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from Kevin Paul Dupont of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
LAS VEGAS—The Bruins didn’t come here with the idea of hitting a jackpot, but they found out just after noon here that they won’t have to shell out another $1.4 million to ex-right winger Glen Murray.
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli just confirmed that arbitrator Richard Bloch ruled that the Bruins were within their rights last summer to buy out the final year of Murray’s deal, which was to pay the veteran goal scorer $1.45 million.
from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
It appears increasingly likely that veteran center Todd Marchant, who stands to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, will be back in a Ducks uniform next season.
The team has made a contract offer to Marchant, confirmed Ducks general manager Bob Murray, who plans to talk further with Marchant’s agent, Englewood, N.J.-based Lewis Gross, during next week’s NHL entry draft in Montreal.
“Hopefully, it can get done,” Marchant said.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
The Atlanta Thrashers have raided the Chicago Blackhawks to bolster their front office. According to an NHL source, the Thrashers have hired Chicago assistant general manager Rick Dudley to be an associate general manager under executive vice president and current GM Don Waddell.
The source said Dudley wasn’t brought in to replace the longtime Thrashers GM and that it was a Waddell hire. Dudley has been with the Blackhawks since 2004 when he was hired as a hockey ops consultant and was named an assistant GM in July of 2006.
added 3:58pm, The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that Rick Dudley has resigned as assistant general manager, effective immediately.
“Rick has informed me that he has resigned from his position with the Blackhawks to pursue other opportunities,” General Manager Dale Tallon said. “I would like to extend my gratitude to him for his work with our organization and certainly wish him well in the future.”
Dudley served four years in the Blackhawks hockey operations, which includes each of the last three as the club’s assistant general manager.
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
So if the Yotes aren’t destined to remain in Phoenix and the allure of $400 million expansion fees for future Canadian franchises will prevent them from moving north of the border, let’s return to the question in the opening paragraph – where will they land?
My bet? Kansas City. Kansas City, there they’ll come.
Forget about Las Vegas, Houston and Seattle. For various reasons, none of those towns yet posses the ready-made package of interest and infrastructure the NHL will prefer in a relocation destination.
Kansas City, on the other hand, is about as good as it gets. Its greater metro area has about 2,000,000 people; that may not sound like much in comparison to other NHL cities, but the relatively close proximity K.C. has to St. Louis, Dallas, Detroit, Nashville, Minnesota and Chicago means it would be able to draw from a much larger regional base of hockey fans.
As well, K.C. has The Sprint Center, a new building that (a) has been looking for an anchor tenant for nearly two years; and (b) is run by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) – a.k.a. a massive jewel in the corporate crown of Philip Anschutz, owner of the L.A. Kings and a significant part of commissioner Gary Bettman’s power base.
Roman Jedlička and Dusan Volejníka at Nova Sport (not translated) report Petr Sykora feels it is in the best interest of both the Penguins and himself that they part ways. Sykora still wants to play in the NHL for 2-3 years but since Bylsma took over the team, he has witnessed his ice time diminish drastically.
He is still recovering from a broken right foot and won’t be 100% until mid-July.
Direct quote from Sykora (translated)- “It is possible i could stay in Piitsburgh, but I feel it is better for both the Penguins and me that I go to another NHL team.”
thanks to KK friend Roman for the pointer and translation.
via Jeremy Rutherford of the Morning Skate at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues veteran Keith Tkachuk received a contract offer from the club this week, and after some back-and-forth talks, an agreement could be reached as soon as today.
“I don’t want to get into it until it’s finally done,” Tkachuk said today. “We’ll know more today. We’re working on something right now.”
Reached in Las Vegas, where he is for tonight’s NHL awards ceremony, Blues President John Davidson said: “It’s close . . . we’re trying to keep the phones going. We want to get another year out of Keith and he wants to stay in St. Louis. There’s common ground there.”
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes at the St. Petersburg Times,
Regardless of what the Islanders do with the No. 1 draft pick, the Tampa Bay Lightning seems more determined than ever to use the second pick rather than trade. That is what general manager Brian Lawton indicated in a brief discussion about what might happen June 26-27 in Montreal.
“Short of moving mountains,” Lawton said, “there’s not much to cause us to deal.”
That is a bit of a step up from the last time Lawton discussed the pick, when he indicated the team was more inclined to keep the pick than trade it. It also seems to override recent speculation the team could trade down to acquire a top-line defenseman if the Islanders chose defenseman Victor Hedman at No. 1. Tampa Bay is believed to covet Hedman, and most still seem to believe New York will pick sharpshooter John Tavares. But it seems more than ever the Lightning’s goal of building with youth (not to mention how much cheaper it will be to sign a pick rather than pay a veteran blue-liner) means it is much more likely to make the pick than deal.
from Bill Tiller of Ice Man at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
By now many of you have already seen, read and even commented on this little ditty that was posted by Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch. Basically, it’s a “look ahead” towards the future of the Atlanta Thrashers’ organization, something he’s in the process of doing so for all NHL teams. Well, I thought I’d simply say this about that.
Now, before we go too far into what he has to say, someone really needs to clue Mr. Portzline in on the fact that Marty Reasoner was re-signed almost two weeks ago. That, plus I don’t believe anyone expects Eric Perrin to re-sign here given his comments at the trade deadline.
I guess a little research would have gone a long way here, don’t-cha-think?
Consistency doesn’t seem to be a big priority with Aaron either. At one point he opines, “Kovalchuk is clearly the star here”… (DUH5)…”but he has one year remaining on his contract with the Thrashers and it’s looking highly unlikely that he’ll re-sign”. However, you don’t have to read too much further down the article before you come across this…”If they spend money on free agents and build a respectable club, he might be willing to stick around”.
It appears as thought the Vancouver Canucks will have to break the bank if they want to hold on to the Sedin brothers.
According to a report on Swedish website expressen.se, Daniel and Henrik Sedin are looking for identical 12-year contracts worth $63 million each, similar to the one signed by fellow countryman Henrik Zetterberg with the Detroit Red Wings.
via Mark Everson of the NY Post,
General manager Lou Lamoriello has begun initial talks aimed at keeping vital defenseman Johnny Oduya, an unrestricted free agent, with the Devils, The Post has learned.
The discussions were strictly preliminary, agent Don Meehan told The Post, but mark the first such move toward preventing major players from becoming unrestricted July 1. Oduya could be expected to command a salary of $3.5-4 million on the open market, after earning 600G last season.
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