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2009 NHL Offseason News

Sharks acquire Heatley from Senators

Saturday, 09.12.2009 / 2:38 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

NHL.com Staff

Dany Heatley finally got his wish on Saturday.

Ending months of speculation and controversy after Heatley expressed his desire for a trade out of Ottawa, the Senators have completed a blockbuster deal with the San Jose Sharks in which they will acquire Jonathan Cheechoo, Milan Michalek and a second-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Along with Heatley, the Senators will send the Sharks their fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft.

''I'm excited obviously, I'm excited to be a Shark,'' Heatley told TSN. ''I want to thank everyone in Ottawa, the organization the fans, and the city. I had a great four years here (and) I'm happy to move on.''

Leafs land Swedish goaltender Gustavsson

Tuesday, 07.07.2009 / 6:02 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The hoopla in Toronto on Tuesday centered on Swedish netminder Jonas Gustavsson, who could very well turn into the prized free-agent signing of 2009. But that won't happen this coming season if Vesa Toskala gets his way.

Toskala, the Maple Leafs' incumbent starting goaltender, still has a tenuous hold on the No. 1 job in Toronto. But he now has some competition in Gustavsson and a lot to prove coming off season-ending hip and groin surgery in March.

Toskala was 22-17-11 this past season with a 3.26 goals-against average and .891 save percentage in 53 appearances before being shut down on March 4.

Blackhawks sign Marian Hossa, Kopecky, Madden

Wednesday, 07.01.2009 / 5:55 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Maybe Marian Hossa's Stanley Cup jinx will end in Chicago. Boy would the Windy City faithful love that.

Barring a trade, the Slovakian star forward will have 12 years to try to help the Blackhawks win their first Stanley Cup since 1961 and he may have to go through his last two teams to get it done.

Arguably the biggest fish in this year's free-agent pool, Hossa, who scored 40 goals and 71 points while playing under a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings this past season, has signed a stunning 12-year contract with the Blackhawks that is worth a reported $5.2 million per season.

Blackhawks sign Marian Hossa, Kopecky

Wednesday, 07.01.2009 / 5:39 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Maybe Marian Hossa's Stanley Cup jinx will end in Chicago. Boy, would the Windy City faithful love that.

Barring a trade, the Slovakian star forward will have 12 years to try to help the Blackhawks win their first Stanley Cup since 1961 and he may have to go through his last two teams to get it done.

Arguably the biggest fish in this year's free agent pool, Hossa, who scored 40 goals and 71 points while playing under a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings this past season, signed a stunning 12-year contract with the Blackhawks that is worth a reported $5.2 million per season.
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