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Archive for June, 2011
The Buffalo Sabres have signed Christian Ehrhoff to a 10 year contract worth $40 million.
The salary breakdown (from Bob McKenzie) is as follows: Modified NTC.
Year 1: $8M signing bonus, $2M salary;
Year 2: $5M SB, $3M sal. That’s $18M in 1st 2 yrs, or $15M before puck drops on 12-13 season.
Year 3: $4M;
Year 4: $4M,
Year 5: $4M;
Year 6: $4M;
Year 7: $3M;
Year 8; $1M;
Year 9: $1M,
Year 10: $1M.
Afternoon rumors involving Stamkos, Flyers, Ehrhoff, O’Bryne, Fleischmann, Montador, Purcell, and the Predators
- Gary Lawless via twitter: “NHL GMs getting nasty with one another – Flyers execs told to stay away from Stamkos or receive similar treatment when Giroux and JVR are up.” Tim Panaccio via twitter: The Flyers will not submit an offer sheet to Steven Stamkos.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Sounds like Christian Ehrhoff and the Buffalo Sabres could be close to a deal.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: Ryan O’Byrne signs a 2 year, $3.6 million deal with the Avalanche.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Tomas Fleischmann has had a blood clot issue twice, but has been given a clean bill of health according to medical reports.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Erlendsson responds to a question that there is a chance, but not an easy task for the Lightning to sign both Stamkos and Richards.
- Tim Sassone via twitter: The Blackhawks reportedly sign Steve Montador to a 4 year, $12 million deal.
- Damian Cristerdo via twitter: Lightning winger Teddy Purcell is ready to file for arbitration.
- Josh Cooper via twitter: Predators GM Poile said he talked to the Flyers about Carter or Richards, wouldn’t say which one.
Jokinen re-signs … Wisniewski talks to continue … Oilers sent damaged goods to Kings … Rumors and Notes: Blackhawks, Vokoun, Arnott, Leafs, Souray, Barker
- Terrell Williams of NHL.com: The Hurricanes have re-signed Jussi Jokinen to a 3 year contract worth $9 million.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: James Wisniewski and his agent have left Columbus, more talks to come. Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson: “We had a good meeting and we’ll continue to talk. We’re hopeful (of getting a deal done).”
- Helene Elliott via twitter: The Kings are angry that Colin Fraser (the player they got in the Ryan Smyth trade) has a unhealed fracture/cyst will require surgery and could be out 4 months. The Kings were going to have Fraser compete for a job and not buy him out, but now neither can happen. The trade won’t be voided, they will try to work something out. The Oilers medical reports said that Fraser’s injury was healed, Kings reports said differently.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Blue Jackets and Jan Hejda’s agents don’t have any plans to talk today, though it could change.
- Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald: Forwards that the Blackhawks might be interested in are: Joel Ward, Erik Cole, Mike Rupp, Max Talbot, Matt Bradley, Cody McCormick, Sean Bergenheim, and John Madden. They have shown some interest in Jan Hejda and he may be an option if Montador doesn’t sign.
- Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Panthers GM Dale Tallon on Tomas Vokoun, “We’re in negotiations with him as we speak and are very hopeful.” Panthers assistant GM Mike Santos,
“He’s made $30 million the last five years,” Santos said. “Does he really need to go out and get an extra $500,000?
“For Vokoun, I don’t think there’s ever been a better time in this organization that looks like we have a chance to win than in the next few years.”
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Dater would bet that Tomas Vokoun will sign with the Avalanche.
- Chris Botta via twitter: Christian Ehrhoff’s agent said he wants to go to a team where he can win.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Jason Arnott will be hitting the open market tomorrow. Arnott’s agent/brother said in an email, “although we maintain an open line of communication with the Caps, Jason will test free agency at this point.”
- Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues are willing to commit long-term to TJ Oshie, but they/he needs to figure out his role, a top 6? Energy guy? 15 or 25 goal score?
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Brian Burke will be with Canadian troops in Afghanistan for the start for free agency.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Sheldon Souray, Cam Barker and Mike Commodore were put on unconditional waivers for the purpose of being bought out.
- Jim Diamond via twitter: The Predators will be buying out JP Dumont.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: The Capitals have bought out Tyler Sloan.
Morning news and rumors involving Ehrhoff, Montador, Oshie, Maple Leafs, Wisniewski, Penguins, Canadiens, Jets and Sens
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: After the Sabres acquired the rights to Christian Ehrhoff, they sent the rights to Steve Montador to the Blackhawks for a conditional 2012 or 2013 7th round draft pick.
