Yesterday was a big day in the hockey world. While there were a few signings and trades, the 2011 class for the Hockey Hall of Fame was announced, with all four inductees being players.
-The Hockey Hall of Fame announced the 2011 class yesterday…
Joe Nieuwendyk, Forward: 1257 GP, 564 G, 562 A, 1126 PTS
Personal Accomplishments: Stanley Cup Champion (3x), Conn Smythe Trophy (1999), King Clancy Award (1995), Calder Trophy (1988), Olympic Gold Medal (2002-Canada), Named to All Star Game (3x)
Ed Belfour, Goalie: 484-320-14, 2.50 GAA, .906 sv%, 76 shutouts
Personal Accomplishments: Stanley Cup Champion (1999), Calder Trophy (1991), Vezina Trophy (2x), William M. Jennings Trophy (4x), Olympic Gold Medal (2002), Named to All Star Game (6x)
Doug Gilmour, Forward: 1474 GP, 450 G, 964 A, 1414 PTS
Personal Accomplishments: Stanley Cup Champion (1989), Selke Award (1993), Named to All Star Game (2x)
Mark Howe, Defense: 929 GP, 197 G, 545 A, 742 PTS
Personal Accomplishment: Named to All Star Game (4x)
-After failing to come to an agreement on a contract (word was they had offered him Kevin Bieksa-type money) the Vancouver Canucks dealt Christian Ehrhoff and his negotiating rights to the New York Islanders. It’s assumed that the Isles will need to throw a substantial offer at Ehrhoff, while Vancouver gets a fourth-round pick in the 2012 draft.
-The Pittsburgh Penguins have made an offer to free agent forward Jaromir Jagr, and an answer is expected from Jagr’s camp later today. With the announcement of a healthy Evgeni Malkin and working-out Sideny Crosby, the Penguins have begun to concentrate on adding to the wings. Pascal Dupuis also agreed to a two-year, $3-million deal.
-As reported here yesterday, Brooks Laich re-upped with the Washington Capitals for six years at $27-million. The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed Joni Pitkanen to a three-year, $13.5 million deal, while Marc-Andre Bergeron re-signed with Tampa Bay for two years at $2-million total. Carolina may have also come to terms with Chad LaRose on a two-year deal.
-While many were shocked it didn’t happen, it seems like today is the day that the New York Rangers will buy out Chris Drury’s contract. The former Captain has even acknowledged as much.
-Former Canucks’ defenseman Barry Wilkins has passed away from Lung Cancer at age 64.
-Initial reports are that Florida has come to an agreement with recently acquired Tomas Kopecky. It’s apparently a four-year deal worth $12-million.
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