Montreal: Not a popular destination

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.

Oilers Ink Nylander

According to Tsn.ca the Oilers and Nylander have agreed to terms.

Darryl Sydor AND Petr Sykora headed to the igloo!

According to TSN, the Penguins have signed D Darryl Sydor to a 2-year, 5M$ deal and LW Petr Sykora to a 2 year deal!

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?fid=4965

Paul Kariya Sings The Blues

TSN.ca is reporting that free agent forward Paul Kariya has signed a 3-year deal with the St. Louis Blues.

Ortmeyer A Predator

In their first move of the free agency signing period, the Nashville Predators signed free agent forward Jed Ortmeyer to a two-year contract. Ortmeyer’s contract will pay him $750,000 in each year of the two-year deal.

http://predators.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=326927

In other news, the Columbus Blue Jackets signed defenseman Sheldon Brookbank to a one year deal, as is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

http://bluejackets.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=326896

Ryan Smyth to Colorado to be announced soon?

According to Howard Berger on HockeyBuzz, Ryan Smyth to Colorado is almost done.
Go inside to see how it developped…

Hannan Colorado Bound

Four year deal between the Avalanche and Scott Hannan, $18M.

Vik Kozlov Joins Russian Star

The Capitals have signed Viktor Kozlov for two years worth $5M.

Blake a Leaf

TSN reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Jason Blake to a five year deal worth $20.

Double Decker America Sandwich

According to ESPN, the Rangers have signed Scotty Gomez and it is believed to be a seven year deal. More clarification to follow. Sportsnet.ca confirms that the Rangers signed both Scotty Gomez and Chris Drury.

Major trade!

According to Bob Mackenzie, the Edmonton Oilers and the Philadelphia Flyers have made a 4-player swap.

The deal goes like this:
TO EDMONTON: Joni Pitkanen-D, Geoff Sanderson-F, 3rd Rounder (2009)
TO PHILLY: Joffrey Lupul-F, Jason Smith-D

Smyth to Colorado?

According to TheFourthPeriod.com’s free agent alert updates:

6:11pm – Ryan Smyth appears close to inking a deal with the Colorado Avalanche, believed to be a five-year contract worth over $6 million per season.

Rafalski Gets his Wings

According to TSN.ca, the Detroit Red Wings have signed Brian Rafalski to a five year deal worth $30M.