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Let the Frenzy begin, Part II

So now that the Devils have signed Ilya Kovalchuk to a reported 17-year contract that has to rank as the most absurd in NHL history, non-Rick DiPietro division, it looks like that will spring open the free agent and trade market. 

The first domino fell just over an hour later as the Flyers have dealt winger Simon Gagne and his $5.25 million contract to Tampa Bay. The Philadelphia Daily News is reporting defenseman Matt Walker and a fourth-round pick are going back to Philly, although CBC says goaltender Mike Smith might be involved in the deal too.

You wonder what this means for players like Tomas Kaberle, for teams with some money to spend (like the one at One Seymour Knox Plaza) or for the group of clubs under the salary cap floor. Things have been awfully quiet in the NHL for the last 10 days. That won't be the case this week.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington)

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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