There Goes My Backstrom-Flyers Deal; Rangers Snag Avery; Lots Waived.
Niklas Backstrom has re-signed with Minnesota according to TSN. It is a 4 year-$24 million contract. Pretty fair deal. I think Backstrom could have gotten more on the open market, but it’s his life.
So who can the Flyers (and possibly the Red Wings) target now? Dan Ellis? Pekka Rinne has been unstoppable and appears primed to take over as #1 in Music City.
According to Eklund at HockeyBuzz, the Rangers have indeed claimed Sean Avery. I don’t like listening to Eklund all too much about his rumors, but he is pretty up-to-date when it comes to NHL news. Plus, if Avery to the Rangers is still a rumor, it won’t be for long. Should be interesting to see how Avery and Tortorella get along. I don’t think it should be a problem. This is a good fit for Avery. He seemed to only play well in New York and the Rangers only played well with Avery. If you want a real source: TSN.
Pens’ blogger, Bill Metzer from HockeyBuzz also reports that Miroslav Satan has been waived.
More waives today: Brendan Morrison, Aaron Voros, Gary Roberts, Jon Sim (after his 3 assist night last night?!?!). More drops here. Getting a little interesting as we near 24 hours away from the deadline.