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R.J. Umberger could be headed back to central Ohio.
Rumors are spreading in Ottawa that Umberger, who attended Ohio State, could be headed to the Blue Jackets at some point this weekend. No word on what the Blue Jackets would be trading to Philly.
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
Several teams in Russia’s revamped pro hockey league want to repatriate NHL all-star Evgeni Malkin by offering him a contract that would make him hockey’s highest-paid player – by a wide margin.
In a move that would surely send a shock through NHL, whose executives are gathered today in Ottawa for the amateur player draft, the Russian teams are poised to offer the Russian-born Pittsburgh Penguins forward a multi-year contract worth at least $12.5 million (all figures U.S.) tax free per season, said a source familiar with the matter.
From the St. Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has acquired a 2008 3rd round draft pick, 70th overall, from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Jamal Mayers.
“I want to thank Jamal for everything he has done for the Blues and the city of St. Louis,” said Davidson. “We wish Jamal and his family nothing but the best in his hometown of Toronto.”
added 7:18am (Paul), from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues President John Davidson said the trade of Jamal Mayers late Thursday night is a precursor of something else that could happen today.
“It’s all part of us trying to put stuff together and we’re not done yet,” Davidson said. “This is the start of something ... that’s the best way of saying it. We’ve got other stuff going on, but can’t say anything because it’s not finalized. We’ll try and get that done (today).’‘
Davidson added: “I don’t want people to think we just traded Jamal Mayers for a draft pick and that’s the end of us. The more we work toward putting something else together, the more the draft pick position could become a part of (tonight’s) action. We’re working it here and we feel we’re getting close.”
from Russo’s Rants,
Olli Jokinen: I’ve been told my multiple league and team sources that the Wild is indeed very much interested in the Florida Panthers’ captain, who’s scored 173 goals the past five years.
Right now, however, the price is not right. The Panthers wants a young, up and coming prospect from the Wild, and Risebrough is not willing to part with him. If that specific part of the package changes, the Wild would pull the trigger.
more on the Wild including a Rolston update…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
With all 30 GMs in town for the NHL draft, talk surfaced late yesterday that the Senators were going to send Spezza to the Kings, along with the No. 18 selection in exchange for the No. 2 selection and possibly centre Mike Cammalleri.
No chance, said Senators GM Bryan Murray, who signed Spezza to a seven-year, $49-million US contract extension starting July 1.
added 11:07pm, Sorry for the bad headline. Just spending too many hours chasing information. Spezza was extended earlier this season, my mistake.
You can scratch Jeff Carter’s name off the list of potential trade bait this weekend. Sources are telling Sportsnet that Carter has agreed to a three-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers that is believed to pay him no less than $15 million.
The Atlanta Thrashers hired John Anderson as their new head coach on Thursday, promoting him from their American Hockey League affiliate in Chicago.
Update 1:39am ET:(Alanah) I’ve added “Report” to the post title, as GM Don Waddell is denying the TSN story. From Mike Knobler at the AJC—
Sometime over the next few days, we might learn if the difference between TSN’s report the Thrashers have hired John Anderson and Don Waddell’s denial of that TSN report comes down to semantics or something more.
In other words, is this the equivalent of “Nobody’s hired until the general manager says he is,” or is this a situation that could still lead to someone other than Anderson behind the Thrashers’ bench in the 2008-09 season?
from Empty Netters,
We seldom report or repeat rumors here on EN. Unless the rumor comes from a legit news outlet or has a quote from one of the individuals involved, we stay away from that stuff. It’s an unofficial rule we have.
If we didn’t, we’d be no better than say a certain fraud who goes by the name of a former Flyer whose Web site we refuse to acknowledge whatsoever….
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reported today that Ray Shero offered Evgeni Malkin to the Kings in exchange for a bundle of draft picks and/or players.
We have nothing to combat that or confirm this specific story. We’re simply stating what Garrioch wrote.
But what we will say is Garrioch is a gas bag. He’s about as “inside” as our patio furniture. For the record so are we, but we’re not spewing garbage with little to back it up.
It is up to you to make this kind of ‘hockey writing’ stop. You have a voice, use it!
from the CP,
Another rumour that made the rounds Thursday was the Tampa Bay Lightning were set to announce a long-term contract extension for star centre Vincent Lecavalier, who is eligible for unrestricted free agency after next season. That news was jumping the gun just a little.
“We’ve had some conversations and I’m confident we will get a deal done because both parties want to,” said Lecavalier’s agent Kent Hughes. “But it’s premature to say it’s already done. We are in the preliminary stages of negotiations.”
much more on all the talk from today…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Perhaps the most compelling and unusual story of the NHL entry draft is unfolding on a Friday afternoon, at a downtown restaurant, as Viktor Tikhonov – the 20-year-old grandson of the legendary Russian hockey coach – is talking about his goals and dreams, in fluent English, without a trace of an accent.
Or if there is an accent, it tends to be from northern California, falling somewhere between Stanford undergrad and radical surfer dude.
This is because the younger Tikhonov – despite his surname and hockey pedigree – is about as American as apple pie.
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