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NHL Free Agency 2010

Kovalchuk a free agent after arbitrator ruling

Monday, 08.09.2010 / 5:33 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Ilya Kovalchuk is once again an unrestricted free agent as systems arbitrator Richard Bloch has determined the NHL was within its legal right to reject the 17-year, $102 million contract Kovalchuk signed with the New Jersey Devils in July.

Bloch heard arguments from both the NHL and the NHL Players' Association, which filed a grievance on Kovalchuk's behalf, over two days in Boston last week. His decision came late Monday afternoon. As a result of Bloch's ruling, Kovalchuk immediately returns to unrestricted free agent status.

Upon announcing the contract was rejected, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the League would not approve it because it was a "circumvention of the Collective Bargaining Agreement."

"We want to thank Arbitrator Bloch for his prompt resolution of a complex issue," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement. "His ruling is consistent with the League's view of the manner in which the Collective Bargaining Agreement should deal with contracts that circumvent the Salary Cap."

Ducks' GM Murray talks Ryan, Kariya

Monday, 08.09.2010 / 5:26 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Bob Murray tried to sign Bobby Ryan to a long-term deal earlier this summer, even going so far as publicly revealing the terms of five years and $25 million. He was rebuffed, so now he's going at it in a different way.

During a conference call on Monday, Murray told reporters, "There is the Bobby Ryan issue still sitting out there and we're attempting to go at that in a different way in the next couple of days."

Asked to clarify, Murray said, "I don't want to comment on contract negotiations, but we're going to try something different and that's all I'm going to say." He was then asked if that means a shorter-term deal, but Murray stood his ground and wouldn't comment.

Selanne returning to Ducks for 18th NHL season

Monday, 08.09.2010 / 5:20 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

When Teemu Selanne stops enjoying the game, when his passion runs out and the reservoir of fun runs dry, that's the day he'll announce his retirement for good.

He's saving that for another summer.

For now, Selanne hardly feels like a 40-year-old even though he is, and he definitely feels like someone who still can skate, pass, shoot and score with the best of them. That's why he'll be back for another season in Anaheim, his 18th in the NHL -- because he still has a blast playing this game in this League.

Monday, Selanne announced that he signed another one-year contract to play with the Ducks in 2010-11. The pact reportedly is worth $3.25 million and includes bonuses.

Red Wings sign Salei to one-year deal

Monday, 08.09.2010 / 1:02 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

The Detroit Red Wings added some experience to their blue line on Monday by signing defenseman Ruslan Salei to a one-year contract.  No financial terms were disclosed.

Salei, 35, was originally a first-round draft pick (No. 9) of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the 1996 Entry Draft.  The Minsk, Belarus, native has appeared in 842 career games with the Ducks, Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche.  He has 194 points (43 goals, 151 assists) and 1,017 penalty minutes in 13 NHL seasons.

Salei appeared in just 14 games for Colorado in 2009-10 due to a back injury, finishing the season with 1 goal and 5 assists, along with 10 PIM. Salei was the captain of Belarus at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.  In four games, he registered 1 goal, was plus-2 and led the team in average ice time (22:36).

Oilers re-sign Liam Reddox

Monday, 08.09.2010 / 12:05 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with left-winger Liam Reddox on a one-year contract.

Reddox, 24, played 70 games with the Springfield Falcons last season collecting 35 points (18G,17A). He also appeared in nine games with the Oilers posting two assists.

Reddox, who is from Whitby, Ontario, has played in 56 career NHL games scoring five goals and adding nine assists. The 5'11", 190-pound winger has also played in 149 AHL games recording 88 points (39G,49A).

Kovalchuk decision expected Monday

Monday, 08.09.2010 / 9:41 AM / NHL Free Agency 2010

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The verdict in the Ilya Kovalchuk arbitration case should be coming in sometime Monday. When arbitrator Richard Bloch makes his ruling public is when we'll know if the Russian sniper can settle in New Jersey or if he'll be put on the open market once again.

Bloch heard arguments last Thursday and Friday in Boston for and against the 17-year, $102 million contract Kovalchuk signed with the Devils in mid-July. The NHL, which rejected the contract, contends it circumvents the Collective Bargaining Agreement while the Devils and the NHLPA believe the contract falls within the rules of the CBA.

It is up to Bloch to determine if the NHL was within its legal right to reject the contract.

Oilers sign veteran Gerber to two-way deal

Saturday, 08.07.2010 / 11:34 AM / NHL Free Agency 2010

Veteran goaltender Martin Gerber is making a bid to return to the NHL, agreeing Friday on a one-year, two-way contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Gerber, 35, played last season in Russia. He finished 15-6-6 with a 2.19 goals-against average and .914 save percentage playing for Altant Moscow of the KHL.

Modano moves on for the right reasons

Friday, 08.06.2010 / 5:06 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The Original Six factor, playing in his home city, for a Cup contender, for over a million bucks and for a coach and GM that he respects were all part of Mike Modano's ultimate decision to sign a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

The fit, though, was first and foremost on his mind. If the Red Wings were a grind-it-out, defensive team, Modano would have been holding a retirement press conference instead of an introductory press conference. It would not have been in Detroit.

Detroit's philosophy of skill over size and speed over power is why a 40-year-old Modano is a Red Wing today. The rest is just a bonus.

Report: Selanne ready to return

Friday, 08.06.2010 / 4:43 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

It looks like the Anaheim Ducks will have Teemu Selanne back in the lineup this fall.

TSN reports that the 40-year-old forward told Finnish sports magazine Sports Journal on Friday that he intends to return for “at least another year” and a contract with the Ducks should be done over the next few days.

"I made the decision to continue my career," he told the magazine. "In fact, it has been clear for a long time. Negotiations are now ready to begin."

Selanne, who would be playing his 12th season with the Ducks and 18th in the NHL, added that his level of play and the direction the Ducks are going affected his decision. In 54 games last season, he scored 21 goals and 48 points.

Red Wings introduce Michigan's own Modano

Friday, 08.06.2010 / 4:03 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Mike Modano would have retired had the Detroit Red Wings not called.

"It didn't make sense going anywhere else just to play," Modano said Friday at his introductory press conference inside the Olympia Club at Joe Louis Arena.

Here was an opportunity to not only play for a Stanley Cup-contender, but one that is an Original Six team that plays in an arena located minutes from his hometown -- the same arena that he used to call home as an amateur player.

Modano, who grew up in Westland, Mich., spent his formative years playing the odd game or practice Joe Louis Arena with the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey Association, established by Red Wings' owners Mike and Marian Ilitch in 1968.
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