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Evening updates: Bruins sign Iginla, Wild nabs Pens' Cooke

By Mike Harrington

The Boston Bruins thought they had Jarome Iginla at the trade deadline. They didn't, as the veteran went to Pittsburgh at the last minute. But with Nathan Horton gone today to Columbus, the Bruins had another opening on the wing and this time they got their man.

Iginla left the Penguins and signed with the Bruins Friday night as the dollars kept flying during NHL free agency. According to ESPN.com and TSN, it's a one-year contract with a $1.8 million base salary that features performance bonuses that could take Iginla up to $6 million. The low base salary gives the Bruins more wriggle room in their need to sign goaltender Tuukka Rask to a long-term deal.

The evening's other big name moving also left Pittsburgh, as rugged winger Matt Cooke signed a three-year, $7.5 million deal with Minnesota. Memo to Thomas Vanek: If you're thinking about returning to your collegiate home state and signing with the Wild as a free agent next summer, the Wild would likely have to make room for you by dumping either/or of Dany Heatley or old friend Jason Pominville. 

The top unsigned names as of this writing? Among skaters, it's bought-out Toronto center Mikhail Grabovski, old friends Derek Roy of Vancouver and Brad Boyes of the Islanders, the Detroit duo of Damien Brunner and Dan Clearly -- either of whom would look good in Buffalo Blue and gold -- and Vancouver's Mason Raymond.

Among goaltenders, if you dare, you can still sign Tim Thomas, Ilyz Bryzgalov, Jose Theodore or Johan Hedberg. Good luck there.

Stunner from Ottawa: Sens captain Alfredsson leaving for Detroit or Boston

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Daniel Alfredsson: Heading out of Ottawa. (Getty Images)

By Mike Harrington

Be sure to join us here at noon for the latest updates on NHL free agency, but here's some stunning news just emerging out of Ottawa -- captain Daniel Alfredsson is not returning to the only NHL team he has played for.

Alfredsson has informed the Senators he will not be re-signing, which had been considered a mere formality in the last couple of days. Instead, he is going to hit the free agent market and is expected to sign with either the Detroit Red Wings or Boston Bruins (most reports have Detroit in the lead, with Alfredsson joining fellow Swede Henrik Zetterberg and the deal being one year and $3.5 million).

Alfredsson is far and away Mr. Senator, a player who seemed destined to play his whole career in Ottawa. He has 426 goals, 682 assists and 1,108 points in 1,178 games since making his debut in Ottawa in 1995. He is the NHL's longest-tenured captain, having taken over the role from Alexei Yashin in 1999.

And, of course, he is forever tied to the Sabres-Senators playoff battles as the player Jason Pominville went around to score the short-handed overtime goal that ended the teams' Eastern Conference semifinal in 2006, and the overtime scorer that broke Buffalo's hearts in the decisive Game Five of the Eastern Conference finals in 2007. Alfredsson also scored his 1,000th career point in Buffalo in 2010 with an empty-net goal that capped a hat trick.

Ottawa went on to lose the Stanley Cup final in '07 to Anaheim and Alfredsson hasn't been that close to the Cup since. At age 40, a sudden move like this is clearly a chase of a championship.

And remember this point: If it's the Red Wings, Alfredsson is moving within the division. Detroit is joining Tampa Bay and Florida next season in the yet-unnamed division with the five holdovers from the Northeast. Instant new rivalry.

 

 

Leipold sparks Wild week

It wasn't exactly a wild week in free agency, but it was the Wild's week thanks to Minnesota owner Craig Leipold committing $196 million to Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. The Wild landed the top two players available in unrestricted free agency.

It leads us to a few questions:

Did they get good market value or overpay?

Will they suffer from buyer's remorse?

Are the playoffs a certainty?

My take: The Wild better make the playoffs and should. Parise and Suter are both good players who can make a difference on their own while adding talent and overall depth to their team. Neither is an elite player in my book, which to me means they were overpaid. The Wild aren't going to regret signing them and making a huge splash in the Twin Cities, but the cost will likely lead to buyer's remorse.

