If James Wisniewski, the little former Islanders’ obscene gesturer, can get $33 million for six years from small-market Columbus:
A) It’s going to be an expensive day on the market place for GMs and owners all over North America today; and …
B) How in Holy Hell is Gary Bettman going to be able to convince anybody that this league is in financial straits when the next CBA negotiation begins?
C) The Rangers should stand pat. (they probably won’t).
That said, it looks like Christopher Higgins isn’t going to be a free agent; apparently re-signing with the defending Runners-up Canucks. Too bad. He’s a 20-goal scorer who would have gotten some team 16 goals next year.
We will have updates on signings right here all day long.
Unconfirmed: Philly signs Michal Handzus. … Bogus?
Pittsburgh, out of Jagr sweepstakes, re-signs Tyler Kennedy for two years, $4M.
Devils re-sign Andy Greene.
Tampa Bay signs G Mathieu Garon for two years, $2.6M.
Edmonton signs Ben Eager for three years, $3.3M.
Chicago signs Jamal Mayers, 1 year, $550,000.
Florida signs Jose Theodore for two years, $3M.
Dallas signs Adam Pardy for two years, $4M.
Chicago signs 90-year-old Sean O’Donnell for one year, $850,000.
Calgary signs James Butler.
Caps re-sign Jeff Halpern.
Florida signs Scottie Upshall for four years, $14M.
Phoenix signs G Mike Smith for two years, $4M.
Phoenix signs Raffi Torres for two years, $1.75M per.
SURPRISE, SURPRISE: Philly signs Jaromir Jagr! One year, $3.3M.
Phoenix signs Boyd Gordon, two years, $2.65M.
Flyers working on a contract with Ed Jovanovski. Bad rumor.
St. Louis re-signs Matt D’Agostini, two years, $3.3M.
Dallas signs Radek Dvorak for one year, $1.5M.
Vancouver signs Mark Mancari for 1 year, $525,000.
Florida signs Ed Jovanovski for four years, $16.5M … Panthers need to spend money to get to cap floor. Obviously. Jovanovski is older than O’Donnell, isn’t he?
Colorado signs Jan Hejda for four years, $3.25m per.
Dallas signs Vernon Fiddler for three years, $5.4M.
IS IT ME, or have teams spent tons of money without any of them having made a significant improvement so far?
Chicago signs Andrew Brunette, one year, $2M (celebrate this, Rangers fans).
Flyers sign Jakub Voracek, one year, $2.5M.
Flyers sign Andreas Lilja, one year.
Washington trades Semyon Varlamov to Colorado for a first-rounder in ’12 and a second in ’12 or ’13.
Florida signs Marcel Goc, three years, $1.7M per.
Phoenix re-signs Radim Vrbata, three years, $9M.
Multiple reports: Brad Richards will get max money, $12.8M per, for year 1 and 2 of contract, including a huge signing bonus for year 1. I wonder if the Rangers are going to even bother.
IF I’M GLEN SATHER … I’m going duck hunting and saying, “the hell with this.”
Again, this guy Richards is NOT one of the top 20 players in the game. The contract will be a killer to whichever team signs him.
Flyers sign Maxim Talbot for five years, $9M. This and the Jagr deal have to remove the Flys completely out of the Richards sweeps, if they were ever in it.
Carolina signs G Brian Boucher for two years, $1.9M.
Montreal signs G Peter Budaj, two years, $2.3M.
Rangers sign winger/center Mike Rupp. Some muscle. Fourth-liner. Scores a little bit. Three years, $4.5M, won’t hurt.
Pittsburgh signs Steve Sullivan for one year, $1.5M.
Detroit signs Mike Commodore, one year, $1M.
Caps sign Joel Ward, four years, $3M per.
Islanders sign Marty Reasoner for two years, $2.7M.
Montreal signs Erik Cole for four years, $18M.
Washington signs Roman Hamrlik, 2 years, $7M.
Edmonton signs Cam Barker, one year, $2.25M.
Edmonton signs Darcy Hordichuk, 1 year, $800,000.
Ottawa signs G Alex Auld, one year, $1M.
Dallas signs Michael Ryder, 2 years, $7M.
Flyers trade Kris Versteeg to Florida for a second and third-round pick.
Boston signs Benoit Pouliot, one year, $1.1M.
Devils re-sign G Johan Hedberg for one year.
Buffalo signs Ville Leino for a ridiculous six years, $27M. Boy, I wish I had become an agent.
Vancouver signs Marco Sturm, one year, $2.5M.
Carolina signs Alex Ponikarovsky for one year, $1.5M.
Edmonton trades Kurtis Foster to Anaheim for Andy Sutton.
Dallas signs Sheldon Souray for one year, $1.65M.
San Jose signs Jim Vandermeer for one year, $1M.
Florida signs Thomas Fleischmann for four years, $4.5M per.
Edmonton signs Eric Belanger for three years, $5.25M.
Columbus signs G Curtis Sanford for 1 year, $600,000.