Friday, July 31, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Friday Afternoon

*-> Brendan Bell has found a new home with the St.Louis Blues. He was rumored to have signed a one way deal worth 450K$.

*-> Last night Sergei Zubov signed a deal in the KHL rumored to be 1 year. More to come later.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

2010 Olympics: Team Russia

2010 Olympic hockey is going be very interesting simply because as Marty Brodeur has put it, this games will be a changing of the guards so to speak. Many countries will have many new faces on their squads and the next generation is ready to start taking over. Players like Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin, Jeremy Roenick, and so on are no longer the focus of their nations and the younger stars are ready to represent their countries.

The Russian's are no different. I truely believe Team Russia will be on the one position of the podium unless something unforseeable happens. They have a nice mix of youth and experience that complements their talent finely. It's hard to believe such a talented core can fail this Olympic games. I really see Canada as their main competition.

LW - C - RW
Alexander Ovechkin - Evgeni Malkin - Alexei Kovalev (C)
Ilya Kovalchuk - Pavel Datsyuk - Alexander Radulov
Alexander Semin - Alexei Yashin - Aleksey Morozov (A)
Alexander Frolov - Sergei Fedorov (A) - Maxim Sushinski
Andrei Markov - Sergei Gonchar
Dmitri Kalinen - Fedor Tyutin
Anton Volchenkov - Sergei Zubov

Nikolai Khabibulin - Evgeni Nabokov

SUBS = G Ilya Bryzgalov, F Sergei Mozyakin and D Vitaly Atyushov

1st line: The Russians 1st line is going to be a powerhouse with Ovechkin and Malkin alone but add the captain Alexei Kovalev and you have a bit of experience to that mix. Kovalev has the leadership abilities despite what many say as most young Russian's look up to him a lot. Ovechkin provides that little extra jam and spark for the primary line, while Malkin has the play making abilities to feed and setup ether of his wingmen. When Alexei Kovalev's on his game he can be one of the best players in the game still at age 37.

2nd Line: The 2nd line is yet another offensive force with Kovalchuk, Datsyuk and Radulov. Datsyuk provides the strong defensive play up the middle while having the abilities to setup Radulov and Kovalchuk. Kovalchuk's phenomenal play the last few World Championships have proved his heart when it comes to his nation. He consistently can make or break and important game with a lethal wrist shot and the knack for scoring timely goals. Radulov while hated in the US and North America for his high profile defection and contract breaking move to the KHL has imense talent and is still developing. Adding him to the mix with superstars Kovalchuk and defensively responsibile Datsyuk only makes sense.

3rd line: The 3rd line is not quite offensive as the second or 1st but still can pack a punch. Former Islander Alexei Yashin will lead the charge simply because he has become the poster boy for the KHL. The league promotes him heavily so he will comand a spot on the roster, not to say he isn't talented enough to make it. Yashin will bring size and playmaking to the line while Aleksey Morozov another KHL star will be left to do the back checking. Alexander Semin will be expected to light the lamp and provide most of the offense for the 3rd line.

4th Line: The 4th line is the Russian's shut down line with Sergei Fedorov expected to play his usual defensive role and fill in on defense when needed. Fedorov brings a wealth of experience and is the Russian's most defensively responsible player. Alexander Frolov on his left will add size and a touch around the net giving the Russian's yet another scoring threat. Russian National Team fixture Maxim Sushinski should be on the right side baring any unseen injuries or darkhorses.

1st Pairing: Andrei Markov is by far the Russian's best overall defenseman and quite possible one of the NHL's most underated. Markov brings offense, playmaking, and defensive reliability on the top line while Sergei Gonchar is expected to bring the offense mainly. Gonchar will be a fixture on the powerplay as well.

2nd Pairing: Dmitri Kalinen is a quiet but reliable D capable of chipping in some offense for time to time. Fedor Tyutin will be the man when it comes to second pairing offense although he hasn't quite shown that on the NHL level yet.

3rd Pairing: Anton Volchenkov the human shot blocking machine will be at his shut down best this winter at the Games. He'll be expected to block everything coming at him while giving the Russian's some toughness and physical play something this team desperatly needs. His partner Sergei Zubov is an offensive threat anytime he's on the ice but he's no longer able to log the heavy minutes he used to. He also is a steady defensive threat as well and should shoulder some of the leadership load as he knows what it takes to win.

