Ok, I know I’ve sat here and defended the Red Wings spending spree until I was blue in the face. I still don’t think they’re overly guilty. However, I’m also an extreme homer and do recognize that there is an extreme money problem in the NHL. With the Rangers going out and spending about 25 million dollars on getting 4 of the top 10 free agents on the market, plus getting Bure for almost nothing at the deadline (up to 35 million dollars on 5 players who definately are not worth 35 million dollars), things have gotten out of control.
(Jul. 6th) — TFP has learned that the Phoenix Coyotes have signed winger Kelly Buchberger to a 2-year contract.
Details to follow…
To Anaheim : Petr Sykora , Igor Pohanka, Mike Commodore , Jean-François Damphousse.
To New Jersey : Oleg Tverdovsky, Jeff Friesen and Maxim Balmochnykh
According to the Fan 590, a Toronto area sports radio station, who spoke with Amonte’s agent, Tony AMonte and the Toronto Maple Leafs are very close to a deal. They almost had it completed last night, but it didn’t evolve into a signing, but talks continue at the moment. Amonte’s agent said that Tony was excited about a chance to play for the Leafs, and is very close friends with Travis Green and Bryan McCabe.
Apparently according to sportsnet in Toronto. Dallas has cooled off on Amonte and that He was asking 7.5 million a season . This figure apparently was too high for toronto (big surprise) and that the islanders are interested but not at this price either .
Bob Clarke is making a big statement this year by not going after any big named free agents. Clarke seems to think that Philadelphia has what it takes to win the cup. Are the Flyers good enough to advance to the finals and win? Do they have what it takes to beat teams like Detroit and Colorado in a Seven games series? Are the making a mistake by standing idle while many of their rivals are improving.
(Jul. 4th) — TFP has learned that the Dallas Stars have signed right-wing Scott Young to a 2-year, $7 million contract.
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?