Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Dinner Time NHL Roundup

I'm hungry for dinner (making burgers and fries) but before I get to that, I thought I would post the major NHL news of the day.

Daniel and Henrik Sedin have resigned with Vancouver for the 2005-2006 season. Though officially undisclosed, each is rumored to receive $1.2 million this season. That is a very good price for these guys and the Canucks better take advantage of it. After this season, I expect them to try and cash in on their play.

Jocelyn Thibault was traded by the Blackhawks to the Penguins today for a fourth round pick. The Pens defense is still shaky, but Thibault is a veteran who can backstop this team while Marc-Andre Fleury develops. I like the Pens making the playoffs if they can go get a stay at home D-man, but they have spent enough money as it is.

The Bruins are now offering Joe Thornton $6.5 million a season for the next five. He is crazy if he does not take this deal and if he doesn't, you know he wants to get the hell out of there. The Bruins are going to be cutting it very close on the cap space. With Axelson and Samsonov being resigned today, and Raycroft still needing a deal, they should just make it under the $39 million mark.

Speaking of big contracts, Marian Hossa of the Ottawa Senators wants to be paid $7 million a year. That's right: Hossa thinks he's worth as much to his team as Jarome Iginla. Now Hossa is a great player, don't get me wrong. I would be thrilled to have him on my team. But $7 million a season is unbelievable. The Sun is reporting he turned down $11.5 million over three years and as you can see by my post below, that is why he filed for arbitration.

Continuing with Senators news, Martin Havlat resigned with his club today. Though TSN takes their standard "terms of the deal was not disclosed" line (With McKenzie on vacation, is there any reporting going on there?) the contract comes out to $2.6 million for this year.

The Blue Jackets gave a one year contract to Jan Hrdina.

Jes Golbez seems to know a lot about the St. Louis Blues and has another post breaking down the team for this season. And Lindsey at In The Crease defends Osgood going back to the Wings.

Exactly eight weeks from now, we will all be watching the first NHL game of the season. That is so exciting and yet it seems so far away.