Waddell Ready To Test The Water In The UFA Talent Pool

The buzz surrounding last weekend’s entry draft has barely subsided, but Don Waddell and the rest of the NHL general managers are preparing to dive head-first into unrestricted free agent pool of talent today. Soon, after weeks of speculation and rumors, we’ll be able to see just how the Thrashers roster…and others… will take form for the upcoming 2009-10 NHL season.

As we did this time last summer, we gather poolside to watch and observe the events as each team attempts to procure that big-name player needed to help shape their lineups for this fall’s campaign. Our friend Five_Hole has agreed to DJ the pool party…playing an assortment of tunes from the Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffet, Bob Marley and others. And please feel free to stop by the open bar to partake of a wide assortment of adult beverages complete with little umbrellas as we take in the day’s festivities. Tending the bar is the lovely and talented Joyel from TJ’s Bar and Grill!

Hey…and it’s all on the AJC’s tab!

But before we begin…looking around scoldingly….I want to be very clear in the fact that I do NOT want another incident like the one that happened during last year’s UFA pool party happening again today. So I’ll thank everyone for keeping any and all Baby Ruth bars away from the pool…got it!

Oh…and Trixie has informed me that she has been adequitely covered in tanning lotion…so there will be no need for the long line of willing assistants this time.

Now then… as we begin our day, last night it seemed as though a deal as been worked out between the Senators and Oilers that would send former Thrasher…and soon-to-be former Senator…Dany Heatley from Ottawa to Edmonton. Heading back east would be Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner and Ladislov Smid. All Heater had to do is agree to waive his no-trade clause and he’d be able to once again force the team he’s under contract with to deal him elsewhere. But this morning…we find out he didn’t do it.

Also, one big name player who has been yanked from the pool recently is Jay Bouwmeester. Just yesterday Cal-GARY was successful in inking him to a 5-year contract worth $6.6 million per season. So he’ll be sunning himself from the deck today.

However, one player who’s been officially tossed into the pool is Nik Antropov… given the Rangers have conceded that they cannot afford the 5-years at $5.25 mil per season price tag he had placed upon himself. So…where does he eventually wind up?

And, who will come away with Marion Hossa? Will Detroit re-sign the winger? If not, where then might he end up?

Speaking of Detroit…don’t expect the Red Wings to make a big splash in the UFA pool this summer, per Ken Holland.

What about the Sedin twins? Are they going to stay in Vancouver or is there a team out there…say Toronto…that will be willing to invest in both of their services? Canucks GM Mike Gillis recently visited with them and left with an offer on the table.

Do the recent rumors surrounding Atlanta’s interest in Mike Cammalleri have any basis in reality and we will see the 27-year old playing on the top line with Ilya Kovalchuk?

What of the future destination Thrasher…or is that, former Thrasher…Eric Perrin?

Will Don Waddell actually be able to emerge from the waters with a big-name, top-four blueliner that will help anchor this defensive corps or highly coveted top-six forward to play alongside of Kovy…or will his swim trunks remain dry until the most coveted among them are already snatched up?

And, though I guess he’s not technically a UFA, The Monster will be making a decision on where he’ll be playing this fall sometime as well. teams like Dallas, Colorado, Toronto and San Jose are currently in the market for his services.

Many of these questions and issues will be answered over the course of the next several hours. So stick around…grab a drink and some sun tan lotion…it’s sure to be quite a day here at the UFA Pool Party!

UPDATE - 7/1 11:28 am: Sedins twins will stay in Vancouver…signing 5-year $6.1 million deals.

UPDATE – 7/1 12:52 pm: Kovalev re-signs with Habs $8.8 mil over 2 years per 990 AM in Montreal.

UPDATE – 7/1 2:12 pm: Hossa signs with Chicago. 12 years, $62.4 million. Holy crap…that will take him to the age of 42!

UPDATE – 7/1 2:32 pm: There is a buzz going around about the Thrashers trading for Kubina of the Maple Leafs. We would send Armstrong and a 2nd round pick to Toronto.

UPDATE – 7/1 2:59 pm: Per Craig Custance…”Colby Armstrong is not part of the Kubina deal. Thrashers not interested in trading Colby”.

UPDATE – 7/1 4:10 pm: The Oilers have signed goalie Nikulia Khabibulin to a 4-year, $15 mil. deal.

:!: UPDATE – 7/1 6:55 pm: ATLANTA TRADES GARNET EXELBY AND COLIN STUART TO TORONTO IN EXCHANGE FOR PAVEL KUBINA AND THE RIGHTS TO TIM STAPLETON!!!

506 comments Add your comment

Sara

July 1st, 2009
1:09 pm

habs chasing hossa, havlat, and gaborik

puck daddy on yahoo has live tweets from about 8-9 guys updating…really good info in one spot

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy

Smoothie

July 1st, 2009
1:11 pm

Oh dear no!! Not Antropov! Especially if he’s asking for $5 M + I love Kovy to death but I don’t think we should heed his wishes at that price unless his name is Havlat or Gaborik!

