The New Jersey Devils lost Paul Martin to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but gained one of the more underrated defensemen on the market by signing Henrik Tallinder to a four-year contract worth $3.375 million per season.
Tallinder was part of the solid Buffalo Sabres blue line last season, and has played his entire career in Buffalo. He’s far from an offensive guru, but he is a very solid and dependable shut down defenseman that should fit perfectly in the Devils’ system.
With Tallinder now signed, the stakes are raising for Dan Hamhuis as more and more teams get in on his negotiations.
Ray Whitney, unable to reach a deal with the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this week, has signed a two-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes worth $6 million.
The Hurricanes had hoped the Whitney wouldn’t be able to get the deal he wanted on the open market he would return to Carolina, but with Whitney has to be more than happy with the getting $3 million a season from the Coyotes.
Considering just how many crazy contracts are being handed out today, you have to think that the Coyotes are thrilled to get Whitney at just $3 million a season. Whitney is still capable of 20-30 goals per year and 60+ points, which is a steal considering the money handed out to Manny Malhotra and Colby Armstrong.
It’s important to note that this is a 35+ contract, with Phoenix on the hook for the cap hit no matter what. Whitney also has a modified no-movement clause in the contract.
Earlier today, as we neared the start of free agency, rumors started to pop up that had the Boston Bruins trading Marc Savard to the Calgary Flames.
There’s just one issue with that rumor, and one that seems to be the sticking point with that deal going down.
Robin Regehr, who would supposedly be the other piece of the trade, hasn’t been asked to waive his no-movement clause. Marc Savard, on the other hand, still hasn’t named Calgary as one of the teams he’d be willing to trade for.
As with anything around this time of year, anything can happen. But as of now, it just doesn’t seem like this trade is any closer to happening than it was when it was first rumored to be going down earlier today.