First of all Happy Canada Day! The holiday greets me with a bit of a hangover but who cares? It's July 1st! It's NHL Christmas! It's the day your rosterbation fantasies become a reality..or not....or YES! Finally we are going to see what Mike Gillis has planned as he has made it known that he will be aggressive in the FA market. What's up?: A top 2 defenceman and a bigger checking forward for starters. At least, that is what GMMG claims. Hold on to your butts.
We will cover all NHL signings and trades today. Any Canucks moves will get their own post. Are you ready? No I said ARE...YOU...READY?
- (4:26): OK, back from posting Canucks updates. More trades from earlier: *Thrashers sign Chris Mason to a 2-year $3.7 million deal. *The Flames tempt rioting fate in Calgary by signing Olli Jokinen to a 2-year $6 million deal. Did Sutter get hit in the head too many times as a player? Who knows. Maybe Jokinen will find revival in the land of the lost. *Saku Koivu signs a 2-year $5 million deal with the Ducks. *Adam Bastard Burish signs a 2-year $2.3 million deal with the Stars. *The Stars also sign Andrew Raycroft to a 2-year deal. Adiose Rayzor and thanks for everything! *Matt Cullen (dammit) signs a 3-year $10.5 million deal with the Wild. Great pickup there, Minnesota. *The Bruins sign Jeremy Reich to a 1-year deal
- (1:22): The Canucks have also signed Jeff Tambellini, son of Oilers' GM Steve.
- (1:16): CANUCKS LAND DAN HAMHUIS! Looks like a 6 year deal worth $4.5 per season. WOOO!