Their deals are merely going to raise the cost of doing business in the NHL at a time owners are expected to look for a larger percentage of revenue in the upcoming collective bargaining agreement. How they can they suggest they need more when they're spending that kind of dough?

For a more extensive look at the first week of free agency, check out my analysis in Monday's editions of The Buffalo News.

--- Bucky Gleason

 

New CBA should include New Era cap

Zach Parise and Ryan Suter hit the jackpot today with identical 13-year contracts worth $98 million with the Minnesota Wild, who shifted from NHL afterthought to playoff contender with a few strokes of a pen. The Fourth of July was one to remember in Minneapolis.

The veteran winger and defenseman were the top two players on the open market, so nabbing both was an obvious coup for the Wild. The Devils and Predators aren't too thrilled about losing their superstars, and the Penguins (Parise) and Red Wings (Suter) aren't happy after getting snubbed. Hockey can be an unforgiving business.

Parise and Suter quietly joined forces last season and talked about playing together before everything came together today. They deserve credit for maximizing their places in the open market, and management deserves credit for making it happen. Just know that their contracts are basically fiction given the way they were structured.

Both are getting paid $35 million in the first three years of the deal and $80 million over the first eight. They will count only $7.5 million against the salary cap because they're set to make a grand total of $4 million over the final three years. Bet on both retiring before they play the final two seasons for $1 million each, which to them amounts to minimum wage.

The front-loaded contracts signed in recent years have become ridiculous. The problem needs to be addressed in negotiations for the new collective bargaining agreement.

They will join Brad Richards and Tyler Myers in a group of players who are set to be paid $12 million for the upcoming season. All four plus Ilya Kovalchuk and Vincent Lecavalier will make $10 million or more this season. Myers’ is scheduled to make $3 million in the final year of his deal, but each of the others has at least one season on their contracts that calls for a $1 million salary.

It's all within the rules, but the front-loaded deals circumvent the spirit of the current CBA and the salary-cap process. The CBA was written, in part, with the idea it would protect the owners from themselves. And yet they're the ones compromising the system.

Suggestion for the next CBA: Use actual salaries as the salary cap figures. If you're making $10 million next season, you should count $10 million against the cap rather than taking the total amount and dividing it by the numbers of years in the deal. It would make for a true cap.

Who wouldn't like a genuine, New Era cap?

--- Bucky Gleason

Sabres interested in Ryan

The Sabres are still interested in making a deal for Bobby Ryan and were trying to put together an offer that would satisify both sides. A source close to Ryan confirmed to me today that Philadelphia also is interested and would be the more likely landing area for the Ducks' winger.

Ryan, 25, had 31 goals and 57 points after a miserable start amid trade rumors in Anaheim. Ryan would give the Sabres another scoring winger, and they certainly could use the injection of offense after struggling last season. He has three years remaining on his five-year deal worth $25.5 million.

The Ducks were reportedly speaking to many teams, including the Sabres, last season before keeping the winger. The source said talks have resumed with several teams on a list that includes Buffalo. Anaheim is looking for the highest bidder, but it could be down to the two teams.

Any deal with Buffalo would likely include Derek Roy, whom the Sabres have been shopping for the past two summers. Ryan doesn't have reservations about coming to Buffalo other than its need for a true playmaker. That would make Philly a better fit at this point.

The Flyers unloaded James van Riemsdyk in the trade with Toronto, leaving them in search of a bigger winger. Ryan played his youth hockey in South Jersey, just outside Philly. Ryan has grown comfortable in the West Coast but has made it clear he no longer wants to remain in the organization.

--- Bucky Gleason 

Sekera's deal for four seasons

Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera's new contract with the team covers four years and is worth $11 million. The contract is front-loaded, as the 25-year-old Slovakian defenseman will receive a $3 million signing bonus this year.

