Carter Re-signs with Rangers

Anson Carter agreed to a one year $2.8M contract offer from the Rangers to avoid arbitration.

Predators sign Kimmo Timonen

As reported by nashvillepredators.com, terms of the deal not disclosed. Kimmo is basically the Preds all-time leader in every category for D-Men.

Gretzky Put Coyotes In a Cage

Though it sounds like Wayne has become a wildlife ranger, what I’m really talking about is his management of the Phoenix Coyotes. As far as I’ve seen, the Winnapeg Jets were in better circumstances than the Coyotes of today. And its not hard for me to say that.

Matvichuk awarded $2.2 Million in Arbitration Hearing

Stars’ longtime defenceman Richard Matvichuk was awarded a $2.2 million contract with the Dallas Stars. Thankfully it’s only a one-year deal.

Lanny to be the Leafs Next GM?

Lanny McDonald has interviewed for the position of General Manager of the Toronto Maple leafs. Last week Mcdonald met with the president of the Maple Leafs Richard Pettie as well as Ken Dryden. McDonald is not a total stranger to the GM position. He was the GM for the Calgary Flames until coach Darryl Sutter took over the job from Craig Button. Button is also interested in the job.

Source: The Calgary Herald

Rangers re-sign Kovalev

According to NewYorkRangers.com, Glen Sather announced that the Rangers have re-signed forward Alex Kovalev. Terms of the deal were not immediately released. It was most likely a one year deal between 5-7 million.

Kovalev, 30, came to Rangers from the Penguins in February in exchange for Mikael Samuelsson (traded to Florida on draft day), Rico Fata, Richard Litner, and Joel Bouchard. Bouchard since, has signed the the Sabres.

Kovalev is expected to play with Petr Nedved on the second line.

The Rangers, still in need of another forward (possibly two forwards if Pavel Bure does not return) are rumored to be dangling Tom Poti to the rest of the NHL, most notably the Boston Bruins.

Markov finally signed!!!

This is from carolinahurricanes.com:

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HURRICANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH DANNY MARKOV

KEN PRESTON

Poti Awarded 2 Year/$5.9M

Tsn.ca is reporting that New York Ranger defenceman was awarded a 2 year/$5.9M deal by an arbitrator today. Poti made $1.8M last season and will make $2.8M this upcoming season and $3.1M the year after. Poti had 11 goals and 37 assists with a -7 rating last season. The New York Rangers must decide in a couple of days weather to accept this deal or make Poti a free agent.

Sign FA McCarthy, and a Summary of Previous Signings

BostonBruins.com – “The Boston Bruins have agreed to terms with right wing Sandy McCarthy to a one-year contract and have accepted the arbitration award for a one-year contract with center Brian Rolston, it was announced today by Bruins General Manager Mike O’Connell.

The Puck Stops theodore is staying with Habs

Incase some of you aren’t aware of the Jose Theodore junk about him leaving the Habs because of his father and half brothers loan sharking incident at a Montreal casino in late June this year. And then being seen in local Montreal newspapers with the Hells Angels biker gang is in reality no harm done correct. Here’s my outlook on this junky rumour and scandal. Ok!

Giguere Overrates Him$elf

The NYPost.com has learned that the Mighty goaltender, J-S Giguere, is seeking $7M per season after receiving less than a million this past season.

Langkow awarded $2.7 million

In an arbatration hearing today, Daymond Langkow of the Phoenix Coyotes was awarded a 1 year $2.7 million contract.

Lay Off Mario

Well I’ve seen enough Mario Lemieux bashing I’ll tell you that, so I think it’s time now that someone actually stuck up for this great player and great man. You go into forums and some fool’s running his mouth over how Mario’s the most overrated player in the game, and then another’s smacking about how he is the worst captain in the NHL today (Keith Primeau anyone?). Time to set the record straight Mario Lemieux is now, and always will be one of the greatest, greatest players of this game.

…And The Voice Of The People Was Heard

Mercifully brief, but hopefully noticed by “The Powers That Be” -

What is Lou to do?

What is the future for the Devils? Will Lou try to repeat this year’s Cup victory, or will they settle and try to build a new team during the season or maybe during the lockout seson (if there will be any)?

Pavol is resigned!

ESPN.com reports that the Blues have decided that the $6.5/1 year contract doled out by arbitration is not too pricey to sign the team’s leading scorer in four of the past five seasons. However, this contract takes team payroll to $58M which means that the Blues will start trying to cut salary by trading players or leaving them to the waiver draft.

Pavel Demitra to be a free-agent?

Pavol Demitra was awarded a 6.5 million dollar one year salary. The Blues have 72 hours to accept it or Demitra becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Rangers sign Defencemen

Hockeyfirst.com is reporting that the Rangers have reached an agreement with Boris Mironov. Terms of the deal were not released, however hockeyfirst is reporting close to a 2 year $4 mil deal.

Sabres look to turn things around in '03-'04

After a disappointing year, the Sabres look to rebound and emerge from their past with new ownership and a few new faces in the lineup.

Roy comeback getting closer and closer to reality

Recently published Montreal Suburban newspaper states that Roy is indeed expressing interest in coming out of retirement to play for his former team where all the glory began. He would like to see his number 33 retired up in the rafters of the Bell center alongside Jacques Plante’s jersey.