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: The Islanders reportedly offered Christian Ehrhoff a 6 year deal worth close to $33 million before his rights were moved on.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: An official announce should come later this morning, but the Blues and TJ Oshie have reached an agreement on a deal, possibly for 1 year.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Maple Leafs have shown interest in UFAs, Brad Richards, Christian Ehrhoff, Scottie Upshall, and Max Talbot.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: On James Wisniewski’s rights being sent to Columbus.
“I called James and his response was ‘Let’s go. We’re going,’” Zito said. “His level of enthusiasm for (Columbus) was pretty high.
“I grabbed a shirt and shoes and flew to Detroit (from Chicago) to meet him last night. Then we flew together to Columbus and got here around midnight. So here we are. I look forward to meeting with the guys and seeing what they’re thinking.”
Both sides are expected to meet around 8:30 this morning. Zito wouldn’t say the term and money they are seeking.
- Rob Rossi and Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Sources are saying the Penguins have offered Jaromir Jagr a 1 year deal worth $2 million. As of last night they still hadn’t heard back from him. The Red Wings and Canadiens have made offers to Jagr as well. Jagr was to land in the US late yesterday afternoon, but after 6 pm, Jagr’s agent Petr Svoboda was not returning messages. The Penguins are about $6 million below the cap, but would like to keep $1.5 million free for in-season moves. Aaron Asham signed last night for 1 year, $775,000. GM Ray Shero still hopes to re-sign Tyler Kennedy and Michael Rupp by Friday.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: The Montreal Canadiens will have some extra cash to spend tomorrow as Roman Hamrlik rejected their 1 year offer, and James Wisniewski rights were sent to Columbus. After Yannick Weber signed a 2 year deal worth $1.7 million, the Canadiens have 17 players under contract with a cap hit of just over $50 million. They still need to sign Josh Gorges, Ryan White, another forward and a backup goalie. Players that could interest the Canadiens are: Michael Rupp, Tyler Kennedy, Aaron Asham, Ville Leino, Ben Eager, Michael Handzus and Alexei Ponikarovsky.
- Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: The Winnipeg Jets probably won’t be able to land a big name, but here is a list of players that could fit the mould of someone they might be interested in: Max Talbot, Joel Ward, Sean Bergenheim, Chris Higgins, Jonathan Ericsson, Cody McCormick, Vernon Fiddler, Rick Rypien, Shane Hnidy, Jason Jaffray.
- Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators would like to sign a player who could play on their top 2 lines and a backup goalie.
“There will be a couple of guys we will discuss, and there might be the same type of situation that, after Day 1 or Day 2 or Day 3, the guy that we like hasn’t signed yet and is wondering what’s going to happen with himself, and may be very willing to come to a younger team, that he may feel he has a real good chance to get a good spot and produce.
“We need probably three goalies in the organization. we need a backup here, we need a backup in Binghamton, and we need a fifth guy. So right now, that’s been the talk here between our staff. But we’ve also looked at guys that are young and we think have Top 6 forward potential, but we have to see where it all plays out on Day 1 and Day 2.”
Twitter news and rumors involving Ehrhoff, Langenbrunner, Wisniewski, Drury, Kariya, Roloson and Dupont
James Mirtle via twitter: The NY Islanders have traded the negotiating rights to Christian Ehrhoff to the Buffalo Sabres for a 2012 4th round draft pick.
Craig Custance via twitter: Jamie Langenbrunner won’t be re-signing with the Dallas Stars.
Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Blue Jackets and Jan Hejda are not close on a deal and it looks like he’ll hit the open market on July 1st.
Aaron Portzline via twitter: It’s unlikely that the Blue Jackets and James Wisniewski get a deal done tonight, but both sides want to get it done. David Pagnotta via twitter: Looks like the Jackets have good shot at signing Wisniewski. Deal could be 5 years in the $5.2 – $5.5 million range.
Jesse Spector via twitter: Chris Drury’s buyout is now complete.
Eric Duhatschek via twitter: Paul Kariya retired from the NHL.
Ryan Rishaug via twitter: Dwayne Roloson agrees to a 1 year deal worth $3 million with the Lightning.
Josh Cooper via twitter: Nothing to report on JP Dumont at the moment.
Afternoon rumors and news involving Wisniewski, Jokinen, Leino, missed qualifying offers, Vokoun, Varlamov, Ducks, Blue Jackets, Sabres, and Blues
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Canadiens trade the rights to James Wisniewski to the Blue Jackets. It will be a 2012 5th round pick if he signs, a 7th if he doesn’t.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Jussi Jokinen’s agent hopes to have a deal done with the Hurricanes by Friday.
