More Heatley/Havlat reaction
The summer of the blockbuster kept rolling on Sunday when the San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild built upon June’s Brent Burns/Devin Setoguchi trade by swapping Dany Heatley and Martin Havlat. Havlat on moving to San Jose, via Working The Corners:
“They are a great team and they have a great chance every year to battle for the Stanley cup. That’s very important to me, to have a chance to battle for the Cup.
For me, the most important thing is playoff hockey. If your season ends April 10, it’s kind of an empty feeling and an unsuccessful season for sure. When the real season starts, you’re already sitting at home watching the best hockey on TV.
That’s why I play hockey. The last two years we didn’t make it.”
Sharks GM Doug Wilson on Heatley and bringing in Havlat:
“Dany Heatley is a true professional,” Wilson said. “I’m proud that he wore our uniform, I was proud to watch him represent us last year in the Olympics. These are two very good players. We just felt at this time that where we’re at, Marty Havlat was an important piece to add to our team.”
No word from Heatley as of yet, but David Pollak notes that Heatley told him he would speak to the media on Monday.
Talbot deal in violation of CBA?
The league had to make an example of somebody’s front-loaded deal, apparently. Christian Ehrhoff? Nope. Must be Brad Richards, right? Nope. Reports surfaced on Sunday night that the Philadelphia Flyers’ contract with Maxime Talbot could be in violation of the CBA. More from TSN.ca:
According to TSN’s Gord Miller elements of the deal violate the NHL’s salary cap. He added that a penalty for the violation is unlikely to be handed to the Flyers.
The final two years of Talbot’s deal are reportedly worth $1 million per year. This would violate cap rules as the final two years of the contract can not be worth less than half of either of the first two years of the deal.
The first two years of Talbot’s contract are worth $2.5 million and $2.25 million respectively.
In order to fit within the rules of the cap, the deal would have to be restructured. This could be achieved by making the fourth or fifth year worth at least $1.125 million.
We’re talking about a lockout
Ken Campbell of The Hockey News drops the “L-word” in light of some of the lofty front-loaded deals being handed out this summer:
If throwing more than $400 million at 58 players in just the first two days of free agency is any indication, the NHL owners almost certainly once again need to be saved from themselves.
All it takes is a look at some of the outrageous contracts, but if you want an even more telling portent, look a little closer at the breakdowns of some of them.
To be sure, Brad Richards and his agents, and probably the New York Rangers, think there’s a pretty good chance the players will be locked out after next season. Otherwise, why would Richards and his agent, Pat Morris, insist that $8 million of the $12 million Richards is due to make in 2012-13 be paid in signing bonus and not salary? If Christian Ehrhoff isn’t playing hockey in 2012-13, he’ll likely be able to keep busy counting and spending the $5 million he’ll get from the Buffalo Sabres. James Wisniewski will make $3 million in signing bonus that season and even the Florida Panthers got into the act, paying Scottie Upshall $500,000 of the $3.5 million he’s due in 2012-13 in signing bonus.
Red Wings sign Ian White
The Detroit Red Wings inked defenseman Ian White to a two-year deal worth $2.875 per.
Jeff Marek leaves Hockey Night in Canada
Times they are a changing at CBC. Twitter heads probably know that Gentleman Jeff Marek spent his last day as a member of the HNIC crew on Friday. No word on what’s next for Mr. Marek, but The Globe and Mail’s Bruce “Dip-Dip” Dowbiggin believes a roster spot at Rogers Sportsnet could be on the horizon.
Protect your junk, Pens sign Valabik
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed gigantic defenseman Boris Valabik to a one-year two-way deal. Valabik has a little bit of history with Sidney Crosby, as the latter appeared to have delivered a couple uppercuts to the former’s balls back in 2008.
Happy Fourth of July to our American friends. Enjoy your holiday, but don’t blink or you might miss another blockbuster trade.