Prospects Signed

Colaiacovo, Upshall, Bowumeester, Nash, and Garth Murray.

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Panthers agree to contract with D Jay Bouwmeester

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SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) – The Florida Panthers agreed to terms Monday on a three-year contract with defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, their first-round pick and the third overall selection in the 2002 draft.

Details of the pact were not released.

Bouwmeester had to reach an agreement with Florida by 3 p.m.

EDT in order to play in the NHL this season. If not, he would have spent the season in juniors.

The 6-4, 210-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta collected two assists in six preseason games with the Panthers.

“Because we’ve been in the middle of negotiations it’s been difficult to express just how impressed we’ve been with this young hockey player,” said Florida general manager Rick Dudley.

“He truly is as good a prospect as I’ve seen in many years.

It will be fun to be associated with this evolving talent.”

Bouwmeester, the top-ranked North American prospect and a smooth-skating offensive-minded defenseman, had 11 goals and 50 assists in 61 games for Medicine Hat in the Western Hockey League last season. He was one of only four players in Canadian history to appear at the World Junior Championships at the age of 16.

Already with the size to make it in the NHL, Bouwmeester may step right into the lineup for the Panthers, who ranked fourth from the bottom in goals-against with 250.

Blue Jackets sign No. 1 draft pick Nash

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets signed Rick Nash, the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL draft, to a three-year contract Monday potentially worth more than $12 million.

If he hadn’t signed by Monday, Nash would have returned to his junior team, the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.

Nash’s base compensation will be about $1.2 million a year, the rookie maximum. He could make up to $9 million more in incentives over the life of the deal.

“I’m just thrilled to get the deal done,” the 18-year-old Nash said. “It took awhile, but it was best for both sides. I’m really happy with the contract and my main goal was to get it done and make the team.”

The Blue Jackets sent their first-round pick to the Florida Panthers as part of a deal that allowed Columbus to move up and select Nash.

The left wing, from Brampton, Ontario, had 32 goals and 40 assists with London last season.

He had three goals and three assists in the preseason for Columbus, which opens the regular season Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Nashville announced the club has signed forward Scottie Upshall, the team’s first selection (sixth overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. The 5-11, 184-pound Ft. McMurray, Alberta native finished second in scoring with 83 points (32g-51a) and logged 139 penalty minutes with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League. Upshall tied for the Predators team lead with five points (1g-4a) in five games in the 2002 preseason.

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Rookie defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo signed a three-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday that could pay him over $10 million US if he meets all of his bonuses.

Colaiacovo, who impressed the Leafs at training camp with his unexpected play, will earn the maximum salary allowed for rookies of his 2001 draft class, $1.13 million US this season, but can earn a whole lot more if meets certain performance bonuses.

The deal was reached less than an hour before the 3 p.m. EDT deadline to sign junior-aged players to NHL contracts.

“I don’t think there’s any better feeling to get everything done and over with,” an overjoyed Colaiacovo told The Canadian Press moments after the agreement was reached. “I’m very happy with the whole situation. What a feeling, starting the season with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“I’m just going to keep living every day the fullest.”

Colaiacovo, 19, had 13 goals and 27 assists in 60 games with the OHL’s Erie Otters last season. That’s where he would have returned had the Leafs not signed him Monday.

Instead, he’ll be in Leafs uniform Thursday night when Toronto opens the season in Pittsburgh.

“The only thing I’m thinking about right now is joining the team in West Virginia,” Colaiacovo said from nearby Burlington, at the office of his agent Todd Reynolds.

The Leafs have a three-day sojourn in Wheeling, W.Va., before heading to Pittsburgh.

Colaiacovo, who played for Canada’s world junior team last January, surprised even himself with his play in training camp and the pre-season.

Toronto’s first pick, 17th overall in 2001, had three goals and three assists in six exhibition games and looked confident with the puck on both ends of the ice.

“I cannot believe the way this has ended. I conquered the greatest expectations of myself at this training camp,” Colaiacovo said. “My goals going into it was to make an impression on the organization. I think I’ve done more than that.”

The Rangers also announced Monday that the club has agreed to terms with forward Garth Murray on a professional contract. Murray, 20, skated in 62 contests with the Regina Pats of the WHL last season, tallying 33 goals and 30 assists for 63 points, along with 154 penalty minutes. He also registered one goal and three assists in nine post-season games with Hartford (AHL).


