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from the Buffalo News,
The NHL free agency period starts July 1, and for the first time people are looking at all the available names, not just the ones on the unrestricted list. There’s a belief Clarke’s offer will be mimicked.
“The rules are there, and I think other teams will start using them,” Clarke said by phone last week. “Why wouldn’t you? Your responsibility is to do what’s right for your team, to help your team as a manager, and if you’re willing to give up draft picks and probably pay a little more to get a player, then why shouldn’t you use the rules? I think it will be used a lot more now.”
Kesler’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, agrees. He said a handful of teams inquired about Kesler before Clarke made his offer in September, and he feels the interest in restricted free agents will turn into action now that someone has made the first move.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The most reasonable process for Bettman to follow would have been to invite Balsillie to Manhattan yesterday to make a presentation to the board and answer a few questions. Nothing formal. No vote on the ownership of the Predators.
Instead, Bettman avoided dealing with the issue at all. The biggest news of the day then became that Jeremy Jacobs, Bettman’s No. 1 supporter, who has singlehandedly remade the once proud Boston Bruins into a failed franchise, is now chairman of the board.
The battlefield is now well-defined. Three Americans – Bettman, Daly and Jacobs – dedicated to defeating Balsillie’s bid to bring hockey to the world’s richest hockey market.
And never having to really explain why.
from the Globe and Mail,
Wayne Gretzky may feel sorry for National Hockey League fans in Nashville, but the head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes can see only good things if the Predators relocate to Southern Ontario.
In an interview with CTV’s eTalk, Gretzky said that if the Predators are sold to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie and moved the next season to Hamilton, they would do well in what he dubbed “a great hockey area.”
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
If he could script it to his liking, Iginla would end his NHL playing career with the Flames. He saw how Detroit’s Steve Yzerman stayed with one organization and how Joe Sakic is likely to retire with the Colorado Avalanche. The end game for Iginla is to go out wearing a Stanley Cup ring and only one uniform, maybe all the way to the Hall of Fame.
So if you hear those rumbles about Iginla leaving the Flames – and they could get louder this weekend what with trade rumours and NHL draft talk filling the airwaves – ignore them.
Iginla isn’t going anywhere. You can even say he’s earmarked for a long run here.
from the Ottawa Sun,
Redden told the Sun he doesn’t want to waive his “no trade” clause, would like to return to Ottawa next season and is willing to talk about a contract extension with GM Bryan Murray.
“Obviously, I have to speak with Bryan and find out where he’s at because he just took over,” said Redden yesterday. “But I’m sure (agent Don Meehan), myself and Bryan will be speaking over the course of the next little while.
“I know I’m an unrestricted free agent next summer, but I definitely want to be back there. I don’t want to go anywhere. I’m really excited about being (in Ottawa), especially after the year we had.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
League sources say Tampa GM Jay Feaster might be willing to offer centre Brad Richards and his $7.8-million salary (all terms US) for each of the next four years to the Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers and Phoenix Coyotes.
Those teams hold the first three picks in the draft, to be held at Nationwide Arena.
The 27-year-old Richards is one of Tampa’s top forwards with 25 goals and 45 assists for 70 points in 82 games last season.
But he could be expendable after the Bolts acquired centre Chris Gratton from the Florida Panthers last week and Feaster needs to clear some salary to find a way to bring in a goaltender.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“I want to play for the Rangers. I don’t want to go on the open market. I’ve told my agent [Rick Curran] to talk to Glen Sather and try to get a deal done. I don’t want to leave, and if they’re not interested in having me back, it will be a complete shock.”
“I don’t want to discuss what I would or wouldn’t do in the contract,” said Shanahan, whose agent is expected to speak with Sather here before tomorrow night’s Entry Draft. “I’ve never negotiated in the papers. But there aren’t going to be any silly games. It’s not a traditional negotiation where I’m looking for leverage, let’s put it that way. My feeling is that pretty much anything they propose that will help the Rangers be better, I’ll be all ears.”
more and once again, the idiotic rumor of Shanny returning to Detroit is shot down…
per RDS (translated),
According to what our fellow-member Renaud Lavoie learned, the defender Craig Rivet concluded new a four years agreement evaluated to 14 million $ with Sharks de San Jose, Wednesday.
from the Detroit Free Press,
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has a full lineup of player agent meetings scheduled over the next few days in an attempt to lock up most of his free agents before the market opens.
One player who will not be asked back, though, is center Robert Lang.
“I’ve contacted Petr Svoboda, and told him we will not be offering a contract to Robert Lang,” Holland said today.
from the AP via Sports Illustrated,
“Currently there isn’t a fully completed application before the board of governors,” Bettman said. “As a result I think people are getting a little bit ahead of themselves on this entire issue.
“It isn’t in any shape or form close to being ready for consideration as it relates to approval of an ownership change. I’m not exactly sure why people are focused on the Nashville Predators being anywhere other than in Nashville at this particular point in time.”
The board isn’t scheduled to meet again until the fall, so any deal likely won’t be approved before next season. The agreement between Leipold and Balsillie carried a June 30 deadline for completion, but that could be extended.
added 7:43pm, from the Kansas City Star,
Though expansion was not on the formal agenda, Tim Leiweke, president of Anschutz Entertainment Group, which will manage the $276 million arena scheduled to open in October, said at least a dozen team executives inquired about the market in the event the NHL expands in the next year or two.
“It’s the highest level of attention I’ve ever seen,” said Leiweke, who is governor of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and member of the league’s expansion committee.
“There are two or three prominent people within the league who have asked to come look at the arena. They want to see the building, they’ve heard rave reviews about it, and they want to get comfortable with the marketplace, because they’re not convinced the marketplace works….”
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