- Dustin Leed: Leed and TheFouthPeriod think that Ville Leino hasn’t re-signed with the Flyers as the Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Penguins, Blackhawks, Hurricanes, Avalanche, Bruins, Rangers and Kings have interest in him.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: NHL statement on NHL team(s) improperly filing qualifying offers to RFA’s is: “We’re not aware of any defects relating to Qualifying Offers tendered by NSH to certain of team’s players as several media outlets reported. Those players, having timely received Qualifying Offers, will be Restricted Free Agents as of July 1, and both the players and the team…will be accorded the various rights and benefits of Restricted Free Agency as are set forth in CBA.” The NHLPA has raised the improper filing with agents of the player that are affected.
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: “#NHLPA continues internal investigation throughout the day regarding #Predators potentially missing Q.O deadline on their respective RFA’s” … “Its up to #NHLPA to file grievance with #NHL against #Predators if they believe theirs sufficient evidence to support a case for the players.”
- George Richards via twitter: Panthers GM Dale Tallon on goalie Tomas Vokoun: “We’re in negotiations with him as we speak. We’re very hopeful. That’s all I can tell you.”
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Semyon Varlamov’s agent said he’s picked the KHL, but didn’t name the club. Varlamov’s rights are owned by Lokomotiv, but it’s unclear if he’ll sign with them or SKA. SKA filed a complaint with the KHL.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Stephens thinks the Ducks will look at free agents to fill their 3rd line.
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets and Jan Hejda continue to work a deal, likely for 3 or 4 years. The Jackets will still look to sign a defenseman if they re-sign Hejda, 2 if they don’t.
- Joe Yerdon via twitter: The Sabres re-sign Nathan Gerbe to a 3 year, $4.3 million.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues will have 1 or 2 forward spots open depending on if Matt D’Agostini is re-signed or not. They are looking to add a defenseman and possibly a back up goalie. Forwards they could look at are Tomas Fleischmann, Chad LaRose (re-signed by Car. after this article was written), Joel Ward, Chris Higgins, Andrew Brunette and Jamie Langenbrunner. Defenseman they could look at are Jan Hejda, Kent Huskins, Brent Sopel or Steve Montador.
- Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: T.J. Oshie’s agent Matt Oates, says that “things are going well” in their negotiations with Blues GM Doug Armstrong.
Trouble could be brewing for Predators … Varlamov could head to KHL tomorrow … Cole to test market … Senators options
Nick Kypreos via twitter: Some are questioning Predators missing qualifying offers on RFA’s Cal O’Reilly, Nick Spaling, Matt Halischuk and Sergei Kostitsyn.
Pavel Lysenkov via twitter: Semyon Varlamov could sign a KHL contract tomorrow, 99% that it would be with SKA.
Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Erik Cole’s agent confirmed that he’d like to test free agency.
“Erik wants to see what the options are on July 1st,” Bartlett said via email. “That is in no way a slam on the Hurricanes or his appreciation of the role they have played in his career. He has never really explored free agency in his career and feels that he is at the age when it makes sense to see all offers before deciding on what he wants to do.”
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators currently have 15 players under contract at $43 million, and have a couple needs that would help bring them over the salary floor. 1. A forward who can put the puck in the net. 2. They need a backup goalie as they decided to let Curtis McElhinney walk. Some players they may go after are: Tomas Fleischmann, Michael Handzus, Tim Connolly, Josh Harding, Mike Smith, Alex Auld and Jose Theodore.
Kopecky signs with Panthers … Leafs almost acquire Talbot’s rights … Pens could sign Jagr today … Rangers to buyout Drury … Pitkanen re-sign with Canes, their other UFAs may not … Canucks options
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: Tomas Kopecky has signed with the Florida Panthers this morning for 4 years, $12 million.
- Damien Cox via twitter: “PITT negotiated Talbot’s neg rights to Leafs for a 5th rounder; Talbot wasn’t interested in around $1.7 mil per.”
- Mike Brophy via twitter: If Jaromir Jagr signs with the Penguins today, Brophy hearing it could be for $2.1 million.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Chris Drury’s buyout from the NY Rangers will become official today. Drury decided against applying for a medical exception for his back knee. Drury will get $3.333 million from the buyout. If Drury decided to apply for the medical exception, the Rangers wouldn’t have been able to buy him out, and his cap number would have applied over the summer.
