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From NESN.com’s James Murphy:
Well, it appears Chiarelli could already have a trade in place that would bring a current NHLer to Boston.
While the parameters of the trade are unclear at this point, a very reliable source told NESN.com on Friday that the Bruins are closing in on a trade with the Florida Panthers that would see them acquire winger Nathan Horton, who was drafted third overall by the Panthers in 2003, but in six NHL seasons, has cracked the 30-goal plateau only once and—in the eyes of fans and media—failed to reach his potential and use his 6-foot-2, 229-pound frame properly.
There were no specifics on what else may come to Boston in the deal or what the return would be to Florida, but it has been well documented that Chiarelli would love to move into the top 5-7 picks overall to get one of the top defensive prospects available, so this could be a package deal involving roster players and picks.
From TSN’s Scott Cullen:
The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1961, so it’s a summer for celebrating. For some, notably GM Stan Bowman, it’s going to be a summer involving tough decisions as the Blackhawks scramble to get under the salary cap.
Off-Season Game Plan looks at the championship roster and what the Blackhawks can do if they’re going to have a legitimate chance to defend their title.
Such is the nature of the salary cap world in the NHL that great young teams face a tight window of opportunity because it’s so difficult to keep an entire team together.
From the Canadian Press via The Hockey News:
There’s a report the City of Charlottetown and the Dallas Stars are close to signing a deal that would bring a portion of the NHL club’s training camp to Prince Edward Island this fall.
The Charlottetown Guardian cites a report in the Dallas Morning News that says the Stars are “pondering having part of training camp” on Prince Edward Island.
Wayne Long, Charlottetown’s events development officer, declined comment when asked about the story.
From the Associated Press:
The Minnesota Wild have a lot of work to do this summer. They need to add promising young players, but also must improve the depth and quality of their roster. It’s a difficult place to be in the NHL, not quite good enough to contend for the Stanley Cup but also lacking the top draft picks to add elite talent and get better in a hurry the way the champion Chicago Blackhawks did with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.
After missing the playoffs for the second straight year, the Wild have the ninth selection in the first round of next week’s draft. Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said Friday he’s pleased with the amount of salary-cap space he has to make moves, more than most teams, but he insisted that’s not a blank check for free agency.
“You can’t buy your way out of the basement,” Fletcher said. “We don’t have the ability to sign five guys on July 1 at $5 million apiece, but looking at the talent pool on July 1, I would suggest that shouldn’t be our goal, too. We will patiently and methodically build this team.”
From the National Post:
The owners of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers say they continue to look for minority partners and have no plans to sell or move either team.
There have been persistent reports that the Atlanta Spirit ownership group is strapped financially and may be looking to sell one or both teams. The latest report was in Friday’s New York Post. The group also owns the operating rights to Philips Arena.
From the Sharks:
SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks defenseman and team Captain Rob Blake today formally announced his retirement from the game of hockey, following 20 remarkable seasons in the National Hockey League.
A Norris Trophy winner in 1998 with Los Angeles (finalist in 2000 and 2002) and a Stanley Cup champion in 2001 with Colorado, Blake will be remembered as one of the finest offensive defenseman to ever play the game.
He finishes with 777 NHL points (240 goals, 537 assists) which places him 18th all-time among all NHL defensemen. His 240 goals rank tenth all-time and his 136 power play goals place him third all-time among blueliners. In 1,270 NHL games (20th all-time among defensemen) with Los Angeles, Colorado and San Jose, Blake fired 3,896 shots, the fourth-most attempts by any NHL rearguard.
Maybe some of the Wings fans here were a part of this ?
Fox Sports Network will broadcast the premiere of the “Gatorade REPLAY II”, airing nationally Sunday, June 20.
This season’s REPLAY featured a Classic rematch between the 1999 teams of two Detroit area hockey powerhouses, the Trenton Trojans and the Detroit Central Catholic (DCC) Shamrocks.
REPLAY the Series, Fueled by Gatorade, re-stages classic games between some of the nation’s biggest high school sports rivalries.
From the Penguins:
The Penguins’ Sidney Crosby has been named the top athlete under the age of 25 by Sporting News magazine.
“25 Under 25: SN’s List of Best Young Athletes” appears in the June 21 edition of the magazine.
The Sporting News panel considered 100 accomplished young athletes from seven different sports before trimming the list to 50 and then the final 25.
Athletes were judged on major stats; championships to which they’d made major contributions; buzz factor; and age.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Fernando Pisani wouldn’t mind an offer he can even refuse, but so far none has come across his agent’s desk, so the 2006 NHL playoff scoring hero is in limbo with the unrestricted free-agent market doors swinging open in 15 days.
If the Edmonton Oilers wanted the right-winger back, certainly at a major pay cut from his current $2.5-million salary, they likely would have sent agent Mark Witken a proposal by now, or at least talked, but there hasn’t been any of that.
“If you know anything, let me know,” said Witken.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Joe Sakic seems to have made up his mind that he wants to work for the Avalanche in a management capacity. The questions are when and in what role.
When it happens, Sakic isn’t expecting any big-timer treatment. He expects to pay his dues.
“You can’t just jump in and start at the top. I would go in knowing I’d have to learn all parts of the business for a few years,” said Sakic, the Avs’ all-time leading scorer who retired last summer.
Sakic, who turns 41 next month, spent his first year of retirement taking it easy with his family and coaching his sons’ hockey teams part-time. He said he has not talked with the Avs about a management job and probably won’t for at least a couple more weeks.
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