Bits and Pieces (signings)

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.

Thefourthperiod.com

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Montreal's Offseason Goals

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?

Making Sence out of the Chaos of these last few days!

WOW!! It’s been an amazing couple of days hasn’t it? Holik, Cujo, Kaspar so on and so forth…

What I’m gonna try and do is make some sence out of these last few days.

Boucher Is A Dallas Star

The Stars picked up an impact defenseman with their first free agent signing of the summer, securing the 6-foot-3, 221-pound Philippe Boucher Tuesday with a four-year contract.

Belfour to Leafs

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/

The Maple Leafs have replaced Curtis Joseph by signing Eddie Belfour to a two year deal.

Cujo to the Wings

From ESPN.com:

The Detroit Red Wings, who saw goaltender Dominik Hasek retire last week after leading them to the Stanley Cup, will announce the signing of free agent goalie Curtis Joseph today, a team source said.

Joseph, who played for Toronto last season, had not yet signed a contract but had agreed to join the Stanley Cup champions, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Joseph scheduled a news conference for late-morning ET in Toronto.

Joseph told the Maple Leafs he had no interest in signing a new contract with the club, ESPN The Magazine’s E.J. Hradek reported Monday. League sources said Joseph also was considering an offer from the New York Rangers

Washington signs Robert Lang

The Capitals have signed free agent Robert Lang to a 5 year deal which is believed to be a 25 million dollar contract.

http://www.washingtoncaps.com

Rich Teams Welcome Devils to ''The Club''

The New Jersey Devils have been known as the low-budget team to be very successful. Can GM Lou Lamoriello run this team with a low-budget?

Mark Everson of the NYPost reports:

DG's Quick Hits- June 30, 2002

NOTE: This is a compendium of Quick Hits over the past two weeks

Kozlov shuffles out of Buffalo

Imagine…

Senators: rebuilding or remodeling?

Belfour’s a Predator…for now

On the radar screen

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Facts and Predictions

Last minute opinions on big name free agents. The Frenzy has begun.

http://msn.espn.go/nhl/columns/hradek_ej/1399676.html

The 14-Man NHL

ONE of hockey’s greatest problems is depth. Many believe that the National Hockey League has too many teams and too few good players to go around, leaving most clubs with only one or two star players and maybe another ten decent ones, and, judging by the quality of play, that seems to be correct. The most popular solution to the problem is contracting the NHL by four, five or even six teams, with the targets pretty much unanimous, allowing the remaining teams to adequately fill the gaps in their lineup with the contracted clubs’ players. However, since the NHL may not be going to contraction, there may be another solution in the mix, and that would be to simply lower the limit of players NHL teams can carry on their roster, from the current 25 (23 skaters plus goalies) to as low as 14.

Oates a Duck

17 minutes was all it took to witness the first UFA signing. Adam Oates has signed with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for 2 years at 3.5 million a year. Wow, talk about career suicide.

tsn.ca

Please

If you have a breaking news to report of a player traded or signed, DO MENTION THE SOURCE.

Rights before Midnight!

Just in case people aren’t aware, after unloading Cujo to the Flames the Leafs dumped Domi on Nashville and the Rangers dumped Richter on Edmonton.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/readstory.asp?story_id=2405863

Guerin to meet with Rangers after midnight?

Thefourthperiod.com has learned that impending unrestricted free agent Bill Guerin will meet with NY Rangers management after tonight’s midnight deadline to discuss a possible contract with the Blueshirts.

Although I still have my doubts about this one, anything is possible, and this might dispell the rumors of the Stars having already agreed to contracts with Amonte and Guerin.

Selanne rejects Sharks offer

Huge loss for the Sharks. Selanne looked like he finally fit in with them towards the end of last year. Story from Oakland Tribune:

Grading Teams on Their Draft Picks (A-B)

Reading scouting reports, I realized it could take a long time for me to write about every draft pick chosen. In fact, it is hard to find every scouting report of every player drafted. I only examined the most significant players of the draft, the players judged to be most successful in the future.

Scouting reports came from three sources, so I had a good view about the players. It will be done in alphabetical order team by team.

Berezin Moves Once Again

The Chicago Blackhawks acquired the left wing from the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday for a fourth-round pick in the 2004 draft.

ESPN.com

Islanders not expected to sign Amonte

Alan Hahn of Newsday reports that as of July 1, no one will be wearing #10 for the Islanders. That means that Mats Lindgren will not be offered a contract which is not surprising since he has sat most of the last 2 years unless Milbury can unload him in a trade and Tony Amonte will sign a huge deal with the Dallas Stars to play with his friend Mike Modano, not the NY Islanders.

On the Kasparitis front, Kasparitis is looking for 5 million a year however would take a small discount to play for the Islanders and stay at home. However he is looking for an 8 year deal and the Isles are reluctant to lock up someone for that long because they are committed to Peca for another 4 years and Yashin for 9 more years. The Islanders despite their success and large ticket price increase are still losing money and ownership is hesitant to lock in players for that length.

Milbury according to Hahn might go to training camp with the same lineup hoping players like Isbister and Kvasha step up.

Rangers Make Final Offer to The Moose

ESPN reports: