Archive for July 1st, 2008

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Devils Bring Back Holik, Party Like It’s 1999

Devils Rumors & News

Well, it’s been weird.  That’s the best way to describe this first day of free agency in the NHL.  In New Jersey, where GM Lou Lamoriello began the day by retaining free agents Bryce Salvador and Jay Pandolfo, the next order of business was to bring back a pair of heroes from the team’s late-90s glory days.

Shortly after announcing that the team had signed former-Dev Brian Rolston to a 4-year, $20 million deal, the Devils put the final touches on a one-year, $2.5 million agreement with center Bobby Holik.  Not exactly five-years and $45 million, but still good work if you can get it.

“Bobby is still one of the top size-strength forwards and will add size and strength to our center ice,” said Lamoriello.

I don’t recall “size and strength” being a glaring weakness during their five game series loss to the Rangers this past postseason, but evidently Lou felt it was, and who am I to question Lou?

The signing of Rolston is much …

Rangers Sign Wade Redden

Rangers Rumors & News

According to TSN, the Rangers have signed 31-year-old Wade Redden to a six-year deal worth $6.5 million per.  The deal comes just hours after the team announced it had re-signed Michal Rozsival to a four-year, $20 million contract.

Meanwhile, it was only moments ago that I got through telling you good people that Rozsival’s deal reduced the chances of the team adding another top-tier defenseman.  I guess next time I should wait for these things to play out…

Redden should help fill a huge void on the blueline, where the Rangers have lacked a true point man for the powerplay since the NHL emerged from its lockout. Of course, the question becomes whether or not Redden can fill that void to the tune of $39 million. The answer?  Probably not.

Redden’s 38 points last season tied him for 21st among NHL defenseman with Atlanta’s Tobias Enstrom and – guess who – the Rangers’ Michal Rozsival.  Those aren’t numbers that cry out ‘SIX YEARS’ or ’39 MILLION’ to …

Rangers Re-Sign Rozsival | Rolston Returns to Jersey

Devils Rumors & NewsRangers Rumors & News

The Hudson River rivals agreed to a pair of four-year, $20 million deals today with defenseman Michal Rozsival returning to the Rangers and Brian Rolston returning to the team with which he began his career.

In the duel of duplicate deals, the Devils come out on top here, adding a player who has scored 30+ goals in each of the last three seasons to their anemic offensive, not to mention a player who they already know will thrive in their system.

Meanwhile, Michal Rozsival hits pay dirt with the Blueshirts.  Here’s what I had to say on the prospect of Rozsival returning back in early May:

One has to imagine that Rozsival will be seeking a sizable raise over the $2.3 M he earned this past season, especially given the fact that [Christian] Backman is pulling in $3.4 next year. Putting aside my personal feelings on Rozsie, the defenseman played first-pair minutes all season-long and appeared in at least 80 games for the Blueshirts for the third consecutive year. He’s scored …

Rangers Prepping For Post-Avery Era

Rangers Rumors & News

On the heels of signing rough and tumble winger Aaron Voros, the Blueshirts have agreed to terms with San Jose’s Patrick Rissmiller, another physical forward.  Neither player is going to make New York fans forget Sean Avery any time soon, but at least the diehards in the blue seats need not fear the team going soft in Avery’s absence.

The Rangers have also reportedly agreed to a deal with Andreas Jamtin of the Swedish Elite League, a diminutive but aggressive player described as “a pest on the ice.”  Hmmm, why does that sound familiar?

The writing’s on the wall, folks.  I just hope Avery didn’t overplay his hand here, for both sides’ sake.

Avery to Toronto? | Jagr to the Pens?

Rangers Rumors & News

The Rangers dove head first into free agency this afternoon, signing Aaron Voros from the Minnesota Wild. The 26-year-old forward scored seven goals and seven assists in 55 games as a rookie last season. Alright, so maybe it’s not so much a “dive” as an exploratory toe in the water, but hey, it’s something to talk about on what’s been a surprisingly quiet day. Voros adds size and depth to the forward corps, but perhaps little else. I wonder what this means, if anything, for fringe players like Ryan Hollweg, Colton Orr, and Petr Prucha.

