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via Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
The Hockey News.com has learned Penguins enforcer Georges Laraque injured his shoulder during an off-season training session and is expected to travel to Pittsburgh this week to be evaluated by team doctors.
Laraque’s agent refused to confirm the right winger was had been hurt – and a call requesting comment from Pens GM Ray Shero was not immediately returned – but a source said the injury occurred while the right winger was lifting weights.
from Alan Adams of Sportsnet,
Kariya is exactly what Mats Sundin needs, a speedster who is all about skill and finesse. It has been years since Sundin could look over to his left wing and see someone who comes closes to matching his skill set. Sundin needs a finisher and Kariya fits the bill.
Kariya isn’t the only ultra-attractive unrestricted free agent available this weekend. There’s also Ryan Smyth and Jason Blake, both of New York Islanders fame, along with Scott Gomez of the New Jersey Devils.
The bidding wars for Smyth and Blake will be fierce, and Gomez isn’t coming north of the U.S.-Canada border unless it is on a road trip.
from the Calgary Sun,
Post-draft rumblings point to a contract extension being all but a formality for the Calgary Flames captain.
Player agent Don Meehan confirmed yesterday he has been talking with Flames general manager Darryl Sutter about locking his client up for at least another season, which would prevent Iginla from becoming an unrestricted free agent a year from now on his 31st birthday.
from the Miami Herald,
The Panthers are in the market for more offensive help, with Minnesota forward Todd White likely headed south.
Martin also has said Florida will look at free agents Slava Kozlov and former Panther Viktor Kozlov.
Both players would help Florida’s offensive needs. Other targets could also be searched out, including trying to re-sign forwards Jozef Stumpel and Martin Gelinas before July 1.
Last week, owner Alan Cohen said Florida’s payroll next season would near $45 million. It looks like it might be more than that once the dust settles.
‘‘We have to make sure we have the proper order by looking at what our needs are,’’ Martin said.
from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Roberts also agreed to a one-year deal even though he probably could have received two years from Ottawa or another team. At 41, he knows that second season isn’t promised to him. He’s worried about winning now. He thinks the Penguins give him the best opportunity.
If Roberts believes that strongly, it makes it a lot easier for the rest of us to believe. Remember, he is a guy who had to be talked into waiving his no-trade clause to come to Pittsburgh last season by Mario Lemieux. Now, they can’t lure him away.
from The Record,
“Brian wants to stay, so we’re going to do whatever we can to make it work,” Zito said.
Zito said he had a productive sit-down with Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello while at the NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio, over the weekend.
“That went well and we’re going to continue to talk,” he said.
more on the Devils…
from the OC Register,
When Derrick Johnson flew to Minnesota in February 2004 to watch the NHL All-Star Game, he thought he might buy a few collectible jerseys, acquire autographs, and rub elbows with his favorite players.
He left with a larger-than-life bobblehead figure of Ducks forward Teemu Selanne.
“I saw the Teemu bobblehead and had to have it,” the Orange resident said.
The mammoth replica-man set Johnson back a cool $7,400. Proceeds from the sale benefited Hockey Fights Cancer, an NHL charity.
The figure stands 6 feet, 6 inches, weighs approximately 200 pounds, and bears a striking resemblance to the Ducks’ All-Star.
from the Nashville City Paper,
A local group of investors being assembled to buy the Nashville Predators could have a proposal ready within the week for current owner Craig Leipold’s review.
Nashville attorney Chase Cole is serving as legal counsel for the group, which includes healthcare executive David Freeman. Cole is also advising the group on civic aspects of their deal in addition to helping identify potential investors. He declined to name any of the investors.
Cole said Monday afternoon that the local group would like to have a proposal ready within days for Leipold to review.
from the News & Observer,
The Hurricanes are trying to make a swap of defensemen, and general manager Jim Rutherford confirmed Monday that the deal is being delayed while a Carolina player decides whether to waive his no-trade clause….
Wallin, Mike Commodore, Tim Gleason and Dennis Seidenberg would be the players likely to be involved in any trade to bring in a puck-moving defenseman, but only Wallin has a no-trade clause.
At 32, with three years left on his contract at an affordable $1.725 million, Wallin would be an attractive pickup for any team.
The Philadelphia Flyers may be the most likely trade partner, with 23-year-old Joni Pitkanen, the fourth pick in the 2002 draft, on the trading block. Pitkanen, a restricted free agent, is headed for arbitration if he remains with the Flyers.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Impending free agent Jed Ortmeyer appears on his way to being a former Ranger. “No progress,” Ortmeyer’s agent, Mark Witkin, told The Post. “Either they’re playing it cool or they don’t want him.”
Lamoriello said he has no timetable for announcing the team’s next head coach. The Post has learned that the GM has spoken with Brian Sutter, but it is not known whether he is a candidate.
Lamoriello stated the team’s Newark arena will open on time in October, but added, “We’ll play on the road for the first month.”
read the meat of the article regarding the Rangers draft picks…
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