Goaltending: Goaltending wont really be an issue I don't believe as Nikolai Khabibulin should get one final shot at winning the gold before he is replaced. It would take an ijury or a bad season to keep his from this roster. He is steady and reliable. He also has shown in last years playoffs he can step it up whenever it's needed and wants to show he still belongs. His back-up Evgeni Nabokov is also a much capable starter as well but has problems with incosistantcy when his team struggles to get going. It's almost Iyla Bryzgalov's time to shine and he'll most likely watch from the pressbox this year before taking over one of the two roles next Winter Games.

On The Outs: A few former Russian fixtures and could be's wont be back in my mind but some may make the squad due to injuries, turn downs or steller play before the Olympics. Defenseman Darius Kasparaitis could be one of those players that could be held back just due to his age and declining play. His game is built on toughness and physical play so the Russian's may choose to add him just for that very reason. Another name is Victor Kozlov as he could make it on the 4th line of they decide Maxim Sushinski is too old for this blossoming team. he could easily fill in on any of the lines. Maxim Afinogenov is another Russian who has the talent but not the heart to compete and it may hold back his Olympic chances especially without a NHL team so far this season. Sergei Samsonov is also in the same boat, tons of talent but little "give". Danny Markov's defensive play might be missed but with Volchi on the third pairing he most likely will not be missed at all. Nikolai Zherdev has the talent to be on this team but his defensive play may make him the odd man out. It's hard to belive they'll cut ether Kovalev, Morozov or Radulov.

Darkhorse Rookies: A few names to think about are up and coming Russian rookies Nikita Filatov and Dmitri Kulikov. Nikita Filatov has the drive to play a North American style and is a magician with the puck. The only thing he may lack is maturity but with a good season in the NHL next season he may be a sleeper for the Games. Dmitri Kulikov is a long shot be who knows with a big first season in the NHL he may be the puck moving defenseman the Russian's cant overlook. Goalie Semen Varlamov had a spectacular playoff run with the Washington Capitols and it surely locked down his spot in the NHL for the season. Whether or not his play can bump out the other 3 goalies is hard to imagine but anything is possible. Another name to think about is Denis Zaripov of the KHL. He finished the season with a pretty impressive 65 points and he's been a star in the RSL for quite sometime. Last of all Evgeny Artyukhin may not be a rookie or the most offensive but he might be a candidate to help shut down Canada's top lines with his big body and physical play.

Ice Scoopz: Thursday Morning

*-> Forward and former Red Wing Justin Williams has received a one year offer for the Detroit Red Wings but has decided to wait on any other teams to compare the offer first.

*-> As Jalen mentioned last night Andy Delmore signed with the Detroit Red Wings yesterday. I think this is a great deal for the Wings as it gives them a mobile powerplay and special teams player who makes next to nothing.

*-> The St.Louis Blues have signed former KHL defector Bryce Lampman to a 1 year deal. Lampman played last season in the KHL and before that 10 games with the Rangers.

*-> The Nashville Preditors and the La Kings are currently looking at signing just bought out Vaclav Prospal to a deal. Nashville has recentl squashed the Maxim Afinogenov rumors by saying they don't believe he'll be in the NHL next season and certainly not with the Preds. They have addimitted they are looking at a top 6 forward which is believed to be Prospal.

More in a bit plus the start of my 2010 Olympic roster predictions which will be posted every Thursday until all the teams are previewed.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Afternoon

*-> The Carolina Hurricanes have bought out defenseman Frantisak Kaberle's last year of his 2.2mil contract. Kaberle has already received several offers from a few KHL clubs including Dynamo Minsk.

*-> Mike Grier is very close to signing with Detroit his agent reports.Detroit is looking to upgrade their checking lines and Grier would be the perfect replacement for Darren McCarty.

*-> Ole-Kristian Tollefsen was reportedly seen in Philly for a team physical so it leads us to believe he is very close to signing a deal with Philly ether with the Flyers or the Phantoms.

*-> Miroslav Satan is in talks with the New York Islanders. Satan spend several seasons with the Islanders after his Buffalo days. He has announced ge will head to the KHL if no other deal is in place soon.

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Morning

*-> PJ Axelsson has officially signed in Sweden in the Swedish Elite League with Frolunda this morning.
*-> The Heatley saga is still on going. Not much is new news however. The Oilers are starting to get desperate and have influenced several of their stars to place calls to Heatley. The Oilers have also sent videos of Edmonton to try and sway his mind. The San Jose Sharks have also placed an offer of Jonathan Cheechoo and Christian Erhoff. The Sens however arnt interested.