Over the last several days the word through the grapevine seemed to suggest that Sean Avery is most likely ticketed out of town, possibly to the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have cut ties with agitator Darcy Tucker. Earlier this afternoon, the Journal News’ Sam Weinman reported that there were “rumblings” that Avery’s exit was imminent, but nothing official has been announced as of yet.

If true, this would be a …

A-Rod and Madonna???

Yankees Rumors & News

When the sports section and the gossip pages intersect, you can bet that Alex Rodriguez is involved.

According to the new issue of Us Weekly, baseball’s most infamous Material Boy might be embroiled in a love triangle with none other than Madonna, whose seven-year marriage to director Guy Ritchie is reportedly on the rocks. Writes Us:

Rodriguez, 32, has made numerous solo nighttime visits to Madonna, 49, at her spacious home and would sneak out “as late as midnight.” Says the source, “All the doormen are talking.”

Gotta say, she certainly seems like A-Rod’s type; the slugger allegedly as an affinity for “she-male, muscular” women, and post-1998 Madonna definitely falls under that category. She certainly has the guns for it…not to mention the man-hands.

On Your Mark, Get Set… | NHL Free Agency Begins

Rangers Rumors & News

As of 12 o’clock noon, the NHL free agency period officially began. Rangers’ unrestricted free agents include: Sean Avery, Mitch Fritz, Andrew Hutchinson, Jaromir Jagr, Darius Kasparaitis, Marek Malik, Paul Mara, Michal Rozsival, Brendan Shanahan, Martin Straka, Jason Strudwick, Steve Valiquette.

Despite the free agent splash that GM Glen Sather made last season when he signed both Scott Gomez and Chris Drury in one fell swoop, this year’s offseason is arguably much more interesting. There seem to be two schools of thought concerning the Rangers:
1) That last year’s team was only a player or two removed from being a legit Cup contender and that management should make another run at it with a roster built around Jaromir Jagr. Under this scenario, the Rangers would pursue free agent Mats Sundin to partner with Jagr while Drury would move to Gomez’s left wing on the second line.
2) That Jagr can no longer dominate games over an 82-game schedule and that his lack of a two-way game, not to mention …

Hot Stove New York Baseball Trades Quiz Answers

Mets Rumors & NewsYankees Rumors & News

Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz.

1. Jesse Orosco was the player to be named later when the Mets traded Jerry Koosman to Minnesota after the 1978 season.
2. In 1995, the Yankees traded Fernando Seguignol to Montreal for John Wetteland.
3. The Brooklyn Dodgers traded Jackie Robinson to the New York Giants for Dick Littlefield after the 1956 season but he retired instead.
4. After the 1969 season, Oakland traded Danny Cater and Ossie Chavarria to the Yankees for Frank Fernandez and pitcher Al Downing, who would go on to give up Hank Aaron’s 715th home run.
5. In May of 1963, the Mets traded Gil Hodges to the Washington Senators for Jimmy Piersall. Hodges …


This week’s fantasy dish is going to be different than that of previous ones. I am going to be giving out awards for the 1st half of the fantasy baseball season. These awards will be for both the good and bad performances so far this season.  Let’s get things started with the first award of the half-season….

The Lance Berkman Award for a player not showing up in the first half and expected to have a big second half goes to……

Mark Teixeira 1B ATL- Tex got off to an atrocious start this season and only recently has begun to start raking in the Homeruns and RBI’s. Last season Teixeira’s numbers were decent at the midway point. Right now at 16 HR and 62 RBI, Tex is already on pace for a better year than last year. His .276 Batting Average is low for him but he should perform better in the 2nd half of the season. You need proof? After the all-star break last season Tex hit …

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