Departures

Jonathan Willis
July 01 2011 09:11PM

Free agency is a time generally reserved for welcoming new players into the fold, as the Oilers and Canucks did, or for being excited about the possibility of signing a true difference maker, as fans of the Flames and Leafs can be tonight.

Still, it’s also a time for departure, and each of the four cities in the Nation Network lost at least one player to another team today.

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Canucks Sign Marco Sturm

Jonathan Willis
July 01 2011 06:19PM

After taking care of the home front by re-signing Sami Salo and Chris Higgins, the Canucks went out and added a forward – two-way winger Marco Sturm.

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Higgins Back, Torres Gone

Jonathan Willis
July 01 2011 01:58PM

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Canucks general manager Mike Gillis, and along the way he has faced many important decisions. The decision to sign Bieksa and trade Ehrhoff was the one that stands out as key, but the unrestricted free agency of key depth players like Sami Salo, Chris Higgins and Raffi Torres was also an important consideration.

Decisions have now been made on all three; Gillis signed Sami Salo earlier today, and we now also know that Chris Higgins will be back while Raffi Torres will not.

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Instant Analysis: Sami Salo Returns!

Jonathan Willis
July 01 2011 10:03AM

Over the last couple of days, we’ve seen some crazy money handed out to defensemen slated for unrestricted free agency. Somehow, Christian Ehrhoff landed a deal for a decade, and James Wisniewski is going to make more than $5.0 million per season.

In that kind of climate, the Canucks undoubtedly got themselves a great deal when earlier today Sami Salo agreed to a one-year, $2.0 million contract.

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UFa Frenzy Live Chat

Kent Wilson
July 01 2011 09:53AM

The chat is scheduled to start at 12pm MST today, but I can convinced to start things sooner if anything major breaks. Come by and marvel at the insanity.

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