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NHL - 7/1/2008 12:23:29 PM   
Stacey King


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The Oilers have traded hard-hitting left winger Raffi Torres to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for 21-year-old centre Gilbert Brule, and sent defenceman Joni Pitkanen to the Carolina Hurricanes for winger Erik Cole.
 
 
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Couple of big trades for differing reasons. Brule went 6th overall the year the Wild took Pouliot 4th.  Getting just banger Torres for Brule is not much of a return.  Have to hand it to the Jackets for this though...they are admitting a mistake and moving on.  With the new NHL financial landscape,  kids have to do  it in a hurry for their original drafting team for the team to get any good sal cap worthy playing time from them.  Which brings us to Pouliot.....he will be a RFA after next season if you can believe it.

Pitkanen is on his 3rd team now. Awesome talent for a D-man on the offensive side of the puck but a horrid 1 on 1 defenseman, and that is not a good thing. Wanted him for the Wild last offseason but I think Jacques would have chewed him up and spit him out for his D shortcomings.  Cole is a very good power forward who can also beat d-men 1 on 1 easily when given the chance, but the neck injury history scares the heck out of me. He is highly skilled and will be a top forward for the US come Olympic time. At 4M he is a bargain for this coming season but will be a UFA in 2009/10.
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RE: NHL - 7/1/2008 5:06:13 PM   
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Brian Campbell to the Blackhawks, 8 years at $7.1 million a season.  Pretty steep.

All I know is he is a very talented offensive defenseman.....fun to watch.

If  Chicago ever gets their goalie situation squared away &  could get 75 games a year out of  Havlat  they have a nice young team, could be contenders year after year.
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RE: NHL - 7/1/2008 7:35:08 PM   
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Chi is going to be the new Pens and soon.  They got a hell of a keeer too in Huet. 
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RE: Free Agent Tracker - 7/2/2008 6:05:44 PM   
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JULY 2


PLAYER
2007-08 TOTALS


POSITION
NEW TEAM
OLD TEAM
TERMS OF DEAL



Wojtek Wolski
Age: 22
Games: 77
Goals: 18
Points: 48
Left winger
Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche
Two-year deal




Yann Danis
Age: 27
Games: 6
GAA: 2.69
SV%: .908
Goalie
New York Islanders
Montreal Canadiens
One-year deal



Kurtis Foster
Age: 26
Games: 56
Points: 19
+/-: Even
Defenseman
Minnesota Wild
Minnesota Wild
N/A



Jarkko Ruutu
Age: 32
Games: 71
Goals: 6
Points: 16
Left winger
Ottawa Senators
Pittsburgh Penguins
Three-year deal



Shean Donovan
Age: 33
Games: 82
Goals: 5
Points: 12
Right winger
Ottawa Senators
Ottawa Senators
Two-year deal



Brooks Orpik
Age: 27
Games: 78
Points: 11
+/-: Plus-11
Defenseman
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
Six-year deal




Ron Hainsey
Age: 27
Games: 78
Points: 32
+/-: Minus-7
Defenseman
Atlanta Thrashers
Columbus Blue Jackets
Five years, $22.5M

• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: Hainsey has terrific upside because of his size (6-foot-3, 209 pounds) and his puck-handling ability. He may not have matured defensively (he was a combined minus-26 the past two seasons in Columbus), but he's only 27; he has plenty of time to round out his game. Hainsey will be expected to log big minutes and help out a power play that was 23rd in the league in 2007-08. Read more



Sean Avery
Age: 28
Games: 57
Goals: 15
Points: 33
Left winger
Dallas Stars
New York Rangers
Four years, $15.5M

• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: Only time will tell what kind of impact the loss of Sean Avery will have on the Rangers, but it stands to be significant. When Avery was in the lineup for the Rangers, they were a much more difficult team to play against. He comes with all sorts of baggage, but Stars assistant GM Brett Hull has some history with Avery, thanks to their shared time in Detroit and should act as a nice buffer. The only question is whether Big D is ready for Big Sean. Read more



Marian Hossa
Age: 29
Games: 72
Goals: 29
Points: 66
Right winger
Detroit Red Wings
Pittsburgh Penguins
One year, $7.45M

• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: The deal makes eminent sense for the defending Stanley Cup champs, who now boast a fearsome forward contingent that includes some of the best two-way hockey players in the world, Hossa, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. Zetterberg will be unrestricted at the end of the 2008-09 season and GM Ken Holland will have to open his wallet, so the one-year deal gives both Hossa and Holland room to move. Can anyone say "repeat?" Read more



Ryan Craig
Age: 26
Games: 7
Goals: 1
Points: 2
Center
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning
Two-year deal



Tyler Sloan
Age: 27
Games: 0
Goals: 0
Points: 0
Defenseman
Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals
N/A



Graham Mink
Age: 29
Games: 3
Goals: 0
Points: 0
Left winger
Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals
N/A











JULY 1




PLAYER
2007-08 TOTALS


POSITION
NEW TEAM
OLD TEAM
TERMS OF DEAL



Michael Ryder
Age: 28
Games: 70
Goals: 14
Points: 31
Right winger
Boston Bruins
Montreal Canadiens
Multiyear deal



Bobby Holik
Age: 37
Games: 82
Goals: 15
Points: 34
Center
New Jersey Devils
Atlanta Thrashers
One-year deal




Wade Redden
Age: 31
Games: 80
Points: 38
+/-: Plus-11
Defenseman
New York Rangers
Ottawa Senators
*-Six years, $39M

• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: With talented defensemen in short supply, the Rangers filled a glaring hole in their lineup by adding Redden. His game fell off over the past couple of years, but he has the tools to once again be an elite player. He'll be counted on to help energize a moribund Rangers power play (22nd overall). Read more



