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.
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!
TSN.ca is reporting that free agent forward Paul Kariya has signed a 3-year deal with the St. Louis Blues.
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.
In other news, the Columbus Blue Jackets signed defenseman Sheldon Brookbank to a one year deal, as is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
According to Howard Berger on HockeyBuzz, Ryan Smyth to Colorado is almost done.
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The Capitals have signed Viktor Kozlov for two years worth $5M.
TSN reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Jason Blake to a five year deal worth $20.
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.
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
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.
According to TSN.ca, the Detroit Red Wings have signed Brian Rafalski to a five year deal worth $30M.