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The fate of Daniel and Henrik Sedin in Vancouver took another turn on Tuesday as Canucks general manager Mike Gillis has left the twins’ home country of Sweden after speaking to the twins in person.
Sources tell TSN that the brothers are with their agents JP Barry and Claes Elefalk in Stockholm, Sweden discussing the team’s offer to extend the twins’ contracts.
The two sides, Sedins included, met with Gillis for two hours. Gillis presented his team’s offer before flying back to Vancouver.
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
Both Jarome Iginla and Robyn Regehr made calls to the Edmonton native before Sutter travelled north up the QEII yesterday for a face-to-face meeting with Bouwmeester and agent Bryon Baltimore.
Baltimore said another meeting will take place today in Edmonton.
“We had some discussions about the overall situation,” Baltimore said last night. “I think we have a reasonable understanding of each other.
“We’ll see what transpires.”...
The notion Bouwmeester has another level of excellence in him is what makes signing the 25-year-old a massive priority for Sutter and the Flames. If he hits free agency tomorrow, teams will throw ridiculous amounts of dollars his way.
Few may be able to offer the balance the Flames sport, with a winning team and a special environment in addition to a solid amount of money.
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
Tom Molloy, an international hockey coach and former neighbour of the Heatleys, says the one-sided Heatley bashing from fans and media has been difficult for the family.
Dany’s parents (Murray and Karin) dropped over to our place the other day,” Molloy said by telephone from Calgary. “They said, ‘Everyone is crucifying Dany.’ His mother is very upset. And the attacks are all personal stuff, about his character. Nobody mentions that this is a guy who gives up a month of his summer every year to play for Team Canada.”
Molloy wrote a letter to The Citizen sports department because the Heatleys told him they didn’t have “a forum” to express the other side of the story….
Molloy’s letter to the newspaper began this way:
“I can’t express how disappointed I am in the press and hockey fans concerning Dany Heatley’s request to be traded. I was talking with his parents ... and they can’t believe the awful things that people are saying about Dany. He simply wants to play on a team that believes in his abilities.
“The new coach (Cory Clouston) has decided that Dany is a second- or third-line player, uses him on the second power play and plays him 14 minutes a game.
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
If they were the Broad Street Bullies before, the acquisition of Chris Pronger from Anaheim has turned them into the BROAD STREET BULLIES now.
This should inspire thought—if not concern—among the Rangers, Islanders and Devils; not to mention all points north and south.
Let’s not kid ourselves; this Incredible Hulk called Pronger is an unholy terror….
his was an incident last season in Anaheim; Devils vs. Ducks with only a couple of seconds left in a game long ago decided.
New Jersey’s ace, Zach Parise knew that the final buzzer was about to sound and let down his guard.
He did not bargain for Pronger who emerged from behind and delivered a devastating—as dirty as can be—crosscheck that felled the unsuspecting Devil.
Parise survived the blow—don’t ask me how—and Pronger escaped without a penalty, but that’s not the issue, although that is Pronger’s specialty.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Plenty of teams are tight against next season’s $56.8- million (all terms US) salary cap and others are worried about the cap dropping in a year, expect some big deals to go down as GMs look for a quick fix.
“You really have to be careful about the way you spend, but that won’t stop teams from buying,” said a league executive, who noted that with teams trying to move players like Daniel Briere (Philadelphia), Brian Campbell (Chicago), Tomas Kaberle (Toronto), Dany Heatley (Ottawa) and Patrick Marleau (San Jose) during the draft, there were more than $500 million in contracts on the market.
Here’s what could happen with the top players:
- Hossa: The Wings offered him a 10-year deal, but haven’t been able to lock up the winger. GM Ken Holland is toying with dealing his negotiating rights today. Detroit has major salary cap issues and needs to shed cash. Hossa wants to go to a winner. He is a close friend of Boston D Zdeno Chara, but the Bruins have money issues as well. The Habs, Wild, Oilers, Kings and Canucks are going to make a pitch if he’s available.
via David Pollak of Working the Corners,
The team signed the 39-year-old defenseman to a one-year deal that will pay him $3.5 million next season, according to a team source. Blake would have become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Teams have until high noon Wednesday to sign their own potential unrestricted free agents, Eric Duhatschek writes, otherwise they risk losing them for nothing in return. Many teams are feverishly negotiating with players now in the hopes of striking an 11th-hour deal, but if that doesn’t happen, the following will be the most attractive commodities once the doors open.
1/1a. Daniel & Henrik Sedin, Vancouver
Negotiating as a pair and will move as a pair if the Canucks cannot get them signed, which means any potential suitor for the twins will need a minimum of $12-million (all figures U.S.) in salary-cap space to make an effective bid. The Maple Leafs, run by Brian Burke, who drafted the Sedins, will be the heavy favourites, followed by Minnesota and Los Angeles.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
When the dust settles from this year’s free-agent frenzy, the Detroit Red Wings could part ways with as many as four forwards who played for them during the postseason—Marian Hossa, Mikael Samuelsson, Jiri Hudler and Tomas Kopecky.
At least two or three won’t be back, perhaps all of them.
So when NHL free agency begins Wednesday, the Red Wings could be in the market for a forward or two.
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
It appears the Devils will be able to keep highly-regarded defenseman Johnny Oduya from testing the market when the free agency period officiallly begins at noon Wednesday.
Oduya has been priority No. 1 for Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello, who said Monday night that a deal with the speedy defenseman could be finalized Tuesday. Lamoriello and agent Don Meehan are believed to be close to a multi-year contract at about $3 million per season.
“I think that’s close,” Lamoriello said Monday night about re-signing Oduya.
“We are delighted to have Johnny Oduya stay with the organization,” said Lamoriello. “He has developed into one of the more talented young defensemen in the National Hockey League.”
Multi year deal, around $3M per season.
from Rebekah L. Sanders of the Arizona Republic,
Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes is blasting the latest bid for his bankrupt team as illegitimate.
Chicago sports mogul Jerry Reinsdorf and Valley attorney John Kaites together recently offered $148 million to keep the NHL team playing in Glendale.
Moyes says it appears to be a no-cash bid that would assume $118.5 million in secured debt but would fail to pay creditors….
Moyes points out that the new Reinsdorf bid requires renegotiation of contracts with Glendale and the other vendors, an arm-twisting approach Moyes was unable to accomplish before turning to bankruptcy.
“The current structure of our agreements with Glendale and other parties is a money loser no matter how well the team plays,” Moyes said in a statement. “Simply put, the Reinsdorf bid wants to only assume the team’s debt and then restructure all agreements, which is what I have been trying to do for the last year.”
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