Sage of Bluesland

July 1st, 2009
1:11 pm

Ranallo defending the punk Heatley! Why am I not surprised? Always a day late and a dollar short–and wrong again…

Stop the gibberish and listen more–maybe you’ll learn something? But, then again, maybe not…

GaVaHokie

July 1st, 2009
1:13 pm

Colton Orr to Toronto… $1 million

Sara

July 1st, 2009
1:14 pm

Colton Orr to the Leafs?? Why is that so not shocking

Alan

July 1st, 2009
1:14 pm

I like the idea of acquiring Antropov, honestly. If that’s what it takes for Kovalchuk to stay, I say let’s get it done.

Alan

July 1st, 2009
1:15 pm

Sara, because it’s the same GM who brought Sasquatch to Disneyland?

ranallo10 (in AT)

July 1st, 2009
1:16 pm

Great supporting argument Sage…you’ve done a good job convincing me to change my opinion. How wrong I was!

Alan

July 1st, 2009
1:16 pm

Or is that Disney World? I get all those Disneys confused.

GaVaHokie

July 1st, 2009
1:16 pm

Live Tweets from TSN on this link…

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=283416

Sara

July 1st, 2009
1:16 pm

Well smoothie on the plus side at least a) he’s a guy you’ve heard of and b) Waddell is doing *something* constructive.

We’ve all known for a while that the FA options this off-season blow. Not much top-tier talent to be had. Grrr…

That said, Komisarek also wants $5M – think I might rather give it to him that Antro

Smoothie

July 1st, 2009
1:17 pm

I’d rather have Knubes at $2.5 M for 2 years (Kane will def be ready by 2011) than Antropov the Sloth for 4-5 years at $5 M…fo sho!

LAC

July 1st, 2009
1:19 pm

Colton Orr 4 years $4 million… OK ?

Smoothie

July 1st, 2009
1:19 pm

Antro is overrated and so is Komisarek. Kommi was abused in the playoffs and it was obvious. Perhaps he was hurt, but Engblom and Jonesy didn’t hold back in their searing commentary on Versus. There’s better value out there, but then again, perhaps overpaying for one of the two will help us exponentially in re-inking Kovy to a LT deal.

Glovesave29

July 1st, 2009
1:20 pm

Should be interesting for the Canadian teams today. Last year on this date, the exchange rate was $1USD = $0.982CDN. Today it is $1USD = $0.861CDN. That is a loss of 13%. All NHL contracts are paid out in US Dollars, and the teams in Canada get all revenues in Canadian Dollars. That 13% difference is hard to make up…

five_hole

July 1st, 2009
1:23 pm

Sara I thought about suggesting some Michael Jackson; after hearing it 24/7 for almost a week now, I’m just sick of it. Plus I’m just old-school.

MB Thanks for the tip. I recently saw that they passed a 3 year moritorium on “head shops” opening in the Haight, because they were crowding out all the other businesses.

New song; Leslie Gore “It’s my party (and I’ll cry if I want to)”.

Chris

July 1st, 2009
1:24 pm

Hadn’t even thought about that, Glovesave. The Canadian teams will be overpaying for players almost by default.

ranallo10 (in AT)

July 1st, 2009
1:24 pm

What ever players are signed today one must gauge their value to the team when thinking of their role if Kovalchuk leaves.

Is the team, minus Kovalchuk, better with someone like Antropov or someone like Komisarek? I’d say Komisarek because he’s a defensive defenseman which would compliment the puck movers on the roster currently. He could easily log second pairing minutes with Hainsey or Enstrom and the defense would be better as a unit.

Antropov is a complimentary player, but without Kovalchuk he’d be the highest paid forward and would be scoring at a clip lower than that of Little. Long term I think Komisarek is better for this franchise.

Tony C.

July 1st, 2009
1:26 pm

Yeah, but do you really think we could get Knuble? Agreed that I’d rather have him than Antropov.

GaVaHokie

July 1st, 2009
1:27 pm

Wow, look at Rawhide on the Hockeybuzz ticker!

Rawhide: Rumor Monger! :)

Sara

July 1st, 2009
1:28 pm

chatter about Komisarek to the Isles.

ugh it’s been an hour and half? what happened to FA 07 when we were the first ones with a deal?? ;)

Smoothie

July 1st, 2009
1:32 pm

DETROIT NEWS/MLIVE.COM: report Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke yesterday with Marian Hossa’s agent but no deal was worked out and he now appears ready to test today’s UFA market. The Wings made a non-negotiable long-term contract offer believed worth a cap hit of over $4 million per season to the Hossa camp but they were seeking more per season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wings have limited cap space and if Hossa bolts they’ll have enough room to re-sign Mikael Samuelsson and Jiri Hudler. Losing Hossa won’t be a significant blow to the club as they have their core players locked up for next season.