*-> In other Sens news it appears defenseman Brendan Bell is off to Russia after waiting for an offer from the Sens.

*-> The Tampa Bay Lightning are getting ready to buyout the contract of forward Vaclav Prospal which works out to be 1.9$mil for the next 3 years.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sunday Night Wrap Up

So it's been a pretty slow week as expected around the hockey world as most teams begin or end their rookie camps and start to focus on summer instead of hockey for a few weeks before training camps begin in September. It's been a busy work week for me so posting was at a minimum as well but there wasn't anything big missed except for 2 signings.

*-> Derek Morris has signed a 1 year deal worth 3.3$MIL with the Boston Bruins on Friday afternoon right after they dealt Aaron Ward back to the Carolina Hurricanes for a 4th round pick and Patrick Eaves who they tossed on waivers shortly after for the purpose of buying him out. it's been no secret the Bruins love Derrick Morris and have been trying to acquire him since last years trade deadline day. The move gives them another D to help Chara and Wideman with the heavy workload.

*-> The Islander's made yet another mind boggling move this Wednesday by signing goaltender Martin Biron to a one year contract worth 1.4$MIL. This is a really strange move considering they already signed Dwayne Roloson to a 2 year deal and have Rick DiPietro for the next 15 years. It really doesn't make sense for the Isles as they set their future in goal with DiPietro after they signed him to that massive 15 year deal. A buyout now would be ridiculously stupid and costly. They only thing I can think of is that DiPietro who they have stated is on the road to recover and will start to skate next week is actually still injured and this is going to be a long term thing. Insurrence so to speak, but what happens if he's actually healthy? Are they going to ride a 3 goalie tandem or waive most likely Biron. Sometimes I wonder what Snow and Wang are smoking.

*-> After breaking the scoring records in the Slovak Elite league a year after retirement from the world of hockey, Zigmund Palffy is contemplating a return to the NHL. After a phenominal season in Slovakia Palffy hasn't ruled out playing in the NHL again. After retiring in 2006 due to a shoulder injury Palffy unretired a season ago with intent to play out his final days in his home country but things have gone so well he has been feilding several offers from NHL squads. Also several KHL teams have inquired about his services including SKA St. Petersberg but as for NHL rumor has it Long Island is interested in their former draft pick as well as the Oilers and the Phoenix Coyotes. So far no word yet but on a decesion but his agent says a decesion will be made shortly and that Palffy has 100% retracted his statement in which he said he is offically still retired from international play. Thus not ruling out a return for Slovakia at the 2010 games.

*-> Martin Gerber has decided to follow in fellow Sens castoff Ray Emery's footsteps by heading to the KHL after a season of disapointments. Gerber heads to Russia after a signing a deal with Atlant Mytischi. The deal is rumored to be worth 1$MIL for 1 year. Strangely enough Atlant is the same team that Ray Emery signed with during his stint in the KHL. It might be good for Gerber to get away for a big and hopfully return to the NHL next season.

*->In other KHL news several recent NHLer's have taken off to go play in the KHL for the 2009 season as the league gets yet another wave of talent. Radek Bonk of the Nashville Predators has signed a deal with Yaroslav Lokomotiv, F.A Sandis Ozolinsh signed with Dynamo Riga, Tampa Bay goaltending prospect Kari Ramo to Avangard OMSK, Philidelphia Flyer Lasse Kukkonen to Avangard OMSK, Phoenix Desert Dog Michael Tellqvist to Ak Bars Kazan, Tampa Bay's Radek Smolanek to Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk and Florida Panther Richard Zednik to Yaroslav Lokomotiv.

This already adds to the several other NHLer's who took off at seasons end already which include Washington Capitol's Sergei Fedorov to Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Victor Kozlov to HC Salavat UFA, Detroit Red Wing Juri Hudler to Dynamo Moscow, Anaheim Duck Petri Kontiola to Metallurg Magnitogorsk, Buffalo Sabre Prospect Marek Zagrapan to Severstal Cherepovets, Colorado's Daniel Tjarnqvist to Lokomotiv Yaroslav, Edmonton Oiler prospect Linus Omark to Dynamo Moscov and Phoenix Coyote Dmitri Kalinen to Salavat UFA.

