The Ducks have signed Chris Kunitz to a four-year, $14.9 million extension. I always considered Burke one of the smarter GMs. The smartest, in fact. But that's just garbage. If Kunitz is worth over three and a half per year...than Penner would be worth 20 million per year. Talent-wise, Kunitz is not even close to at least 200 other NHL forwards. His points are the result of chemistry with linemates. Chemistry that won't be there if Selanne goes. I'm just flabbergasted about this one. He should give his agent a million bucks for pulling off such a heist.
Other than Canada's checking line (which was absolutely amazing this morning), the best player up front for the team was Sam Gagner, who dazzled in the latter two periods.
There was a report on 640 Toronto today indicating that a Finnish newspaper is saying that diminutive winger Tony Salmelainen is close to signing a deal of some kind (be it a tryout or a two-way or a one-way) with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Jarkko Immonen will be returning to Finland this year as he has signed a deal with JYP Jyvaskala.
According to the Tennessean, the Predators will look from within to fill the Steve Sullivan void. Names mentioned - Martin Gelinas, Vern Fiddler, Scott Nichol and Jordin Tootoo. All will get looks to play on the second line. Whoever wins (I'd say either Gelinas or Fiddler) may be worth a pick up for the first month or two of the season in deep roto-leagues.
Mike Modano and Willa Ford were married on Saturday.
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