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UFA Forward Johnson Signs 1 Year Deal

The Penguins have announced Nick Johnson, who was on schedule to become an Unrestricted Free agent on July 1st, has signed a 1 year, two way deal worth $550,000 at the NHL level.

Well one down, a bunch more to go.  The Penguins now have 9 NHL caliber forwards on the roster for next year.  That definition honestly has to be stretched wide to cover Johnson who played only 4 games at the NHL level last season before having it ended by concussion.  The figure of $550,000 at the NHL level will add to the Craig Adams negotiations.  It has been widely speculated that Adams is looking for a raise and Johnson just signed for more than what Adams made last year.   Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

June 4, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Text From Pens Only Dumps Fuel on the Fire

The Penguins have a magnificent text message notification system for their fans, truly.  If you haven’t signed up for it you should.  Apart from being texted every final score you also get trade and signing notifications as well as other pertinent updates.  However receiving a update today meant one of a very few things was going on.  Either there was a signing or something was up within the organization.  There was no draft to update and free agency doesn’t begin for another 28 days.    This is what bliped up on my phone a short time ago:

PENS ALERT: Sidney Crosby met with Dr. Collins and is set to start his summer off-ice workout program. Read more:  Stop 2end Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

June 2, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Adams Wants a BIG Raise – Negotiations on Hold

My #1 priority for the Penguins this offseason was to resign Craig Adams followed by Mike Rupp.  I was taken back a little last week when I learned negotiations had not started with the Adams camp.  Now we might know the reason.  According to the PPG, Adams is looking for a raise a, big one.

According to Shelly Anderson discussions with Adams are on hold, but not broken off.  Adams made $550k last season, barely above the league minimum and was arguably the linchpin for the NHL’s best PK unit.  I’d be asking for more money too.    The pay increase is something the Penguins simply cannot commit to right now because they are already up against the existing cap of $59.4 million.  That ceiling is supposed to rise, but by how much and when it will be made official is the question. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 28, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Double J Isn’t Seeing the Money He Wanted

There is a report in FanNation this morning that former Penguins great Jaromir Jagr is “not considering any offers from the NHL at this point“. That’s a pretty vague and ambiguous statement.  It is coming from his agent, Jaroslav Zidek according to Sovetsky Sport’s Pavel Lysenkov.

Q: How real is the NHL option? “I hope we will only negotiate with KHL teams. We have not spoken about a move to North America yet.”

Sorry everyone but to me that confirms one thing.  JJ is not willing to play for the minimum.  The “at this point” part of the quote screams to me that they are looking for a dollar amount from NHL teams that they are simply not seeing.  Jagr will be 40 this season and it is a huge risk to think of putting dough on the table in the salary cap strapped NHL.  Jagr is likely not willing to uproot his entire life for a one season run in the NHL for 500k.

If I were a GM, I couldn’t in good conscience offer much more than that if I were up against the cap with 10 forwards to sign.

Written by ozman51

May 25, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Salary Cap Increase Will Provide Relief

At the annual conference of the Sports Lawyers Association over the weekend NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the NHL’s salary cap, which is tied to revenue, will rise again as it has every year under the current CBA to somewhere between $60.5 – $63.5 million.  The Cap currently sits at $59.4 million so this increase would give GM Ray Shero an additional $1.1 – $4.1 million to work with this off season.  Lets hope the number is closer to the latter. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 24, 2011 at 8:41 AM

End of Year Awards Picks

I’ve done this the last three years in some form for public consumption.  Time to lay out my picks for the NHL awards. Some of these are sure fire misses but I make picks based on the intent of the award not the agenda of the NHL or sports media.  I of course will not be naming winners of automatic winners like the Rocket Richard Trophy. Also note not everyone I personally select is a finalist this year.

1. Hart Memorial Trophy: awarded to the player adjudged most valuable to his team.  Oz’s Pick: Marc-Andre Fleury – Pittsburgh Penguins.  No single player was more important to his individual team than the Flower was down the stretch.  Without him the Penguins do not hold on to fourth let alone eight in th East after losing their two highest skill players and then opening a M*A*S*H Unit in their locker room for much of the stretch run.

2. Vezina Trophy: awarded to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at this position. Oz’s Pick: Tim Thomas – Boston Bruins.  Timmy played in 57 games, went 35-11-9 with a 2.00 GAA and .938 Sv%.  No one better with that volume of work. Read the rest of this entry »

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