"I'm really happy everything came together," Sekera said by phone from his offseason home in Slovakia. "When you see the team, how it’s built, and what changes were made and you see the ownership working and doing everything to help you be a winner, I’m pretty sure every single guy on the team is very excited about next season."

Sekera scored three goals in 76 games last season while posting career highs in assists (26), points (29) and plus-minus (+11). But he played in only two games in the playoffs due to an upper-body injury.

"I want to build on the last season that I had. I want to become a better player, a complete player," he said.

---Jay Skurski

http://twitter.com/jayskurski

Sekera files for arbitration

Monday's signing of defenseman Mike Weber leaves the Sabres with three unsigned restricted free agents in defensemen Andrej Sekera and Marc-Andre Gragnani, as well as goaltender Jhonas Enroth. Players have until 5 p.m. today to file for salary arbitration and Sekera's agent, Allan Walsh, has just tweeted this his client, in fact, is going to go the arbitration route.

Walsh followed that announcement with another tweet that read: "Filing for arbitration on Sekera is a continuation of the process in the CBA as both sides continue to negotiate a longer term contract."

Sekera made $1.25 million last year in the final year of a two-year, $2 million deal and had a cap hit of $1 million. Given the fact the Sabres just gave Weber a raise from $550,000 to $900,000 -- plus a $100,000 signing bonus -- Sekera is obviously going to want more than simply his qualifying offer of last year's $1,250,000. Not to mention the big bucks Buffalo just paid to Christian Ehrhoff.

Sekera, 25, scored three goals in 76 games last season whils posting career highs in assists (26), points (29) and plus-minus (+11). But he played in only two games in the playoffs due to an upper-body injury.

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

A quiet day on the frenzy watch

It's been a relatively quiet day in the NHL and it will probably stay that way through the July 4 holiday. Let's review what we learned today: 

When you woke up Saturday, the Sabres had the highest payroll in the NHL. They slipped to No. 2 later in the day when the Capitals signed Tomas Vokoun to a one-year deal.

Tim Connolly's days in Buffalo are over but his big paydays are not. Two years and $9.5 million from the Leafs. OOOOOOOOOOOOOk. 

The Toronto Sun got both a scout's view and Lindy Ruff's view on Connolly. No new ground broken here for anyone who's been reading in Buffalo the last few years but a solid presentation for Leafs fans.

Ex-Sabre Clarke MacArthur told the Sun he'd love the chance to play with Connolly.

Toronto Star columnist Damien Cox, who said the Sabres' free-agent spending spree was "ridiculous", said Connolly will be an upgrade for the Leafs. 

Still, Cox gave it up to Sabres fans for finally having an owner willing to get in the game.

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

Video: Sabres announce signing of Leino

General manager Darcy Regier and head coach Lindy Ruff talk with the media to officially announce the signing of free agent Ville Leino:

First big FA move: Sabres trade for Ehrhoff's rights

The New York Islanders couldn't do much with the rights to defenseman Christian Ehrhoff so now it's the Sabres' turn.

In their first strike of free agency, the Sabres acquired the rights to the former Vancouver blueliner Wednesday night by sending a fourth-round pick in next year's draft to the Islanders after Garth Snow & Co. failed to sign him the last two days. Risking a pick just for the right to talk to a veteran is yet another bold step under the Terry Pegula watch that never would have happened under previous ownership.

Ehrhoff (6-2, 203) played on the Canucks' No. 1 power play unit and would be a huge addition to the Buffalo blueline. But he's almost certain to want a deal of at least $5 million a season. Maybe closer to $6 million. He will turn 29 next Wednesday.

Ehrhoff wrapped up a three-year, $9.3 million contract with the Canucks last season. He played with San Jose for six seasons before being traded to Vancouver in 2009. He reportedly turned down a five-year, $23 million offer to stay with Vancouver and rejected even more from the Islanders.

