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On the Beat: Afternoon signings

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon:

  • Mark Whicker of the Orange County Register speaks highly of the almost former Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin.  His invitation to the Team Canada orientation camp speaks volumes.
  • It sounds like this will be Mark Recchi’s last seasonBoston is a good place to end your career, but Recchi is in such great physical condition that it wouldn’t surprise me to see him return after next season.
  • Adrian Dater is happy to see Tyler Arnason leave the Rockies.  As I just Twittered, did the Rangers not scout an Avalanche game last season?
  • The Wild has signed Shane Hnidy to a one-year dealHe’s a tough depth defenseman that is good in the room.  Nothing wrong with that.
  • The Devils apparently want to add a second-line centerAs the article states, it may very well be through trade.
  • Along with signing Tyler Arnason to a two-way deal, the Rangers inked two minor league scorersThese guys will play in Hartford unless lots of injuries hit.
  • Even though he didn’t get an invite to the orientation camp, Jason Spezza can still make Team Canada.  I was discussing this with someone earlier this morning.  If Spezza dominates the NHL for the first 25 games next season, he could crack the team.
  • The Penguins have re-signed Ruslan Fedotenko for one-year, $1.8 million.  He meshes well with Evgeni Malkin and is a two-time Stanley Cup winner.  Good deal for both sides.
  • Jeremy Rutherford jumps the gun and projects the Blues’ lines for next season.  I’ll say this now; the Blues are the next model organization in hockey.  They will be Red Wings-like in the next couple years.
  • Brian Lawton is the man in charge of hockey decisions in Tampa Bay.  I don’t love the Ohlund deal like everyone else seems to, but this summer has been a lot better than last for Tampa Bay.
  • Mikael Samuelsson has signed with Vancouver for 3 years at $7.5 millionAdmission: I’m not the biggest Samuelsson fan.  That said, he is a good skater, shoots well, and can quarterback the power play.  I just hope Canucks fans don’t have heightened expectations of his capabilities because they are more limited than some may think.