“It was a great honor and privilege to be a New York Ranger for the past four years, and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to fulfill that childhood dream,” Drury said in a statement that was sent to The Post by e-mail. “The Rangers are a first-class organization with great people in the hockey, public relations, team services and community relations departments.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Joni Pitkanen re-signed with the Hurricanes for 3 years at $4.5 million per season. They also signed Patrick Dwyer to a 2 year deal worth $1.25 million. Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford is now becoming pessimistic about re-signing Erik Cole, Jussi Jokinen and Chad LaRose. “I’m very, very disappointed,” Rutherford said Tuesday. “It does not look good.” Two years ago both Cole and LaRose tested free agency then re-signed with the Hurricanes, but not this time. “I don’t think we will cross that bridge twice,” he said. “We’ve made substantial offers.”
- Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks GM Mike Gillis now has to decide if he wants to replace Christian Ehrhoff from within or through free agency. He indicated that he may not jump into the limited free agent pool. “We’ll take it as it comes,” commented Gillis. “I’m unsure if there is going to be a defenceman out there who can help us. We’ll see what’s there and what’s available.” They currently have under contract, Kevin Bieksa, Dan Hamhuis, Alex Edler, Keith Ballard, Aaron Rome and Chris Tanev, and are close on bringing back Sami Salo. Jason Botchford via twitter: Gillis and Salo’s agent will talk today.
- Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun: The Canucks are looking to rebuild their bottom 6 forwards again. Raffi Torres, Chris Higgins, Tanner Glass and Jeff Tambellini are all UFAs. 5 forwards that might intrigue the Canucks are: Joel Ward (Nash), Tyler Kennedy (Pit), Tomas Fleischmann (Col), Anthony Stewart (Win) and Sean Bergenheim (TB).
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Bruins sent out an email yesterday afternoon offering Tomas Kaberle’s negotiating rights.
- David Pagnotta of the Fourth Period: With the Wild putting Cam Barker on waivers, they may be planning on buying him out.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: The Buffalo Sabers have about $15 million that they can spend on free agency starting Friday. The Sabres would like to add a forward and defenseman. They currently have 15 players under contract for $51.8 million. They have $3.9 committed to 6 RFAs, and are left with $8.6 million in cap room. The $15 million comes from the ability to go over the cap by 10% during the summer. The Sabres and Tim Connolly’s side haven’t exchanged offers, and plan to have a chat soon.
“We haven’t gotten into the stage of making offers to each other,” Barry said by phone. “We’re just talking about whether or not there’s a chance and whether or not it makes sense for them and for us to do something.”
TSN: The Vancouver Canucks have traded the rights to defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to the New York Islanders for a 2012 4th round pick.
The Canucks reportedly offered Ehrhoff the same 5 year, $23 million deal as Kevin Bieksa just signed for.
The Islanders now have until Friday to get him signed before he hits the open market.
Canucks-Ehrhoff working on deal … Leafs had interest in Laich … Hamrlik gets 1 year offer from Habs … Canes-Cole not close … Penguins notes
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: There has been an offer and counteroffer between the Canucks and Christian Ehrhoff. An Ehrhoff deal would be around Kevin Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis money, a $4.5-4.6 million cap hit. Unlikely that he’d take less than either player. The Red Wings could be waiting if he doesn’t re-sign with the Canucks.
- Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Tim Brent will join Fredrik Sjostrom, Darryl Boyce, Joey Crabb and Jay Rosehill as Maple Leafs UFAs. “We have made it clear that Tim would like to remain in Toronto to improve upon last year’s strong season,” Morris said in an e-mail to QMI Agency Monday night. “However, as of this late date, we would expect that Tim will be a free agent on Friday to look at his alternatives.”
- Damien Cox via twitter: The Maple Leafs were one of the teams that were very interested in Brooks Laich.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: KHL president Medvedev says that he will “help” younger players like Varlamov, Shirokov and Filatov come back to the KHL.
- Tom Reed via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson made several inquiries at the draft about defenseman, but couldn’t get anything done.
- JF Chaumont via twitter: Defenseman Roman Hamrlik has received a 1 year contract offer from the Canadiens.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: It’s not sounding like the Hurricanes and Erik Cole are close on a deal, things can change quickly though.
- Josh Yohe and Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Even though Tyler Kennedy wasn’t qualified yesterday, GM Shero wants to re-sign him by Friday. Shero also hopes to sign Jagr by then. The Pens may also be interested in re-signing Mike Rupp.
- Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Jaromir Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, is in Montreal and confirms that he spoke with Penguins GM Ray Shero this morning.
- Thomas Reed via twitter: Tyler Kennedy could make sense for the Blue Jackets if he doesn’t come to terms with the Penguins.
- NHL.com: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma on Sidney Crosby,
“He came back to Pittsburgh after a hiatus or vacation with some of his teammates,” Bylsma said. “The doctors here cleared him to go home and work out as he normally would be working out. He’s been working out two times a day and progressing along his normal road of summer activity. That’s what Sid has been doing. He’s got another two and a half months ahead of doing that.”
