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Report- Sundin Negotiating With Canucks

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

The 38-year-old Swede is said to be in negotiations with the Canucks and could sign a contract valued in the neighborhood of $2 million to be the team’s second-line centre. Vancouver may be prepared to make a trade if it is necessary to fit Sundin under the salary cap, if necessary.

“Mats enjoyed his time in Vancouver last season and is looking forward to playing with the team this year,” a source told Sportsnet.ca.


added 9:55am, from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Well, here’s a news flash, the odds of Sundin playing at all are very slim.

Retirement is a safer bet than Sundin resigning with the Vancouver Canucks, or any other NHL team.

JP Barry, Sundin’s agent responded to a report Sundin is in negotiation with the Canucks with a strong denial.

“There have been zero negotiations with Vancouver or any team for that matter,” Barry told TSN.


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  Tags: mats+sundin

How Kessel To Leafs Could Work

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from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

It’s believed he wants to join the Leafs and he’s already familiar with Burke and head coach Ron Wilson through his association with the U.S. Olympic program.

But the fact he doesn’t want to play for the Bruins doesn’t necessarily make it any easier for the Leafs to get their mitts on him.

For starters, the B’s can match any free agent offer sheet for Kessel, something Chiarelli has said he would do. The Bruins’ GM is apparently no longer crazy about dealing Kessel inside the Northeast Division, and Kaberle can no longer be included in any trade proposal now that his no-trade clause has kicked in again.

Burke and Chiarelli have held trade talks and it’s believed the Leafs are willing to pay more for Kessel than the compensation required if he were signed to an offer sheet. If a contract offer came between $3.9 million and $5.2 million per season, the Bruins would receive first-, second- and third-round draft picks as compensation.


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  Tags: phil+kessel

Morning Line

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“If the CEO of IBM has leadership issues, trust issues, issues in the office, it’s a no-brainer. You pull the trigger because it’s not working, it’s very frustrating. The last thing you want is turmoil. It would be great if everything ran well and people were happy. Even if things weren’t great, it would have been easy to say, ‘Let’s leave it alone and let them figure it out.’ But that would be far from doing the right thing.

“We made the decision to take the high road and not air our dirty laundry. We decided to do things in a professional manner ... I’m not into he said/she said. I was in the room. I know the facts. When we present our teammates with the facts they’re very supportive. That’s all that matters to me.”

-Andrew Ference of the Boston Bruins on the firing of Paul Kelly.  More from Ference by Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail.

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  Tags: andrew+ference

Rangers Not Budging On Offer To Dubinsky

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The contract situation is the same as it has been for weeks. The Rangers have their one-year qualifying offer of $522,500 on the table to Dubinsky that represents nearly an 18-percent cut in pay from last year, when he earned $635,000, including Entry Level bonuses.

The Blueshirts also have offered various multi-year deals, but they all fall substantially short of what Dubinsky would be able to command next summer coming off a productive season. A 55-60 point year—hardly a stretch to expect as Gaborik’s linemate—would almost certainly bump Dubinsky to $3M per in arbitration.


Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brandon+dubinsky

Evening Line

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Honestly,where does ESPN get this crap from? Sources, my ass!

-Bruce Garrioch via his Twitter.

added 11:08pm, Duh, 14 hours in front of a computer has fried my brain.  Paroday twitter!!!

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MacLean & McCown Go At It

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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

The surprising news that former Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Doug MacLean was joining forces with Jim Balsillie, whom he had roundly criticized the past year, prompted an acrimonious radio interview between MacLean and radio host Bob McCown on yesterday’s edition of Prime Time Sports.

McCown had spent the better part of two hours ripping MacLean for what he characterized as an opportunistic move before bringing him on the show.

After deliberately calling the veteran radio host “MacGowan” during the interview (McCown riposted by calling him “Mac-Kleen”), a pugnacious MacLean accused McCown of backstabbing him. “It’s not unlike you when someone’s not in the studio to battle you face to face that you’re at your best. … For you to say it’s suicidal for me [to join Balsillie] with the NHL … it was suicidal for me with the NHL when I became a friend of yours.”

continued & you can listen to the interview at The Fan 590 here...

Filed in: NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: bob+mccown, doug+maclean

Media Grill Habs President About Lack Of French Players

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

One of the realities of living in Quebec is that the language issue colours every aspect of life.

That was evident once again Thursday as the Canadiens gathered at Laval-sur-le-lac for the team’s annual golf tournament.

The event was preceded by a press conference at which team owner George Gillett passed the torch to Geoff Molson, the head of a group that is buying the team.

During the course of the media free-for-alls that followed the press conference, Molson and team president Pierre Boivin were both grilled on the lack of Quebec players on the Canadiens’ roster. The team will start the season with only three Quebecers – Maxim Lapierre, Guillaume Latendresse and Georges Laraque.


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More On Heatley To The Sharks

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Buccigross loves Twitter,

frolov and stoll to Ottawa..Marleau to LA

update 8:28pm, Scratch that, fake Buccigross.

update 8:30pm, Ha, maybe not fake, but tweet is no longer there.

added 9:08pm, via ESPN,

The Ottawa Senators have reached an agreement to send Dany Heatley to the San Jose Sharks, NHL sources told ESPN’s John Buccigross.

The 28-year-old forward was part of a three-team deal that will send the Sharks’ Patrick Marleau to the Los Angeles Kings and the Kings’ Alexander Frolov and Jarret Stoll to the Senators.

Both Sharks GM Doug Wilson and Senators GM Bryan Murray denied the three-way trade when reached by ESPN.com.

added 9:52pm, from James Gordon of Hockey Capital at the Ottawa Citizen,

The Ottawa Senators have announced Dany Heatley won’t be attending a team golf tournament Friday amid reports the disgruntled winger has been dealt.


added 10:01pm, via the Kings official Twitter,

Kings are aware of today’s ESPN report but there is nothing to it.

added 10:07pm, via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

Well, that’s the two-word text-messaged response from Dean Lombardi, in regard to the ESPN-reported Marleau/Frolov-Stoll/Heatley trade: ``Complete bull.’‘

added 10:25pm, from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,

Murray is also getting increasingly frustrated with the many and various rumours about possible destinations for Heatley. Every time a new team is mentioned as being in the mix, Murray ends up getting a call from a general manager asking how his team ever ended up being named because it isn’t remotely interested. Murray knows rumours come with the territory, but they’re still annoying.


added 10:37pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Amid reports that the Ottawa Senators have traded Dany Heatley to the San Jose Sharks as part of a three-way deal with the Los Angeles Kings, sources tell TSN nothing could be further from the truth.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, Ottawa Senators, San Jose Sharks, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Kessel Denies Negotaions Have Broken Off

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Phil Kessel says he does not expect to play this season with the Boston Bruins, but he has not broken off negotiations with the team.

“I don’t know who is saying that, but it’s not true,” Kessel told Sportsnet.

The Boston Globe reported the free agent planned to sign an offer sheet with one of the other 29 teams, according to Kessel’s Toronto-based agent Wade Arnott.

He admitted negotiations and trade rumours have been unpleasant and the odds of playing for the Bruins are slim at this point. But that doesn’t mean the door is closed.

a bit more and can we please start the season!!!

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: phil+kessel

Report- Heatley On The Move?

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from the Twitter of John Buccigross,

Dany Heatley will probably be a Shark tonight or tomorrow.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Ottawa Senators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: dany+heatley

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