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Stan Fischler caught up with No. 1 pick overall John Tavares, No. 12 pick overall Calvin de Haan, Isles Owner Charles Wang and Isles GM Garth Snow on a busy Draft night for the Islanders.
I’ve posted the Tavares interview below & watch the other interviews here.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
With the NHL Entry Draft in Montreal completed, Lamoriello said hiring a head coach was the next thing on his agenda. When I asked him today (Saturday) if he will hire a coach before July 1, he cryptically replied, “We’ll see.”
Most of the signs still point toward Jacques Lemaire returning for a second stint with the team. Lemaire coached the Devils from 1993-94 to 1997-98 and guided them to their first Stanley Cup in 1995.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Sather meanwhile categorized the contract demands from impending unrestricted free agent Nik Antropov, whom the Blueshirts acquired from Toronto at the deadline for a second-round pick, as “ridiculous.”
“Based on the first volley from [agent] Mark Gandler, there is a slim chance [of Antropov returning],” the general manager said following the fifth round of the Entry Draft. “There’s a snowball’s chance in hell that’s going to happen. It’s ridiculous. I hate to criticize an agent, but let’s have a little bit of reality here.”
Antropov, who scored seven goals in 18 regular-season games for the Blueshirts but was barely a factor in the first-round defeat by Washington, earned $2.05 million last year. He’s believed seeking a long-term deal for at least $5 million per. Good luck to him.
more on the Rangers…
via George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said he sat and talked with Ritch Winter, the agent for Marian Hossa, in the lower bowl of the Bell Centre stands in Montreal on Saturday and remains hopeful the two sides can work out a long-term contract.
“We’ve got a limited amount of cap space to play with or determine how we’re going to spend it,” Holland said. “Obviously for us to bring Marian back, we’re going to have to let people go.
“I’ve sat with Ritch here and told him to what cap level we’re prepared to go. The only way we can make it work is to offer a long-term deal. I would say to you they were hoping to do better. At the same time, they understand the challenges we’ve got and understand that probably in order to be where they want to be we can’t get there.”
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
“We won’t be as dangerous offensively, we know that,” Holland said. “It’s impossible for us to keep all our forwards from last year. If we re-sign Hossa, if he buys what we’re selling, we’ll be losing three or four or five players. And even if he’s not here, we can’t keep the entire team together. Under the cap system, we cannot be on paper next season what we were last year.
“We’re excited and optimistic because we’re moving in three or four young kids that we think are ready to play regularly in the NHL.”
added 8:55am, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“If there’s a (salary) cap number we think can fit in, we’ll sign him. We’re prepared to do a long-term deal,” Holland said. “(Hossa’s agent) Ritch Winter is hoping for a bigger cap number, more than what we’re offering.
“He’s talking to Marian. We’ll talk in the next couple of days. I’m not optimistic, but we’ll see.”
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
A boatload of young talent was traded. Moreover, Pronger is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $6.25 million. There are no assurances that he will stay beyond this season, though Holmgren is eager to negotiate an extension, and Pronger’s agent, Pat Morris, is optimistic that a long-term deal can get done.
The trade also leaves the Flyers with precious little salary-cap space.
They are about $5 million under the new $56.8 million cap - and still have to add a backup goalie, a right winger (they want to re-sign Mike Knuble, who has drawn interest from the Penguins), and perhaps another defenseman and a fourth-line center adept at winning face-offs.
It is the second daring move Holmgren has made in the off-season. The first brought a controversial goalie, Ray Emery, whose low salary of $1.5 million and promise caused the Flyers to overlook his previous antics - and enabled them to afford Pronger.
from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Waddell still needs to improve the roster to convince star Ilya Kovalchuk to re-sign. Kovalchuk told the Journal-Constitution at the end of the season that he needs to see that the Thrashers moving in the right direction before he will re-sign.
The NHL free agency period begins July 1. However, Waddell said the Thrashers are more likely to improve via trade. The Thrashers have depth at goaltender with Kari Lehtonen and Johan Hedberg on the roster and top prospect Ondrej Pavelec being NHL ready. Waddell said it is likely that either Lehtonen or Pavelec will be traded. He fielded several phones call on each at last year’s trade deadline.
read on if you wish to be informed about the Thrashers draft picks…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
If the Canadiens can’t swing a deal for Tampa C Vincent Lecavalier, Flyers C Daniel Briere could be the prize behind door No. 2.
While Flyers GM Paul Holmgren didn’t get any bites as he shopped around his high-priced centre at the draft, it doesn’t mean he struck out.
Habs GM Bob Gainey could turn his attention to landing Briere, if his bid for Lecavalier fails.
Sources say the Flyers would also like to trade W Simon Gagne.
Chicago GM Dale Tallon told Sun Media he’s still trying to sign Martin Havlat before the winger becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. “We’re trying to get something done. We want him to be a part of the team. We’re looking at several different options. We have until (Wednesday) and we’re hopeful,” said Tallon.
from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,
Lightning coach Rick Tocchet did not want to say much about the squabbles between co-owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie.
“All teams go through stuff,” he said while watching the draft from the Bell Centre floor.
That said, it was noteworthy Tocchet mentioned conversations in which his bosses admitted failing to provide promised stability at the top. “They’ve apologized to me,” Tocchet said.
Making peace with the coach is one thing. Making peace with each other is another.
from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
The Flames now have $45.618 million committed to 16 players.
The NHL’s salary cap is $56.8 million.
Certainly, people are wondering how Bouwmeester — who figures to command Dion Phaneuf-type money ($6.5 million) — can fit into the Flames’ pay grid?
“It’s really not that hard,” Sutter told a Calgary radio station. “If they got even past Grade 10 in math, they should be able to figure it out.”
As soon as possible, the Flames will try to woo Bouwmeester with bucks and term and a chance to play alongside premier defenders such as Robyn Regehr and Phaneuf.
“He’s a good enough player, he understands what type of team we have and the type of defence we have,” Sutter told the radio station. “To be able to play with guys like Dion and Robyn for a long time . . . that, to me, is pretty significant.”
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
Maybe this is the summer Glen Sather finally wises up.
He chatted with a small group of reporters between rounds of the NHL draft yesterday, a rare public appearance for the city’s most elusive general manager, and said what everyone who follows the Rangers has known since the lockout ended.
“We have to get younger, for a lot of reasons,” Sather said. “We have to make some room for some of these young guys.
“There are going to be opportunities.”
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