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from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY,
The issue the Chicago Blackhawks have in re-signing Martin Havlat is that the full horror of the salary cap world will be upon them in 12 months.
Probably the ’Hawks have room to pay Havlat full value for next season, but it would be salary cap-hurtful to give Havlat a full value deal that extends into the 2010-11 season.
In the summer of 2010, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith will all be restricted free agents looking for a big raise. Andrew Ladd’s contract also expires that season.
from the CP via TSN,
Sundin said he is still pondering about his future in the NHL and did not rule out playing another season with Vancouver.
“Absolutely,” he was quoted as saying when asked if he might play again with the Canucks. “I will think about my future the next couple of weeks. I will make a decision in the summer. I can’t say more right now.”
more including Mats say he will not be playing for Team Sweden in the upcoming Olympics…
Next up for Holland and crew is the entry draft starting next Friday in Montreal. The Wings, who seemingly haven’t had a high pick since Gordie Howe…
-Kevin Mitchell of the Vernon Morning Star where you can read more about Ken Holland and the Wings…
from the Montreal Gazette,
The Molson brothers, Geoff, Andrew and Justin, are the sons of Eric Molson, who retired as chairman of Molson Coors last month after 50 years in the family brewing business started by the brothers’ great-great-great-great grandfather, John Molson, more than 220 years ago.
All I know about the Molson brothers, well, how about great TV commercials!
Find your favorite Molson commecial at YouTube…
from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,
Josh Harding knows he might not be long for the Wild with starting goalie Niklas Backstrom signed for four more years. And as much as Harding loves Minnesota, he would be perfectly OK with being traded.
“I want to be a No. 1,” said the 25-year-old backup goalie. “You ask anybody that, they want to be a No. 1. I love Minnesota. I love it there. It’s a great organization. That’s why it’s kind of a win-win situation.
“If some team has trust in me that maybe I could be a No.1 goaltender, it would be great for me and my career. I’m behind Backy. Backy was probably one of the top two, three goalies in the league last year. It’s tough to crack that. I think I played well this season and hopefully people recognize that, whether it’s Minnesota or another team.”
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
Where has all the Vinny Lecavalier chatter gone?
It seems only recently Lecavlier’s name was all the rage in trade rumor circuits, with the Lightning captain’s new 11-year, $85 million contract extension, which includes a no-movement clause, to begin on July 1.
But as the NHL draft approaches Friday and Saturday, the volume has been turned down to a low murmur on message boards and Web sites in regard to Lecavalier’s situation. Even Lightning general manager Brian Lawton’s phone has not been ringing out of its holster.
“It’s been reasonably quiet around here,” Lawton said of trade talk from his Tampa office on Friday. “We’ve had some calls, but nothing I would consider serious.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Will the Edmonton Oilers make a play to sign Florida Panthers defenceman Jay Bouwmeester or trade for his negotiating rights just before the free-agent market opens on July 1? Sources say the Oilers would rather, for now, spend the $6 million US or so a year it would take to sign the 25-year-old unrestricted free agent on somebody to play with winger Ales Hemsky on their No. 1 line.
The Oilers like the Edmonton product, who will likely be on Canada’s 2010 Olympic team, maybe as a shutdown-type defenceman. But they see other bigger holes on their club. They’re crying out for a goal-scorer.
Edmonton would also have to move a blue-liner to bring Bouwmeester in and they aren’t prepared to do that.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
• Hey, how would you like the promotional bump the NHL received from its network television partner NBC after the Penguins won the Stanley Cup?
Slap Shots has been told by a source who essentially always gets it right that NBC refused the league’s request to have Sidney Crosby appear with the Cup on the “Today” show in New York.
At the same time, we were also told that Crosby, apparently not wanting to miss Mario Lemieux’s pool party, declined an invitation to travel to L.A. to be a guest on “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien.”
• Daniel and Henrik Sedin aren’t going to get the lifetime achievement awards they’re shooting for in Vancouver, and as such appear headed to the market.
• The Rangers, by the way, have made no effort to re-sign Colton Orr, who will have no trouble at all scoring a multi-year deal within hours of the opening of the market. We’re told Florida is keenly interested in the heavyweight.
more including Heatley destinations…
from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Red Wings remain an elite, powerful and wonderfully skilled unit, and a 20-point gap is formidable, but the Blues have been drawing closer. The chase has been fascinating to watch. Not too long ago, the Blues were the worst team in hockey. Now they’re one of the league’s fastest-rising franchises. The Note returned to the playoffs this past season, and their future holds considerable promise.
And age is creeping onto the Detroit roster. The list of key Red Wings players in the mid-30s or older includes Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski, Tomas Holmstrom, Kris Draper, Mikael Samuelsson and Chris Osgood.
Moreover, the Red Wings are experiencing a salary-cap squeeze. Barring trades, they’ll have less than $5 million to dispense in dealings with unrestricted free agents Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky and Mikael Samuelsson. And the Wings have two restricted free agents in Jiri Hudler and Ville Leino.
via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
• The same people who think hockey can survive in Phoenix were the ones who thought an NHL awards show in Las Vegas was a good idea.
• Only in Gary Bettman’s NHL can a team without an owner, Phoenix, make a trade with a team that doesn’t have a general manager, Florida.
• Expect Mike Babcock to be named Canada’s Olympic coach on Thursday, and don’t be surprised if Lindy Ruff, Ken Hitchcock and Claude Julien are part of the coaching package.
• I see where Mike Gillis, who often fudged the truth about his professional relationship with disgraced agent David Frost, wants to build the Vancouver Canucks on the values of character and integrity. If that’s the case, maybe he should start by resigning.
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