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On January 13th, 2013, Canadiens GM Mark Bergevin met with the media at the Brossard practice facility to announce that the Montreal Canadiens have officially parted ways with enigmatic center Scott Gomez.
Bergevin stated that this was in the best interest of the Montreal Canadiens future.
After an abysmal season of eleven points in 38 games played, it comes as no surprise that the Alaskan native is being bought out. Gomez has always been the subject of harsh criticism both in New York and Montreal, having his 7.3 million dollar cap hit hanging around his career like a proverbial noose.
From the moment Scott Gomez was traded to Montreal, the deck was stacked against him; on June 30th, 2009, Canadiens GM Bob Gainey acquired Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Mike Busto for Chris Higgins, Doug Janik, Pavel Valentenko and Ryan McDonagh. This deal would later be remembered as one of the worst transactions done during Gainey’s tenure as...
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Big decision looming for MDZ
Michael Del Zotto needs to be very conscious of how the next few days play out. How the young blueliner deals with the contract situation and the start of the upcoming abbreviated season is – to an extent – a crossroad in his young Rangers career.
The Rangers fan base can be an unforgiving one. When the crowd turns on you, the Garden can be a tough...
Per Bob McKenzie, the Rangers have agreed to terms with RFA defenseman Michael Del Zotto. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but Del Zotto will be in camp today. MDZ was priority number one for the Rangers in their “preseason” agenda.
We will post more updates as they become available.
Prior to the NHL lockout, there was a widespread trend among NHL teams to lock good young players into multi-year deals that buy out all of their remaining RFA eligibility and perhaps even some UFA-eligible years. With such a major premium being placed on defensemen in particular, the top restricted free agent defensemen see UFA-type dollar signs in their near future (even with...
from Hockey Inside/Out,
As far as P.K. Subban knows, there is no contract yet awaiting his signature.
The Canadiens restricted free-agent defenceman spoke from his Toronto condo Friday afternoon, having just received an acupuncture treatment as he continues to get ready for the Habs training camp he hopes he’ll be a part of.
Rumours were blazing in Montreal on Friday...
With Larry Brooks at the New York Post reporting that the Rangers are scheduled to take physicals Sunday morning, then be on the ice by early afternoon if the necessary CBA paperwork is completed, Steve Zipay at Newsday feels there's a chance Michael Del Zotto might not be signed in time for the start of training camp.
Here's Del Zotto...
"We started talking...
“@nyrangers: #NYR agreed to terms with defensemen @michaeldelzotto and Matt Gilroy”/ Del Zotto’s deal is two years with AAV of $2.55M. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 13, 2013 … this is great! It’s nice to know Michael Del Zotto will be with the Rangers when they begin their season next weekend and they won’t be [...]
New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto has agreed to a new contract with the team, according to a TSN report. Del Zotto would become the first restricted free agent to sign under new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which went into effect Saturday. The 22-year-old was selected 20th overall in the 2008 Draft by the Rangers.
Michael Del Zotto has agreed to tentative terms with NYR and is expected in camp today tho aspects of contract are still being worked on.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 13, 2013
No terms have been released.
...had to assume this would get done this morning. Tough to comment without knowing the terms, but I can say that I'm glad to see Del Zotto back. Despite...
These are the exact words that can be used to describe New York Rangers' defenseman Michael Del Zotto's new two-year deal with the club.
There is no doubting Del Zotto's offensive skills. Last season, Del Zotto was fifth on the team in the regular season with 41 points (10 goals and 31 assists) while adding another 10 (2 goals and 8 assists) in 20 postseason games....
Per Bob McKenzie, Michael Del Zotto and the Rangers have agreed to tentative terms and MDZ is expected in training camp today. Aspects of the deals are still being worked on.
With the news that the Rangers and MDZ were about 600k apart yesterday, I was pretty confident the team and player would agree on a contract. The Rangers were reportedly offered a two-year deal averaging...
Most of the Canadiens are back in Montreal, with Andrei Markov now having arrived from Russia. One absent face at training camp Sunday may be PK Subban, if his agent Don Meehan and GM Marc Bergevin are unable to come to an agreement on a new contract. Various rumours have Subban asking for "Doughty" money, as in $6-7 million per year on a longterm deal. I don't buy...
Bergen Record - Michael Del Zotto, Matt Gilroy sign with the Rangers
New York Post - Rangers’ Gaborik switches sides
Daily News - Bondy: Torts happy to be back ... and still growling
New York Times - First Rangers Practice Finds Tortorella in Midseason Form
Newsday - Tortorella running less intense camp
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from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,
The Colorado Avalanche will have more difficulty luring back restricted free agent Ryan O'Reilly from Russia than the Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars will have in locking up their unsigned youngsters, P.K. Subban and Jamie Benn, respectively.
Metallurg Magnitogorsk, the KHL team that O'Reilly plays for, is paying the 21-year-old forward...
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With the official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding yesterday the NHL lockout officially ended, and teams are now free to pursue business as usual. Teams are now finally allowed to sign free agents (restricted or unrestricted), make trades, make call ups, and perform other duties required for the start of the season.
For Glen Sather and the Rangers...