The first two days of July have provided for some excitement around the NHL as a number of big name players switch sweaters and check their bank accounts.
With the New York Rangers leading the way with over eighty four million dollars in salary in less than 24 hours, the days of fiscal prudence seem to be going out the window once again. Below some of the high profile players that have move on to greener (no kidding!) pastures for the 2007-08 season.
ANAHEIM: Todd Bertuzzi back with Burkie: 2 years, 16 million dollars.
ANAHEIM: What if Neidermayer changes his mind? Mathieu Schneider takes a line, 2 years, 11 million +.
BOSTON: Oh if only it were a Joe. Shawn Thornton signs on the line, No terms released.
CALGARY: Owen Nolan and his back head for Alberta: 1 year, 1.75 million.
COLORADO: A Mile high and millions in the bank, Ryan Smyth heads back west, 5 years 30 million +.
COLARADO: Scott Hannan for the Defence, Avs add to the blue line, 4 years, 18 million.
DETROIT: Chelios has to retire some day! Brian Rafalski leaves the Devils for the Wings, 5 years, 30 million.
LOS ANGELES: From the desert to the coast: Ladislav Nagy, 1 year, 3.75 million
LOS ANGELES: Handzus the cheque, Michael joins the Kings, 4 years, 16 million dollars.
MONTREAL: Plan B. Roman Hamrlik, 4 years, 22 million
MONTREAL: Brian Smolinski, from Canuck to Canadien, 1 year 2 million,
NASHVILLE: Radek Bonk, judging by the press coverage it's one more shot where no one might notice, 1 year, terms undisclosed.
NEW YORK RANGERS: Scott Gomez, no need to sell the home, 7 years, 49 million +.
NEW YORK RANGERS: Chris Drury, trading in wings for a big steak, 5 years, 35 million+.
PHILADELPHIA: The last one out of Buffalo turn off the lights, Daniel Briere heads south, 8 years, 52 million.
ST. LOUIS: Paul Kariya’s gypsy life takes him to the Midwest, 3 years, 18 million dollars.
TORONTO: Well they had to sign someone. Jason Blake, 5 years, 20 million total.
WASHINGTON: A Capital expenditure, Michael Nylander: 4 years, 19.5 million.
The full list of those that have signed on the dotted line can be found here.
While those still waiting for a phone call can be found here.