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from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
“We’re definitely moving in a direction that is going to be different,” Gillis said yesterday.
On the draft, Gillis said that size doesn’t matter to him, and that he is just as likely to choose a smaller player with more competitiveness than one with ideal height and bulk. He said that Everett Silvertips forward Kyle Beach, considered one of the boom-or-bust prospects this weekend, has been unfairly portrayed as a bad boy and that the Canucks plan to interview him for a second time before Friday’s first round.
Gillis also hinted that players from Russia, who may be difficult to lure to North America, probably won’t figure into Vancouver’s plans.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
San Jose, Florida and the Carolina Hurricanes are considered to be among the most likely to make a significant trade.
Sharks captain Patrick Marleau is a name making the rounds this week along with his teammate Jonathan Cheechoo. The Marleau rumours always seem to surface, but sources say San Jose did have trade discussions last year with the Vancouver Canucks in a deal that was to include Canucks’ forward Ryan Kesler.
Nick Kypreos was just on Fan590 in Toronto and stated Ryan Malone has been telling people that Columbus, along with Toronto is one of the teams he does not want to play for. Nick feels Columbus is just trying to show an effort to sign a player.
Take it as you wish….
added 9:29pm, As a KK reader pointed out in the comments,
Left wing Ryan Malone said Tuesday he plans to opt for free agency—a significant blow to the Penguins’ chances of trading him for a pick in this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft.
“We will not talk to anyone until July 1,” said Malone, who will become an unrestricted free agent on that date.
more at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review…
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via 680 News,
Trade talk. “There’s no doubt that a lot of teams are looking to do something,” interim Toronto Maple Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher said Tuesday. “There will be a lot of dialogue.”
Some years the entry draft serves as a platform for several blockbuster moves. Other years, it’s quiet.
“We’ve certainly had discussions,” Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said Tuesday. “(But) the state of our discussions is still pretty preliminary.
“There is a lot of chatter but that’s what it is right now - chatter.”
From James Duthie at The Good, The Bad and The Duthie,
Here’s what happened: Chris Chelios was atop the bar, Coyote Ugly style, Cup in hand, with the packed crowd cheering madly. At some point there was an attempted handoff to Brett Lebda. Whether it was the chaos of the crowd, or the…umm…content of the blood, balance was lost. Down went Lebda. Down went Stanley.
And no, the dent wasn’t “slight”.
In fact, it needed emergency service. Mike Bolt, the Keeper of the Cup, was taken to Joe Louis Arena, where Stan, like a forward who took a puck in the eye, was placed gently on the trainer’s table in the Red Wings dressing room, and operated on.
From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,
You may think differently, but the talent level of the Wings, after Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Lidstrom, can be matched by many of the teams in the NHL. You could change the names of players like Franzen, Filppula, Cleary, Samuelsson, Kronwall and others with players from other teams, and you would get the same talent level.
So what made the Wings tick this season? One answer—Mike Babcock. We may never know what kind of motivational tactics he used, we will only know that they worked and it appears they will have a long-lasting effect on the team.
From Mike Knobler at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Veteran defenseman Alexei Zhitnik remains in the Thrashers’ plans after a season in which he played only 65 games though he was paid $3.5 million.
Thrashers general manager Don Waddell rejected speculation the team might buy out the final year of Zhitnik’s contract.
“That’s never been talked about,” Waddell said. “We think he’ll be a big part of our future. We expect him to come back and be part of our team.”
For more of the latest rumors and signings, be sure to visit Spector.
From John Dellapina at The Blueshirts Blog,
Jagr told me again today that he hasn’t heard anything from Rangers GM Glen Sather since they spoke on the day the team broke up for the season. While such a cat-and-mouse act is long-standing standard operating procedure for Sather, it makes little sense in this case.
Not only can Jagr sign with Omsk-Avangard at any time, there seems to be little to be gained by making him sit and wonder whether the Rangers want him back. His personal experience (see: Washington 2000-2004) is that things don’t go well when he’s playing for a team that doesn’t fully believe in him. And every day that goes by without the Rangers reaching out to him has to make him wonder even more.
from Ethan J. Skolnick of the Sun-Sentinel,
Nearly every weakness can be sold as strength. Before Peter DeBoer could make his first line change from an NHL bench, the successful junior coach had to persuade a potential employer to overlook his relative inexperience.
Never played at this level. Never coached at this level.
“I tried to spin it that I’m undefeated,” DeBoer said Monday of his winning interview with Panthers General Manager Jacques Martin. “I guess he bought it.”
Soon we’ll learn whether DeBoer’s players buy in, too.
from Aaron Portzline of the Dispatch,
After months of planning and strategy, the Blue Jackets’ summer of significant change is nearing the launch pad.
A trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the negotiating rights to winger Ryan Malone could be struck today or, more likely, Wednesday, NHL sources told The Dispatch
more on the Blue Jackets…
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