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from the Maven,
• One possible destination for Alexei Yashin could be Washington. Yash would be a nice fit with fellow countryman Alexander Ovechkin. Of course, that’s contingent on Yash passing the puck!
• Detroit will only bring back Todd Bertuzzi if the price is right. Big Bert must regain his form next season if he’s to make the big bucks. Speaking of the Wings, rumor has it that management thinks Valterri Filppula is ready for a second-line center role, which would mean Robert Lang becomes trade bait.
more from Stan… and yes, Lang is a UFA…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Murray is going to begin his search for a coach over the next few weeks and here are some likely candidates:
Senators assistant coach John Paddock, regarded by many as the top candidate, will be on Murray’s list. He worked with the club’s prospects in Binghamton and has a strong relationship with centre Jason Spezza as a result.
Former Senators captain Randy Cunneyworth, one of the AHL’s most highly touted coaching prospects, has been with the Rochester Americans and is ready for an NHL job.
Former Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn will get consideration. He has kept in touch with Murray since being fired by Toronto last year and turned down a chance to coach the Bruins last summer because he wants a more established team. Ottawa might be the perfect fit for Quinn.
Former New Jersey coach Pat Burns, who led the Devils to the Stanley Cup in 2003, is also ready to return to coaching after going on a hiatus because of a bout with cancer
added 7:11am, from the Ottawa Citizen,
If the call hasn’t already been placed, expect new Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray to begin his search for his own successor by dialing the 519 area code to find former NHLer Dale Hunter in London, Ont.
Whether Hunter answers Murray’s call is another matter.
Hunter, who turns 47 next month, was one of Murray’s favourites with the Washington Capitals after being acquired in 1987-1988 from the Quebec Nordiques for a draft pick that was eventually used to select Joe Sakic.
from the Tennessean,
Leipold has said he’s lost a combined $27 million over the past two years and isn’t eager to suffer any such losses again. Even though he might not have to pay players he’s signing now in the long run, there is the possibility the proposed deal with Balsillie might fall through, which would leave Leipold on the hook for new contracts.
“Craig is the owner of the team, he’s the one footing the bills and he’s on record as saying he does not want to lose in the area of $15 million anymore on this hockey club in any given year,’’ Poile said.
As a result, Poile said he never even made an offer to Hartnell or Timonen after discussing contract parameters with their agents. Timonen, Nashville’s captain last season, signed a six-year, $37.8-million deal with the Flyers, while Hartnell signed a six-year, $25.2-million deal.
from the Detroit News,
Then there’s Schneider, who along with his agent, Mike Gillis, likely saw Monday’s announcement about Philadelphia acquiring potential unrestricted free-agent defenseman Kimmo Timonen from Nashville and quickly signing Timonen to a six-year contract worth $37.8 million. Timonen had 55 points (13 goals, 42 assists) in 80 games with Nashville.
Schneider had 52 points (11 goals, 41 assists) in 68 games with the Wings. He earned $3.3 million, in one of his best seasons. Holland said the Wings have interest in Schneider but only so many dollars to spend.
more... Holland will meet the agents’ for Hasek and Bertuzzi this week…
From the Globe & Mail,
Officially, the sale of the Nashville Predators to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie won’t be put to a vote at tomorrow’s National Hockey League board of governors meeting in New York.
Unofficially, it will be the hot topic of the day.
What to do with Balsillie and his bid to buy the Predators has become the NHL’s front-and-centre issue. The co-chief executive officer of BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion Inc. has agreed to pay close to $238-million (all currency U.S.) for a team that is losing money.
As a backup plan, or arguably his true plan, Balsillie is preparing a move to Hamilton, where he is already taking deposits on season tickets.
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
And with the first round of the draft set to go in prime time on Friday night in Columbus, Ohio, rumors are thick that this draft weekend will see plenty of wheeling and dealing (the following six rounds take place beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. ET).
With a draft that is chock-a-block in offensive possibility, but short in star quality, at least impact star quality like Sidney Crosby, Erik Johnson, Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Jack Johnson (the gems of recent drafts), the potential for all kinds of wacky things is great.
“It’s going to be fascinating come Friday night,” predicted St. Louis Blues president and former player and broadcaster John Davidson in an interview this week. “There are going to be some creative things happening. I just have a sense of that.”
The Gov. of Michigan wants to institute a 6% luxury tax on ticket sales.
Christy at Behind the Jersey has all the details…
Not sure how I feel about this yet- The tax would require the owner to pay the tax on every ticket sold. Eventually, the fans would be paying for it, or will they?
from Kevin Paul Dupont at the Boston Globe,
Mike Milbury, whose name surfaced over the weekend as a candidate for the vacant Bruins coaching position, learned today he will not be the choice to succeed Dave Lewis, who was fired Friday.
According to a long-time league acquaintance of Milbury’s, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the 55-year-old former defenseman was told by a Bruins’ front-office official today the club had made its choice for the job and that Milbury was not the choice….
With Milbury out of the equation, that leaves only three possibilities, and rumors around the league late in the afternoon had it that Julien was the overwhelming choice to succeed Lewis.
added 8:49pm, from the Boston Bruins,
Chiarelli indicated that he had contacted all four coaching candidates and that his intent was to have his new coach in place very soon—possibly even by this weekend.
“I’ve spoken to them,” said the GM. “Some (of those discussions) have been interviews, some haven’t.
“But…I’ve spoken to them at length,” he said.
And everyone understands the clock is ticking.
“I guess in an ideal world (it would happen) before the draft,” said Chiarelli. “In a realistic world, it may not happen before the draft.”...
The Bruins Boss was asked if he might be after candidates that might also be in the sights of the Ottawa Senators, who replaced GM John Muckler with Bryan Murray, today.
“Sure,” said Chiarelli, a-matter-of-factly. “That could be the case.
added 9:33pm, via TSN,
The Boston Bruins have found their man to guide the club in 2007-08.
TSN has confirmed an online report that the Bruins have hired Claude Julien to be their next head coach, with an official announcement expected as early as Tuesday.
from the Star Tribune,
Brett Hull is leaving NBC after only one season as an NHL studio analyst.
An NBC spokesperson confirmed the former NHL star has decided to depart the network after working with host Bill Clement and analyst Ray Ferraro. Hull is expected to take on an increased front-office role with the Dallas Stars. He has been serving as a special assistant to Stars’ President Jim Lites since April 2006….
NBC executives will now begin to explore their options for replacing Hull. One potential scenario could see NBC pursue Jeremy Roenick, who could retire after spending 18 seasons in the NHL. Roenick, like Hull, always has been known for speaking his mind.
From the Files of the Strange & Unusual... a story appeared on Hokej.sk earlier today (thanks to David at TIB for dropping me a note about it), but it took me a while to get it translated from Slovakian. Fortunately, Roman of eNHL.cz took pity on me and provided this synopsis of the story, in English:
There was a big fight in the town-square in Trencin, Slovakia. The group of about ten neo-Nazi skinheads charged 39-yrs-old Peter S., who finished with bruised neck and stab wound in his back. It happened in the night from Friday to Saturday. The charged man was a friend of Branko Radivojevic and Marcel Hossa.
When Radivojevic noticed what was going on in the square he ran to help his friend and the group of ten young skinheads ran away. He found his friend lying on the ground and with a piece of knife in his back. Radivojevic and Marcel Hossa took him to the hospital reportedly. Radivojevic told to the media he didnt want do talk about the incident till the end of police investigation.
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