Posted by: Jeremy | July 2, 2009

Big names on the move

Ben Gordon and Charlie V

Ben Gordon and Charlie V

Ah yes, free agent season — something to keep the sports world interesting over the summer while your favourite baseball team fades from contention. That’s what happens this time of year where I’m from, at least. The free agent signing period opened in the NBA and NHL yesterday and there was no shortage of action, with a handful of big names on the move.

The Detroit Pistons made the two biggest splashes in the NBA yesterday, signing first round playoff hero Ben Gordon and hairless wonder Charlie Villanueva to five-year deals worth $60 million and $40 million, respectively. The signings signal the end of Rasheed Wallace’s tenure in Hockeytown, with Villanueva likely to move into the power forward slot. Gordon should grab the sixth man role that Allen Iverson loathed before whining his way off the team late last season. Nevertheless, looks like the Pistons were able to get what they wanted from the Iverson trade — cap room. Nevermind that Chauncey Billups is still one of the baddest asses in the league, though.

Meanwhile, in the NHL, the Chicago Blackhawks will be without a Stanley Cup for another dozen years after signing Marian Hossa to a 12-year, $62.8 million contract. Martin Gaborik (Rangers), Mike Cammalleri (Canadiens), Brian Gionta (Canadiens), Mike Komisarek (Leafs), Nikolai Khabibulin (Oilers) and Martin Havlat (Wild) are other notables that signed new deals.


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