Jagr no longer in the NHL, Boyle no longer a Bolt
More updates of the NHL's 2008 free agent signing period
To continue a very expensive and very interesting NHL off season, eight time NHL all-star Jaromir Jagr may never play in the NHL again. No more than 12 hours after the New York Rangers signed Markus Naslund to a two year deal, Jagr has committed the next two years to Avangard Omsk in the Russian elite league.
If he wanted another Stanley Cup, Jagr has the power to pick any team to play on including Detroit, San Jose or Pittsburgh, though a pay cut may be needed. If it is about the money, he could get at least seven million from 12 other teams in the league. The problem for the NHL is that this Russian team is reportedly paying him 15 million over two seasons but Jagr has publicly said that the contract is only for five million a year.
Sadly, this may be Jagr’s unofficial retirement from NHL hockey and the end of the greatest Czech born player in history.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning have already completely turned around the franchise by hiring Coach Barry Melrose and did not stop there. They signed Gary Roberts, Ryan Malone, Vaclav Prospal, Adam Hall, Radim Vrbata, Olaf Kolzig, and now have traded Dan Boyle. Boyle has agreed to drop his no-trade clause and has been sent to the San Jose Sharks with Brad Lukowich for Matt Carle, Ty Wishart and two draft picks.
With Rob Blake agreeing to play in San Jose and the acquisition of Boyle, the Sharks had to make salary room. So they traded away Craig Rivet to Buffalo for some measly draft picks.
In other NHL news:
Miroslav Satan has signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Montreal Canadiens have signed back up goalie Marc Denis as well as tough guy Georges Laraque.
Kristian Huselius has agreed to sign with the Columbus Blue Jackets
Fortunately for fans, free agent frenzy is nearly over.
By Kevin Chaves
ProHockey-fans.com Staff Writer
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