Saturday, July 01, 2006
Chara and Savard sign in Boston, Jovo-Cop in Phoenix
Zdeno Chara's days with Ottawa Senators officially are over, as the giant defenceman signed a five-year deal with the Boston Bruins worth $7.5 million US a season. The Bruins then signed free agent centre Marc Savard to a five-year, $20 million US contract.FULL STORY...
Bruins sign Savard to five-year, $20M deal
Bruins' 2006-07 Salary Commitments
Ed Jovanovski's name is off the free agent shopping list, as the Phoenix Coyotes have signed the veteran blueliner to a five-year contract worth $32.5 million US.
The deal pays him $6.5 million a season.
"He was the player we wanted," Coyotes managing partner and head coach Wayne Gretzky said in a statement. "This is huge for our franchise."
Jovanovski, 30, tallied 33 points with the Canucks last season despite missing 38 regular season games with a lower abdominal injury.
"I'm excited about being a part of this organization, and playing for Wayne Gretzky," Jovanovski said. "I really respect the group of players that they have assembled. The Coyotes are committed to winning right now and I wanted to be a part of it."
Jovanovski was drafted first overall by the Florida Panthers in 1994 and played three-and-a-half seasons for the team before being traded to Vancouver in a package for forward Pavel Bure.
In 687 career games with the Canucks and Panthers, Jovanovski has 86 goals and 317 points.
More to follow.