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Free agency season Day 2: Detroit signs Hossa, Sundin statement

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-the Blue Jackets have signed Kristian Huselius to a 4-year deal at $4.75 million per season.

-the Islanders sign Doug Weight to a 1-year $1.5 million deal.

-the Atlanta Thrashers signed Ron Hainsey to a 5-year $22.5 million deal

- the Rangers traded Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman to the Blue Jackets in exchange for Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche.

-the Canucks have signed Nolan Baumgartner to a contract. Baumgartner will replace Aaron Miller I suppose. Would have rather kept Miller....
The Canucks also re-signed RFA Alexandre Bolduc.

-the Senators have signed Jarkko Ruutu to a three-year, $3.9 million contract.

-The Senators have signed Shean Donovan to a two-year contract.

-The Calgary Flames have signed 2 UFA's: Jim Vandermeer and Curtis Glencross. Glencross could break out with the Flames. We saw streaks of that with him in Edmonton.

-The Canucks have signed Curtis Sanford. He's capable and cheap.

-Canucks fans will be watching Mike Gilis with even more intent now that Sundin said this in a statement today:
"I would like to thank all the teams who have expressed such sincere interest in my services.

"The numerous options provided to me were impressive and I have no doubt that each one presented a unique opportunity for me to finish my career in a terrific hockey environment.

"I spent a great deal of time yesterday reflecting upon the teams who stepped forward and the opportunities that each provided.

"Unfortunately, I am simply not close to being ready to make a decision about resuming my career at this time.

"I wish all the teams the very best and thank them for their interest."
Source: TSN
Great. Now what? The just-married Sundin may not make a decision for months. Gillis will have to move on.


-the Stars have signed Sean Avery to a 4-year $15.5 million contract. Imagine...even more peskiness in Dallas. Imagine having both Steve Ott AND Sean Avery yapping at you? The contract includes a no-trade clause.

-The Red Wings have won the Hossa sweepstakes, signing him to a reported 1-year $7.4 million deal. That squashes the ideas that Hossa was seeking over $8 million.
One thing about this that I hate is that the Wings didn't need to get any better!
The good thing is that if Detroit was interested in Sundin, which they reportedly were, that's one more team out of the Mats sweepstakes.

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