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NHL Free Agency 2010

Wellwood trying out for Coyotes

Tuesday, 09.07.2010 / 4:34 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

The Phoenix Coyotes have invited free-agent center Kyle Wellwood to attend training camp on a tryout basis according to the team's website. Wellwood, 27, has played 338 NHL games (for Toronto and Vancouver) and has notched 63 goals and 97 assists.

"He's a clever, creative player who's a little bit intriguing," Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney said. "We were weak on the power play last year and he's a smart player who could help us there so we'll give him every opportunity to come in here and win a job."

Halpern inks one-year deal with Canadiens

Tuesday, 09.07.2010 / 4:13 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010
The Montreal Canadiens signed forward Jeff Halpern to a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday afternoon. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Halpern, 34, split the 2009-10 season between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Los Angeles Kings, scoring 9 goals and 19 points in a total of 71 games. He was acquired by the Kings from the Lightning on March 3 in exchange for Teddy Purcell and a 2010 third-round draft pick.

Since he joined the NHL in 1999-2000, Halpern has tallied 316 points (131 goals, 185 assists) in 720 regular-season games with Washington, Dallas, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles. He also has 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists) and 27 penalty minutes in 30 career playoff contests.

Thrashers sign Fredrik Modin

Monday, 09.06.2010 / 1:47 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010
The Atlanta Thrashers announced Monday that they have signed unrestricted free agent forward Fredrik Modin. No terms of the deal were disclosed.

"I know Fredrik well from our time in Tampa, and he is an experienced and talented veteran who is tremendously respected in the locker room," General Manager Rick Dudley said in announcing the signing. "He's won a Stanley Cup, along with an Olympic gold medal, and possesses that winning mentality we are looking for."

Modin, 35, had 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in 44 games while splitting time between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Los Angeles Kings last season. The 6-foor-4, 220-pound left wing tallied points in back-to-back games on two occasions, which included a three-point stretch (2 goals, 1 assist) from March 6 to March 8 after being acquired by Los Angeles. Modin also added 3 goals and an assist in six playoff games with the Kings.

Kovy deal registered as NHL, NHLPA reach settlement

Saturday, 09.04.2010 / 2:53 AM / NHL Free Agency 2010

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The Ilya Kovalchuk saga has come to an end.

Kovalchuk will be a New Jersey Devil after all, and the circumvention investigations of the contracts for Roberto Luongo, Marc Savard, Chris Pronger and Marian Hossa will not be pursued.

Earlier Saturday, the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association agreed to a global settlement to cease the investigations linked to cap circumvention for the above contracts while adopting regulations to govern long-term contracts of five or more years.

The regulations will be added as a supplement to the Collective Bargaining Agreement and apply to all contracts signed from today. As a result, NHL officials agreed to register the new Kovalchuk contract as it was submitted by New Jersey last week and terminate their reviews of the contracts already registered for Luongo, Savard, Pronger and Hossa.

Comrie inks deal with Penguins

Friday, 09.03.2010 / 11:42 AM / NHL Free Agency 2010
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Mike Comrie to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

The contract is for the 2010-11 season and is worth $500,000.

Comrie, 29, has played nine NHL seasons with Edmonton, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Ottawa and the NY Islanders. In 568 career games, he has posted 167 goals, 192 assists, 359 points and 48 power-play goals. Comrie has appeared in 32 postseason contests, totaling 10 points (4G-6A).

Comrie (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) has scored 20 or more goals five times in his career, and twice hit the 30-goal mark. The Edmonton, Alberta native, who broke into the NHL in 2000 with his hometown Oilers after the club drafted him in the third round (91st overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, set career highs with 33 goals and 60 points (tied) in 2001-02.

Avs ink Stewart to two-year deal

Thursday, 09.02.2010 / 7:30 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

The Colorado Avalanche announced the signing of restricted free-agent forward Chris Stewart to a two-year contract through the 2011-12 season.

Stewart, 22, led Colorado with 28 goals and finished second on the team in scoring with 64 points in 77 games last season.  Stewart, who scored 25 of his 28 goals at even strength, also paced the Avalanche in both game-winning goals (5) and shots (221).  The Toronto native was +4 for the season and added 100 hits and 73 penalty minutes.  Stewart went on to lead the Avalanche with three goals (3g/0a) in six playoff games.

"We are pleased to have Chris Stewart under contract," said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  "Chris was one of our top offensive players last season and we look forward to seeing him build on what he started a year ago."

Canadiens sign Price to two-year contract

Thursday, 09.02.2010 / 5:45 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

Brian Hunter - Staff Writer

The Montreal Canadiens finally have their No. 1 goaltender in the fold, and Carey Price didn't miss a beat when asked during a conference call Thursday how many games he's hoping to play in this season.

"Eighty-two," Price responded, drawing laughs from reporters.

"I'd like to play a lot," he continued, "but that's going to be up to (coach) Jacques (Martin) in the end. I feel ready to play a lot of games, but I'm going to have to earn them all."

One thing is for sure: Price, who received a two-year contract reportedly worth $5.5 million, is once again the undisputed top man in Montreal after playoff hero Jaroslav Halak was traded to St. Louis during the offseason. Halak had slowly but surely wrested the starting job away from Price over the past two seasons, but with Alex Auld now the backup Price shouldn't be looking over his shoulder.

Cup champ Niemi joins new-look San Jose crease

Thursday, 09.02.2010 / 2:00 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson saw all he needed to see of Antti Niemi in four games last season. It happened to be the last four games Wilson's team played, when Niemi backstopped the Chicago Blackhawks to a sweep of the Sharks in the Western Conference Finals.

"It's etched in my brain," Wilson said. Rather than possibly re-live that nightmare, he did the best thing he could think of -- he signed Niemi to a one-year contract Thursday.

Terms of the deal were not revealed, but multiple media reports have Niemi earning $2 million this season.

"We liked our goaltending yesterday and we like it even more today," Wilson said. "When a player like this comes available and wants to join your team, and you don't have to give up any assets … you have to make it happen. We're very pleased with our goaltending unit and we feel we've made ourselves a better hockey team."

NHL, NHLPA extend deadline for Kovalchuk decision

Wednesday, 09.01.2010 / 4:13 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The Ilya Kovalchuk contract situation expected to reach a conclusion by 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday will instead continue until 5 p.m. ET Friday. The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association announced it was mutually agreed to extend the deadline by which the League must reach a decision on the latest contract Kovalchuk signed with the New Jersey Devils.

The contract, which reportedly calls for Kovalchuk to make $100 million over 15 years, was submitted to the NHL last Friday and the League originally had five days to review the contract before deciding if it was acceptable or not.

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello issued this statement late Wednesday afternoon: "We have today been advised that the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to extend until Friday the decision on whether to approve or reject the latest contract between Ilya Kovalchuk and the New Jersey Devils.

Visit to in-laws leads to Guerin skating with Flyers

Wednesday, 09.01.2010 / 2:10 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Visits to the in-laws generally rank low on most husbands' lists of fun things to do, so veteran forward Bill Guerin decided it was the right time to hit the ice.

Guerin was in Medford, N.J., visiting his father-in-law when he wanted to find some place to skate. The best available place, however, happened to be in nearby Voorhees, at the Philadelphia Flyers' practice site, which sparked reports that Guerin, a free agent, was attempting to earn a tryout invitation with the Flyers.

Guerin, however, said the only thing he wanted was some ice time; that it happened to be at the Flyers' home was irrelevant.
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