June 29th NHL Hockey News: Cappers Picks Headlines – Daily Sports Gossip
NHL news: Hurricanes re-sign Joni Pitkanen
We continue to see a flurry of activity as July 1 and unrestricted free agency approach in the NHL. The Carolina Hurricanes got the jump by re-signing workhorse defenseman Joni Pitkanen to a three-year, $13.5 million deal.
The minutes-eating machine had 35 points in 72 games for Carolina last season.
Isles acquire Ehrhoff’s rights
The New York Islanders are gradually becoming relevant again and feel confident enough about their future that they acquired defenseman Christian Ehrhoff’s negotiating rights from the Vancouver Canucks for a fourth-round pick. Ehrhoff, who becomes a UFA on Friday, had 14 goals and 50 points in 79 games last season.
Hall of Fame announces 2011 class
The Hockey Hall of Fame announced its 2011 inductees yesterday and few if anyone protested the selections this time around.
Taking their place among the game’s legends: goaltender Ed Belfour, who is third on the NHL’s all-time wins list; center Doug Gilmour, best known for leading the Toronto Maple Leafs’ resurgence in the early 1990s; Joe Nieuwendyk, a goal-scoring center who won Cups wherever he went; and Mark Howe, defenseman and son of Gordie but an outstanding player in his own right.
Canucks fans are all pissed off as yet again Pavel Bure has been left out!
Police investigating Chara
The Montreal police plan to question Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara about the controversial hit he threw on Max Pacioretty this past March. Chara smashed the Canadiens forward into the steel support beam along the glass; Pacioretty suffered fractured vertebra and a severe concussion.
The police are still trying to determine whether Chara’s act could be considered a criminal offense.
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