July 1, 2008

2008 Free Agent Frenzy Tracker

6:26pm - I'm done folks. It's been fun. Thanks for the emails and tips and for following along. Enjoy the rest of Free Agent Frenzy Day 1.

6:21pm -
The Rangers have plucked Patrick Rissmiller from the Sharks.

6:11pm -
TSN is reporting Brian Rolston is about to return to New Jersey on a 4-year, $20 million deal.

6:08pm -
Columbus entering the signing mix inking Mike Commodore to a 5-year, $18.75 million contract, per TSN

6:00pm -
NY Daily News' John Dellapina reports that the Rangers and defenseman Michal Rozsival are close to a deal to bring the Czech native back.

5:40pm -
TSN's Gord Miller reports that general managers around the league have told him that the Lightning may be shopping goaltender Mike Smith. What does this mean? No way will Kolzig be the starter...right? Is there another big move in store for Tampa? Ray Emery?

5:36pm -
Brian Campbell appears headed to the Blackhawks in an 8-year, $56.8 million deal. Somewhere, Bill Wirtz is rolling in his grave with all the money his son is spending.

5:16pm -
Pierre McGuire makes a good points: Cristobal Huet now makes more money than Martin Brodeur. Granted, Marty always gives the Devils a hometown discount since he negotiate his deals himself, but still.

Evgeni Malkin and Mats Sundin's agent, JP Barry, interviewed on TSN's Free Agent Frenzy:

"I really believe Mats will come back."

Re: Malkin..."Very close on signing a deal similar to that of Sidney Crosby. Hopefully we'll get some resolution to that in the next day or two.

5:11pm -
TSN's Darren Dreger breaks down that $20 million deal for Mats Sundin:
$5 million signing bonus
$5 million to play in '08-09
$5 million on July 1, 2009
$5 million to play '09-10

4:56pm -
Sportsnet has Patrick Lalime heading to Buffalo for two-years, worth $4 million. Jocelyn Thibault on his way out

4:28pm -
TSN reports Ottawa has signed Alex Auld to a 2-year, $1 million deal to backup Martin Gerber.

4:18 pm-
The Olaf Kolzig to Tampa deal is done. It's for 1-year, $1.5 million, plus bonuses, per TSN.

4:04 pm-
Darcy Tucker is moving to Colorado, per TSN. Two-years worth $4.5 million

4:00 pm-
Rob Rossi is reporting that any Jagr contract rumors from Pittsburgh are false.

There are false reports circulating on the Internet that the Penguins have extended an offer to right wing Jaromir Jagr. The team has contacted Jagr to gauge his potential interest in returning to Pittsburgh, but no offer has been extended. Talks between the parties have been called “very preliminary.”

3:57 pm- I'm enjoying the headline on Sportsnet's hockey page:


3:49 pm-
The George Laraque era in Pittsburgh is over as Ray Shero has inked enforcer Eric Godard, per TSN.

3:44 pm-
TSN with Cory Stillman moving to Florida for 3-years, $10.6 million and Cristobal Huet will be in net for the Blackhawks next season. Deal is rumored to be $5.6 million over four years.. Wow. Look out for the 'Hawks.

3:28 pm-
Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Penguins forward Adam Hall is moving south to Tampa Bay in a 3-year deal worth $600K a season. Tampa Bay is becoming Pittsburgh-south. Thanks again to Janie for that.

3:26 pm-
TSN again has the Maple Leafs inking defenseman Jeff Finger to a 4-year deal, worth $3.5 million a season

3:10 pm-
Ty Conklin is heading to Hockeytown, Detroit. One year deal worth $750K per TSN. How could the Pens not want to make a similar deal?

3:06 pm-
Sources tell TSN that Andrew Raycroft is headed to Colorado on a one-year deal.

3:02 pm-
Toronto's Fan590 now reports Cristobal Huet to Ottawa...could this have forced the Caps to get Theodore?