Brian Rolston
Age: 35
Games: 81
Goals: 31
Points: 59
Left winger
New Jersey Devils
Minnesota Wild
Four years, $20.25M

• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: After being heavily courted by the Lightning, not to mention some 15 or so other NHL teams, the power-play specialist and hard-shooting forward will be a welcome addition to a Devils team that ranked 27th in goals per game and 25th on the power play. Read more



Brian Campbell
Age: 29
Games: 83
Points: 62
+/-: Plus-8
Defenseman
Chicago Blackhawks
San Jose Sharks
Eight years, $7.142M annual average

• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: With the smooth-skating Campbell, Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon has significantly upgraded a Blackhawks team that fell just three points shy of the final playoff berth in the West last spring. "This is a great day for the Chicago Blackhawks," Tallon told ESPN.com. Read more



Mark Streit
Age: 30
Games: 81
Goals: 13
Points: 62
Defenseman
New York Islanders
Montreal Canadiens
Five-year deal

• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: Some plain old offensive juice never hurts. The Isles beefed up on the back end by signing Streit, who will help a team whose power play finished 29th overall last season. Read more



Niklas Hagman
Age: 28
Games: 82
Goals: 27
Points: 41
Left winger
Toronto Maple Leafs
Dallas Stars
*-Four years, $12M

• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: The good news Toronto is Hagman scored a career-high 27 goals for Dallas last season; the bad news is the well went dry late in the season (one goal in last 14 games). Hagman will get loads of power-play time and will almost certainly play on the top two lines.



Glen Metropolit
Age: 34
Games: 74
Goals: 11
Points: 33
Center
Philadelphia Flyers
Boston Bruins
Two-year deal



Stephen Valiquette
Age: 30
Games: 15
GAA: 2.19
SV%: .916
Goalie
New York Rangers
New York Rangers
N/A



Drew MacIntyre
Age: 25
Games: 2
GAA: 2.95
SV%: .864
Goalie
Nashville Predators
Vancouver Canucks
One-year deal



Craig Weller
Age: 27
Games: 59
Goals: 3
Points: 11
Right winger
Minnesota Wild
Phoenix Coyotes
Multiyear deal



Patrick Rissmiller
Age: 29
Games: 79
Goals: 8
Points: 17
Left winger
New York Rangers
San Jose Sharks
N/A



Aaron Voros
Age: 26
Games: 55
Goals: 7
Points: 14
Left winger
New York Rangers
Minnesota Wild
N/A



Ossi Vaananen
Age: 27
N/A
Defenseman
Philadelphia Flyers
Djurgardens (Sweden)
One-year deal




Mike Commodore
Age: 28
Games: 67
Points: 14
+/-: Minus-7
Defenseman
Columbus Blue Jackets
Ottawa Senators
Five years, $18.75M





• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: The man with the best hair in hockey is on the move again and may help fill some of the void created when captain Adam Foote departed at the trade deadline last February. Commodore should love playing under Ken Hitchcock -- he'd better given that price tag.



Darcy Tucker
Age: 33
Games: 74
Goals: 18
Points: 34
Right winger
Colorado Avalanche
Toronto Maple Leafs
*-Two years, $4.5M


• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: With the uncertainty over the availability of captain Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg, the Avs bought some insurance by signing Tucker to a two-year deal worth a reported $4.5 million in total. Tucker has lots to prove after slumping to just 18 goals last season. Denver may be the perfect place for a renaissance. Read more



Eric Godard
Age: 28
Games: 74
Goals: 1
Points: 2
Right winger
Pittsburgh Penguins
Calgary Flames
Three-year deal



Patrick Lalime
Age: 33
Games: 32
GAA: 2.82
SV%: .897
Goalie
Buffalo Sabres
Chicago Blackhawks
Two years, $2M



Andrei Kostitsyn
Age: 23
Games: 78
Goals: 26
Points: 53
Left winger
Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens
Three years, $9.75M




Curtis Joseph
Age: 41
Games: 9
GAA: 2.55
SV%: .906
Goalie
Toronto Maple Leafs
Calgary Flames
One-year deal

• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: Joseph won't be expecting much playing time what with starter Vesa Toskala appearing in 30 straight games at one point last season. Nonetheless, it'll be heartwarming for Leafs fans to see Joseph in blue and white once more.



Jeff Finger
Age: 28
Games: 72
Points: 19
+/-: Plus-12
Defenseman
Toronto Maple Leafs
Colorado Avalanche
Four-year deal



Alex Auld
Age: 27
Games: 32
GAA: 2.68
SV%: .907
Goalie
Ottawa Senators
Boston Bruins
Two years, $2M



Andrew Raycroft
Age: 28
Games: 19
GAA: 3.92
SV%: .876
Goalie
Colorado Avalanche
Toronto Maple Leafs
One-year deal



Todd Fedoruk
Age: 29
Games: 69
Goals: 6
Points: 13
Left winger
Phoenix Coyotes
Minnesota Wild
Three-year deal



Adam Hall
Age: 27
Games: 46
Goals: 2
Points: 6
Right winger
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pittsburgh Penguins
Three-year deal



Olaf Kolzig
Age: 38
Games: 54
GAA: 2.91
SV%: .892
Goalie
Tampa Bay Lightning
Washington Capitals
One-year deal

• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: Kolzig was displaced as the Caps' starter with the addition of Cristobal Huet at the trade deadline. He'll battle Karri Ramo for the back-up job behind incumbent starter Mike Smith, who is an unproven quantity as a starter. Kolzig could end up being both a mentor and workhorse in Tampa.



