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Lightning Acquire Rights to Rolston

From the Minnesota Wild (press release):

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough tonight announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired a conditional draft pick in either the 2009 or 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forward Brian Rolston.

Update 11:07pm ET: From Michael Russo at his Star Tribune blog,

The trade is done. It’s for a conditional draft pick with three different conditions apparently depending on whether Rolston signs with Tampa Bay or not. The conditions will be spelled out to me in a little bit.

Update 11:16pm ET: You can see the conditions for the pick at Russo’s site. They’re a bit (shall we say) convoluted, in part dependent on approval of the earlier Malone signing in Tampa.

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Appears Rolston Headed Towards Free Agency

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

The sides still have until midnight today (Monday) to complete a deal that would keep Rolston, 35, from testing the free-agent waters, but that isn’t going to happen.

“At this point,” Rolston said in a text message Sunday afternoon, “we are going to July 1.”

more

added 8:22pm, via Russo’s Rants,

I see Rolston on Sidney Crosby’s wing in Pittsburgh. I know Florida, Atlanta, the Rangers, Islanders and Montreal really want him, too. Tampa will sign Ryan Malone to a seven-year, $31.5 million deal, but that doesn’t mean the Lightning’s out of the Rolston hunt, I was just told. The Lightning has interest in Radim Vrbata, too.

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Rolston Could Be A Good Fit In Montreal

from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,

If the Canadiens end up blue-balled and spurned in their wooing of Mats Sundin, signing Brian Rolston would be a great consolation prize.

Rolston was in the final season of a three-year Minnesota Wild contract that paid him $2.432 million per. He’s probably available in the $4 million to $5 million range.

more on Rolston…

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Wild Appear To Have Interest In Brunette

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

No hard feelings.

That was the message conveyed by Andrew Brunette on Saturday when asked if he wanted to return to the Wild if it comes calling when free agency begins Tuesday….

“I don’t know what their interest level is. But if they’re interested and it falls into place, if everything was comparable, if they were in range, definitely, that’s one place I’d love to play.”

Wild officials declined to comment. The Avs plan to let Brunette test free agency, but the Wild is still not allowed to talk about other teams’ players until Tuesday.

But it’s believed the Wild is very interested in bringing Brunette back to Minnesota.

read on

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Rolston Could Be A Wanted Man

from Ryan Dixon of the Hockey News,

If free agents pitched their services on late-night infomercials, Brian Rolston would be positioned as the amazing all-in-one player who can take care of every household need before folding up compactly to be stored out of sight.

No fuss, no mess – just results.

Need a little defensive help? Put Rolston on the penalty kill and just look at that shine! So it’s offense you’re after? Good news; Rolston comes with a 30-goal guarantee!

continued

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Rolston Camp Silent

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

The Brian Rolston negotiations have literally stopped short.

According to Wild assistant general manager Tom Lynn, Rolston’s agent, Steve Bartlett, has not returned a phone call since last week. The Wild hoped it would jump-start negotiations Saturday by making it known publicly that the team had made three contract proposals to Rolston without receiving a counteroffer….

Via text message, Rolston said Wednesday there was “no news,” and Tuesday said, “I don’t think it’s over.” He declined to comment further.

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Rolston Contract Negotiations Update

Now that the draft is over, get ready for more of these types of reports…

from Russo’s Rants,

Negotiations with the Wild’s Brian Rolston is at a sensitive juncture.

The Wild has grown frustrated with Rolston’s agent, Steve Bartlett. GM Doug Risebrough says the Wild has not received a single counteroffer from Bartlett.

Talks are in such danger of halting, the Wild has begun to receive and weigh offers from teams for the right to negotiate exclusively with Rolston, who can become a free agent July 1.

read on

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High Price Tag For Jokinen

from Russo’s Rants,

Olli Jokinen: I’ve been told my multiple league and team sources that the Wild is indeed very much interested in the Florida Panthers’ captain, who’s scored 173 goals the past five years.

Right now, however, the price is not right. The Panthers wants a young, up and coming prospect from the Wild, and Risebrough is not willing to part with him. If that specific part of the package changes, the Wild would pull the trigger.

more on the Wild including a Rolston update…

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Rolston Looking For The Best Deal

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Brian Rolston made one thing crystal clear Wednesday night: While the three-time Wild 30-goal scorer still thinks he can get a deal done to finish his career in Minnesota, Rolston is not going to give the Wild a hometown discount because he wants to play in Minnesota.

“They made me a decent offer [Friday], but we’re not there yet,” Rolston, 35, said in a phone interview. “I’m looking for my market value. What is my market value? I don’t want to state it, but I think we have a good understanding of what it is.

continued

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Wild Have UFA Decisions

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

Wild general manager Doug Risebrough said today that he will make restricted free agent Pierre-Marc Bouchard a multiyear offer after July 1 and that either Brian Rolston or Pavol Demitra could be signed for next season, but not both.

Speaking at the team’s entry draft luncheon, Risebrough said the team expects to make Rolston, an unrestricted free agent, another offer this afternoon.

“We’ll see how that goes,” the GM said.

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