Robert Lang is rumored to have a deal on the table with a KHL as well as veteran Chris Chelios but both hope to find work in the NHL first. Miroslav Satan has all but signed a deal with Barys Astana as well. Another future KHLer could Marek Malik who has told the media he expects to play in Russia next season if he doesn't recieve an NHL call.

Stay tuned later this week for my weekly article, this week I'll discuss the impact of the KHL on the NHL.

*-> Finally with free agency coming almost to a stand still there are still quite a few free agents looking for work. The next few weeks many of these players will ether end up signing with a club, play the waiting game and attend training camps or start looking for work overseas. some notable names out there are:

F - PJ Axelsson
C - Stephane Yelle
G - Manny Fernandez
F - Maxim Afinogenov
C - Dominic Moore
F - Andrew Peters
D - Teppo Numminen
D - Dennis Seidenberg
C - Robert Lang
F - Alex Tanguay
D - Francois Boullion
D - Patrice Briesbois
D - Mathieu Schneider
F - Brendan Shananhan
G - Kevin Weekes
C - Dean McAmmond
F - Mike Sillinger
G - Joey Macdonald
C - Mike Comrie
F - Petr Sykora
F - Miroslav Satan
D - Phillipe Boucher
D - Marek Malik
F - Brad May
G - Curtis Joseph
G - Olaf Kolzig
F - Rob Niedermayer
F - Todd Bertuzzi
F - Andre Roy
C - Chris Gratton
C - Manny Malholtra
F - Jason Williams
C - Mike Peca
F - Mark Parrish
D - Daryl Sydor
D - Sergei Zubov
F - Darren McCarty
D - Chris Chelios
F - Kyle Calder
D - Denis Gauthier
D - Marc-Andre Bergeron
D - Greg De Vries
D - Dmitri Kalinen
D - Ken Klee
F - Mike Grier
F - Jeremy Roenick
F - Marcel Goc
G - Manny Legace
C - Mats Sundin

Well thats it for tonight but tomorow I'll be back on the rumor front with a couple of good ones and a run down of whats to come on this site for the new season. I've got a few new ideas and I wanna hear some feedback. Everyone whose posting keep it up and everyone whose not start posting! I like the feedback and discussion is key! Night All.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Thursday Evening

*-> RDS is reporting Alex Tanguay has signed a multi year deal with the Florida Panthers. More to come on this one.

*-> RFA Kari Lehtonen of the Atlanta Thrashers has resigned with the club who drafted him in 2002 2nd overall.

*-> The Phoenix Coyotes have lost forward Nigel Dawes to the Calgary Flames via waivers today. Dawes RFA status and hearing still applys to Calgary unless he is resigned by Wednesday.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Wednesday Mornings

*-> The Calgary Flames have added defenseman Staffan Kronwall formerly of the Toronto Maple Leafs to their lineup. The deal is rumored to be a 1yr deal.

*-> The Rangers have signed RFA Ryan Callahan to a 3 year deal.

*-> The Montreal Canadiens have also resigned 2 of their RFA's Guilliame Lattendresse snd Shawn Belle. Both will make 850K$ and are under 1 year contracts.

*-> Tom Kostopoulos has signed a 3 year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes. The deal is worth 700K the 1st year, 950K the 2nd and 1.1Mil the 3rd.

*-> The San Jose Sharks have signed veteran Scott Nichol to a 1 year deal.

*-> The Islanders have officially signed this years 1st overall draft pick John Tavares to a 3 year entry level deal today.

*-> Ben Guite has signed with the Nashville Preditors. The deal is 1 year and no other terms were announced.

*-> The Colorado Avalanche are close to signing Russian prospect Dennis Parshin to a deal. The Russian has been playing with CSKA Moscow for the past for seasons since being drafted.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Friday Evening

*-> Montreal has resigned Hamilton Bulldog captain Kyle Chipchura to a one year deal.

*-> Buffalo Sabres has signed defenseman Joe Dipienta to a 1 year deal.

*-> The Flames have added some toughness and a legitimate enforcer to their line up by adding Brian McGratton. The deal is rumored to be a 1year deal 450K$

Ice Scoopz: Saturday Afternoon

*-> Yann Danis signed with the New Jersey Devils to become their number 2 guy behind Martin Brodeur. The deal is only worth 500$K and is for 1 year only as well.