Cory Stillman
Age: 34
Games: 79
Goals: 24
Points: 65
Left winger
Florida Panthers
Ottawa Senators
Three-year deal

• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: Stillman hasn't put up the numbers he is accustomed to over the past couple of seasons due mostly to injury, but he is a steady point producer and power-play specialist who should help a Florida team that hasn't made the playoffs since 2000. Read more



Cristobal Huet
Age: 32
Games: 52
GAA: 2.32
SV%: .920
Goalie
Chicago Blackhawks
Washington Capitals
N/A

• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: Huet's addition will increase speculation the Blackhawks will move veteran netminder Nikolai Khabibulin, although his $6.75-million price tag for the 2008-09 season may hold many teams back. Read more



Andrew Brunette
Age: 34
Games: 82
Goals: 19
Points: 59
Left winger
Minnesota Wild
Colorado Avalanche
Multiyear deal



Mark Eaton
Age: 31
Games: 36
Points: 3
+/-: Plus-6
Defenseman
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
Two-year deal



Jose Theodore
Age: 31
Games: 53
GAA: 2.44
SV%: .910
Goalie
Washington Capitals
Colorado Avalanche
Two years, $9M


• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: In Theodore, the Capitals will be bringing in as many questions as answers. Do the defending Southeast champs get the netminder who stood on his head in the first round of the playoffs, or the one that fell to pieces in the second round as Colorado was swept by Detroit? Read more



Ty Conklin
Age: 32
Games: 33
GAA: 2.51
SV%: .923
Goalie
Detroit Red Wings
Pittsburgh Penguins
One-year deal


• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: Conklin will get a chance to play behind veteran netminder Chris Osgood, who has split playing time the last couple of seasons with the recently retired Dominik Hasek. Unless the Penguins are content to let Dany Sabourin handle back-up duties, this again puts the Pens in the hunt for a viable back-up for Marc-Andre Fleury.



Radim Vrbata
Age: 27
Games: 76
Goals: 27
Points: 56
Right winger
Tampa Bay Lightning
Phoenix Coyotes
Three years, $9M


• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: Rebuffed in their attempts to sign unrestricted free-agent forward Brian Rolston, the Lightning continued their dramatic overhaul by signing Vrbata. The signing isn't all that big a surprise given that new Tampa Bay assistant GM Tom Kurvers was with the Phoenix organization for the past 10 years.



Kurt Sauer
Age: 27
Games: 54
Points: 6
+/-: Plus-17
Defenseman
Phoenix Coyotes
Colorado Avalanche
Four years



Brad Stuart
Age: 28
Games: 72
Points: 23
+/-: Minus-10
Defenseman
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings
Four years, $3.75M annual average


• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: Stuart was rumored to be headed back to the West Coast, but Detroit GM Ken Holland convinced Stuart to stay. Cup rings almost always carry more weight than smog and traffic jams. Stuart played most of the playoffs with Niklas Kronwall and the pair represent a nice alternative to the team's top pairing of Brian Rafalski and Nicklas Lidstrom. All four will return next year giving the Wings as good a top four defensive lineup as anyone in the NHL. Read more



Corey Perry
Age: 23
Games: 70
Goals: 29
Points: 54
Right winger
Anaheim Ducks
Anaheim Ducks
Five-year, $26.6M


• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: The Ducks took care of priority No. 1 Tuesday by locking up Perry. Along with Ryan Getzlaf, Perry represents the future of their offensive lineup and GM Brian Burke was cognizant of the potential for another team to drop an offer sheet as was the case a year ago when the Oilers snapped up Dustin Penner. Read more



Pascal Dupuis
Age: 29
Games: 78
Goals: 12
Points: 27
Left winger
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
Three-year deal



Bryce Salvador
Age: 32
Games: 64
Points: 11
+/-: Plus-12
Defenseman
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Devils
*-Four years, $2.9M annual average



Jay Pandolfo
Age: 33
Games: 54
Goals: 12
Points: 24
Left Winger
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Devils
N/A



Mike Green
Age: 22
Games: 82
Points: 56
+/-: Plus-6
Defenseman
Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals
Four years, $21M

• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: Green enjoyed a breakout season for the Caps with a league-best 18 goals from the blue line, eight of which were on the power play. There had been speculation that had the Caps not brought Green under contract, he would have been a prime target for an offer sheet. Read more










JUNE 30




PLAYER
2007-08 TOTALS


POSITION
NEW TEAM
OLD TEAM
TERMS OF DEAL



Ryan Malone
Age: 28
Games: 77
Goals: 27
Points: 51
Winger
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pittsburgh Penguins
Seven years, $31.5M

• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: The Lightning have gone from hockey curiosity to mover and shaker with their acquisition of Ryan Malone, and now have options at wing for Vinny Lecavalier. Read more



John-Michael Liles
Age: 27
Games: 81
Points: 32
+/-: Plus-2
Defenseman
Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche
Four years, $16.8M


Adam Foote
Age: 36
Games: 75
Points: 16
+/-: Plus-2
Defenseman
Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche
Two-year deal


• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: The free-agent defensemen pool, already shallow to begin with, is even more so after the Avalanche locked up John-Michael Liles and Adam Foote. Read more



Gary Roberts
Age: 42
Games: 38
Goals: 3
Points: 15
Left winger
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pittsburgh Penguins
One-year deal



Vaclav Prospal
Age: 33
Games: 80
Goals: 33
Points: 71
Left winger
Tampa Bay Lightning
Philadelphia Flyers
Multiyear deal

• News story: Roberts was acquired along with Ryan Malone in exchange for a 2009 conditional draft pick; Tampa Bay acquired the rights to Prospal on June 18 in return for two draft picks. Read more



Jody Shelley
Age: 32
Games: 62
Goals: 1
Points: 7
Left winger
San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks
Two-year deal

• News story: Shelley had 91 penalty minutes in 31 games after joining the Sharks in a trade with Columbus on Jan. 29. Read more



