Sunday, July 01, 2007

Free agency live blog

Things are going to be kicking off here in about 15 minutes time, and I'll be following all of the action today and tonight over at Globe on Hockey.

3 p.m. UPDATE Feel free to send me email anytime this afternoon or into the night here at The Globe and Mail's newsroom. I have a feeling things are going to pickup any time now.

10 p.m. UPDATE Thanks to all of those who have come by today... it's been a long one. I'm still here on the clock until about 11:30, so feel free to keep checking in. I wouldn't be surprised in the least to see a few late-night deals take place, especially over on the west coast where the Kings, Avalanche and Sharks have been rumoured to be in the mix all day.

12 a.m. UPDATE I'm home now; the live bloggin' is done for the day. Ryan Smyth ends up with the Avalanche, as was rumoured much of the day, while Paul Kariya just signed in St. Louis of all places. The Blues are looking more and more like a playoff team.

1:30 a.m. UPDATE Well, I think it's time for bed. The Penguins are apparently the only team still up, as they've signed both Darryl Sydor and Petr Sykora in the past half hour.


At 12:37 p.m., July 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

where is the blog? I'm on the globesports hockey blog, but no new one yet? Come on james, feed the beast.

At 1:02 p.m., July 01, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

It's going to take an hour or so for things to really pickup. Just make sure you check-in once things really get going!

At 5:22 p.m., July 01, 2007, Anonymous pete said...

That photo collage reminds me of somebody I'd forgotten about -- what's up with Bertuzzi?

At 5:37 p.m., July 01, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I can't see him being one of the first-day signings; it's probably going to get a team that gets a little more desperate before he signs somewhere.

I'd heard the Red Wings were interested in keeping him, but you never know. If Bertuzzi's willing to take less than $3-million somewhere on a relatively short-term deal, he won't have a problem finding a home.

At 10:26 p.m., July 01, 2007, Anonymous PhillyInBoston said...

How 'bout that Flyers-Oilers trade? Looks good for us Flyers fans. Assuming Lupul's better than he showed last year and Smith isn't another Luke Richardson/Dan McGillis. We cringe every time the Flyers trade for an Edmonton defenseman. Then again, I guess Edmonton fans are hoping Pitkanen's better than he showed last year (and doesn't go back to Finland) and Sanderson still has something left to help their power play. Who got the better of this one or is it a wash?

At 11:05 p.m., July 01, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Edmonton might have gotten the better deal, although I think it all comes down to how good Pitkanen turns out to be. If he can round out his defensive game and become a premier offensive defender, the Oilers win.

Smith and Sanderson are both UFAs after this season anyway.

At 12:16 a.m., July 02, 2007, Blogger Aaron said...

Where were the Sharks all day? They lose Hannan, which wasn't unexpected, but have nothing to replace him or otherwise add to the team. I don't understand why they didn't go harder after Ryan Smyth. Who doesn't want to play with Joe and Cheech? James, any rumors floating around about Souray?


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