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from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,
I don’t think you’ll see Mats come back to the organization that drafted him and he began his career with (yes, he is a former Nordique, a former teammate of Joe Sakic’s even)....
There’s no way the Avs are going to match that $10 million offer of Vancouver’s, if it came to that, even if Sakic retired. First off, $10 million is about all the Avs have under the salary cap right now, without having Sakic back. They’re not going to blow it all on a 39-year-old center whose best days are well behind him (and, yes, I’m talking about Sundin here, not Sakic!).
added 7:40am, from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,
While Sundin has remained mum on his future, observers in Sweden say his actions speak loudly.
For about the past 15 years, Sundin has been the organizer of informal summer skates among NHL players based in Sweden. Those workouts are set to begin Aug. 11 at the Globen Arena.
Normally, this is when Sundin would be working the phones, making sure his countrymen know about the available ice. This summer, however, that task has fallen to someone else and Sundin, though he is in Stockholm, isn’t expected to attend.
“He’s not working out. It doesn’t seem like he plans to, he’s just golfing,” said one source.
Barry said the retirement possibility is “why this whole consideration is taking so long.”
From Adrian Dater at All Things Avs
Raycroft ripped the Toronto media some, for taking comments he made about not watching much hockey away from the rink and branding him as a guy who isn’t dedicated to the game. “I made it to the NHL and have spent the last 20 years of my life dedicated to hockey. I think that shows some commitment,” Raycroft said.
He said he’s looking forward to working with a full-time goalie coach in Jeff Hackett, instead of just a part-timer like the Leafs had, in Bob Essensa. He said he’s working out hard this summer, and is currently in Denver looking for a place for the coming year.
His overall assessment of his future: “I know I still have it.”
from the Guelph Mercury,
Barr said he realized that day had arrived when he saw his peers Craig Hartsburg and Peter DeBoer moving on to NHL head coaching jobs earlier this summer.
“That was a lightning rod for me. I realized I had to get my name out there,” said Barr, who stuck around to the end of the month with the Storm to make sure player contracts were all signed, sealed and delivered.
With his children a little older, it made it a little easier on the home front.
Barr said the biggest adjustment in coming to Guelph after 20 years playing and coaching professionally was the off-ice responsibilities.
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced the signing of forward Marek Svatos to a two-year contract, avoiding an arbitration hearing scheduled for today.
“Marek Svatos has been a key ingredient to our success the last few years,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “He’s scored many big goals for this club and we expect him to be a strong force for us again this season.”
—via Colorado Avalanche, press release
Update 12:53pm ET: According to Adrian Dater at All Things Avs, the contract is worth a total of $4.1 million—$1.75 this year and $2.35 next year.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Stephane Yelle, who remains unsigned and is out there wanting to be signed by somebody, is a guy who might not score many goals either. But he’s not going to get scored on much, and he’s a great penalty killer.
In case Giguere needs any reminding, here it is: the Avalanche’s penalty killing was AWFUL last year….
But Yelle’s teams have a funny way of always being winners, and nobody disputes his PK credentials. The fact is, the Avs have been distinctly unimpressive of addressing this woeful area so far this offseason. They seem hellbent on adding every Hanson Brother-type player they can find, but not interested in finding a guy who can, you know, win a faceoff or get the puck and clear it when one of the Hansons are in the box.
from the Colorado Avalanche,
Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed forwards Cody McCormick and Brian Willsie each to a one-year contract.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
If Joe Sakic retires, the Avalanche would have a modest payroll.
The team also would be fortunate to win 25 games next season.
And Denver fans would be introduced to small-market hockey.
In fact, if you tend to be cynical, and my hand is up, it’s not ridiculous to wonder if Sakic’s procrastination is being so docilely and philosophically accepted in the hallways of the Pepsi Center because it sets up a win-win scenario in the eyes of the bean counters.
from Sam Adams of the Rocky Mountain News,
After Sakic and I made a 572-yard walk together up the 18th fairway at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course on Thursday, he didn’t have an answer for me.
“I wish I had an answer to give. At the end of the day, it’s how I feel, if I want to do another year or not,” the Avalanche captain said during his round of play in the celebrity tourney….
I came here believing Sakic would call it a career. But being around him briefly Thursday, and hearing him use the term “we” several times, it sounded as if Sakic has more than a Favre-like itch to return.
“Camp is not until Sept. 18, so I still have a little time to figure it out,” he said. “I’ve talked to (Avalanche general manager) Francois (Giguere) a couple of times, and we’re all good.
“Now it’s weighing the options. I just want to make sure the decision is 100 percent and you don’t go back on it. The good thing is, I still have two months….”
via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,.
I wouldn’t be shocked to see Nikolai Khabibulin become an Av at some point. No, probably not before the season. But come trade deadline time - if Huet is playing well in Chicago and Peter Budaj isn’t here - I think it will be an easy call that the Avs would be among the highest bidders for his services.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post at All Things Avs,
Don Meehan, the agent for former Avs goalie Jose Theodore and current left winger Ryan Smyth, is one of the good guys in the business….
Today, I spoke with him on the phone about the situation that went down with Theodore and the Avs….
As Meehan said, “Both sides were in a position to make the choices they made. And that’s what happened. I don’t think there’s anybody “at fault” here. It’s just what both parties decided was in their best interest.”
True enough. It’s nothing personal, just business. I know that, and am not trying to take sides. I just personally still find it weird at how the whole thing ended.
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