Paul Gaustad
Age: 26
Games: 82
Goals: 10
Points: 36
Center
Buffalo Sabres
Buffalo Sabres
Four years, $9.2M

• News story: Gaustad, Buffalo's seventh-round draft pick in 2000, is a versatile forward who split time between the Sabres top three lines. Read more



Andreas Lilja
Age: 32
Games: 79
Points: 12
+/-: Minus-2
Defenseman
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings
Two-year deal

• News story: Lilja has spent the past three seasons in Detroit, appearing in 218 regular-season games and 36 postseason games. Read more










JUNE 27




PLAYER
2007-08 TOTALS


POSITION
NEW TEAM
OLD TEAM
TERMS OF DEAL



Daymond Langkow
Age: 31
Games: 80
Goals: 30
Points: 65
Center
Calgary Flames
Calgary Flames
N/A



Craig Conroy
Age: 36
Games: 79
Goals: 12
Points: 34
Center
Calgary Flames
Calgary Flames
N/A


Eric Nystrom
Age: 25
Games: 44
Goals: 3
Points: 10
Left winger
Calgary Flames
Calgary Flames
N/A



Curtis McElhinney
Age: 25
Games: 5
GAA: 2.00
SV%: .902
Goalie
Calgary Flames
Calgary Flames
N/A










JUNE 25




PLAYER
2007-08 TOTALS


POSITION
NEW TEAM
OLD TEAM
TERMS OF DEAL



Jeremy Roenick
Age: 38
Games: 69
Goals: 14
Points: 33
Center
San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks
One-year deal



Brian Boucher
Age: 31
Games: 5
GAA: 1.76
SV%: .932
Goalie
San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks
One-year deal



Joe Pavelski
Age: 23
Games: 82
Goals: 14
Points: 28
Center
San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks
Two-year deal


• News story: The Sharks got off to a head start, re-signing Pavelski and Roenick and backup goaltender Boucher six days before the start of the free-agency period. Read more










JUNE 20




PLAYER
2007-08 TOTALS


POSITION
NEW TEAM
OLD TEAM
TERMS OF DEAL



Chris Kelly
Age: 27
Games: 75
Goals: 11
Points: 30
Center
Ottawa Senators
Ottawa Senators
Four years, $8.5 million

• News story: The Senators locked up the speedy penalty-killing specialist to a new deal after Kelly was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent. Read more










JUNE 19




PLAYER
2007-08 TOTALS


POSITION
NEW TEAM
OLD TEAM
TERMS OF DEAL



Dan Ellis
Age: 28
Games: 44
GAA: 2.34
SV%: .924



Goalie
Nashville Predators
Nashville Predators
Two years, $3.5 million

• News story: The goalie was signed as a free agent last July and was a key part in Nashville's late-season run to clinch a fourth consecutive playoff berth. Read more
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RE: Free Agent Tracker - 7/2/2008 9:02:11 PM   
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Pens give in and give Malkin a 5-year/ $43.5 mil  contract.
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RE: Free Agent Tracker - 7/3/2008 11:52:13 AM   
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DAMN!  Check out some of those mug shots.  I can see the conversation now.


Mike Green - Damn it, I'm a total bad ass.  Just look at my scowl.

Prospal - Ummm,  what means bad ass?

Shelley - hehehhhehhh you said bad ass hehehehhhee (ala Beavis)
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RE: Free Agent Tracker - 7/3/2008 3:11:54 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Jeff Jesser

DAMN!  Check out some of those mug shots.  I can see the conversation now.


Mike Green - Damn it, I'm a total bad ass.  Just look at my scowl.

Prospal - Ummm,  what means bad ass?

Shelley - hehehhhehhh you said bad ass hehehehhhee (ala Beavis)


 
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RE: Free Agent Tracker - 7/3/2008 5:35:47 PM   
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Thursday, July 3, 2008

TEAM



Agreed to terms with center Dwight Helminen on a one-year contract.


Signed defenseman Daniel Tjarnqvist to a one-year contract.


Named Chris MacFarland assistant general manager.


Signed right wing Landon Wilson to a one-year contract; signed defensemen Maxime Fortunus and Garrett Stafford and left wing Francis Wathier to two-year contracts.


Signed defenseman Taylor Chorney to a three-year entry level contract.


Agreed to terms with defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick, left wing Steve MacIntyre and goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu to two-year contracts; signed defenseman James DeLory to a three-year entry level contract.


Signed right wing Antti Miettinen to a multi-year contract.


Signed goaltender Marc Denis to a one-year contract; signed right wing Georges Laraque to a three-year deal.


Signed center Mike Iggulden and defenseman Brett Skinner to one-year contracts; signed center Mike Iggulden, defensemen Brett Skinner and Chris Lee, forwards Kurtis McLean and Mitch Fritz and goaltender Peter Mannino.


Signed left wing Marcus Naslund; agreed to terms with defenseman Dmitri Kalinen.


Signed right wing Derek Nesbitt and defenseman Drew Fata; signed defenseman David Hale to a two-year contract.


Signed left wing Ruslan Fedotenko and right wing Miroslav Satan to one-year contracts; signed goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to a seven-year contract.


Re-signed center Yan Stastny to a two-year deal.


Signed left wing David Koci to a one-year contract; signed defenseman Scott Jackson to a three-year contract.


Signed center Dominic Moore to a one-year contract; signed center John Mitchell to a two-year contract; signed right wing Greg Scott to a three-year contract.


Signed center Keith Aucoin to a two-year contract.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

TEAM



Signed defenseman Stu Bickel to a three-year contract.


Signed defenseman Ron Hainsey to a multi-year contract.


Signed center Petteri Nokelainen to a multi-year contract.


Signed left wings Curtis Glencross and Pete Vandermeer; re-signed defenseman Jim Vandermeer.