*-> The Minnesota Wild have signed 1st rounder Tyler Cuma to an entry level deal.

*-> Brendan Shanahan agent has admitted to speaking with the New Jersey Devils and the Detroit Red Wings with the Devils being the more likely target.

*-> Apparently the New York Rangers are trying to shop inconsistent Nikolai Zherdev but so far no luck.

*-> The Ottawa Senators are still struggling to trade Dany Heatley. There is rumored to be 3 potential suitors including the Oilers still. The other 2 teams have yet to throw out an offer and are just feeling out the water.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Friday Night

*-> The Washington Capitols have signed Brendan Morrison to a 1year deal worth 1.5$mil a season.

*-> The Penguins have added veteran defenseman Jay Mckee to a one year deal.

*-> The Tampa Bay Lightning have added goalie Antero Nittymaki to what is rumored to be a 1 year deal.

Ice Scoopz: Friday Afternoon

I'm enjoying a nice relaxing weekend but still you should expect the regular updates. I'm disappointed that I'm going to be missing UFC 100 so any updates would be appreciated!

*-> So I recently heard an interesting rumor that sheds a bit more light on the Heatley situation. The rumor I heard was that Heatley slept with Jason Spezza,s fiance. I also heard it that Heatley cheated on his girlfriend and wants to put this city behind him which makes a lot more sense. I don't see any bitterness from the Spezza camp so I think its just strictly gossip. What do you guys think?

*-> Montreal added another signing this afternoon to add more size and grit to the club. Travis Moen signed for an undisclosed amount for 3 years.

Ice Scoopz: Friday Afternoon

I'm enjoying a nice relaxing weekend but still you should expect the regular updates. I'm disappointed that I'm going to be missing UFC 100 so any updates would be appreciated!

*-> So I recently heard an interesting rumor that sheds a bit more light on the Heatley situation. The rumor I heard was that Heatley slept with Jason Spezza,s fiance. I also heard it that Heatley cheated on his girlfriend and wants to put this city behind him which makes a lot more sense. I don't see any bitterness from the Spezza camp so I think its just strictly gossip. What do you guys think?

*-> Montreal added another signing this afternoon to add more size and grit to the club. Travis Moen signed for an undisclosed amount for 3 years.

Ice Scoopz:

Ice Scoopz: Friday Afternoon

*-> Defenseman Paul Mara has signed a 1 year deal with the Montreal Canadiens. The deal is reportedly worth 1.5$mil. Yet another strange signing by Bob Gainey.

*-> Nick Boynton has signed a 1 year with the Anaheim Ducks also for 1.5$mil. This gives the Ducks a bit of added toughness and leadership.

*-> The NHL has taken acception to the KHL signing Jiri Hudler as he applied for arbitration. The NHL has asked the IIHF to intervene and officiate the situation. Only time can tell whether or not the situation can be resolved. My guess is that the KHL won't give a damn and nether will Hudler till they threaten to take away his international eligibility.

Well back out in the sun at the cottage another post this afternoon with some interesting Heatley and Spezza news.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Wednesday Morning

*-> *-> Former Montreal captain Saku Koivu has found himself a new team and it isn't with the Minnesota Wild as most predicted. Koivu signed a 1yr deal worth 3.2$mil. Teemu Selanne a close friend of Koivu was a deciding factor as he is set to retire after this season. Plenty of time left to play with his brother Mikko.

*-> Jiri Hudler has added to the Red Wings woes by defecting to the KHL. This should cause a big issue with the Wings as the lost 2 players to try and resign him. Hudler has signed a 2yr deal worth 2$mil for Dynamo Moscow.

*-> San Jose free agent Claude Lemieux has ended his comeback attempt by announcing his retirement this morning.

*-> Doug Janik has signed a 1yr 2way deal with Detroit.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Afternoon

*-> The Monster Jonas Gustavasson has signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs as predicted. The best goalie outside the nhl said one of the main factors was Burkes redeye flight to Sweden to sway the young tender. The deal is worth 810K$ for only a season.

*-> Chris Pronger has decided end his playing career in Philly with the Flyers after signing a 35mil$ 7yr deal.

*-> Sometime this week veteran and future hall of famer Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche will announce his retirement rumor has it.

*-> The Boston Bruins have added goaltending insurance by adding Danny Sabourin for a 1yr.

