New thread … the other one was getting too long. For earlier transactions, etc., see the previous post.
Just a thought: that three-year deal for Gonchar—an over-35 contract—could turn out to be worse than Redden’s. That number never comes off the salary cap books, even if they send him down or buy him out or whatever. It’s like Brashear’s deal. Only longer and for more money.
TSN: Manny Malhotra to Vancouver, 3 years, $7.5M, no-move clause. Wow.
Phoenix re-signed ex-Ranger Derek Morris, four years, $11M. Wow again.
McKenzie has G Dan Ellis going to Tampa for two years, $1.5M per. Done deal.
Another Wow! Philly signs Jody Shelley right from under the Rangers’ noses, three years, $1.1M per. Bad move for the Rangers. Good move for the Flyers. This one will have repercussions five times a year, or so. The Rangers will miss him. Their room, which Tortorella talked about on breakup day, just got worse. That said, the third year, if not the second, could be ugly for the Flyers.
ESPN says Paul Martin has signed with Pittsburgh, as rumored earlier, five years, $5M per. Holy cow!
According to Darren Dreger, the Rangers have signed ex-Minnesota tough guy Derek Boogaard, the Boogeyman, to replace Shelley! All reports: Four years, maybe as much as $1.65M per. For a guy who hasn’t scored a goal in four years! And, as many of our great Boneheads have pointed out, they could have just kept Colton Orr for four years and $1.1M per year last year. He’s a better enforcer, no worse a player. But they had to have Donald Brashear, then they had to replace him with Jody Shelley, and now they get a more expensive version of the guy they let walk last year. Inexplicable.
Confirmed contract for Boogaard: four years, $1.65M per. Every sentence I type lately knocks me off my chair.
Anaheim signs Toni Lydman for three years, $3M per.
Phoenix signs Ray Whitney for two years. Another 35+ contract that never goes away.
The TSN guy just said that Edmonton had four years on the table for Boogaard, and bowed out when the money got too high. So that might explain how/why the Rangers went to four years.
Ottawa’s Bruce Garrioch—who throws a lot of stuff out there—reports that Calgary is trying to bring back Olli Jokinen at 2 years, $3+M per. And that would top anything that has happened today, wouldn’t it?
TSN’s Steve Simmons: “If Daryl Sutter signs Olli Jokinen he should be fired tomorrow.”
Devils replace Paul Martin by signing Henrik Tallinder for four years, $13.5M.
Edmonton signs Kurtis Foster, two years, $1.8M per.