Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Free agency season Day 2: Detroit signs Hossa, Sundin statement

-the Blue Jackets have signed Kristian Huselius to a 4-year deal at $4.75 million per season.

-the Islanders sign Doug Weight to a 1-year $1.5 million deal.

-the Atlanta Thrashers signed Ron Hainsey to a 5-year $22.5 million deal

- the Rangers traded Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman to the Blue Jackets in exchange for Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche.

-the Canucks have signed Nolan Baumgartner to a contract. Baumgartner will replace Aaron Miller I suppose. Would have rather kept Miller....
The Canucks also re-signed RFA Alexandre Bolduc.

-the Senators have signed Jarkko Ruutu to a three-year, $3.9 million contract.

-The Senators have signed Shean Donovan to a two-year contract.

-The Calgary Flames have signed 2 UFA's: Jim Vandermeer and Curtis Glencross. Glencross could break out with the Flames. We saw streaks of that with him in Edmonton.

-The Canucks have signed Curtis Sanford. He's capable and cheap.

-Canucks fans will be watching Mike Gilis with even more intent now that Sundin said this in a statement today:

"I would like to thank all the teams who have expressed such sincere interest in my services.

"The numerous options provided to me were impressive and I have no doubt that each one presented a unique opportunity for me to finish my career in a terrific hockey environment.

"I spent a great deal of time yesterday reflecting upon the teams who stepped forward and the opportunities that each provided.

"Unfortunately, I am simply not close to being ready to make a decision about resuming my career at this time.

"I wish all the teams the very best and thank them for their interest."
Source: TSN
Great. Now what? The just-married Sundin may not make a decision for months. Gillis will have to move on.

-the Stars have signed Sean Avery to a 4-year $15.5 million contract. Imagine...even more peskiness in Dallas. Imagine having both Steve Ott AND Sean Avery yapping at you? The contract includes a no-trade clause.

-The Red Wings have won the Hossa sweepstakes, signing him to a reported 1-year $7.4 million deal. That squashes the ideas that Hossa was seeking over $8 million.
One thing about this that I hate is that the Wings didn't need to get any better!
The good thing is that if Detroit was interested in Sundin, which they reportedly were, that's one more team out of the Mats sweepstakes.

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At July 2, 2008 at 11:50 a.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

And now Nolan Baumgartner.

Nothing against the guy, all of the signings to date have some merit, but, again, the over-all pattern here is one of a GM manoevering in an imposed space.

Even the Sundin offer appears to have been a desparate attempt to use money to break out of that space.

At July 2, 2008 at 3:16 p.m. , Anonymous GZ Expat said...

Sundin reminds me of a little get getting ready to go to school for the first day. All excited and talking it up big time, but when the bus shows up...starts crying for mommy.

He did it at the trade deadline and now he's done it again...floated his name and generated interest and then told everyone, thanks, but no thanks.

That's real 'captain' material, don't you think?

Once again, its early and I can't take it anymore.

At July 2, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. , Blogger Mike said...

Sundin is going to pull a Neids job and come back in like December. Meanwhile he will have sunk the Canucks without every joining. I have to say: well played Mats!

Naslund to the Pens will be huge now. Demitra to god knows where. Still some good names out there but none seem to be buying Gillis's sales pitch.

Maybe we'll finally get some first line components when we have to trade Luongo in a year's time.

At July 2, 2008 at 4:44 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Day two and we still have no sniper.
Eleven third liners, but no sniper.
What a shame.

At July 2, 2008 at 7:22 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again, the live traffic feed shows a Colombian checking in from Barranquilla!

Who is this mystery Colombian hockey fan?

Send me a message, Colombiano. I lived in your fine country for a year, in Bogota!

At July 2, 2008 at 7:23 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

good signing on sanford and nice to see more depth on d with The Bomb

At July 2, 2008 at 8:14 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

sundin rejested canucks offer


At July 2, 2008 at 8:33 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

"That's real 'captain' material, don't you think?"

Well, he's a good captain, but my question now much does/did he really desire to win a Stanley Cup?

Mike: I agree. I think he'll pull a Niedermayer as well.

At July 2, 2008 at 8:44 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

"Sundin rejected Canucks' offer"

anonymous: Prove it. Provide a link.

At July 2, 2008 at 9:17 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

tsn reported it(on tv)


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