Re-signed defenseman Joni Pitkanen to a three-year contract; signed defenseman Josef Melichar to a one-year contract.


Named Mark Bernard general manager of minor league affiliations.


Re-signed left wing Wojtek Wolski to a two-year contract.


Acquired defensemen Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman from the New York Rangers for right wing Nikolai Zherdev and center Dan Fritsche; signed left wing Kristian Huselius to a four-year contract.


Signed left wing Sean Avery to a four-year contract; re-signed right wing B.J. Crombeen to a one-year contract.


Agreed to terms with right wing Marian Hossa on a one-year contract.


Re-signed defenseman Kurtis Foster to a one-year contract.


Re-signed left wing Andrei Kostitsyn to a three-year contract.


Signed goaltender Yann Danis to a one-year contract; agreed to terms with center Doug Weight on a one-year contract.


Re-signed right wing Shean Donovan to a two-year contract; signed left wing Jarkko Ruutu to a three-year contract.


Re-signed defenseman Randy Jones to a two-year contract and left wing Riley Cote to a three-year contract.


Re-signed goaltender Al Montoya and left wing David Spina; signed defenseman Drew Fata and right wing Derek Nesbitt.


Signed center Evgeni Malkin to a five-year contract extension; re-signed defenseman Brooks Orpik to a six-year contract.


Re-signed center Ryan Craig to a two-year contract and defenseman Janne Niskala to a one-year contract.


Signed centers Ryan Johnson and Alexander Bolduc and defenseman Nolan Baumgartner; re-signed center Kyle Wellwood and goaltender Curtis Sanford.


Signed right wing Graham Mink and defenseman Tyler Sloan.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

TEAM



Signed right wing Corey Perry to a five-year contract.


Signed right wing Blake Wheeler; signed right wing Michael Ryder to a multi-year contract.


Agreed to terms with goaltender Patrick Lalime one a two-year contract.


Acquired left wing Rene Bourque from the Chicago Blackhawks for a conditional second-round pick; re-signed left wing Brandon Prust and right wing David Van Der Gulik; signed defensemen Mark Giordano and Ryan Wilson.


Agreed to terms with left wing Ryan Bayda and defensemen Anton Babchuk and Wade Brookbank on one-year contracts and defenseman Tim Conboy on a two-year contract.


Signed defenseman Brian Campbell to an eight-year contract and goaltender Cristobal Huet to a four-year contract.


Signed goaltender Andrew Raycroft and left wing Per Ledin to one-year contracts and left wing Darcy Tucker to a two-year contract.


Signed defenseman Mike Commodore to a five-year contract.


Signed defenseman Brad Stuart to a four-year contract; agreed to terms with goaltender Ty Conklin on a one-year contract.


Acquired left wing Erik Cole from the Carolina Hurricanes for defenseman Joni Pitkanen; acquired center Gilbert Brule from the Columbus Blue Jackets for left wing Raffi Torres.


Agreed to terms with left wing Cory Stillman on a three-year contract.


Acquired defenseman Denis Gauthier and a 2010 second-round pick from the Philadelphia Flyers for defenseman Patrik Hersley and left wing Ned Lukacevic.


Acquired defenseman Marek Zidlicky from the Nashville Predators for right wing Ryan Jones and a 2009 second-round pick; signed left wing Andrew Brunette and right wing Craig Weller to multi-year contracts.


Agreed to terms with goaltender Drew MacIntyre on a one-year contract.


Re-signed right wings David Clarkson and Barry Tallackson, left wing Jay Pandolfo and defenseman Bryce Salvador; signed center Bobby Holik and right wings Brian Rolston, Matt Halischuk and Vladimir Zharkov.


Signed defenseman Mark Streit to a five-year contract.


Agreed to terms with left wings Patrick Rissmiller and Aaron Voros, right wing Andreas Jamtin, defensemen Wade Redden and Michal Rozsival and goaltender Stephen Valiquette.


Signed goaltender Alex Auld to a two-year contract.


Signed center Glen Metropolit and left wing Sean Curry to two-year contracts and right wing Nate Raduns and defenseman Ossi Vaananen to one-year contracts.


Signed left wing Todd Fedoruk to a three-year contract and defenseman Kurt Sauer to a four-year contract; signed right wings Mikkel Boedker and Viktor Tikhonov.


Re-signed left wing Pascal Dupuis to a three-year contract and defenseman Mark Eaton to a two-year contract; signed right wing Eric Godard to a three-year contract.


Signed center David Backes to a three-year contract.


Signed right wings Radim Vrbata and Adam Hall to three-year contracts and goaltender Olaf Kolzig to a one-year contract.


Agreed to terms with goaltender Curtis Joseph on a one-year contract; signed defenseman Jeff Finger and left wing Niklas Hagman to four-year contracts.


Signed left wing Darcy Hordichuk.


Signed defenseman Mike Green to a four-year contract and goaltender Jose Theodore to a two-year contract.



Naslund's gone now, too.
Nice try DR.
You almost had us believing you were trying.

Let me guess at the first pre-season Wild release ......

* expecting big things from a "rejuvenated" Derek Boogard  (who JL will still only play 2 min/period, tops)
* expecting big things from Pouliot/Shepard/Gillies
* counting on the best 1-2 goalie tandem in the league.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.
We won the division last year, imo, because Fedoruk created a safe atmosphere for our prima-donnas.
You HAD to keep a guy like that, be it him or Voros or Simon.
They are all gone. That window of opp we opened just slammed shut.
We have soem good players. We don't have enough to be taken seriously.
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RE: Free Agent Tracker - 7/3/2008 6:25:16 PM   
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I really thought the new owner would make a difference. Evidently he bought the team because of the sell outs and he could see the $'s

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RE: Free Agent Tracker - 7/3/2008 6:43:51 PM   
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quote:

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Naslund's gone now, too.
Nice try DR.
You almost had us believing you were trying.