*-> Jeff Wotwitka has signed with the Dallas Stars. The deal is rumored to be a 2yr 1.3mil$ deal.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Monday Morning

*-> Hours after Montreal GM Bob Gainey announced he will not sign Montreal superstar Alexei Kovalev even though there was huge pressure from the fans, AK27 signed with the Ottawa Senators. Yet another Montreal star to sign with a division rival.

*-> The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Francois Beauchemin.

*-> The Leafs have also signed Nazim Kadri to an entry level deal as well.

*-> The Vancouver Canucks have signed Andrew Raycroft to a year deal to backup Roberto Loungo.

Saturday, July 4, 2009


*-> The Colorado Avalanche have traded rugged winger Ryan Smyth to the Los Angeles Kings for defensemen Tom Priessing, Kyle Quincey and their 5th round pick next year. Ryan Smyth waived his no movement clause to do so.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Free Agent Frenzy Signing

Well its been a long day and a lot of signings so far. Still a ton to go still some big names out their such as Martin Havlat, Marian Gaborik, Maxim Afinoganov, Mark Recchi, Saku Koivu, Alexei Kovalev, Alex Tangauy, Brendan Shanahan, Nik Antropov, Mike Comrie, Chris Neil, Francois Beauchemin, Todd Betuzzi, Adrian Aucoin, Jason Williams, Joe Sakic, Brenden Morrison, Sergei Zubov, Chris Chelios, Ales Kotalik, Jeremy Roenick, Mats Sundin and many more.

*-> Steve Begin another former Canadian has been signed by yet another Montreal rival the Boston Bruins to a 1 year deal worth $850K.

*-> Steve Sullivan isn't going anywhere for the next 2 seasons. He'll stay in Nashville and make $3.75 Mil for the next 2 years.

*-> Vernon Fiddler has signed with the Phoenix Coyotes for 2 years at $1.1 Mil.

*-> the Columbus Blue Jackets have just signed defensive specialist Samuel Pahlsson to a 3 year deal worth $2.65mil a season.

*-> Adam Pardy resigns with the Calgary Flames.

Well thats it for me since after all it is also Canada Day and I feel like getting out and doing something. Also being a Habs fan I feel the urge to drink haha. If I hear anything I will blog otherwise espect a full update tonight or early tomorrow morning. Thanks for choosing Ice Scoopz for the frenzy!

Free Agent Frenzy Signing

*-> Mike Komisarek has finally made a decesion and is expected to sign a multi year deal with the Canadiens rivals the Toronto Maple Leafs. Big big deal for the Leafs as Burke adds to the toughness and grit of his squad.

Free Agent Frenzy Signings

*-> Montreal has made yet another free agent signing today and signed Mike Cammalleri to a $6 Mil deal over the next 5 years.

*-> Boston has reupped Byron Bitz terms undisclosed.

*-> Greg Zanon has jumped ship on the Nashville Preditors and moved to the Minnesota Wild for 1.8$ mil a season over the next 3 years.

*-> TSN has reported that the Leafs are very close to signing Mike Komisarek, but the islanders are in close pursuit.


*-> The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Atlanta Thrashers have a deal in place. The Leafs have Pavel Kubina going to the Thrashers for Garnett Exelby and the rights to Colby Armstrong.

Free Agent Frenzy Signings

*-> David Koci has signed with the Colorado Avalanche in an attempt to replace Ian Laperriere. The deal is reportedly worth $525K for only one season.

*-> Defenseman Kent Huskins has resigned in San Jose for 2 years at 1.7$Mil a season.

*-> Chris Neil is listening to offers from the Rangers and Leafs at the moment. The Rangers have a deal thats 4 years at $2.2 Mil on the table at the current time.

Free Agent Frenzy Signing

*-> Montreal has just signed defenseman Hal Gill to a 2 year deal with $4.5 mil, another awfull deal for the Habs. Another sign Komisarek is not coming back.

*-> The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed journeyman Mike Rupp to a 2 year deal work 950K $.

Free Agent Frenzy Signing

*-> Ian Laperierre has signed with the Philadelphia Flyers; a 3 year deal worth $3.5Mil overall.

Free Agent Frenzy Signing

*-> Scott Clemmenson has signed with the Florida Panthers to back up Tomas Vokoun. The deal is reportedly worth 1.2$ Mil over a 3 year period.

Free Agent Frenzy Signing

*-> Erik Cole has re-signed in Carolina to a multi year deal after returning to Carolina via trade. 2 years at 2.5$Mil.

