'"I was hoping it would be done before camp," Kalinin said. "It was kind of slow with all the arbitrations."'
'The addition of the 26-year-old Russian fills out the top six spots in the Sabres' defensive ranks. The team re-signed four players and added free agent Jaroslav Spacek to replace Jay McKee, who signed with St. Louis last month.'
'Kalinin was a force in the playoffs before suffering a broken foot in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Ottawa on May 8.'
'The 26-year-old Kalinin had 18 points (2-16) and a team-high plus-14 rating in 55 games with the Sabres last season. He added two assists in eight playoff games before breaking a foot in the second round against Ottawa.'
'With only $7 million to work with under the cap, Sabres general manager Darcy Regier wants to use that money on Kalinin and starting goaltender Ryan Miller – both restricted free agents. Miller has yet to re-sign but Kalinin is in the fold for the next two years.'
'Kalinin was Buffalo's first-round pick and the 18th overall selection of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He has 26 goals and 82 assists for 108 points in 338 NHL games — all with the Sabres.'
‘In 55 games last season with Buffalo, the 26-year-old Kalinin (6-foot-3, 206 lbs.) picked up 18 points (2+16) and was a team-high plus-14 despite missing 23 games due to injury.’
'There was talk Dumont might re-sign with the Sabres at a lower rate, but he made it clear that was just idle chatter. "They never made any offer until I went through arbitration, and right after when they said they walked away, there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to be out of there," he said during a teleconference. "I didn't feel comfortable at all anymore to be part of an organization that walked away from me."'
'“In talking to our coaches he should really end up on one of our top two lines,” Poile said. “He is a good all-around player, but I think he is going to be a real good offensive player. I’m thinking and hoping that if he has a healthy season he is going to hit his career highs here in Nashville. He has really good hands and good vision. The people we can play him with are going to also complement him.”'
'"I talked to (former Predator) Joel Bouchard and he told me good things about the town and organization,'' Dumont said. "He told me that it would be the best pick by far, and he didn't even know who the other teams were. He said (the Predators) really know how to treat everybody as a family. I wanted to go somewhere where I feel wanted and welcome, and that's exactly the way I feel now.'''
‘”It would be great if he was, but we realize it’s a possibility he may not be ready for camp,” Regier told the paper. “It’s possible. We’re not ruling it out, but it really is one of those things that we’ll monitor, and we’ll just move along as time moves along.”‘
Predators sign winger Dumont to two-year deal (Nashville Tennessean)
Predators sign RW Dumont to two-year contract (Sportsticker)
Predators sign Dumont (The Sports Network)
Predators sign free agent J.P. Dumont (NashvillePredators.com)
Dumont Signs With Nashville (WGR-AM)
Dumont to sign with Predators (TSN.ca)
'The Sabres have already been thinned out up front this summer, with Mike Grier leaving as a free agent, Taylor Pyatt getting traded to Vancouver and J.P. Dumont on the open market after the Sabres walked away from his arbitration award. With so many departures, it will leave spots open for young players like Derek Roy and Jason Pominville to take on greater roles, while Drew Stafford and Jiri Novotny could be among the newcomers to crack the Sabres forward ranks.'
(In French): The Newspaper Le Journal de Montreal is reporting that J.P. Dumont will sign with the Nashville Predators.