Ehrhoff will become an unrestricted free agent at noon Friday if the Sabres can't sign him. A three-time German Olympian who would be quite an attraction to that season-opening trip to Mannheim and Berlin, he had 14 goals, 36 assists and a plus-19 rating in 79 games for Vancouver last season.

Ehrhoff had two goals and 10 assists in the Canucks' run to the Stanley Cup final, but was a minus-13 in the postseason. He had just one assist and was minus-7 in the final against Boston.

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

 

News from all over on Stamkos, Kariya-Kaleta, Drury, Marchant and more

The news is flying fast and furious in the last hour or so around the NHL:

---The New York Rangers have announced they have bought out the contract of Chris Drury. He's got a degenerative knee condition so I say the Sabres should look elsewhere but it will be interesting to see how tempted they are to put Drury in the Mike Grier-Rob Niedermayer role -- if Drury is even healthy enough to do it. This New York Post story includes a statement from Drury thanking the team and New York fans.

---Concussions have forced Blues center Paul Kariya to retire and he issued some blasts on his way out the door at the NHL's headshot policy. "[Sidney] Crosby is a perfect example," said Kariya. "You have the best player in the game playing on a the same team as a guy (Matt Cooke) who is ending guys’ careers with those kinds of hits."

Kariya's biggest blast was saved for Sabres winger Patrick Kaleta, whose blindside elbow on Dec. 27, 2009 was the final blow to Kariya's career. (Take a look at the clip below)

 “The first concussion I had, on a brutal, blindside hit, the guy got a two-game suspension. That was in 1996," Kariya said. "The last one, from Kaleta, was exactly the same play, and he doesn’t get anything. If you start at 10-game suspensions and go to 20, that sends a message to the players. But if you start fining the owners and suspending the coach, then it’s out of the game."

---Williamsville native Todd Marchant has announced his retirement from the Ducks. Marchant, who won a Stanley Cup in 2007 and brought it home to the then-Amherst Pepsi Center, will stay on as the team's director of player development.

---Also: Semyon Varlamov is choosing to play in the KHL rather than return to the Capitals; The Lightning re-signs Dwayne Roloson for one year, $3 million; the Islanders say they won't reach a deal with Christian Erhoff and the Canadians traded the rights to defenseman James Wisniewski to the Blue Jackets. 

AND HERE'S ANOTHER NECK-BUSTER: I was in Rochester at Pegulapalooza II so I'm just catching up to it. The Philadelphia Daily News is laying out a scenario where the Flyers bust out an offer of 13 or 14 years and $100 million for Tampa Bay restricted free agent Steven Stamkos. Holy cow. So can they keep Danny Briere too or does he have to go to a team that needs a center in, say, the 716 area code?

Wow. And we're still about 44 hours from Friday at noon. Stay tuned.

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

Inside the NHL -- Live Chat

A few more Kennedy thoughts

I've been out of pocket for a few days and admit to being completely baffled by parts of the Tim Kennedy affair. Have had several requests on my Twitter feed for thoughts on the matter so here goes, in no particular order:

1). The outcry would have been far, far less had this been for a player in the Adam Mair mold with similar stats rather than a guy from South Buffalo. Would anyone really care all that much about the waiving of a third-line player who was from, say, Minnetonka, Minnesota?

2). That said, the Sabres' brass blew it big-time. They continue to have no PR sense whatsoever. Didn't they think the fan base would be in an uproar about this kind of treatment for a hometown kid? And they dump him over $200,000? Bucky adroitly pointed out the millions -- yes, millions -- they've wasted the last few years on the likes of Drew Stafford, the 2008-09 version of Jochen Hecht, Maxim Afinogenov and even parts of Thomas Vanek's $50 million. So you dump a player with upside over $200,000? 