Let me guess at the first pre-season Wild release ......

* expecting big things from a "rejuvenated" Derek Boogard  (who JL will still only play 2 min/period, tops)
* expecting big things from Pouliot/Shepard/Gillies
* counting on the best 1-2 goalie tandem in the league.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.
We won the division last year, imo, because Fedoruk created a safe atmosphere for our prima-donnas.
You HAD to keep a guy like that, be it him or Voros or Simon.
They are all gone. That window of opp we opened just slammed shut.
We have soem good players. We don't have enough to be taken seriously.


Dude, just because DR persued these guys doesn't mean they automatically are going to sign here. There were a boat load of teams going after all of these guys from Hossa to Naslund. Hossa's agent confirmed that the Wild made him a huge 7 year offer, but Hossa had his heart set on the Wings. He left a ton of money on the table by not taking our offer. Naslund is old and his numbers are streadily declining. He was -19 last year and is -23 over the last 3 years. The Rangers gave him $4 million a year.  What would you have DR do? Give him $5million a year? Give him more years?

I'm disappointed we didn't get Hossa either, but there is no doubt DR tried very hard to get an impact offensive player.

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RE: Free Agent Tracker - 7/3/2008 6:45:37 PM   
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I really thought the new owner would make a difference. Evidently he bought the team because of the sell outs and he could see the $'s


Jim, the previous owner spent up to the cap over the last couple of years. When all is said and done we will close to that number again this year. What else do want him to do?

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RE: Free Agent Tracker - 7/3/2008 8:20:29 PM   
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Sweens -
It's more of a "direction" thing for me.
I appreciate guys like you who understand and educate many of us on cap limitations in these sports.
I fully appreciate the restrictions a guy like DR encounters.
In a way, we agree on many things, you and I, in your last post.
And that was somewhat what I was trying to say in my posts.
DR spouts to a drooling public that he's trying hard to go after some guys you and I know aren't coming.
I just wish he'd spare us the smokescreen.
Naslund would do nothing for us, I agree.
I posted in the other thread that now DR has shifted the focus to extending Gaborik.
I don't agree with that, either. Hossa was another attempt to pacify Gabby.
That's gotta stop.
I liked what Fedoruk brought and we let him walk.
I liked Voros's energy and passion and we let him walk.
I liked Rolstons class, presence, and 2-way play, and we let him walk.
I'm just a frustrated fan right now, as I see a less-appealing roster than we had last year in many ways.
There have been some additions, and hopefully they mesh.
But that depends on how they fit/feel/adapt to Jacques.
Another move I didn't agree with (his extension).
Almost all hockey players have warts. Very few have perfect games.
JL puts them under intense pressure and a microscope, and some don't handle it well.
We'll play another year like a defensive-minded, expansion-type, close-to-the-vest, team.
We'll be ok. I want to be more than that.
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RE: Free Agent Tracker - 7/3/2008 10:34:29 PM   
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JULY 3




PLAYER
2007-08 TOTALS
POSITION
NEW TEAM
OLD TEAM
TERMS OF DEAL






Rob Blake
Age: 38
Games: 71
Points: 31
+/-: Minus-19
Defenseman
San Jose Sharks
Los Angeles Kings
One-year, $5M

• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: If GM Doug Wilson is trying to patch the big hole left by Brian Campbell's departure with Rob Blake, well, that's leaving a lot of space around the edges. No disrespect to Blake, but signing a one-year deal doesn't make the Sharks any faster or younger. If Blake was simply the finishing touch to the Sharks' offseason plan, then this wouldn't be as big a question mark.



Matt Jones
Age: 24
Games: 45
Points: 2
+/-: Minus-13
Defenseman
Phoenix Coyotes
Phoenix Coyotes
Two-year deal



Rory Fitzpatrick
Age: 33
Games: 19
Points: 1
+/-: Minus-12
Defenseman
Florida Panthers
Philadelphia Flyers
N/A



Markus Naslund
Age: 34
Games: 82
Goals: 25
Points: 55
Left winger
New York Rangers
Vancouver Canucks
N/A

• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: This move has old-time New York Rangers written all over it. GM Glen Sather has bestowed a deal on a man who managed all of 25 goals last season and is a shadow of the player who posted 104 points in 2002-03. The Rangers hope there's something left, especially if Naslund ends up being the de facto new Jagr. If Naslund is Jagr's stand-in, that's definitely a move that's Off Broadway. Read more



Dmitri Kalinin
Age: 27
Games: 46
Points: 8
+/-: Minus-7
Defenseman
New York Rangers
Buffalo Sabres
N/A



Daniel Tjarnqvist
Age: 31
Games: N/A
Goals: N/A
Points: N/A
Defenseman
Colorado Avalanche
Edmonton Oilers
One-year deal



Antti Miettinen
Age: 28
Games: 69
Goals: 15
Points: 19
Right winger
Minnesota Wild
Dallas Stars
Three-year deal



Miroslav Satan
Age: 33
Games: 80
Goals: 16
Points: 41
Right winger
Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Islanders
One-year deal

• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: He is the kind of player who can convert those nice Sidney Crosby no-look passes. His playoff numbers aren't all that bad, either, with 38 points in 56 postseason games. Still, there are questions about Satan's heart on a Penguins team that will look to take that one final step forward. He doesn't jump out at you as a difference-maker in the clutch. One imagines he and no-nonsense coach Michel Therrien might not see eye to eye. Read more





Ruslan Fedotenko


Age: 29

Games: 67
Goals: 16
Points: 33
Right winger
Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Islanders
One-year deal


