maple Leafs, and previewing another ninth place finish for the biggest failure since the Chicago Cubs…. I apologize to every fan and employee of the Chicago Cubs organization, I don’t know what I was saying, that was just rude.
It should be pretty obvious to any Canadiens fan by now, Montreal is not a popular destination when it comes to free agents. What is it exactly ?
Media Pressure ?!?
Obnoxious Fans ?!?
Income Taxes ?!?
All of the above to be honest…but there are three other reasons in my opinion as to why the Canadiens are having a hard time bringing any big names in Montreal.