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The Florida Panthers placed veteran centre Jozef Stumpel on waivers on Wednesday, making him a buyout candidate if he clears at Noon et/9am pt on Thursday.
Stumpel is entering the last season of a two-year contract extension that will pay him $2.25 million. The 35-year-old had seven goals and 20 points in 52 games last season.
from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,
Here are nine teams, in alphabetical order, where Emery might fit:
Chicago – Nikolai Khabibulin can become an unrestricted free agent next summer and the up-and-coming Hawks will be looking for a goalie who can grow and develop with its young, talented team.
Colorado – If the Avs don’t re-sign Jose Theodore, they’ll be desperate for a No. 1.
From Bob McKenzie at TSN,
The final touches are still being worked on and nothing can be formally announced until July 1, but sources tell TSN the Tampa Bay Lightning and superstar centre Vinny Lecavalier have agreed to terms on a mega-deal that will pay him $77 million over nine years.
The annual salary cap hit to the Lightning will be about $8.55 million for the length of the contract, but the final year of the contract is said to be only for about $3 million, which means that if Lecavalier retired after eight seasons, his average salary would be as much as $9.4 million.
from Habs Inside/Out,
Don Meehan has told La Presse he expects to conclude negotiations on a new contract for Andrei Kostitsyn by the end of the week.
Meehan will meet with Canadiens capologist Julien BriseBois today. Kostitsyn has told his agent he wants to stay in Montreal and is not interested in offers from other NHL teams.
Negotiations that were expected to be difficult and complex, Meehan said, have turned out to be merely complex.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,
Knowing the panicked proclivity of teams seeking a PR splash, Marian Hossa, Bryan Campbell, Ryan Malone, Sean Avery and even Mr. Huselius will find themselves rich boys by the time September rolls around. Given the fulsome praise heaped on him every night of the Stanley Cup final by Don Cherry, Gary Roberts should break the UFA mint as well. (No? How could Don be wrong?)
Once again, the NHL has achieved the neat trick of creating scarcity in free agents, a sure recipe for overpaying the likes of Hossa, Huselius, Pavol Demitra or Avery.
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
The Coyotes’ two first-round draft choices from a year ago have a chance to benefit from the trade that brought Olli Jokinen from Florida for defensemen Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton.
Center Kyle Turris, the third overall pick in 2007, will be able to gain a lot of insight from one of the high-powered centers in the NHL and not have to rush his learning curve.
Defenseman Nick Ross, the 30th pick, has a better opportunity to work his way onto the roster at training camp.
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
A report saying Scotty Bowman, the legendary coach and now consultant to the Detroit Red Wings, is close to taking a job in the Blackhawks organization as the head of hockey operations was making the rounds Tuesday but appears to be unfounded.
“As long as I’m healthy and there’s no change in ownership in Detroit, there will be no change,” Bowman told the Detroit Free Press.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
“We had a real good talk about what I saw as his role,” Holland said. “He wants to come back for another year, so I would say we’re very close on a contract. The biggest thing was discussing his role—the contract is not an issue.
“It’ll be in the ballpark of what Chris made last year. We’re going to get something done. It’s just a matter of when and how much.”
Chelios, the NHL’s oldest player, made $850,000 this past season.
more on the Wings…
from Brad Schrade of the Tennessean,
The Nashville Predators’ second-largest investor, William J. “Boots” Del Biaggio III, owes nearly $35 million more than he has, and he lists his $23.5 million stake in the team as his most valuable asset, according to court documents filed this week.
Del Biaggio lists $88.43 million due to creditors, including $10 million to former Preds owner Craig Leipold, according to a summary of his assets and liabilities filed in federal bankruptcy court in Northern California on Monday. He lists $53.9 million in assets, including $12.1 million in real property, all in California.
The $10 million he owes Leipold is apparently separate from a $10 million loan Leipold made to the team as part of its sale last year. Leipold sold the team in December and then bought the Minnesota Wild franchise.
Former NHL player and ex-player agent Brian Lawton has been hired to be the new vice president of hockey operations for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Sources tell TSN Lawton will oversee all aspects of the Lightning’s hockey operations for new owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie.
General manager Jay Feaster will remain as part of the management team.
Update 11:00am ET: From CBC, notes on Bill Barber’s resignation,
All smiles at the recent NHL draft, Bill Barber knew his time with the Tampa Bay Lightning was running out.
On Wednesday, the former NHL forward tendered his resignation as the team’s director of player personnel. Barber will stay in the role until Tuesday.
“It hasn’t been a secret to anyone in the organization that the travel these past few years has taken a bit of a toll on me,” Barber, who joined the Lightning before the 2002-03 season, said in a statement.
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