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Paul Stastny: five years, $33 million

Gifted player, but that’s another crazy second contract. Stastny’s entry-level deal pays him $710,000 this year.

Do you envy Bob Gainey sitting down with the agent representing Mike Komisarek and Christopher Higgins?

• In the Delaware County Daily Times, Anthony Sanfilippo praises Paul Holmgren for another steal: Matt Carle

• Marc De Foy in the Journal de Montréal on the Canadiens’  power-play woes

• Thanks, nightmare_49, for this link to a skeptical look at Carey Price from Canes Country

• And ESPN’s Scott Burnside asks:

Speaking of goalies, how do you feel about the Montreal goaltending situation?
Honestly, slightly uneasy. There is no disputing that sophomore Carey Price is a world talent. But over the past week or so, the Canadiens have proven with a series of erratic performances that they’re not going to run away with the Eastern Conference. Moreover, the up-and-down play of Price — whose goals allowed over the past four starts look like this: 2, 6, 0, 6 — begs the question whether GM Bob Gainey isn’t headed down the same path that cost the Canadiens a trip to the Eastern Conference final a year ago.
You’ll recall that after trading Cristobal Huet to Washington at last year’s trade deadline, Gainey turned over the goaltending duties to two untested rookies, Price and Jaroslav Halak. In the end, that move cost the Habs, as Price wobbled at the end of the first round against Boston and then collapsed in a five-game series loss to Philadelphia. Price is still putting up solid numbers (he’s 8-3-1 with a .915 save percentage and 2.61 GAA), and the Habs are still near the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

But the bottom line is the Canadiens’ goaltending lineup lacked a veteran presence this spring, and there’s no reason to think it won’t lack that same presence next spring. That’s why we’d keep our eyes on guys like veteran netminder Dwayne Roloson, who might look in a Canadiens jersey, or Nikolai Khabibulin, or Manny Fernandez, although that’s not going to happen given that the Bruins and Habs are division-mates. Still, food for thought, no?


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 Minnesota Wild and Pierre-Marc Bouchard have avoided arbitration – and the Wild have locked up a talented young player who would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer.

Bouchard, 24, has signed a five year, $20.4 million deal that breaks down to  $3.35 million this season, $4.25 million the following three seasons and $4.3 million in 2012-13.

Bouchard scored 11 goals, added 50 assists and made $2.6 million last season.

It is thought that his long-term signing improves the Wild’s chances of retaining Marian Gaborik.

• The dollar figures on Marek Svatos’s two-year deal in Colorado: $1.75 million this season (very reasonable for a 26-goal scorer) and $2.35 million in 2009-’10.

• Boston made it official today, buying out Glen Murray’s $4.15 contract. Doing so reduces the Bruins’ cap hit on Murray to $700,000-something this season. He’s now a UFA.

 


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Pavol Demitra to Vancouver: two years, $8 million.

Canucks are $10 million under the cap  and still a player in the Sundin sweepstakes.

HockeyBuzz says Canadiens’ Plan B is Patrick Marleau.


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RFA Matt Stajan stays with the Leafs: two years, $3.5 million.

The Leafs’ second-round pick in 2002 scored 16 goals, 17 assists while making $950,000 last season.

 

 


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UFA Owen Nolan signs with Minnesota: two years at $2.75 million per.

Drafted first overall by Quebec in 1990, Nolan, 36, has played for the Nordiques, Colrado, San Jose, Toronto, Phoenix and Calgary. He’s been an All-Star five times, most recently in 2002.

Nolan made $1.75 million last season while scoring 16 goals and adding 16 assists for the Flames.

To the extent that the exuberant Alexander Ovechkin always looks like he’s having fun playing hockey, Nolan – the only NHL player born in Belfast – is exacty the opposite, a player whose mien is that of a s–t salesman with a mouth full of samples.

 


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Craig Rivet and a seventh-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft to Buffalo for second-round picks in the 2009 and 2010 drafts.

Eighteen months ago, Rivet was worth Josh Gorges and the first-round choice that turned out to be Max Pacioretty.

