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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Mark Gandler, the agent for goaltender Karri Ramo has signed a two-year deal to play for Avangard Omsk of the Russian Kontinental Hockey League. Gandler said Ramo, a restricted free agent who was to be the backup for Mike Smith, has been told he will be Omsk’s No. 1.
“Of course,” Gandler said. “He wouldn’t go over there otherwise.”
Gandler said Ramo’s contract (he would not divulge the value) has an option that would allow Ramo to opt out after one season.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Brian Burke can’t admit to the possibility of being intrigued by Bouwmeester because that would constitute tampering eight days before the free agent season officially begins. But he is thinking about it. He is thinking seriously about this 25-year-old defenceman. And the Maple Leafs will be among the bidders on July 1, no matter how silent he remains for now.
Just how high they are willing to go, how much money, how many years—and whether Bouwmeester would have any interest in playing in Toronto for a team on the rebuild—are all questions in need of answers for a player who has yet to define his career.
The Leafs, being where they are, have no choice but to take a shot at Bouwmeester. Because of his age. Because of his size. Because of his skill set. Because of all the possibilities he presents. Look how Zdeno Chara helped turn around a Boston Bruins team in terrible shape. Could Bouwmeester have the same kind of impact where he eventually lands?
from Spector’s Hockey,
The latest on the Blackhawks contract talks with Martin Havlat, the Senators talks with Chris Neil, the Flyers with Mike Knuble, the Hurricanes with Dennis Seidenberg, the Penguins with Rob Scuderi, plus an update on the Buffalo Sabres….
Dave Molinari reports Penguins GM Ray Shero, with roughly $46 million committed to next season’s payroll, won’t be able to re-sign all his free agents. Shero hopes to re-sign defenseman Rob Scuderi, whose strong playoff performance bolstered his stock and could command at least $2.5 million per season on the open market, which could make him a long shot to stay. Molinari reports most indications suggest Scuderi could test the market although he points out Brooks Orpik did the same a year ago before re-signing with the Penguins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Scuderi gets offers of $2.5 million per season or more that’ll likely price him out of the Penguins price range.
from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune,
Chris Chelios won’t be back with the dreaded Detroit Red Wings after 10 years and two Stanley Cups.
So, it’s a gimme he’ll be back with the Blackhawks.
Question is, in which role?
First, would hockey guru Scotty Bowman approve the 47-year-old’s inclusion on the roster?
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
The Sutter colonization of Calgary continues. Brent Sutter, to no one’s faint-dead-away surprise, will be unveiled today as the new head coach of the Flames.
The intrinsic qualities he’ll bring to the job sound eerily familiar. Stylistically, your thoughts drift back to those hard but prosperous days before Mike Keenan or Jim Playfair held the reins.
“I know he demands a lot of his players,’’ says New Jersey Devils’ checking centreman John Madden, speaking on his cellphone from New Jersey. “A lot.
“He’s not afraid to call out individuals, in private, in the room or in the front of the press. So a lot depends on your personnel. If you’ve got players who are soft, easily hurt, who take things personally instead of objectively, there’s certainly the potential for problems. If you’ve got the kind of personnel who, when he says something, it sticks, who are receptive, not sensitive, then things are going to run a lot smoother.
“He’s very clear about what he expects of people.’’
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly met with reporters Monday in Phoenix after the latest U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearings regarding the Coyotes franchise. In that hearing, Judge Redfield T. Baum approved an accelerated schedule for an auction sale among local bidders who would keep the team in Glendale, Ariz. The local bidder deadline would be Aug. 5. Baum also set Sept. 10 as a fallback date for a relocation auction. Here is an edited transcript of Daly’s conversation with the media.
Daly: We’re pleased that the judge adopted the two-tiered approach to the auction, and we’re confident – we’ve said all along we’re confident – there’s a viable offer that will make this team viable in Glendale, and now we’ll let that process play out.
Q: How important was it for you guys to go first?
A: I think it’s important. It was very important. That’s what we’ve preached all along, and our objective all along has been to find a local owner who will make the team viable in Glendale and will generate enough cash to pay the creditors. That’s what our objective has been.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Dany Heatley has told the Senators where he wants to go. But if the Senators can’t trade him before a $4-million (all terms US) bonus kicks in on July 1, they may tell him where to go.
Senators GM Bryan Murray expects talks will heat up this week at the NHL draft in Montreal as several league sources confirmed Heatley’s agents have given the club a wishlist of up to 10 teams. But there could be some flexibility — he may agree to go somwehere not listed.
Sources told Sun Media the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins were among the teams submitted to Murray by Heatley’s agents J.P. Barry and Stacey McAlpine.
While the Wings and Bruins would likely have a difficult time making a move under the $56.7-million salary cap, it’s believed discussions have been held with the Kings, Rangers, Sharks and Canucks. Sources say Minnesota, Colorado, Edmonton and St. Louis are taking a serious look, too.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
In the post-Bobby Orr Era, we have 12 all-time defensemen: Leetch, Stevens, MacInnis, Denis Potvin, Larry Robinson, Ray Bourque, Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer, Paul Coffey, Borje Salming and Rob Blake.
Our first-team defense features Potvin, Robinson, Bourque, Stevens, Lidstrom and Leetch. Our second team includes Chelios, Coffey, Niedermayer, Salming, MacInnis and Blake.
read on for more on Leetch on HHOF announcement day…
Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page has posted some never released video of the Stars flight back from Buffalo after defeating the Sabres to win the Stanley Cup in 1999.
Just the joy on the faces of the players makes it worth watching.
Joe Haggerty of WEEI says so. At one time, it was believed the Capitals were the favorite to be the opponent, but it now looks like the Flyers.
I do know Tarik El-Bashir of Captals Insider wrote earlier today that it looked doubtful that the Caps would be playing on New Year’s Day.
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