Bylsma on Evgeni Malkin,
“He really believed — and was trying to convince everyone involved — that he was going to be coming back as soon as possible to play in the playoffs if we could have moved on (to the next round),” Bylsma said. “He was progressing to the point where that was actually a real possibility. He was really doing very well strength-wise and he was ahead of schedule in terms of what the doctors could do with his rehab.”
- The forward free agent market just got thinner as Brooks Laich re-signed with the Washington Capitals. Laich signed a 6 year deal worth $27 million. The deal carries a $4.5 million salary cap hit. Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Salary breakdown: $6.5 million next year, $4 million in following 2 seasons, $4.5 million in 2014-15, and $ million in last 2 years.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed Pascal Dupuis to a 2 year, $3 million deal.
- Defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron re-signed with the Lightning for 2 years and $2 million. The Lightning also signed Adam Hall to a 1 year contract.
Panthers still hope to re-sign Vokoun … Hurricanes, Blues, Sabres, and Leafs free agent notes … Bogosian likely staying with Jets
- George Richards of the Miami Herald: Even after trading for Brian Campbell, the Panthers are still $24 million below the salary cap floor. GM Dale Tallon plans on speaking with Tomas Vokoun this week. Vokoun is expected to test the free agent market, but Tallon hopes the acquisition of Campbell can increase the chances of him remaining with the Panthers.
“I think the moves we’re making right now will help lure guys here on July 1,’’ Tallon said. “We have some things in the fire as we move forward this week. Things are good, we’ve put ourselves in a good position. We’re just going to move forward. There’s a lot of talk, a lot of chatter. We’re hopeful this starts to steamroll.’’
The Panthers only have 4 forwards on 1-way contracts for next year.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford hopes to sign Brandon Sutter to a 2 or 3 year deal soon. Rutherford was hoping to re-sign Joni Pitkanen, Jussi Jokinen, Erik Cole and Chad LaRose, but is not as optimistic as he once was. He could have a couple players done soon. “I’m a little disappointed in a couple of cases, but that’s what the players have a right to do,” he said.
- Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News: Multiple sources are saying that it is unlikely that the Rangers could find a taker for Wade Redden’s salary. Redden still has 3 years left on his contract, and his $6.5 million cap hit will count against the cap this summer. The Rangers have until Thursday to buyout Chris Drury.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Matt D’Agostini wasn’t qualified by the Blues. They’ve been negotiating and a deal could happen, but it’s looking for likely that he’ll test free agency.
“We had good dialogue leading up to making this decision,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. ”Arbitration is very inflationary. The comparable group (of players to D’Agostini) is a small group. We felt that it was best to negotiate with a larger pool of players, without the backdrop of arbitration.
“We still think he’s a valuable NHL player, and we’d like to continue to talk to him, but not with the backdrop of arbitration. We’re going to continue to talk and hopefully he’ll still be a Blue.”
Armstrong on TJ Oshie,
“There’s continual diaglogue, but not to the point where there’s comfort with the other side’s position.”
On trade rumors as Oshie talks drag on,
“The goal is to sign him. The goal is for him to be part of the team. This isn’t exclusive to T.J. Oshie, but the goal is (also) to get the team better. That being said, every fiber (of the situation) right now is that he’s going to be in the opening night lineup and have a really good season.”
- AP in New York Times: New ownership in Buffalo has change the way this off-season will be handled.
“It’s both different and exciting,” Regier said. “In the past, it was largely about trades and drafting and developing your own players. So a third area has been opened up on the unrestricted side where we can compete for the best, top unrestricted free agent.”
The Sabres will be looking for a top line center and a veteran defenseman. Possible forwards could be Brad Ricahrds, Brooks Laich, Ville Leino and Simon Gagne. Possible defenseman as Christian Ehrhoff, James Wisnewski and Ed Jovanovski. Regier has had talks with Tim Connolly and Cody McCormick.
- Howard Berger: The Maple Leafs are reportedly interested in rugged winger Mike Rupp. The 6-foot-5, 230 pounder has scored 22 goals and added 244 penalty minutes the last 2 years.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson doesn’t think that new Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff will look to move Zach Bogosian this summer.
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Asked if Pascal Leclaire could be brought back to Columbus, Portzline responded by saying he’d be lucky to stick in the NHL.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators forward Steve Sullivan was informed at their end of year meetings that he wouldn’t be brought back by the team. The 36 year old will be a UFA and he still thinks he has something to give.