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Reply Posted: July 6th, 2008 @ 02:04 PM
I think signing Laraque is a good move because we won't need to rely on Komisarek being our enforcer anymore. The Kostisyn brothers won't get pushed around like they did last season because the opponents know that Laraque is playing for them now.

I aint really mad that we lost Ryder, he had a few good seasons with the Habs, but really stunk last year. I wish him all the best though.

Reply Posted: July 11th, 2008 @ 11:47 AM
This will be my last Early July update. I'll move to Mid-July after this weekend: So heres the update:

Senators Sign Jason Smith

OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today that the club has signed defenceman Jason Smith to a two-year contract.

The 14-year National Hockey League veteran has acted as team captain in each of his last six NHL seasons, including 2007-08 with the Philadelphia Flyers and the previous five seasons with the Edmonton Oilers.

Smith played in 77 regular-season games for Philadelphia during the 2007-08 regular season, recording one goal, nine assists and 86 penalty minutes while leading the Flyers with 204 blocked shots and 142 hits. He added two assists, four penalty minutes and a team-leading 56 hits and 45 blocked shots in 17 playoff games during the Flyers’ run to the Eastern Conference final last season.

The Calgary native has averaged 202 blocked shots per year in each of the last three seasons and is one of only three NHL players (Anton Volchenkov – 671, Smith – 608 and Niclas Havelid – 601) to block more than 600 shots since the start of the 2005-06 season.

Smith has recorded 168 points (40-128) while accumulating 1,052 penalty minutes in 945 career NHL games with the New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia. He has added one goal, 10 assists and 68 penalty minutes in 60 career playoff games.

The 34-year-old won a gold medal representing Canada at the 1993 world junior championship, where he played with current Senators forward Dean McAmmond. He was New Jersey’s first-round pick (18th overall) in the 1992 NHL entry draft.


Ducks sign Steve Montador

The Ducks plan to announce Friday the signing of veteran defenseman Steve Montador to a one-year contract worth approximately $800,000.

Montador, 28, notched a career-high eight goals and 15 assists, along with 73 penalty minutes and a plus-1 mark, in 73 games for the Florida Panthers last season.



Nashville Predators Sign Josh Gratton

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with free-agent forward Josh Gratton.

Gratton, 25 (9/9/82), has played 67 career National Hockey League games with Phoenix and Philadelphia since 2005-06, notching three points (2g-1a) and 237 penalty minutes. The 6-2, 214-pound left wing posted American Hockey League offensive career highs during the 2007-08 season, amassing 26 points (11g-15a) in addition to 196 penalty minutes in 58 games with San Antonio (38 gp) and Hartford (20 gp). The Brantford, Ont., native has also won an AHL Calder Cup, notching six points (3g-3a) and 78 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2004-05.



Blues Sign Brad Winchester and Matt Foy

I can't find a press release, but they are both listed on our roster so we have signed both of them to I believe two-way contracts.

I like these signings. They add some depth and toughness to the organization. Foy will be in the AHL for sure, but he adds some size to the Rivermen and can be a decent 3rd-liner that will occassionally drop the gloves.

As for Winchester, I'm really happy with that signing. I think he will see some time with both the Blues and Rivermen and will surely get the call if somebody gets hurt. He's a very big kid at 6'5'' 230 and is a decent middleweight that is a pretty solid 4th-line guy. He plays a physical game, and the Blues have lost some toughness this offseason with Mayers and Walker leaving, so Winchester will help fill-in for them and give us another scrapper. Winny IMO is a better fighter than Mayers and even tossed around Matt Walker in a scrap last year, so I hope he gets a chance to play for the Blues. Our President John Davidson loves tough guys, so that explains why Winchester was brought in, and he will add good depth, so I like this.

I'd much rather have Winchester on the team than Yan Stastny too. Winchester is a lot bigger and tougher, he's a better fighter, he's just as fast, and while he doesn't have a ton of offensive skill, he will still score more points at the NHL level than Stastny. The only thing Yan is better at is defense. They are both on two-way contracts, so I'd like to see Winchester beat him out for a spot on the team. Either way I'm excited about having King, Janssen, and Winchester.


Canucks Sign Forward Pavol Demitra

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis today announced that the team has signed free agent forward Pavol Demitra.

"Throughout his NHL career, Pavol has proven himself to be an offensive contributor where ever he has played," said Gillis. "Pavol is a strong two-way hockey player with excellent quickness and finish. His play making abilities will be an asset on our power-play and make him a great addition to our top six forwards."

Demitra, 33, joins the Canucks from the Minnesota Wild, were in 2007-08 he recorded 54 points (15-39-54) and 24 penalty minutes in 68 games. During his 14 year NHL career with the Wild, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and Ottawa Senators, Demitra has played 750 regular season games, scoring 281 goals while adding 418 assists for 699 points (281-418-699) and 264 penalty minutes. In 77 Stanley Cup Playoff games, he has added 50 points (20-30-50) and 28 penalty minutes.

The 6-foot, 210 lbs. native of Dubnica, Slovakia, was selected 227th overall by Ottawa in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.


Stars Sign Jamie Benn to a Three-Year Contract

FRISCO, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the National Hockey League club has signed left wing Jamie Benn to a three-year entry level contract.

Benn, 18, was drafted by the Stars in the fifth round (129th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He played this past season with Kelowna of the Western Hockey League (WHL), leading the team in goals with 33 while adding 32 assists for 65 points in 51 games (averaging 1.27 points-per-game). Benn led the Rockets in power play goals with 15 and also in plus/minus with a +32 rating. He added three goals and 11 points in seven playoff games.

