Friday, July 29, 2011

Ice Scoopz: Friday Noon

A couple of KHL signings to announce along with a few minor signings as well.

*-> It appears the enigmatic Russian Alexei Kovalev has found himself a new home. Rumors are spiralling out of Russia saying that Kovalev has signed with Alant Mytishchi of the KHL. It's still not 100% but I'm hearing from multiple KHL sources it is indeed a done deal and will be announced shortly.

*-> Another NHLer has left for the KHL as well today as Brent Sopel formerly of the Montreal Canadiens has taken off to play overseas with Metallurg Novokuznetsk.

*-> Mike Danton has also found himself a team for the upcoming season as the troubled forward signed on with IFK Ore of Division One in Sweden.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ice Scoopz: Thursday Evening

A late flurry this afternoon/evening

*-> The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Tyler Sloan to a deal, the terms have yet to be released but it's rumored to be a one year around 850k.

*-> The Vancouver Canucks avoided arbitration today as they inked Jannik Hansen to a 3 year deal worth 4$ million overall.

*-> The Colorado Avalanche have signed 2011 first round draft picks Gabriel Landeskog and Duncan Siemens to entry level deals.

Trade! New York Islanders -> New Jersey

*-> The New York islanders have traded Trent Hunter to the New Jersey Devils for veteran Brian Rolston.

Strange move for the Islanders as they could have had Rolston virtually for free but yet Hunter was in the mix. The motive was right trying to get a veteran presence in their lineup but the prie was wrong in my books.

Ice Scoopz: Thursday Noon

A couple of signings to announce for this morning,

*-> Sugar Ray Emery has signed a deal with the Chicago Blackhawks but I'm hearing it's on a tryout basis but the Hawks will retain his rights till Oct 1st unless they decide to cut him.

*-> The New York Rangers have come to terms with assistant captain Ryan Callahan this morning as well the deal is worth 12.8$ million over 3 year years.

*-> Nikolai Zherdev is in talks with the Winnipeg Jets, Zherdev was brought back briefly to the NHL by the Atlanta Thrashers once upon a time remember.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ice Scoopz: Wednesday Noon

Not much happening this afternoon a couple of quick ones for you guys:

*-> Brad Winchester is close to signing with the Vancouver Canucks from what I'm hearing around the net.

*-> A rumor out of the OHL has Toronto draft pick Tyler Biggs leaving the University of Miami (OHIO) to play in the OHL for the Oshawa Generals.

Ice Scoopz: Wednesday Morning

*-> Yesterday afternoon the Nashville Predators signed prospect Craig Smith from the University of Wisconsin.

*-> The Pittsburgh Penguins also signed two players yesterday. The Penguins signed defenseman Scott Harrington of the London Knights to a 3 year entry level deal and also added former Dallas Star Jason Williams.

*-> The Phoenix Coyotes signed goaltender Justin Pogge this morning.

*-> The New Jersey Devils have resigned Matt Taormina and Mark Fraser.

*-> The Detroit Red Wings have resigned Farncois Pare to a new deal.

*-> Stu Bickell has been resigned by the Blue Shirts keeping him in the Big Apple.

*-> Marcel Hossa has officially signed with Spartak Moscow leaving behind last years team Ak Bars keeping him in the KHL. The deal is rumored to be a 2 year "major money" contract many Russian sources are saying.

*-> Former Ottawa Senator Martin Prusek has called it a career this morning.

*-> Rumors has Jarkko Ruutu considering an offer from the Finnish Elite League team HIFK.

*-> Alexei Yashin reportedly has a 2nd NHL team interested in his services while his agent reports multiple KHL teams are still pushing hard to keep the veteran Russian in the motherland.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Morning

A brief flurry of activity yesterday afternoon and this morning as the off season begins to slow to a crawl.

*-> Yesterday afternoon Jassen Cullimore formerly of the Chicago Blackhawks signed a deal with the DEL club the Iserlohn Roosters.

*-> Bridgeport Sound tough guy Jeremy Yablonski has been recruited by Alexei Zhamnov's gritty KHL squad Vityaz Chekhov to a one year deal.

*-> Jon Mirasty of the Syracuse Crunch has also signed a 1 year deal with Vityaz Chekhov.

*-> KHL veteran Maxim Sushinsky is close to signing a deal with OHk Dynamo Moscow it's rumored while fellow former SKA St. Petersburg teamate Alexei Yashin is still pondering his offer from Long Island it's said. Rumors now have the enigmatic Russian looking around the league for more interest.

*-> Kris Draper of the Detroit Red Wings is expected to announce his retirement this morning at a Red wing press conference.

*-> Byron Bitz has signed a deal with the Vancouver Canucks leaving behind him the Florida Panthers.

*-> Russian prospect Ivan Telegin of the Barrie Colts has signed a 3 year Entry Level deal with the Winnipeg Jets.