3). There is no way -- I repeat, no way -- Darcy Regier or Lindy Ruff agreed with this move. Regier's gritted teeth act at his presser the other day proved that. I agree with Sully on this one -- the decision came completely via the spite of Larry Quinn and Tom Golisano. I thought Quinn had decided a couple years ago he was stepping out of hockey issues. After all, he was busy with Bass Pro. Oh right, he's not busy with that anymore. Guess he has time for hockey stuff again. Uh-oh.

4). I would like Regier, however, to say no to Quinn/Golisano for once. Tell them that what they're doing is wrong. And if they say, "Quit if you don't like it," he should. What GM puts up with this kind of penny-ante interference? With this kind of humiliation in public? How many times has Regier said buyouts are not part of the organization's philosophy? Then they make him stand up there and talk about a buyout? Quinn should have done that presser, not Regier.

5). Every time -- and I mean every time -- a Sabre goes to arbitration henceforth, we will ask Regier in advance if the player is getting waived if the team loses the case. They reap what they sow. 

6). Nice change of culture. Tim Connolly and Stafford are still here and Kennedy is gone. Guess all those tears at the end-of-season presser were a good show. Guess the Sabres sat back and decided they're a 100-point team coming off a division title and not the team that went bust in the playoffs. Lovely.

7). What's your cap, Tom? What's your cap, Larry? What's your cap, Darcy? You owe the fans an answer.  You expect 100 percent of their money for season tickets but you're going to only spend 85 percent of yours to build a winning team? By the way, Ryan Miller just turned 30. You might want to try to win now while he's at the peak of his career. 

8). There are, however, things you have to look at from the Sabres' view. Throw out the South Buffalo angle -- and take down your signs from the windows in the bars there. Would you pay $1 million for a second-year player coming off a 10-goal, 26-point season? I wouldn't. I don't feel teams should be paying for potential for relatively untested players. Kennedy was a sixth-round draft pick, not a star first-rounder. The Sabres didn't even draft him, remember. He might turn into a 25-goal scorer someday and he can get his money then. Not now. 

9). What if Kennedy scores, say, 22 goals this season with Buffalo? What would he have gotten next year in arbitration? The Clarke MacArthur Memorial $2.4 million decision? Craziness. You pay your top guys and the salary scale in this league is going to have the bottom guys making peanuts. 

10). Kennedy agent Allain Roy bears responsibility too. In the end, Kennedy is going to pocket plenty of money, in the $300,000+ from the Sabres plus whatever he gets in his new deal. But this kid lived to play for the Sabres. His NHL career will not be the same with whoever he ends up with. Roy even told me that on the phone in the wake of the award. He knew that. He also knew the Sabres had no walkaway rights under $1.6 million so he gambled with his client, figuring they'd never buy out the hometown guy. Mistake.

Roy (and Kennedy) should have settled and not gone to the table. Seriously now, that's pretty arrogant to get 10 goals in your rookie year -- and bascially do nothing in one 19-game stretch as well as commit the game-losing mistake in a playoff game -- and think you're worthy of arbitration. No way. 

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

Audio: Darcy Regier's meeting with the media Tuesday

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier spoke for nearly 16 minutes about the decision to waive forward Tim Kennedy. Listen to the full version of what he had to say and watch highlights from the news conference:

--Jay Skurski

The Niemi Award: Tough choice for Blackhawks

Chicago goaltender Antti Niemi was awarded $2.75 million in arbitration today, a huge raise from the $827,000 he made last season in leading the Hawks to the Stanley Cup. But with their huge salary cap problems, the Hawks have a big decision to make over the next 48 hours. ESPNChicago.com thinks GM Stan Bowman can find a way to keep Niemi even with the Hawks' cap problems but it will be tough.

A walkaway or a sign and trade are certainly possible, especially with veteran goalies like Marty Turco and Jose Theodore still available. What would you do?

Around the boards

Quick thoughts after speaking with Darcy Regier this afternoon:

---Can't blame Tim Kennedy and agent Allain Roy for going to arbitration. With the CBA-mandated walkaway figure over $1.6 million, a figure they would never reach in arbitration, they had all the leverage. Arbitrators are almost always going to award more than a deal with the team. The Sabres were believed to only be offering in the $800,000 range. So going to arbitration got the South Buffalo native perhaps as much as another 200 grand.  Good money if you can get it.

