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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Nieuwendyk said he plans to talk to the agents for Sergei Zubov (Jay Grossman) and Jere Lehtinen (Don Baizley) and get their feelings on what it will take to sign each of the unrestricted free agents. I called both agents this week and neither returned calls, so maybe they will return them after they talk to Nieuwendyk.
My take is that each will be given a fairly low offer and each will turn it down. Each will then have the ability to shop themselves in free agency after July 1. I’ve talked to Lehtinen and I know he wants to continue to play, and he wants to continue to play in Dallas. I have not talked to Zubov, but indications from the Stars is he wants to play and he wants to play in Dallas.
more on the Stars…
Kevin Sylvester of BuffaloSabres.com talks with Eric Duhatschek in regards to long-term, short-term and taking a little less signings we may or not be seeing in the near future.
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Before the start of the free-agent period, a player can tell his team - in Bouwmeester’s case, Florida - he is willing to talk with a team that is interested in acquiring his rights.
Bouwmeester has not given the Flyers permission to talk with him and see if he would sign for X amount of dollars before they made a deal for him.
He apparently hasn’t given any team permission, an NHL source said.
“My gut sense is that they can’t get him to agree to talk to anybody now,” said a Flyers official who asked to remain anonymous. “That’s the wrinkle.”
more on the Flyers/Bouwmeester talk…
via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
According to three reports out of Russia this morning, Sergei Fedorov’s NHL career is officially over. The 39-year-old has ended more than a month of speculation about his future and reportedly signed a two-year deal with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL….
The deal is reportedly for two years at $3.8 million per season.
Magnitogorsk has also announced the signing on their website.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Burke is pitching hard with whatever he has left, which isn’t exactly a pharaoh’s tomb filled with fabulous jewels and antiquities.
To get the second pick, if he can do this at all, he might need to move in two steps. Getting to fourth overall (Atlanta) or fifth (Los Angeles) could allow Burke to sell Lawton on a deal that would still allow the Bolts to get one of the top five players in the draft.
Understand, however, none of this may happen, no matter how hard the flamboyant Burke tries, and be assured he is enjoying himself immensely while creating the perception that the Leafs are a relevant player again at this draft.
When it’s all over, he may just have to be satisfied with hard rock Canadian junior defenceman Jared Cowan at No. 7, unless chief scout Dave Morrison hands him a piece of paper with the name of a Swedish prospect like Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson or Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
A hyphenated player, after all, would add a little dash.
Chelios wanted out of town 10 years ago when things were turning bad. Now the Hawks are Stanley Cup contenders and they should be thinking about getting better and taking the next step, not bringing back former greats who are way past their prime.
I like Cheli a lot, and he would come cheap, but it’s best he goes and plays somewhere else.
-Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald. Read a bit more on this topic…
from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,
There are still rough patches, battles fought for respect and unfortunate generalizations made. (Lord knows I’m as guilty as anyone of that last one. Note to Self: Not every newspaper writer is stone-faced in the press box. Just more than a few of them.) But the gap has closed dramatically, to the point where blogs are influencing not only traditional media but the very leagues they cover.
Coming up, 10 stories, trends and scandals* from the last season that captured this moment in one way or another.
10. The Jaromir Jagr(notes) Rumor War
“JAGR CLOSE TO SIGNING WITH EDMONTON OILERS: SOURCE” was the blaring headline from Edmonton Journal blogger David Staples, as his Cult of Hockey site went out on a limb and reported that Jaromir Jagr was to leave the KHL for the NHL back on Feb. 10. This info came from “Euro-hockey expert Peter Adler.”
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Brendan Shanahan seemed to be leaning in this direction since the Devils’ season ended on April 28, but his agent Rick Curran confirmed today that the 40-year-old winger intends to play at least one more season in the NHL. It would be his 23rd season in the league.
That said, there have been no conversations so far between Curran and Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello about re-signing Shanahan, who is slated to become an unrestricted free on July 1—now only one week away. .
“I can’t say that I’ve had any conversations with any club, but Brendan is definitely going to play hockey next year,” Curran told me today.
via Brian Sandler of WKTV,
Having to choose between a return to the National Hockey League and a return to the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia, goalie and Whitesboro native Rob Esche has chosen the latter, telling WKTV he will honor the final year of his contract with SKA St. Petersburg.
from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,
Ownership updates were the theme of the day at the Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday.
Commissioner Gary Bettman updated the board on a number of franchise situations during a session of five-plus hours. Another briefing came from Montreal Canadiens owner George Gillette, who is in discussions to sell the team to three members of the Molson family. Bettman said the talks are in the preliminary stages, but said he was excited to see a well-known family involved with the sale.
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