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from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,
Roberto Luongo’s agent said the uber goalie is in a good frame of mind preparing for the coming season. Gilles Lupien last spoke to Luongo on Friday.
“I said ‘how are you and blah, blah, blah’ and he told me ‘I was pissed off during the season but now I’m cooled down and I’m happy and I want to go out and play,’” Lupien said. “Roberto is a nice kid. Sometimes he gets frustrated and all that because he wants to win.
“The people in Vancouver don’t have to wonder,” added Lupien. “For Roberto, it’s another season and let’s go for it. He’s happy, he has his daughter, he’s coming to Montreal in three weeks to show everyone his daughter and, after that, he’s going back to Vancouver.”
more on the Canucks…
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
From the moment the Flames announced they’d signed the controversial winger, they made sure everybody who’d take notice knew full well Iginla was 100% behind it.
Flames GM Darryl Sutter has plenty of clout with the Sea of Red.
“In Sutter we Trust” is a seemingly non-stop mantra that’s often heard among the faithful. But even Sutter is smart enough to know Iginla’s backing holds even more weight, and would provide a better pre-emptive strike against any backlash from fans.
from Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune,
Risebrough was in the bargain basement’s hockey section, up to his elbows in the squalor of stinking pads and broken sticks, trying to find bodies that he could pass off to his team’s gullible consumers as real players.
In several instances, Risebrough was required to place a mirror under the individual’s nostrils to make sure he still was breathing. This did not prevent the boss from suggesting the Wild was a better team with these scraps than with Brian Rolston and Pavol Demitra.
Double-Talking Doug operates with a motto that has served him extremely well in St. Paul: “You can fool some of the people some of the time, and you can fool all of the Wild fans all of the time.”
“I’ll predict right now, Tampa Bay will win the division,” he said of the Southeast. “That’s how much we like our team.”
-Tampa owner Len Barrie via Lightning Strikes
“You can hear from me first, our defense is better than people think,’’ Barrie said. “That’s why we are loading up on forwards because I really, really like our young defense.’’
-via Bolts Report and it looks like they will sign defenseman Andrew Hutchinson…
Update 4:45pm ET: The Lightning have signed Brandon Bochenski for 2 years. [TSN]
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Just a little insight into the way Les Jackson operates as a co-general manager.
He likes to take his time and talk things out and let things happen at a slow pace. He’s a very patient person.
So that helps explain a couple of things. One, they are still talking out the details of coach Dave Tippett’s contract extension and the potential extensions for assistant coaches Rick Wilson and Mark Lamb. And two, they are being very patient with the retirement of Stu Barnes.
I would guess that Barnes will announce his retirement soon.
From TSN’s tracker:
Tampa Bay Lightning sign UFA forward Mark Recchi.
Update 8:14pm ET: From TSN—
The Tampa Bay Lightning continued to pile on veteran support on Monday, signing forward Mark Recchi to an undisclosed contract.
Recchi, 40, split last season between the Atlanta Thrashers and Pittsburgh Penguins. He played in only 19 of the Penguins’ 26 games with just two goals and six assists. He has been a healthy scratch in seven of their last eight games before the team place him on waivers in December.
Free agent centre Brendan Morrison is off the free agent list, as the B.C. native is set to join the Anaheim Ducks.
Terms of the impending contract are not known, but it is expected to be a one- or two-year deal.
Update 11:05am July 8th: Morrison’s signing has been confirmed. 1 year, $2.75 million.
From George Richards at On Frozen Pond,
Only a few people—Jay Bouwmeester, his agent and perhaps JM the GM—know whether Florida’s No. 4 wants to continue his relationship with the Panthers much longer.
Jay has already decided to take the Panthers to arbitration, which means the thoughts he would sign an offer sheet with another team is over. For now, it’s the Panthers or no one for Jay. But there are a few options.
From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,
In a hockey world rife with uncertainty, you can take this one to the bank: if Hossa turns out to be a good fit with the Red Wings, he will be in Detroit beyond next season and for many more to come.
There is absolutely no way Holland makes this deal exclusively with the 2008-09 season in mind. When Holland makes a deal of any magnitude, it must serve two purposes –that is make the Red Wings a better team in the short-term and a better team in the long-term. And there is no way Holland would have made the deal if he hadn’t already figured out there’s a good chance he’ll be able to get Hossa in the fold on a multi-year deal after next season.
From Aaron Portzline at Puck-rakers in the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent center Michael Peca, The Dispatch has learned.
Best guess here is it’s a two-year deal. It could be announced as soon as Tuesday. Apparently, there are some minor details to hammer out before it’s completed.
read on for other Columbus contract odds &ends
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