Found June 30, 2012 on
Rob The Hockey Guy:
Itâ€™s your lucky day! Two! Two UFA of the Day posts today. They both deal with toughness, the first was Brandon Prust, now we turn our attention to Zenon Konopka.
Name: Zenon Konopka
Size: 6â€™0â€³, 209 Lbs
Why the Canucks might want him: If the Canucks target Zenon Konopka it wouldnâ€™t just be for his ability to punch people in the face. With Konopka you not only get that size and toughness but you also get someone who can kill penalties and win face-offs. Heâ€™s a character guy and adds some toughness to a not so tough fourth line.
Why the Canucks might not want him: Simply put; there may not be room for him. Not that his contract demands would be out of this world, but with Kesler, Lapierre and Malhotra, there isnâ€™t exactly a ton of room for a centre. If Malhotra finds his game again after a full off-season of training then it would be really limit the number of games Konopka would see.
What I would do: Like I said before, his contract demands wouldnâ€™t be out of this world. But ...
BEST OF MAXIM
via Darren Dreger tweet, Konopka agrees to 2 year contract with Minnesota Wild.
While the news that Matt Carkner had rejected a contract offer from the Senators is not new, the Ottawa Citizen's Wayne Scanlan added a wrinkle on Twitter last night.
Sens' 1-year offer, no raise, for D Matt Carkner, for all he's done for club, is a slap in the face. Source: "he'll get his deal" (as UFA)
â€” Wayne Scanlan (@HockeyScanner) June 29, 2012...
Another depth forward comes off the market as KonopkaÂ inks a two-year deal with the Minnesota Wild. I was hoping Glen Sather would be working the phones to bring him in. A tough guy who can play big time penalty killing minutes and the big thing from KonopkaÂ would be his face-off capability. He was such a [...]
The Ottawa Senators moved to fill a void on their roster left by the loss of defenseman Filip Kuba in unrestricted free agency by acquiring defenseman Marc Methot from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Nick Foligno on Sunday. Methot, 27, had seven goals, 44 assists and 208 penalty minutes in six seasons with the Blue Jackets. He has three years left on his contract...
This is probably one of the more interesting stories of the day. A few hours ago Colorado posted on their Twitter that they had agreed to terms with John Mitchell and Matt CarknerÂ but Carknerâ€™sÂ agent came out and said no deal was reached and he is now a New York Islander having signed a 3 year [...]
via Chris Johnston tweet, Big money for Filip Kuba from #panthersâ€¦$8 million over two years.
The Panthers were a major player during last yearâ€™s free agency frenzy and they decided to get involved this year signing Filip Kuba. This means Jason Garrison will be finding a new team for next season, but this is a pretty good signing for the Panthers. Kuba had a solid year for the Senators last [...]
Decent offensive defensemen can play a long time in the NHL. Sunday brought more evidence of this as veteran Joe Corvo returned to Carolina as a free agent and Filip Kuba returned to Florida.Kuba got nice money: two years for $8 million. He will turn 36 this season, but he is coming off a stellar 32-point, plus-26 campaign for Ottawa. Kuba was a great influence on young Erik Karlsson...
The Ottawa Senators swapped a pair of assets on the first day of free agency, adding blue liner Mike Lundin -- formerly of Tampa Bay -- and forward Guillaume Latendresse -- formerly of Minnesota -- in the process.
The addition of both players are smart money acquisitions for Bryan Murray, as he's paying just a shade over $2M combined for the pair to come to Ottawa. At times...
I need to run...have a 9:20am t-time, and, oh yeah, I'm getting married at 2:30pm this afternoon. Priorities, priorities.
But before I head out, just a quick rumor: The Justin Schultz decision will be out in a few hours, and it sounds like the only two teams left in the battle for his services are the Edmonton Oilers and the Ottawa Senators.
Apparently, Schultz informed...
Free-agent defenseman Filip Kuba signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Florida Panthers, NHL.com reported, based on Twitter from his agent, Rich Evans. Kuba figures to be a replacement for Jason Garrison, who is an unrestricted free agent. Kuba, 35, had 32 points in 73 games with the Ottawa Senators last season.
So we can put the Rick Nash hysteria to bed...again.Also interesting to hear from Sylain St-Laurent that Jesse Winchester may be moving on:Â
Jesse Winchester devrait aussi quitter Ottawa dans les prochains jours. Plus de place pour lui chez les #Sens.
â€” Sylvain St-Laurent (@Syl_St_Laurent) July 1, 2012
from a Colorado Avalanche tweet, The #Avs have come to terms with UFAs John Mitchell (formerly NYR) and Matt Carkner (formerly OTT). Official