• Scott Burnside's instant analysis: Fedotenko bears a slight resemblance to Hossa and has a decent scoring touch; but, alas, he is more Marcel than Marian. If there is room for optimism, it's that he played a key role in the Lightning's run to the Stanley Cup in 2004, scoring 12 goals, including three winners in 22 postseason games. Can he take Ryan Malone's place on Evgeni Malkin's line? Hmmm. Read more



Georges Laraque
Age: 31
Games: 71
Goals: 4
Points: 13
Right winger
Montreal Canadiens
Pittsburgh Penguins
Three-year deal



Marc Denis
Age: 29
Games: 10
GAA: 4.05
SV%: .859
Goalie
Montreal Canadiens
Tampa Bay Lightning
One-year deal



Wyatt Smith
Age: 31
Games: 25
Goals: 0
Points: 3
Center
Tampa Bay Lightning
Colorado Avalanche
One-year deal



Yan Stastny
Age: 25
Games: 12
Goals: 1
Points: 2
Center
St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues
Two-year deal




David Hale
Age: 27
Games: 68
Goals: 5
Points: 17
Center
Toronto Maple Leafs
Minnesota Wild
One-year deal



David Hale
Age: 27
Games: 58
Points: 2
+/-: Even
Defenseman
Phoenix Coyotes
Calgary Flames
Two-year deal



Keith Aucoin
Age: 29
Games: 38
Goals: 5
Points: 13
Right winger
Washington Capitals
Carolina Hurricanes
Two-year deal
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RE: Free Agent Tracker - 7/4/2008 9:31:29 AM   
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Sweens -
It's more of a "direction" thing for me.
I appreciate guys like you who understand and educate many of us on cap limitations in these sports.
I fully appreciate the restrictions a guy like DR encounters.
In a way, we agree on many things, you and I, in your last post.
And that was somewhat what I was trying to say in my posts.
DR spouts to a drooling public that he's trying hard to go after some guys you and I know aren't coming.
I just wish he'd spare us the smokescreen.
Naslund would do nothing for us, I agree.
I posted in the other thread that now DR has shifted the focus to extending Gaborik.
I don't agree with that, either. Hossa was another attempt to pacify Gabby.
That's gotta stop.
I liked what Fedoruk brought and we let him walk.
I liked Voros's energy and passion and we let him walk.
I liked Rolstons class, presence, and 2-way play, and we let him walk.
I'm just a frustrated fan right now, as I see a less-appealing roster than we had last year in many ways.
There have been some additions, and hopefully they mesh.
But that depends on how they fit/feel/adapt to Jacques.
Another move I didn't agree with (his extension).
Almost all hockey players have warts. Very few have perfect games.
JL puts them under intense pressure and a microscope, and some don't handle it well.
We'll play another year like a defensive-minded, expansion-type, close-to-the-vest, team.
We'll be ok. I want to be more than that.


Nice post. I don't like JL continuing throwing players under the bus in public. No wonder players don't want to come here. Players that are here say the X houses the best fans and most players would love that atmosphere, but not at the expense of being with certain coaches.

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RE: Free Agent Tracker - 7/12/2008 10:02:59 PM   
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Friday, July 11, 2008

TEAM



Signed defenseman Brennan Evans to a two-year contract and defenseman Steve Montador to a one-year contract.


Named Tommy Alva athletic trainer.


Re-signed center Michael Peca to a one-year contract.


Signed left wing Jamie Benn to a three-year contract.


Named Jack Birch director of player personnel and professional scout.


Acquired center Corey Locke from the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Shawn Belle; signed center Krys Kolanos to a one-year contract.


Named Curtis Hunt assistant coach; signed goaltender Mitchell O'Keefe and defenseman Brendan Bell to one-year contracts.


Re-signed center Marcel Goc to a one-year contract.


Announced the resignation of executive vice president and general manager Jay Feaster, effective immediately; re-signed center Chris Gratton to a one-year contract.


Re-signed center-right wing Boyd Gordon to a one-year contract.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

TEAM



Named Duane Sutter director of player personnel and Jamie McLennan professional scout and director of goaltender development.


Signed left wing Nikita Filatov to a three-year contract.


Signed defenseman Jason Strudwick to a one-year contract.


Named Matt Shaw assistant coach.


Signed defenseman Vladimir Denisov.


Named Doug Sulliman assistant coach.


Signed left wing Connor James and defenseman Joey Mormina to one-year contracts.


Signed defenseman Mike Weaver.


Signed center Zenon Konopka to a two-year contract.


Signed right wing Pavol Demitra and defenseman Rob Davison.


Re-signed right wing Eric Fehr to a one-year contract.
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RE: Free Agent Tracker - 7/14/2008 6:52:13 PM   
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I've always thought Nolan was the next great thing in coaching.
Don't understand all his troubles keeping a job.
Not sure what to think now.
He loses another opp, but the Isles sure seem like a f-ed up mess to me.
Garth Snow throws his weight around like he's Gordie Howe.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3486480
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RE: Free Agent Tracker - 7/14/2008 8:42:27 PM   
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Which is weird because Garth Snow couldn't stop a Gordie Howe slapper...............TODAY!
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RE: Free Agent Tracker - 7/17/2008 2:13:10 AM   
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

TEAM



Agreed to terms with goaltender Kari Lehtonen.


Agreed to terms with left wing Daniel Paille on a multi-year contract; announced left wing Clarke MacArthur and right wing Mark Mancari have accepted their qualifying offers.


Signed center Jamie Lundmark.


Re-signed left wing Alexandre Picard and defenseman Marc Methot to one-year contracts; signed center Steve Kelly to a one-year contract.


Agreed to terms with center Shawn Horcoff on a six-year contract extension through the 2014-15 season.