“We’re very excited to sign Jamie to an entry level contract,” said Stars co-General Manager Les Jackson. “Jamie is a talented hockey player with a solid work ethic and we will continue to work with him as he develops as a player to hopefully play one day for the Dallas Stars at the NHL level. He has a bright future ahead of him.”

The 6-2, 185-pound winger scored 42 goals and 23 assists for 65 points in 53 games for Victoria of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) in the 2006-07 season. Benn will turn 19 on July 18.

Benn is participating in this week’s Dallas Stars Development Camp in Frisco. He is scheduled to return to Frisco for the 2008 Dallas Stars Training Camp this September.


Blue Jackets Sign 2008 First Round Pick Nikita Filatov

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Nikita Filatov (pronounced nih-KEE-tuh FIHL-uh-tawf) to a standard three-year entry level contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced July 10.

Filatov, 18, was the sixth overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft held at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on June 20-21. He scored 32 goals and added 34 assists for 66 points with 90 penalty minutes in 34 games with CSKA of the Russian Junior League during the 2007-08 season. He also saw action in five games with CSKA’s Russian Elite League team and represented Russia at the 2008 World Junior Championships. He tallied 4-5-9 with 10 penalty minutes and had a +7 plus/minus rating in seven games to help Team Russia capture the bronze medal. He led the team in assists, points and plus/minus rating.

"We are very pleased that Nikita has made a strong commitment to play in North America as soon as possible," said Howson. "He is a dynamic, talented player with outstanding offensive instincts. We look forward to seeing him in training camp this fall."

The Moscow, Russia native recorded 3-6-9 with 29 penalty minutes and had a +1 plus/minus rating in six games during the 2008 World Under-18 Championships as Russia took the silver medal. He was named to the tournament's All-Star Team as he led his team in assists and points. In the 2007 World Under-18 Championships, he tallied 4-5-9 with six penalty minutes and was +4 in seven games to help Russia claim the gold medal.


Lightning Sign Zenon Konopka to Two-Year Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent center Zenon Konopka to a two-year contract today, owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie announced.

“Zenon Konopka is a prime example of the type of player we want to have in our organization,” vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton said. “He is a great leader in the dressing room and is one of those players that you love to have on your team, but hate to play against.”

Konopka, 6-foot-1, 213-pounds, played in 62 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League last season. He scored a career-high 24 goals and recorded a professional-best 55 points. Konopka ranked third on the team in goals and was second in points. He also ranked second on the team with 11 power play goals and tied for fourth among forwards with a plus-9 rating. Konopka also played in three games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, recording four shots on goal and 15 penalty minutes.

A native of Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Konopka has played in 32 career NHL games with Columbus and the Anaheim Ducks. He recorded a career-best four goals and seven points with two power-play goals in 23 games with the Ducks in 2005-06.

Konopka has played in 280 career AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Utah, Syracuse, Cincinnati and Portland. He has netted 86 career goals and recorded 212 points. He also played in 44 career Calder Cup Playoff games, recording 17 goals and 45 points. Konopka has also played in 91 career games in the ECHL with Wheeling and Idaho, recording 28 goals and 98 points.

The 27-year-old played in 242 games with the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League during his junior career. Konopka scored 28 goals and recorded 98 points with Ottawa. He also played in 51 career playoff games, recording 16 goals and 37 points.

Undrafted out of juniors, Konopka served as the captain for the Crunch last season.


Ray Emery signs with Atlant Mytischi in Russia

The goaltender -- whose contract was bought out by the Senators last month -- has agreed to a one-year deal which could pay him in excess of $2 million plus bonuses next season with Atlant Mytishchi of the newly-formed Continental Hockey League in Russia, Sun Media has learned.



Canadiens Re-Sign Josh Gorges to Three-Year Deal

MONTRÉAL -- Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced Wednesday the signing of defenseman Josh Gorges to a three-year contract (2008-09 to 2010-11).

“Josh established himself as a key member of our defensive squad last season. His reliability and solid play made him one of our most improved players. He is a young defenseman with a very good work ethic,’’ said Bob Gainey.

Gorges, 23, will begin his fourth season in the NHL this fall. In 2007-08, he set career highs in games played (62), points (0-9-9) and shots on goal (41). Gorges took part in the final 52 games of the season and played in all 12 playoff games.

A native of Kelowna, British Columbia, Gorges was acquired by the Canadiens from the San Jose Sharks on February 25, 2007 along with a first-round selection in 2007 (Max Pacioretty), in return for Craig Rivet and a fifth-round selection in 2008. He played 165 career games in the NHL, scoring 19 points (1 goal, 18 assists), and serving 89 penalty minutes.


always more to come!
Radulov Signs in Russia


However unless you know how to translate... you'll just have to take my word for this one.

Speaking of which! I totally stole this news update from a new member phxcoyote. A fresh recruit I pulled in myself. Always great to have another Hockey fan amongst us!
oh and I'm a dumb ass. Heres the translated version of that Site.

Same source, but translated now

Last edited by icegoat63; July 11th, 2008 at 11:47 AM.. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

Reply Posted: July 13th, 2008 @ 04:15 PM
Sorry but it's pretty pathetic that Raycroft got a contract and Emery is going to play in Russia. I really hope this guy never plays another game in the NHL. The guy is stuck up and thinks of himself only, and he's a cancer to the team he plays on.

Reply Posted: July 14th, 2008 @ 12:29 PM
It was a huge surprise when I read about Emery going to Russia. I personally hope he gets eaten alive over there.... Just dont think he's a good fit across the pond.

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