9 Responses to Prospects Signed

  1. Tradedude says:

    YESS!!! colaiacovo has signed, i wonder who he will be playing with on the leafs!! whether its kaberle, svehla, mccabe, pilar or even berg or did he make the team? im sure quinn will put along a nice line for the leafs line, and he should get a shot at the powerplay, he’s quite the scoring defenseman, if u look at the goals he scored in erie last season (13) and in the pre-season exhibition games (3) he’ll fit in just fine with the organization, whats a bonus claus, ive heard of it b4, never really knew what it was! is it like, get 20 some off points u get this amount of money, or like ur playoff performance , i dont really know! i would appreciate it if someone replied with an idea of what a bonus clause is? thankyou =)

  2. mikster says:

    I just hope they aren’t rushing him….

  3. Sane04 says:

    Tucker Sundin Mogilny

    Corson MacCuley Renberg

    Hoglund Green Antropov

    Fitzgerald Reichel Domi

    McCabe Kaberle

    Svehla Berg

    Pilar Colaiacovo

    Belfour

    Kidd

  4. Robert says:

    hard to say….i been on both sides of the fence.

  5. aaron says:

    *jaw drops* This is insanity!!!!!!!! You don’t hand that much money to rookies!!!!! Does anyone remember a guy named Alex Daigle? *shakes head* You’re talking about handing large sums of money to established veterans destroying the salary structure? THESE ARE ROOKIES!!!! No rookie should make anywhere near these totals.

    I do not agree with these signings at all. The Jackets, Panthers, and Leafs are just screwing themselves over.

  6. mikster says:

    So Quinn didn’t have enough money for Amonte and Cujo, but he had enough for Carlo…..

    ….get out of here….that is pathetic.

  7. Tradedude says:

    1st line: hey nice line-up, you got the sundin mogilny thing going there, which will work out, and you got the tucker and mogilny thing they got going last season, i wonder what it will be like by seeing tucker and mogilny playing on the same line,

    2nd line: your 2nd line looks good as well, this line worked out well in the pre-season, and renberg will rebound, playing alongside mcauley, and corson, he’s so good he’s unexplainable, great defensive player, he’s my 3rd fav player behing sundin and colaiacovo.

    3rd line: An Alright line, i would switch antopov with domi, personally, it hurts to see roberts gone, :(, but we leaf fans are gunna have to survive, same with the team (leafs) you got hoglund just where he belongs, not beside sundin , and on third line, so he should fit in with green and antopov if things work out.

    4th line: o ya! forgot about fitzgerald, id also switch him to 3rd line, with green and domi, so my 4th line would look like :hoglund, reichel, antropov. FAKKING REICHEL, get that bum outta here, not only he’s a waste of money, he’s a waste of depth, no offense to you, but Quinn has gotta get rid of this guy, i dont care if its a cheap trade or if he puts him in the WAIVERS, just get rid of him, he sucks!! SUX i tell ya, other than that, aaron gavey should play with the leafs, him or brad boyes, nice job anyway though.

    DEFENSE: good predictions, you got the two rookies together, two stars together, and you got a goose, and a “soon to be a goose (svehla)” this is how i would put it.

    MCCABE – SVEHLA

    COLAIACOVO – KABERLE

    BERG – PILAR

    i have a reason for each

    1st pair reason => svehla worked well with ozolinsh in setting up passes, mccabe is a offesnsive defense like ozolinsh, so things should work out

    2nd pair reason => pretty simple really, colaiacovo gets the goals, kaberle gets the ASSISTS, no biggy.

    3rd pair reason => berg, and pilar, gives berg a feel what a rough, tough, and shooting player really is, cant really explain

    goalies => predictable belfour and kidd, i just hope belfour plays like he did in 1999 when he won the cup.

    OVERALL => best line-up ive seen EVER coming from a leaf fan other than me or QUINN, lmao. nice job man

  8. Tradedude says:

    theres a difference between 6.8million bucks and 1.13 million bucks. the reason amonte chose phoenix, i dont know, the leafs offered, 5 years, worth 34 million, which is 6.8 million bucks per season, which is $800,000 more than what he took in phoenix, amonte”s getting what? 6 million per season for 4years. i guess players just dont like canada.

  9. Gnashpred says:

    Base salary is the league maximum. (about 3.3 mil US$)

    Bonuses are usually in 8 categories depending on position.

    winning rookie of the year

    averaging over .71 ppg

    scoring 25 goals or 50 assists

    averaging over 20 min of ice time per game

    gaa of less than 2.25

    sv % over .900

    playing more than 75 games in a season

    things like that

    usually a player is capped at 5 or 6 incentive bonuses they can claim.

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