•  •  •

Steve Bernier, acquired by Buffalo in the trade that sent rent-a-player Brian Campbell to San Jose, has been shipped to Vancouver  for a second round draft pick in 2010 and a third round pick in 2009.


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Jaromir Jagr has reportedly signed with Avangard Omsk of whatever they’re calling that Russian league, the club he played for during the lockout season.

Three years, $35 million … and in contrast to socialist countries like the U.S. and Canada, no taxes. This will please a guy who has had problems with the IRS.

The lack of casinos in Omsk may not please Jagr, but that’s another story.

A slam-dunk, first-ballot Hall of Famer, Jagr has won five Art Ross trophies, three Lester B. Pearsons (players’ MVP) and a Hart. He’s been a first-team All-Star seven times.

Jagr comes from Kladno, a small city in the Czech Republic that cranks out hockey players, including Tomas Plekanec.

Arguably the greatest European player in the history of the league, Jagr indisputably had the greatest hair of the 1990s.

At 36, Jagr’s best days are behind him. But he’s still got some game, and that big body and Jennifer Lopez ass make him hard to move off the puck.

Ironic that Jagr is off to play in Russia. As an NHLer, he wore number 68 in memory of the Prague Spring of 1968, the year his dissident grandfather died in prison.

Times change, however. And most people sell out their idealism for a lot less than $35 million.

 


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 Sean Avery to Dallas: Four years, $16 million.

•  •  •

Dealt to Carolina for Erik Cole yesterday, Joni Pitkanen signed a new contract with the Hurricanes today.

Three years, $12 million: $3.5 million, $4 million, $4.5 million.

Pitkanen, who will be 25 in September, was Philadelphia’s first-round pick, fourth overall in 2002. He was dealt to Edmonton last summer in the trade that brought Jason Smith and Joffrey Lupul to the Flyers.

Pitkanen played a shade over 24 minutes a game last season, second on the Oilers to Sheldon Souray. He was making $2.4 million.

•  •  •

Marian Hossa.

WTF?


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Buffalo has signed Paul Gaustad to a four year contract worth $9.2 million. A seventh-round draft choice in 2000 who has developed into a decent physical forward (his 85 PiM were second only to Andrew Peters on the Sabres) who scores once in a while (10 goals, 26 assists), Gaustad will earn $1.7 million this season and $2.5 million in the next three years of his contract.

Gaustad made $750,000 last season and would have become a RFA tomorrow.

• Detroit has signed Andreas Lilja to a two-year contract at $2.5 million per – a raise of $1.5 million over what he was making. Lilja was eligible to become a UFA tomorrow.


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Florida Panthers have re-upped forward Rostislav Olesz, 21, who would have become an RFA tomorrow.

Sources told TSN it’s a six-year, $18.75 million deal with an annual salary cap hit of $3.125 million.

Olesz, picked 7th overall in the 2004 draft by the Panthers, was hampered by a hand injury most
of the season. He ended up with 14 goals, 12 assists and 26 points in 56
games while earning $984,000.

 


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RDS reports Ryan Malone will sign with Tampa Bay, which obtained his rights from Pittsburgh on Friday..

Seven years. $31.5 million. That’s $4.5 million per but is probably front-loaded to make a buyout cheaper at the end of the contract, when a guy who plays like Malone will be barely able to walk (see BERTUZZI, Todd).

Malone, who was born in the city he’s left, will be 29 in December. At 6’4 and 224 pounds, the son of former NHLers Greg Malone is the proptype of a rare and highly desirable breed in the NHL: the power forward.

He scored 24 goals, added 27 assists and was plus-14 – all career bests, in his UFA season – and added six goals and about five nose fractures in the playoffs.

Malone made $1.45 million in Pittsburgh. 

 

 


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Calgary has locked up four potential UFAs: Daymond Langkow, former Canadien Craig Conroy, Eric Nystrom and goaltender Curtis McElhinney.

The big prize is Langkow. A first-round (5th overall) draft choice by Tampa Bay in 1995, the Edmonton native scored 30 goals and added 35 assists for the Flames in 2007-’08.

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Loui, Loui, oh baby, he’s not going anywhere:

The Dallas Stars have signed left wing Loui Eriksson to a two-year contract worth $3.2 million, $1.5 million in 2008-09 and $1.7 million in 2009-10.