Re-signed left wing Gabe Gauthier to a two-year contract and goaltender Erik Ersberg, left wing Matt Moulson and defenseman Joe Piskula to one-year contracts.


Re-signed left wing Peter Olvecky and defenseman Clayton Stoner to one-year contracts.


Re-signed defenseman Ryan O'Byrne to a three-year contract and defenseman Shawn Belle to a one-year contract; signed right wing Mike Glumac to a one-year contract.


Re-signed defenseman Kevin Klein to a two-year contract.


Agreed to terms with left wings Jeff Tambellini and Sean Bergenheim on two-year contracts; announced centers Jeremy Colliton and Ben Walter have accepted their qualifying offers.


Agreed to terms with left wing Nigel Dawes.


Signed left wing Jeff Hoggan and defenseman Ryan Lannon to one-year contracts.


Re-signed defenseman Jeff Woywitka to a one-year contract; signed left wing Brad Winchester.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

TEAM



Acquired center Joakim Lindstrom from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a conditional draft pick; signed center Logan MacMillan to a three-year contract.


Re-signed defenseman Nathan Oystrick and right wing Joey Crabb.


Named Adam Rogowin media relations coordinator; signed defensemen Aaron Johnson and Doug Janik to one-year contracts; re-signed center Colin Fraser to a one-year contract.


Re-signed right wing Cody McCormick to a one-year contract; signed right wing Brian Willsie to a one-year contract.


Announced the retirement of right wing Dallas Drake.


Agreed to terms with right wing Zack Stortini on a three-year contract and right wing Carl Corazzini on a one-year contract.


Re-signed defenseman John Scott, center Corey Locke and right wing Danny Irmen to one-year contracts; signed center Bryan Lundbohm to a one-year contract and defenseman Brandon Rogers to a multi-year contract.


Agreed to terms with center Dan Fritsche.


Named Eric Desjardins player development coach.


Signed defenseman Ryan Lannon and left wing Jeff Hoggan to one-year contracts.


Re-signed centers Kris Beech and Ryan Stone to one-year contracts; signed right wing Bill Thomas to a one-year contract.


Signed defenseman Brendan Buckley and center Corey Larose to one-year contracts.


Signed left wing Steve Regier and center Cam Paddock.


Agreed to terms with defensemen Jaime Sifers and Richard Petiot, center Alex Foster and right wing Ben Ondrus on one-year contracts.

Monday, July 14, 2008

TEAM



Signed center Jason Williams.


Agreed to terms with defenseman Mark Flood, center Joe Jensen and right wing Patrick Dwyer on one-year contracts.


Re-signed left wing Cody McLeod to a one-year contract; agreed to terms with goaltenders Jason Bacashihua and Tyler Weiman, defensemen Darcy Campbell and Aaron MacKenzie and centers Nathan Smith and Philippe Dupuis.


Signed left wing Craig MacDonald to a one-year contract; re-signed center Derek MacKenzie to a two-year contract.


Signed coach Dave Tippett to a two-year contract extension through the 2010-11 season.


Agreed to terms with right wing Joel Ward on a one-year contract.


Fired coach Ted Nolan.


Re-signed center Marcel Goc and right wings Tom Cavanagh and Brad Staubitz to one-year contracts.


Signed right wing Matt Foy; re-signed center Jay McClement to a one-year contract.


Signed goaltender Mike Smith to a two-year contact extension.


Acquired left wing Ryan Hollweg from the New York Rangers for a 2009 fifth-round pick.


Signed center Jason Krog.


Re-signed center Sergei Fedorov to a one-year contract.
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RE: Free Agent Tracker - 7/17/2008 6:31:49 AM   
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Wild put SRV on waivers! I did not see that one coming.

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RE: Free Agent Tracker - 7/17/2008 6:42:39 AM   
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Needs to blame his agent.
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RE: Free Agent Tracker - 7/17/2008 9:11:50 AM   
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Excuse my language in this post.  It's not normally my style but here goes.......


I ****ing hate this team sometimes.  Not the players but the management.  As a fan I've put up with a lot of DR's bull(*&* and rhetoric in regards to this roster.  I've seen ---- so stinky it would make a billy goat puke make this roster and I've had it.  While other teams are making playoff pushes we bring in crap like Simon every year (that is, if we don't just sit on our asses). 

I'm not a season ticket holder, but if I lived in state I would have tried my best over the past 5 years to be one.  In fact, I've had the Center Ice package ever year it's been availalbe, flow to 3 different cities, driven to Philly and attended every ------- game they've played locally.  Literelly, i've given well over a thousand bucks to that asshole DR, and this is how he repays me/us???  GET A &*^(&^^ CLUE YOU SON OF A BITCH.  I would send him this exact msg if I had his email.  Damn he pissed me off.  This isn't just frustration over his most recent head scratcher either.  I've been trying to be patient and positive but a turd is a turd, no matter how hard you polish it.

Edited to take out the vile language.  Sorry, in case there are younglins reading this, they don't need that

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RE: Free Agent Tracker - 7/17/2008 9:12:41 AM   
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< Message edited by Jeff Jesser -- 7/17/2008 9:28:17 AM >
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RE: Free Agent Tracker - 7/17/2008 9:13:10 AM   
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Seriously, my whole day is going to be crap now thanks to DR 
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RE: Free Agent Tracker - 7/17/2008 11:39:19 AM   
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Wild put SRV on waivers! I did not see that one coming.


This is supposedly so he can find out his worth. If he clears waivers, he might see he isn't worth what he is asking for. A calculated risk on his part since DR did offer him a contract.

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RE: Free Agent Tracker - 7/17/2008 11:40:21 AM   
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It's a stupid and unneeded risk IMO.  SRV isn't a star but he's been a big part of this team and he's only 26, and not asking for much. 
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