The above image is all in good fun. Thanks for all the good times, Blastoff! The deadline for free agents is 9:00 AM PST.
The Canucks head into July 1st with 13 unrestricted free agents (notably Higgins, Torres, Salo, Tambellini, Glass, Rypien and Bolduc) and 6 restricted free agents (notably Hansen and Oreskovich) unsigned. Some negotiations are going to go down to the last minute. Some will carry on past today. Some negotiations will die swift death or already have. Let's see what Mike Gillis has in his bag of tricks on Day 1. Expect the unexpected, you know..like a Cody Hodgson trade to the Leafs....
Any Canucks signings will be posted separately and also quickly noted and highlighted in this post. I will do my best to provide you with all the signings from Day 1 here. It's going to be a frantic mess to say the least. But that's the fun of it! Happy Canada Day and try not to go blind from rosterbating!
"CURRENT" CANUCKS ROSTER
Chris Higgins - Manny Malhotra -
Cody Hodgson - Maxim Lapierre -
NEWS, SIGNINGS, TRANSACTIONS
-OK, that's it. I'm out!
-Panthers sign Sean Bergenheim.
-Avalanche sign JS Giguere to round out their "goalie issues"
-Stars sign Sheldon Souray to a1 year $1.65 million deal.
-Oilers sign Eric Belanger, 3 years, $5.25 million
-Panthers sign Tomas Fleischmann to a 4-year $18 million deal
-Canucks sign Marco Sturm to a 1 year $2.25 million deal. Lose a German, gain one. I don't want this guy. Maybe 5 years ago.
-Sabres continue their splurge and sign (f*ck!) Ville Leino to a 6-year $27 million deal
-Panthers trade a 2nd and 3rd pick to Flyers for Kris Versteeg
-Michael Ryder to Dallas, $3.5 million
-Oilers sign Darcy Hordichuk to an $825,000 deal. Thugs.
-Jeeziz: Canadiens sign Erik Cole to a 4 year $18 million deal. Fail.
-Damn Capitals are loading up: sign Roman Hamrlik to a 2 year deal worth $3.5 per
-Coyotes sign Alex Bolduc to a 1-year, 2-way deal. Adiose Duke.
-Capitals sign Joel Ward to a 4-year $12 million contract. Wanker!
-Canadiens sign Peter Budaj
-Penguins sign Steve Sullivan to a 1-year, $1.5 deal
-Red Wings sign Mike Commodore to a much more sensible contract: 1 year $1 million
-Flyers sign Maxime Talbot to a 5 year
-Coyotes sign Radim Vrbata for 3 years, $9 million
-11:10: It's getting quiet and I'm getting tired. No sleep for 27 hours..damn. I like quiet time though. That's when Gillis strikes! Ville Leino and Joel ward are still out there...good "night" for now.
-Handzus to Flyers is erroneous.
-Devils re-sign Johan Hedberg. MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSE
-Capitals trade Semyon Varlamov to the Avalanche for a 1st rounder in 2012 and a 1st or 2nd rounder in 2013
-Panthers sign Marcel Goc to a 3 year deal
-Flyers sign Anreas Lilja
-Hawks sign Andrew Brunette? Geezus! A 1-year deal
-Flyers sign Jakub Voracek, 1 year, $2.25 per.
-Hurricanes sign D Tim Brent
-Avalanche sign Jan Hejda. Laugh some more
-The Panthers have signed Ed Jovanovski. Eddie returns home..a 4-year deal
-Stars also sign Vernon Fiddler
-Stars sign Radek Dvorak to a 1-year $1.5 million deal
-Canucks sign Mark Mancari to a $525,000 contract. Sorry..who???
-Coyotes sign Mike Smith to a 2-year 4million deal. A Smith/Barbie combo...huh. I don't think so.
-The Flyers have agreed to terms with Jaromir Jagr. A $3.3 million deal. Well sheeeeit. They've done this before with Forsberg..
-Coyotes sign Raffi Torres to a 2-year deal worth $1.75 per. Gillis didn't want to do that?? There's more to this than meets the eye.
-Matt D'Agostini signs a 2-year deal with the Blues
-Jeff Halpern goes back to Washington on a 1-year deal
-FUUUUUUU..Panthers sign Scottie Upshall, 4 year deal, $14 million
Blackhawks sign Sean O'Donnell to a 1-year $850,000 contract. Sheeit. And I thought the Panthers were gonna make some noise today. It's mostly Hawks so far.
-The Panthers have signed Jose Theodore to a 2-year, $3 million deal
-Jackass Ben Eager has signed a 3-year deal with the Oilers. A $1.1 million cap hit. Commence laughing.
-9:52: Blackhawks sign Jamal Mayers to a 1 - year $550,000 deal
-Kypreos is hearing the Canucks are closing in on a 1-year deal with Andrew Ebbett.
-9:28: Brad Richards rumored to be meeting with the Kings right now.
-Pens sign Tyler Kennedy to a 2-year, $4 million contract
-Flyers may have extended Brayden Coburn's contract to 2 more years at $4 million per
-Penguins have re-signed Tyler Kennedy
-Detroit out of the Jagr hunt
-9:12: Have the Flyers signed Michal Handzus?
-The Canucks have re-signed Chris Higgins to a 2-year deal worth $1.9 million per season. Can I get a HELL YEAH?!!
-Penguins withdraw from the Jagr sweeps. That means a deal with Kennedy is imminent.
-A deal between the Penguins and Misterrrrr Kennedy....Kennedy..... draws nigh.
-News 1130 says Raffi Torres will hit the free agent market today. Crud!
-Detroit sings Ptarick Eaves to a 3-year deal worth $1.2 per season.
-Canucks closing in on a 2-year deal with Chris Higgins..WOOOOOO
-7:25: Nik Kypreos tweeting that Canucks have reportedly signed Sami Salo to a 1-year $2 million contract.
-Richard Loat's 5-Hole For Food Campaign is gaining national recognition. SWEET! Nice work guys.
-From Bob McKenzie on Twitter: Lines of communication still open between VAN and Raffi Torres but he's going to market today at 12 noon ET. FUUUUUUUUC?
-6:52: Puck Daddy presents The 2011 NHL Free Agent Frenzy Drinking Game! Geez dude I don't need a game to drink...
-6:23: I have been yapping at Jason Botchford on Twitter and I said to him that it's been so quiet on the Higgins and Torres fronts that I doubt that either player will re-sign here. He said he agreed.
-I have "Canucks" search open on Tweet Deck and unfortunately it's gonna get tough to sift through Canucks news when 1000's of people are saying "Happy Canada Day fellow Canucks!" BAH!
-6:07: From @BotchonCanucks: canucks & salo's agent still working toward a "midnight hour" deal.
-5:34: Sergei Shirokov has signed a 3-year contract with the KHL's CSKA Moscow team. Run the link through Google Translate.
-The Jagr camp stalling with Pittsburgh and Detroit to drive up his market value in a bidding war? No effing way! /sarcasm
-5:02 AM: Rangers unlikely to get into a bidding war for Brad Richards. Hello Leafs? For god's sake give Kessel a bonafide center. Also, Sean Bergenheim's agent says it's unlikely his client will sign with the Lightning. More juice at Spector's Hockey.
-4:52 AM: This ain't right, I haven't even slept yet. Damn you eastern time zone!! Reality set in when James Duthie tweeted at 3:54 AM PST: Good morning nation. Happy Birthday. Free Agent Frenzy begins at 12 est on TSN 2. Which means someone will be overpaid by about 12:04. Oh well. Sleep is overrated. So is Ehrhoff's contract.
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