Eriksson, 22, had 14 goals and 17 assists, both career highs, in 69 games last season. He was making $650,000.

•  •  •

Big names on the waiver wire:

Andrew Raycroft, Todd Bertuzzi.


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Sportsnet reports Jeff Carter will re-up with the Flyers: three years, $15 million.

Carter in 2007-’08: 29 goals, 24 assists, plus-6

Andrei Kostitsyn,  chosen one spot ahead of Carter in the 2003 entry draft: 26 goals, 27 assists, plus-15


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In an interesting piece titled Five Questions About the Draft, Mathias Brunet of La Presse speculates the Canadiens could be looking to launch their centennial season with a bang by making a big draft-day trade.

Players said to available: Olli Jokinen, Marian Gaborik, Patrick Marleau, Mike Cammalleri.

Brunet also writes that Quebec prospect Nicolas Deschamps may not be available when the Canadiens exercise their 25th-overall first-round pick.

The Bruins, picking 16th, are said to like Deschamps.

Cristobal Huet’s agent told the Washington Post negotiations with the Capitals have been "productive and well-intentioned."

Huet wants a three-year contract – which, Hello trade dealine, he never would have got from the Canadiens.

Meannwhile, the Marian Hossa soap opera has taken another turn.

Hossa’s agent, Rich Winter, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that reports the Penguins have offered $50 million to $52 million over seven years are "way off base."

"The newspaper and television reports generated so far are
completely inaccurate," Winter told the Post-Gazette. "None of the information has come
from the principles involved in the discussions. Ray Shero and I have
not spoken with anyone about a contract, so I have no idea where the
information is coming from. There is not even one basic piece of
information from those reports that are true."

Hossa made $7 million this season. He wants to stay in Pittsburgh, but
a hometown discount that involves almost no raise is ridiculous –
especially when Boston probably will offer Hossa what Pierre McGuire
says could be Daniel Brière money to reunite Hossa with his old Atlanta
linemate, Marc Savard.

 


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Nashville has signed defenceman Ryan Suter to a four-year, $14 million contract.

In 2007-’08, Suter, 23, scored seven goals., added 24 assists and had 71 PiM – all career highs. He has played all but six of the Predators’ games over the last two seasons, averaging in excess of 20 minutes per game.

Suter’s salary was $942,000. He would have become a restricted free agent on July 1.

 


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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist Joe Starkey writes the Penguins may not be able to keep Evgeni Malkin.

With several big contracts on the books – Sidney Crosby, possibly Marian Hossa and soon Marc-André Fleury and Jordan Staal – the Penguins might have to choose which superstar to keep and which to deal.

Obvious choice. 

"Malkin’s not the one with the ‘C’ on his jersey," Starkey writes. "He’s not the one who might get a $50 million winger. He’s not the one who lives with the owner. He’s not the one who runs the power play, and he’s not the one whose job description includes saving the NHL." 

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Minnesota general manager Doug Risebrough told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press the Wild will make Brian Rolston their top signing priority – and bid farewell to Pavol Demitra.

"The most important guy is Rolston," said Risebrough, who wants to have the veteran right winger under contract within the week so he knows how to maneuver at the NHL draft.

If Rolston doesn’t sign, the Wild could turn their attention to Demitra, but one thing is certain:

"Both are not coming back," Risebrough said. "That gets back to me deciding I need more flexibility to see what else I can do. With some risk, I might add."


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Carolina has signed Patrick Eaves to a three-year contract that will pay him $1.1 million in 2008-’09, $1.4 million in ’09-’10 and $1.7 million in ’10-’11.

Eaves made $942,000 this season. The 24-year-old RW had 5 goals, 10 assists and was minus-2 in 37 games for Ottawa and Carolina.

Eaves had shoulder surgery in March.

His best scoring season was 2005-’06 when Eaves got 20 goals in 58 games as a rookie for the Senators. In ’06-’07 he slumped to 14 goals in 73 games for Ottawa, which dealt Eaves and Joe Corvo to the Hurricanes for Cory Stillman and Mike Commodore.


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Dallas defenceman Trevor Daley signed a three-year, $6.9 million contract with the Stars this week.