Ha ha ha Maryann getting the “take it or leave it” treatment from his Detroit mistress!! Who ya gonna whore yourself out to next Hossa?? Good luck in Toronto or Minny cuz you certainly can’t handle the stress of playing in the NYC pressure-cooker!!

Don Waddell

July 1st, 2009
1:34 pm

I sure do look good in that one piece. Thanks, Rawhide

supercannon

July 1st, 2009
1:36 pm

Nothing like some Asian talent to get me in the pool.

My.

Oh my.

World Be Free

July 1st, 2009
1:41 pm

Remember folks, everyone will be overpaid today. Seems like every name that comes up has the “overpaid” or “too much” label.

That’s why players test the UFA market. They need money to cover their moving expenses.

Get The Puck Out

July 1st, 2009
1:42 pm

Unconfirmed- Craig Anderson to Colorado

Toby

July 1st, 2009
1:42 pm

Booth re-signs in FLA 6 years

Quote:
FriedmanHNIC: Booth six years in Florida
https://twitter.com/FriedmanHNIC

Alan

July 1st, 2009
1:43 pm

Kubina to Atlanta? No word on what went back the other way, if this deal even happened.

GaVaHokie

July 1st, 2009
1:44 pm

Colby Armstrong for Pavel Kubina… ouch.

Chris

July 1st, 2009
1:44 pm

Kubina to the Thrashers? What?

Toby

July 1st, 2009
1:45 pm

********Not Yet Official But Being Reported By TSN too**************************

Leafs trade Kubina to Atlanta
http://thestar.blogs.com/thespin/

Details unknown.

Chris

July 1st, 2009
1:45 pm

I like Kubina, but NOT FOR ARMY!

GaVaHokie

July 1st, 2009
1:46 pm

Rumor is Armstrong, but nothing official.

Bob

July 1st, 2009
1:46 pm

“WOW the Heater has hit a new low. Wants a trade, then nixes it?????????”

Yep, is there anyone left that doesn’t finally understand that Heatley just used the wreck to get his way out of here and that yes, he did insult us all the minute he landed in Ottawa with his comments about us (I’m lookin at you, ranallo)?

Toby

July 1st, 2009
1:47 pm

Not bad, but that -15 this past year scares me…

Sara

July 1st, 2009
1:47 pm

Where are we getting Army’s name in all of this??

FormerIslesFan

July 1st, 2009
1:48 pm

Kubina deal not done yet. Per Darren Dregher on Twitter.

“Kubina to Atl…not done yet.”

GaVaHokie

July 1st, 2009
1:49 pm

Kubina for Armstrong makes zero sense… Kubina has one year left, Armstrong is RFA.

Toby

July 1st, 2009
1:49 pm

“640 Toronto and the Twitter account of Toronto Star reporter Damien Cox is reporting that Kubina has been traded to the Atlanta Thrashers in a deal involving Colby Armstrong”

hockeybuzz.

Alan

July 1st, 2009
1:49 pm

I have no idea, Sara. Everything I’ve seen just says “Kubina to ATL.”

World Be Free

July 1st, 2009
1:50 pm

I’d hate to give up Colby cheese for Kubina

GaVaHokie

July 1st, 2009
1:50 pm

Brashear might finally be out of the Southeast… rumored to NYR.

Tom Lysiak

July 1st, 2009
1:50 pm

HockeyBuzz is saying Colby and a 2nd for Kubina. McKenzie is saying not done yet.

GaVaHokie

July 1st, 2009
1:51 pm

Craig Anderson might be going to the Avalanche… that kills Colorado as a trade partner.

Russian

July 1st, 2009
1:51 pm

I like to take Kubina for 3-4 years, but Armi should stay.

Darkhorse

July 1st, 2009
1:51 pm

I hope the Armstrong part is crap. All DW talks about is how this franchise needs a guy like Armstrong, finally gets that player, and trades him? Blah…I guess, unless he didn’t want to resign here longterm. But he seemed optimistic at the end of the season.

Toby

July 1st, 2009
1:52 pm

I like it…I liked Colby, but I guess Wads sees Kane as taking his place. Kubes is 6′4″ 244lbs and gives us a decent 2nd line D

Sara

July 1st, 2009
1:53 pm

I can see where Burke would be all over Army but WTF? Hokie covered the biggest reason why.

Sara

July 1st, 2009
1:54 pm

Toby – we don’t have the depth to be replacing anybody on RW. It’s crap…crap crap crap. Unless Army was balking at signing?!? Doesn’t seem that type tho.

Hossa to Chicago seems to be the final

Get The Puck Out

July 1st, 2009
1:55 pm

Unconfirmed – Hossa to Chicago.