Free Agent Frenzy Signing

*-> Nikolai Khabibulin has signed with the Edmonton oilers to finally give them a number one starter now that Garon and Roloson are out of the picture. It is believed to be a 4 year deal worth 15 $ mil total.

Free Agent Frenzy Signing

*-> Jaroslav Spacek will be heading to Montreal for a 3 year deal worth 3.8$Mil per season. This might spell the end for Mike Komisarek in Montreal. Dominos should start to fall now.

*-> In other Habs news Saku Koivu has received several offers from clubs but is still currently awaiting Montreals decesion before he makes his as he would love to return to Montreal for another season.

Free Agent Frenzy Signing

*-> Career backup Brian Boucher has signed in Philly for 925K$ for a 2 year deal. This most likely means the end for Antero NittyMaki and Martin Biron.

*-> Chris Neil is reportedly close to signing with the Leaf's acording to Spectors Trades.

Free Agent Frenzy Signings

*-> Steve Montador has now signed in Buffalo for 2 years at 1.5$mil a season.

*-> Mike Knuble has officially ended his tenure in Philly and resumes his career in Washington with their young core. He is set to make 2.8$ Mil in the next 2 seasons.

*-> Scott Niedermayer has signed along the dotted line for yet another season with the Ducks. He will make 6$Mil for just one season and will start the process over next year.

*-> Aaron Rome was signed by the Vancouver Canucks for 550K for a year.

*-> Lukas Krajicek has resigned with the Tampa Bay Lightning for a year terms are still undisclosed.

Free Agent Frenzy

*-> The tough guy shuffle continues as The Rangers have signed Donald Brashear to a 2 year deal worth 2.6$ mil overall.

Free Agent Frenzy Signing

*-> Tomas Kopecky of the Detroit Red Wings has just signed a2 year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks who seam to be picking the Red Wings free agents apart. The deal is worth 1.2$m a season.

Free Agent Frenzy Signing

*-> The Edmonton Oilers have lost their goalie Dwayne Roloson to the New York Islanders for a deal thats reportedly 2 years and worth 2.5$mil a season. Bad news for the Oilers as their going to have to scramble now.

Free Agent Frenzy Signing

*-> Ty Conklin has signed a 1.6$mil deal with the St. Louis Blues that will last the next 2 seasons.

*-> Andy Greene has resigned in New Jersey to a multi year deal.

*->David Booth has just resigned in Florida for 4.5$mil per 6 years.

*-> Scott Walker has found a new home in Tampa Bay for 1.7$mil for the next 4 years.

*-> A trade is rumored to be going down between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Atlanta Thrashers for defenseman Pavel Kubina.

*-> The Alexei Kovalev signing isn't quite done yet TSN reports, Montreal is still reportedly negotiating with his agent but it still remains positive.

Free Agent Frenzy

*-> Marian Hossa has continued his quest for a cup in yet another location. The Chicago Blackhawks have signed him to a multi year mega deal, this spells the end for Martin Havlat, more to follow.

Free Agent Frenzy

*-> Craig Anderson has signed with the Colorado Avalanche to a 2 year deal worth 3.6$ per season.

Free Agent Frenzy

*-> The Toronto Maple Leafs have attempted to get tougher by signing enforcer Colton Orr to a 4 year deal worth 1$Mil per season.

Free Agent Frenzy

*-> Alexei Kovalev has reportedly agreed to a 2 year deal with 4.5$ a season that also includes the captaincy with the Montreal Canadians.

Free Agent Frenzy Signing

*-> Radek Dvorak resigns with the Florida Panthers for 1.7$ Mil for 2 years.

Free Agent Frenzy

*-> Matias Ohlund wastes no time today and signs a 7 year 3.75$ Mil deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

July 1st: Free Agent Frenzy

*-> The Sedin Twins will remain in Vancouver for another 5 years after signing a deal early this morning. Henrik and Daniel agreed to terms with the Canucks offer of 6.1$Mil each per season. A lot of teams are going to be left scrambling to figure out a game plan now that the Sedin's will not be part of the frenzy.

The Heatley Saga Continues

*-> Dany Heatley has reportedly refused the trade to Edmonton therefore it forces Ottawa to take the 4$Mil bonus hit but fortunatly it doesn't effect the salary cap. No reason yet for the refusal and I'm sure theres more to follow.