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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Holland’s top priority is signing No. 4 defenseman Brad Stuart. He earned $3.5 million this past season and could get more money on the open market. But to remain in Detroit, he undoubtedly would have to take less. Andreas Lilja is another defenseman who must decide whether it is best to take less to stay or get a better deal elsewhere….
Holland has made qualifying offers to five restricted free agents: forwards Valtteri Filppula and Ryan Oulahen, defensemen Kyle Quincey and Jonathan Ericsson, and goaltender Jimmy Howard. Filppula, who turned down an offer of a long-term deal earlier this season, could be a prime candidate to receive an offer sheet from another club after July 1, which the Red Wings more than likely would match.
more on the Wings…
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,
A year ago, Paul Holmgren cleared enough space under the NHL salary cap to sign Danny Briere, Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell to contracts worth a combined $115 million.
Because of those contracts and the ones he’ll need to give restricted free agents Jeff Carter, R.J. Umberger, Randy Jones and Riley Cote, Holmgren will find himself trying to shed salary while trying to add draft picks and a puck-moving defenseman at this weekend’s NHL draft.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The Hockey Night in Canada theme song filled the air with more controversy yesterday.
Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, charged that CTV deliberately interfered with the CBC’s negotiations for the famous song, suggesting it was a publicity stunt to embarrass the network.
“CTV management characterized their actions as ‘saving the song,’ ” Moore wrote on a CBC blog. “But they knew the negotiation hadn’t run its course. I firmly believe that if they hadn’t inserted themselves into the negotiation, the result would have been different.”
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen via the National Post,
With big names such as Patrick Marleau, Olli Jokinen and Marian Hossa, a pending free agent, available on the trade market and a better-than-average draft class arriving, there could be plenty of activity.
Senators general manager Bryan Murray is believed to have interest in Marleau and Jokinen.
Trade talk among NHL teams has heated up considerably as the draft approaches.
from the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Blake Wheeler, the highly-sought winger from the University of Minnesota, has advised his agent to finalize terms of a contract with the Bruins, a two-year deal that won’t be made official until July 1, in keeping with NHL bylaws that govern the movement and signing of unrestricted free agents.
from the CP,.
A year ago Igor Larionov ended up the odd man out when the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee had to consider a once-in-a-generation class of candidates.
With only four spots for five superstars, Mark Messier, Ron Francis, Al MacInnis and Scott Stevens each got the nod over the Russian great, whose accomplishments off the ice in breaking the barriers Soviet Union players faced in going to the NHL were just as significant as his artistry on the ice.
On Tuesday, the hall will unveil its class of 2008 and Larionov should be at the top of the list. Often described as the Wayne Gretzky of Russia, it would be a fitting honour for one of the game’s trailblazers, and ease the sting he felt at being left out last year.
from Russo’s Rants,
It looks like Calgary’s re-signed Langkow already at four years, $20 million — which the Wild wouldn’t have offered anyway. The Flames just can’t announce the deal until July 1 because it puts them over the $50.3 million cap, and the cap doesn’t go up until July 1 (like why the Wild and Bruins had to hold off on the Manny Fernandez trade at last year’s Draft; the trade put the Bruins over the cap until July 1).
This isn’t written in stone. It just appears this way because reporters in Calgary keep referring to Langkow like he’s already signed.
– As for Olli Jokinen, the Flames have bigtime interest in reuniting the Florida captain with Mike Keenan, but they would have to dump a giant salary to get him — probably Alex Tanguay.
more and some other NHL bits…
from the Atlanta Thrashers,
The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed goaltender Johan Hedberg to a multi-year contract, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
from On Frozen Pond,
For those who asked, both JM and DeBoer were asked if anything changed with Olli Jokinen’s situation. These are paraphrases…
JM: “I don’t think anything has changed. We don’t have many untouchables on our roster. If we see a chance to improve our team, we will.’‘
DeB: “Those are decisions that are best left up to Jacques. My plan is to come here in September and go to training camp with whatever team I’m given.’‘
more on the introduction of DeBoer as the Panthers head coach…
via Capitals Insider,
“If someone puts an offer sheet in front of one of our players,” McPhee said during a news conference in Arlington to preview this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft, “we’ll match it - probably in less than 10 minutes.”
McPhee’a comments come a few days after a source told me that (Mike) Green’s camp - which is unhappy with the offers it has received to this point - plans to take negotiations to July 1 in the hopes of attracting an offer sheet.
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