Signings: July 21st 2010

The St. Louis Blues announced today that they have resigned 6′ 0” 200-pound winger David Perron to a two year 4.3million dollar contract. Perron tied for 4th in total points last season with the Blues setting a career high in goals (20) bringing his career totals to Goals (48), Assists(76) and  -/+ (20) in 225 NHL games. Perron was a 1st round pick (27th overall) by St. Louis in the 2007 NHL entry draft.

“David has proven to be a key forward on our club and we look forward to his continued development with us”

– St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong

The Buffalo Sabres announced today that they have resigned 5′ 11” 198-pound winger Patrick Kaleta to a two year deal avoiding arbitration with the RFA. Kaleta had career high last season in Goals (10) and Assists (5), bringing his career totals to Goals (17), Assists (14) and -/+ (2) in 153 NHL games. Kaleta was drafted in the 6th round (176th overall) by Buffalo in the 2004 NHL entry draft.

“I hope to be an even bigger contributer this year offensively and continue to improve my game to another level that a lot of people don’t think I can play at,” -Patrick Kaleta

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that they have come to terms with UFA 5′ 3” 203-pound defensemen Danny Syvret. Syvret appeared in 21 Flyers games last year scoring Goals (2) and Assists (2) but missed time due to an injured shoulder. Syret was drafted in the 3rd round (81st overall) by Edmonton in the 2005 NHL entry draft.

The Ottawa Senators announced today that they have resigned 6′ 0” 203-pound winger Nick Foligno. Foligno appeared in 61 games last season with the Senators scoring Goals (9) Assists(17) and -/+ (6) bringing his career totals to Goals (32), Assists (35) and +/- (4) in 187 NHL games. Foligno missed time with an injured leg and knee last season. Nick was drafted in the 1st round (28th overall) by Ottawa in the 2006 NHL entry draft.

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have resigned 5′ 11” 212-pound forward Darroll Powe to a 1year $725k contract. Powe had a career high in goals (9) and assists (6) in 63 NHL games last season. Powe signed with the Flyers as a UFA on March 20, 2007.

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Rumors & Trades (Mar.2)

Tomas Kaberle

Not going anywhere?…

Teams hoping that Tomas Kaberle will waive his NTC may be disappointed at the end of the day tomorrow. According to Kaberle’s agent, Rick Curran: “It’s as it always has been. He would prefer to stay in Toronto, forever, hopefully.” This is the last season that Kaberle controls his fate on deadline day because his NTC is conditional based on the Leafs making the playoffs this year. Assuming that the Leafs don’t make the playoffs (the currently sit in last place in the Eastern Conference, back 15 points from 8th) Kaberle will no longer be able to use his NTC.

Odd man out?…

Kyle Wellwood

The Vancouver Canucks may be looking to ship out one (or two) players come Wednesday. Canuck coach Alain Vigneault recently talkedabout his third line: “Wefeel we’ve got two pretty good lines and we think we can really have a strong fourth line with grit and toughness. So then you look at our third line and you say to yourself, if we could upgrade a little bit it would help our team.” Many people believe that it’s the undersized center Kyle Wellwood that needs to be moved as the Canucks have had issues with him for the past two season. Yet Steve Bernier, who came in with high expectations last year and has failed to come into his own on the offensive front, maybe be feeling some heat.

Toni Lydman

Out with the old?….

The Buffalo Sabres may end up trading two of their 30+ year old defensemen between now and the end of the trade deadline tomorrow. 31 year old Henrik Tallinder and 32 year old Toni Lydman both realize that as veteran defensemen with expiring contracts the odds of them being moved are high. “Whatever jersey I put on after Wednesday, that’s who I work for” Lydman said on Monday with Tallinder saying almost the same thing when asked about the situation “It could be a little bit tough if you get traded, but that’s part of the business.”

Dan Hamhuis

Hamhuis close?….

A league source has said the Flyers are close to completing a deal with the Nashville Predators for defenseman Dan Hamhuis, possibly pending Riley Cote’s andDanny Syvret’s waiver status at noon today. Dan Hamhuis becomes a UFA at the end of this season and has a cap hit of $2 million, it is believe that the Nashville Predators will receive Ryan Parent in return from the Flyers. The Flyers have also expressed interest in Alexander Frolov (LA) and Raffi Torres (CLB).

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