Dallas’s second-round draft choice (43rd overall) in 2002, Daley, who’ll be 25 in October, played in all 82 games, plus playoffs, this season. He averaged 19:48 of ice time while scoring five goals and adding 19 assists. Daley had 85 PiM and was minus-1 on the season.

He’s 5-11, 207 and plays bigger. The Toronto native, who made $800,000 this season, is a good skater and puckhandler who frequently jumps up to join the Stars’ rush.

Daley’s salary – $2.1 million, $2.3 million and $2.5 million over the next three seasons – is useful as a benchmark in contemplating what the Canadiens might pay Josh Gorges, who’s a RFA on July 1 and made $495,000 this season, and Mike Komisarek, who’ll make $1.9 million for the upcoming season and become a UFA on July 1, 2009 unless Canadiens sign him to an extension. 


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Calgary Flames have signed Dion Phaneuf to a contract extension: six years, $39 million.

Phaneuf is making $942,000 and was due to become a restricted free agent this summer.

Which begs the question …

Mike Komisarek is signed through next season. His salary is $1.5 million and will be $1.9 million in 2008-’09, after which he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

For my money – not a nickel of which will be invested in the deal – signing Komisarek long-term is the Canadiens’ biggest contract priority.

Runners-up: Tomas Plekanec, who will make $1.8 next season and become an RFA; Andrei Kostitsyn, $612,000 and an RFA this summer.

Oh, and also Mark Streit.

And Cristobal Huet.

104 Comments

  1. coutNY says:

    Here are my estimates I think we could do… noting: without extentions for key players…Pleks, Komi

  2. Will Longlade says:

    Everyone that follows the team closely realizes that B.G. doesn’t do deals for rental players and my post doesn’t advocate this approach w/Hossa or anyone else for that matter. B.G. has a long-term plan for the team and it doesn’t involve mortgaging the team’s future for a one-time shot at the cup. That being said, I don’t see how signing an underachieving RW who will likely demand between 7.5 million and $10 million per season fits into B.G.’s long-term plan for the team either. It would handcuff the Habs and place them in the exact same position as Calgary has been in this season. The Habs signing Hossa to an extension before the trade deadline? Sorry, but it ain’t gonna happen. And if it does, the team will have to learn the hard way what Ottawa and Atlanta already know.

  3. Bill H says:

    Your take on the length of contract affecting the per year value in the case of K1 is probably true. You want to lock him down, he will want more money per year. It will be interesting to see if BG tries to sign him to 3 or 4 years. Four years is a long time to be stuck with someone who doesn’t develop as anticipated. And BG is on record as preferring to not go long term.

    As for Streit, maybe you are right about signing him shorter term while other prospects develop. But who do you see in the system that is a d-man with offensive upside? I see more stay-at-home d-men.

    For the record, the stats on Streit above, there is one error. He has 9G this year, 6 are PP, not 9 as written.

  4. 24 Cups says:

    One little negative thing about Hossa is that his agent is that Winter guy. He can be a real pill so it might be difficult to work out a new contract. I’ll say one thing, we certainly would look good next year with Hossa, Kovy, SergeiK and Tom the Bomb/Dandy on right wing.

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  5. ebk says:

    holy crap 24, looks like you are joining the dark side and starting to write those epic novels we all love. :)

    actually was an interesting read, thank for taking the time to do it.

    ps
    krobs too

  6. krob1000 says:

    As for my 2.5 -3 million on K1. I think that if we want to sign him for more than 3 years that is what it will take. If we go two or three year then my number may indeed be high at 3 but the 2.5 would still be about right I’d figure as a high end. Streit my figure is high and I am not sure I’d pay it as mentioned in my other post with 24cups but I’d give it to him for a one year contract for next year and then reassess him after that. We’ll have a lot of young dmen (several with offensive upside) by that point and still be on the hook with Hammer, Komi and Markov for some big bucks so that may have to be a sacrifice in order to make the numbers work. I was just overinflating the numbers to make a point that I do believe we have room to get another big scorer and that the timing couldn’t be better.

