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Late-breaking news – the Globe and Mail is reporting that Paul Kariya has announced his retirement. Kariya was a Top 10 fantasy own in points-only leagues for many years – in years two through six of his career he had 425 points in 329 games.
Dwayne Roloson has signed with the Lightning for one year at $3 million, per Bruce Garrioch.
It says here that Jagr has agreed to a one-year deal with the Penguins for $1.4 million.
Montreal has traded the rights of James Wisniewski to Columbus, per Aaron Portzline.
Todd Marchant has retired. One great year – a contract year – suckered a lot of fantasy owners (myself included)…
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Chad LaRose has re-signed with the Hurricanes – $1.5 this year and $1.9 next, per Big Bad Bobby Mac. Also, Nate Gerbe has signed with the Sabres, details on that one are not out yet, but it’s a multi-year deal.
My THN article on the draftees, and how they look on new teams…One comment to a common comment I’m seeing over there – the two Russians I note were indeed in the CHL last season. But that’s not my point – Radulov was in the CHL also. Filatov has also been over to North America. And Kuznetsov was in Washington’s camp last year. I’m talking about permanency when I say “crosses the pond”. Thankfully, most of you got that.
It's looking to me as though the Penguins will retain Tyler Kennedy (eventually), though they did not qualify him. That doesn't make a lot of sense to me, as usually when a player isn't qualified but the team still wants to keep him, it is because they want to keep him for less money. But Kennedy is coming off of a career season. I also think the team will sign Jaromir Jagr, who will decide on an offer of a one-year contract today. They signed Pascal Dupuis yesterday, which is just a case of not letting go. Dupuis players are a dime a dozen. So before free agency even starts, the Pens could have the following line combos already set up:
Assuming they come to terms with Kennedy, Jeffrey and Jagr with a shade of $6 million in cap space. That's a great team, but the youngsters Tangradi and Jeffrey are already out of the top-six mix before Game 1 even starts. The Pens could have saved a half-million or more by letting Dupuis go and giving a kid a chance. They can always grab two or three Dupuis-types at the deadline if they need to. Again – not exactly a rare player in this league.
The Hurricanes have re-signed Joni Pitkanen, which hurts the likes of Justin Faulk and Bobby Sanguinetti making the team. But I think Jamie McBain will still get onto the top PP unit, as Joe Corvo slips out of the mix.
Carolina, by the way, is in awesome shape cap-wise. They have two players signed long-term: Eric Staal and Cam Ward. After that, it's Pitkanen (signed for three years) and then after that it's Jeff Skinner (signed for two). Lots of options that wa