2:59 pm-
Defenseman Kurt Sauer moves on to Phoenix to replace Radim Vrbata, per TSN.

2:56 pm-
TSN reports the Capitals have signed Jose Theodore to a 2-year deal worth $9 million. Where does this leave Huet? Is Brent Johnson done?

2:30 pm -
Toronto's FAN 590 radio station's Howard Berger says that the Canuck are the team that has offered Sundin a two-year, $20 million dollar offer.

2:13 pm -
Sportsnet reporting that Ray Shero has offered Jaromir Jagr a contract. I'd be interested to see the terms. Thanks to Janie for passing that along.

2:11 pm -
Rob Rossi from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that tough guy Georges Laraque has not been offered a contract by Ray Shero. Goodbye BGL?

2:08 pm -
Pittsburgh has also re-signed defenseman Mark Eaton to a two-year deal according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

1:51 pm -
Darren Dreger of TSN is reporting that Mats Sundin is being targeted by four teams, one of which has offered him a $10 million/season multi-year deal.

1:47 pm -
Per Sportsnet, Kyle Wellwood accepts Vancouver's qualifying offer after picking him up on waivers. It's a 1-year deal, worth approx. $997K.

1:29 pm -
Michael Russo from the Minnesota Star-Tribune reports that the Wild have signed Andrew Brunette to a multi-year deal and acquired Marek Zidlicky.

1:22 pm -
Several reports have Olaf Kolzig close to signing with Tampa...who aren't they going to sign?

1:08 pm -
Rob Rossi from the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that the Penguins have extended Jarkko Ruutu a 2-year deal. The amount is unknown at the moment.

12:50 pm -
Radim Vrbata, per Sportsnet, is joining the wackiness in Tampa Bay for $3 million a season for 3 years.

12:49 pm -
After some furious movement, looks like we've hit a lull here.

12:08 pm -
EJ Hradek reports again that Joni Pitkanen has been traded from Edmonton to Carolina for Erik Cole

12:05 pm -
EJ Hradek reports on NHL Live that the Blackhawks have traded Rene Bourque to Calgary for a future fourth-round pick.

12:03 pm -
Let it begin! Brad Stuart re-signed in Detroit for 4-years, worth about $3.75 a season, per TSN

11:49 am -
Pascal Dupuis is re-signed in Pittsburgh to a 3-year deal, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

11:31 am -
Fire & Ice blog is reporting that the Devils have signed Jay Pandolfo, David Clarkson, and pass on Sergei Brylin.

11:26 am -
TSN confirms that the Edmonton Oilers have traded Raffi Torres to Columbus for Gilbert Brule.

11:10 am -
AM640 Toronto reports that Curtis Joseph will return to the Maple Leafs in a one-year deal for about $700K. Thanks to Alin for passing that along.

11:06 am-
TSN reports that Evgeni Malkin's new deal with be similar to Sidney Crosby's with an announcement coming tomorrow.

11:04 am -
Some Penguin fans have emailed me worried about the state of the teams for next
season. Relax. As of right now, without new deals for Fleury and Orpik, and Malkin or any one else, Pittsburgh has about $26 million in cap space. They'll be able to replace guys that they might lose and be just as competitive next season.

10:38am -
RDS is reporting that Jaromir Jagr and the NY Rangers could not agree to a contract, making the Blueshirts captain an unrestricted free agent come noon.

10:25 am -
TSN reports the New Jersey Devils have re-signed Bryce Salvador, whom they traded for at the February deadline, to a four-year deal, worth $2.9 a season

9:38 am -
Brian Rolston tells Tampa Bay that he'll test the free agent market, per TSN

9:10 am -
Washington Post Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir reports Mike Green is staying in DC after agreeing to a 4-year deal, worth $5.25 a season.

Ballhype: hype it up!

1 comment:

nick said...

Thanks for keep us posted on the lastest news. It was easier to just watch your site than trying to keep up with 3 or 4 'major' sites for the news.