  7. Bill H says:

    You make some good points likehoy. The figures that I posted were just thrown out for discussion. I didn’t actually research each and every UFA and RFA’s projected market value.

    You may be right about O’Byrne. I certainly liked what I saw while he was in the lineup. According to the stats I have, he played 11 games, not 3 or 4. Your comparison to Latendresse is valid. However, Latendresse is on his first contract. O’Byrne will be negotiating his second contract. If Latendresse was an RFA this year, do you really think he would sign for 925k? O’Byrne’s value will be determined though, by what he shows when he comes back, not what he did before.

    As for K1, yes, I agree. I based my prediction on Higgins, as a matter of fact. He was in roughly the same place when he signed…showing a lot of potential. But salaries have continued to go up since Pleks and Higgins signed. Imagine what other teams would offer K1 if they get a chance. I bet he could get more than $2M elsewhere. In any case, I will let you argue the point with krob, as he thought K1 could get $2.5-3.5M.

    krob: I also think your numbers for Streit may be a little high. Yes, he is important to our future but look at his numbers.

    ’05-06 48GP 2G 9A 11Pts +/- -6
    ’06-07 76GP 10G 26A 36 Pts +/- -5
    ’07-08 54GP 9G 29A 38 Pts +/- -8 (to date)

    He is a PP specialist. 9 of his goals this year are on the PP. I’m guessing that an equal proportion of his assists are from the PP. While his offensive production has been improving dramatically, his +/- shows he is a bit of a defensive liability. So I am suggesting that his bargaining position is weakened because of that. But perhaps my $2.0M is low after all.

    I’m also betting that your numbers for Huet are low. And the length of his contract will make it unpalatable for BG. That’s why I’d rather go with Halak and Price, even if they are semi-unproven.

  8. HotHabs says:

    I totally agree with you. Hossa is a playoff performer and his numbers prove it. Last year was a total wash for the entire Atlanta team. But prior to that, he had 34 points in 51 playoff games. He’s the real deal people.

    enjoying the high’s of being a Habs fan

  9. krob1000 says:

    My only real personal statement is that I just really want another offensive weapon…you know that by now…lol.

  10. nightmare_49 says:

    I read it , do i get a star.

  11. 24 Cups says:

    kRob -I tried to present the budget without an opinion other than to say that we should sign most players next year and then see what the accountant says. Personally, I could see us playing out a variety of options and be happy with any of them. Everyone seems to be having trouble trying to establish Komi’s worth so we’ll leave that up in the air. Pacioretty may or may not get a bonus but I would hope by then that he would be full time so I can see him making $875000. The young defensemen? Well that depends on Streit and we could save money if he only came back next year. I did have O’Byrne, McDonagh, and a sub down so that’s three. There really isn’t room for anymore unless of course you also want to play them at forward:-)

    The real issue comes down to Huet, Koivu, and Kovalev. I didn’t make a personal statement about them because I didn’t want to get my head bit off by other posters! Huet is a very difficult call and if we resign him it will probably have to be for three years and will impact the cap is a significant way. Koivu? We’re talking two years from now. He may be a three line centre by then or even be playing the wing. You can’t do that and make $4.5 mil a year. On the other hand, he’s our captain and I’m still bitter over what happened to our last few captains during the last 17 years. Of course, Koivu himslef may decide to move on. Kovalev? He’s signed for next year which is perfect. After that, we will see if he wants to chase one more big contract with another team or sign one and two year deals with us at market value. Who knows, maybe even take a hometown discount but I doubt it. What to do with Koivu and Kovalev at the end of next year will be very traumatic for both management and the fans.

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  12. likehoy says:

    prospal? the one who called brisebois a grenouille 5 years ago?? i’d pick up on him just to see them fight in the dressing room…

    TRENT HUNTER would be amazing…big hitter…but inconsistent offence…at least a 20 goal scorer…

  13. krob1000 says:

    Here are Hossa’s career playoff stats for those of you who think becasue he was a bust last year (along with the entire team including some Kovalchuk guy) it is crap. He has had some very good playoffs and one other bad year in his second season in the league. HE IS NOT A PLAYOFF NO SHOW!!! http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?service=page&page=PlayerDetail&playerId=8466148&tab=crst


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