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from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,
“It’s not the end of the world, I can tell you that,” Larionov told The Canadian Press upon learning the news. “It’s OK with me. I’m absolutely not disappointed.
“Those are four great players, and I just wish them all the best. It’s a good day for them and that’s fine.”
Larionov, in Alaska on a golfing trip, understood it was a tough year to get in.
“I guess I have to wait and see,” said the 46-year-old. “But to me it’s not a big disappointment. That’s the way it is, it’s nothing I can control.”
from Darren Dreger at TSN,
The Buffalo Sabres are going to have dig a lot deeper if the team intends on holding on to veteran forward Daniel Briere.
The Sabres tabled an offer to briere on Wednesday night. The offer is believed to be very similar to the package Briere tried to get Buffalo to agree to last summer—which was $25 million over five years.
If you read Spector today, you know he received a heads-up on Peter Forsberg undergoing surgery. Here is a bit more from the Denver Post…
Peter Forsberg’s hockey future once again is under a cloud of uncertainty as the former Avalanche star is scheduled to undergo surgery today on his troublesome right ankle, two sources close to the player confirmed.
Forsberg was scheduled to have his right ankle operated on at a hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, near his hometown of Ornskoldsvik.
Forsberg, 33, must be inactive after the surgery for several weeks, casting doubt on whether he’ll be ready to play at the start of the coming NHL season.
Jozef Stumpel has re-signed with the Florida Panthers.
Sources say he agreed to terms on a two-year contract for a total value of $4.5 million for an annual average salary against the cap of $2.25 million.
Stumpel was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
via Sports Network,
The Vancouver Canucks announced Thursday that forward Jeff Cowan has signed a two-year contract extension.
The 30-year-old Cowan was claimed off waivers by the Canucks from the Los Angeles Kings last season and played in 42 games with Vancouver, registering seven goals and three assists.
A KK member gave me the heads-up with a post in the KKF...
via the Globe and Mail,
The Globe and Mail has learned that Mark Messier, Ron Francis, Al MacInnis and Scott Stevens will be announced later this afternoon as the four inductees for the Hockey Hall of Fame in the fall.
update 3:44pm, Press release from HHOF...
Yes hockey fans, the Nashville situation is getting more frustrating by the day…
Bob McKenzie from TSN gives us some insight…
As it relates to Craig Leipold: In my estimation, Leipold wasn’t coerced by the league into potentially taking a lesser offer, he did so because he’s a practical man. And if Leipold knew anything, he knew that Balsillie was never going to be approved by the league as the owner of the Predators. Not now. Not ever.
It wasn’t always that way. I believe Leipold thought at the outset of his dealings with Balsillie it was possible for Balsillie and the league to find some common ground, but that quickly evaporated when it seemed every move made by Balsillie was an affront to the way the league does business. Leipold said as much in his correspondence to the league last week, when he said, he was “unaware” of Balsillie’s singular determination to take the franchise to Hamilton.
Adam Proteau of the Hockey News takes a look at every team in the following fashion…
Detroit Red Wings
Got ‘em: skilled, savvy veterans; speedy young forwards
Need ‘em: dependable, top-end point producer; rugged, mid-tier blueliner
Potential Free Agent Targets: Aaron Miller (LA), Ryan Smyth (NYR), Slava Kozlov (ATL), Brent Sopel (VAN)
read on for the rest of the teams…
via WGR550 Radio,
WGR550 has learned that the Sabres are trying to work out a deal with Co-Captain Chris Drury. Fellow Captain Daniel Briere was offered a contract yesterday.
Regular KK readers know Scott Burnside at ESPN has been previewing his top UFAs. Today he talks goaltenders but let me ssve you some time…
Ed Belfour, Curtis Joseph and David Aebischer.
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