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Ilya Kovalchuk Balks At Joining L.A.; What Now?

July 5th, 2010 No Comments

After tons of speculation suggesting that highly sought after free agent sniper, Ilya Kovalchuk was going to sign with the Los Angeles Kings, the L.A. Times is reporting that they were informed by Kings’ general manager Dean Lombardi that Kovalchuk would not be headed to Tinseltown. “We took our best shot to meet his (Kovalchuk’s) needs and the teams”, Lombardi wrote to the L.A. Times via email. At this point there are still a number of NHL teams still interested in Kovalchuk, including the New Jersey Devils, Colorado Avalanche, and the New York Islanders—who are said to have tendered a ten-year $10 million dollar deal to Kovalchuk, the same amount he turned down from the Atlanta Thrashers organization just a few months ago. While it is unknown as to how much money and what kind of term the Kings were

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NHL Free Agency: Is Calgary Going Down in Flames?

July 2nd, 2010 No Comments

For those of you who grew up in the 80s, you’ll remember the movie Back To The Future. Well, given the Calgary Flames latest free agent signings, that’s exactly what they are doing—going back in hopes of a great future. Flames general manager Darryl Sutter signed both Olli Jokinen (who signed a two-year, $6 million contract) and Alex Tanguay (who signed a one-year, $1.7 million contract), in hopes that both players can somehow find a way where they failed before. Jokinen—who was traded to the New York Rangers by the Flames earlier this year—spent parts of two seasons with the Flames, posting eight goals and seven assists for 15 points in 19 games played with the Flames in 2008-09 and 11 goals and 24 assists for 35 points in 56 games played with the Flames in 2009-10. For those that

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NHL Free Agency: Ilya Kovalachuk and Los Angeles Kings Talking?

July 2nd, 2010 No Comments

Several hockey sources (including Helene Elliot of the L.A. Times) are reporting that the Los Angeles Kings and Ilya Kovalchuk are talking deal. The biggest stumbling block is, of course, money, with Kovalchuk believed to be asking for a long term deal in the $10 million per year range. The Kings finished the 2009-10 season with a 46-27-9 record, good enough for sixth overall in the Western Conference. While offense was not an issue for the Kings last season (averaged 2.82 goals per game—eighth best in the NHL), the addition of Kovalchuk (who has the potential to score 50 goals in any given season) would catapult the Kings into an offensive juggernaut, giving their young defense and average goaltending some much needed breathing room. The Kings currently have $44,713,334 committed to 16 players, leaving them with a total of $17,526,666

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Sergei Gonchar Signs with Ottawa Senators

July 1st, 2010 No Comments

In what can only be called a shocker, the Ottawa Senators have signed long-time Pittsburgh Penguins veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar to a three-year, $16.5 million deal. While I am sure that Gonchar will arrive in Ottawa with far less fanfare than the Queen (who is in Ottawa today), the vibe from Ottawa fans seems to be positive. That said, at 36 years old and with a history of injury troubles, Gonchar seems a bit risky to sign to a three-year deal. But with Anton Volchenkov looking more and more likely to sign a free agent deal with another NHL club, the Sens needed to shore up their back end. You have to wonder, though, if the Senators could have used their money more wisely—wouldn’t you rather have the likes of Dan Hamhuis? No matter. Gonchar will bring a ton of

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Michael Leighton Re-signs With Philadelphia Flyers

July 1st, 2010 No Comments

The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that they have re-signed Michael Leighton to a two-year, $3.1 million contract extension. Leighton, who was claimed off waivers by the Flyers, was instrumental in the team’s playoff run, a run which saw Leighton post a record of 9-1-1 in his first 11 playoff games and take the Flyers to within two games of winning the Stanley Cup. While many Philadelphia fans have been chomping at the bit for general manager Paul Holmgren to bring in a “money” goaltender, it would appear as if his attempts to get Marty Turco and Evgeni Nabokov under contract and/or trade for Jaroslav Halak were thwarted, which left Holmgren with few options via the free agent market. Truth be told (and I have been writing this for months now), all Leighton has done since he donned the Orange and

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Versteeg To Maple Leafs For Prospects

July 1st, 2010 No Comments

NHL.com has announced that the Toronto Maple Leafs’ General Manager Brian Burke has acquired forward Kris Versteeg and prospect Bill Sweatt from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forwards Viktor Stalberg, Christopher DiDomenico, and Philippe Paradis. Versteeg scored 20 goals, added 24 assists with the Hawks last season. He should fit in nicely into Toronto’s top six and will bring Stanley Cup experience, something the Leafs need. Sweatt, 21, is known as a speedster with great hands and excellent defensive abilities. Through 39 games played with Colorado College of the NCAA, Sweatt registered 15 goals, added 18 assists for a total of 33 points. He has been a member of Colorado College since 2006-07. For Chicago, they get a very talented threesome of prospects which includes Stalberg who registered nine goals and 14 points through 40 games with the Leafs

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