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The Hockey House:
Just after getting bought out earlier this week by the Vancouver Canucks, defenseman Keith Ballard has agreed to terms on a brand new two year deal with the Minnesota Wild. The deal becomes official tomorrow at noon EST. Ballard tallied a pair of assists, a -2 rating and 29 penalty minutes in his 36 games. Ballard was also just sixth [...]
BEST OF MAXIM
ST. PAUL, Minn. --Chuck Fletcher's memories of defenseman Keith Ballard extend back to Fletcher's days in Pittsburgh, when he was the Penguins' assistant general manager.Fletcher, now as the Minnesota Wild general manager, remembered facing the Florida Panthers and a young defenseman, Ballard, holding his own against Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby.In signing him to a...
This Fourth of July for the Minnesota Wild was a little less eventful than the last.
Still, the Wild made another holiday splash by bringing in more help for their blue line.
The Wild announced Thursday they agreed to terms on a two-year contract with defenseman Keith Ballard, who was available after being let go by Vancouver earlier this week with a compliance buyout to clear...
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild sure know how to celebrate the Fourth of July.
After signing the two biggest free agents on the market, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, last year on July 4, Minnesota added former University of Minnesota defenseman Keith Ballard on Thursday, according to the team's Twitter account.
Ballard and the Wild agreed to terms on a two-year contract...
Opening the window
There’s been a fear since the Canucks early playoff exit that the window for this core to bring a Stanley Cup to Vancouver had perhaps a few years left until old age spoiled them. The Canucks weren’t getting younger with an average age of 28.9, and with few bluechip prospects in the pipeline, comparisons to the Calgary Flames’ long slide after the 2004 cup...
Back in May I was suggesting that the Minnesota Wild pick up Keith Ballard and yesterday the former Gopher defenseman was signed by the Minnesota Wild. Also, two players that I wanted to see gone from the Wild roster are no longer here. I am thinking, I need to go out and buy a lottery ticket this weekend. Below is what I wrote...
Based on what I have seen during the past season...
Canucks’ First Round Pick (9th Overall)
Another NHL draft has come and gone and, as usual, there were sureties, surprises and speculation aplenty.
The Colorado Avalanche did what they said they would do and drafted Nathan McKinnon 1st overall, defenseman Seth Jones dropped to 4th overall to the Nashville Predators despite being touted as a potential #1 pick, and numerous trades...
Free agent frenzy begins tomorrow morning at 9am and the Canucks will need to find a bargain. Vancouver is already committed to 9 forwards, 5 defencemen and 2 goalies for a total cap hit of $56.8 million. That leaves about $7.5 million of a cap space to spend on 4 forwards and 3 defencemen. That means it’s going to be a tight squeeze.
For simplicity, lets assume the Canucks re...
The Minnesota Wild have used their limited space under the salary cap to sign defenseman Keith Ballard and re-sign defenseman Jared Spurgeon.
The contracts were completed Friday.
Ballard was let go by Vancouver earlier this week. He said he had interest from a half-dozen other teams but picked a two-year deal with the Wild because he believed he best fit with them on the ice. As...
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
If Roberto Luongo is considering his options, GM Mike Gillis made them pretty clear Friday.
During his post-free agency press conference, Gillis was asked about Luongo’s options after the team traded away Cory Schneider.
“Play or not play,” Gillis said bluntly.
Gillis is planning a trip to Florida in the next...
The Blues have signed Maxim Lapierre to a two-year, $2.2 million contract. The average hit against the salary cap is $1.1 million (math is fun!), but the center will earn $1 million in 2013-14 and $1.2 million in 2014-15, per Bob McKenzie.
The Blues have been in desperate need for help down the middle of the ice. They've addressed that need - to an extent - by signing...
Maxim Lapierre signed a 2 year contract with Blues. #RDS
— Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) July 5, 2013
Max Lapierre's deal with STL is for two years and a total of $2.2M.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 5, 2013
Next up on the UFA Preview series is Derek Roy of the Vancouver Canucks. Once July 5 rolls around, if he is not re-signed by his current team, he is open to conversing and signing with any team in the league.
Derek Roy | C
5'9" | 184lbs
5/4/83; Age: 30
Signed in 2007: 6-years, $24 million; $4 million cap hit
Projected Earnings Next...
The Vancouver Canucks have signed defenseman Alex Biega. Biega was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, but was not able to sign a professional contract until after he completed his NCAA play. Upon graduation, on May 27, 2010, Biega was signed by the Sabres to a two-year contract. On October 9, 2010 Biega made his professional debut playing in the American [...]
The Vancouver Canucks have signed Brad Richardson to a two year deal worth $1.15M per. Richardson was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He played his first professional season in the 2005–06 season, splitting the year between the Lowell Lock Monsters of the AHL and making his debut in the NHL with the Avalanche. Richardson’s best year with...
The Vancouver Canucks have signed forward/defenseman Yannick Weber to a one year, $650K deal. Weber was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 3rd round (73rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, and was the first player in franchise history to wear jersey No. 68. The Canadiens signed Weber to a three-year entry-level contract in the summer of 2008. He spent the majority of the [...]