---Why didn't the Sabres just settle with Kennedy? He made $635,000 last year. If he was asking for $1.2 or even more, you can't basically double the salary of a guy who did play in 78 games last year but only scored 10 goals. Regier seemed a little annoyed at the settlement but it's not like it's going to throw the Sabres' cap figures off or anything.

---Doesn't appear like there's many, or maybe any, major fires left in the Sabres' iron. Regier said he's looking to putting together a Portland roster and to training camp. That doesn't sound like Lee Stempniak, Kevin Bieksa, Tomas Kaberle or anyone else new is walking through the door any time soon, folks.

---Wonder if the Sabres would have dealt for another veteran defenseman if the news on Craig Rivet's shoulder was bad. Regier said today Rivet will be ready to start the season. The Sabres may have been forced to take a different tact if Rivet's return was going to be in November. They couldn't have started the season with Andrej Sekera, Chris Butler and Mike Weber as half of their defense corps. Right?

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

Kaleta's numbers

Updating our previous post on Patrick Kaleta's deal, here's his contract figures (he made $522,000 last year):

Total deal: 2 years, $1.815 million

2010-11: $860,000
2011-12: $955,000

Seems reasonable -- if Kaleta can stay on the ice. That would be a lot of money for a guy who can't play more than 55 games or so. We'll see. 

Darcy Regier told me he continues to have discussion with Tim Kennedy as well. So perhaps the Sabres can stay out of arbitration altogether.

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

Kaleta happy to get a deal done

Patrick Kaleta said he didn't know much about the arbitration process and is glad he won't get a first-hand view of it come July 29. The Angola native got a two-year deal signed with the Sabres today to avoid arbitration.

"I was never a big fan of arbitration," Kaleta said this afternoon in HSBC Arena. "Going in there and pleading cases each way, I not really a fan of it. I'm happy to get it over and done with and not worry about it for a couple of years."

Kaleta was the only player in the NHL taken to arbitration by his team, a move the Sabres designed to make sure they kept him next year and didn't have him subjected to an offer sheet.

"I had to look at it in a way that the team wanted me to play next year no matter what and make sure I had a contract," he said. "It's good the team wants me and I'm happy to be able to stay in Buffalo for a couple more years at least."

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Kaleta made $522,000 last season and is likely getting in the $800-900,000 range now.

GM Darcy Regier said he agreed with Kaleta's assessment on arbitration and that the team is still talking to Tim Kennedy, whose hearing is scheduled for July 27.

Here's the audio of Kaleta and Regier meeting with reporters Wednesday afternoon in the arena. Plenty of interesting talk from Regier on the Ilya Kovalchuk contract and on the current locked state of the trade market as well.

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

Patrick Kaleta

Darcy Regier

The Kovalchuk contract

The Newark Star-Ledger has the numbers on Ilya Kovalchuk's 17-year, $102-million contract and you should pick an adjective: Eye-popping, stunning, absurd, insane. All of the above. Here's the rundown:

2010-11 and 2011-12: $6 million each
2012-13 though 2016-17: $11.5 million each
2017-18: $10.5 million 
2018-19: $8.5 million 
2019-20: $6.5 million
2020-21: $3.5 million
2021-22: $750,000
2022-23: $550,000
2023-24: $550,000
2024-25: $550,000
2025-26: $550,000
2026-27:$550,000

What a joke. And no bright lights in the NHL office or among ownership figured teams will pull this charade? Why isn't the salary cap hit (just $6 million in this case) based on actual annual salary and not the average over the length of the deal? And why isn't there a limit on the number of years? 

Glad to see we needed a lockout for a full year to get these contracts under control.

Update: For more on the deal, read Bucky Gleason's column in today's paper.

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

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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