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Veteran free agent forward Mike Modano doesn’t seem to be expecting to return to the Dallas Stars, according to a report from ESPN.
“The more and more I look at the situation here, I come to believe I’m not in the scheme of things here,” Modano told the network on Monday. “If I had to play, I may have to look at going elsewhere.”
The 40-year-old says he will wait until at least July before he decides on what he will do with his future; free agency begins on July 1 in the NHL.
From SI.com’s Darren Eliot:
The Montreal Canadiens’ trade of Jaroslav Halak to the St. Louis Blues set the Habs’ fans to wringing their hands en masse. Of course, any move by the Canadiens in Montreal elicits beaucoup emotion. Coming off such an unexpected playoff run in which Halak was the central figure, though, it stands to reason that shipping him out of town for prospect Lars Eller would elicit some debate.
Part of the rancor comes from the fact that the Canadiens have once again handed Carey Price, the other young goaltender in Montreal, the keys to the crease. Price went from prospect to anointed one in short order after the Habs selected him with the fifth pick in the 2005 entry draft. Factor in some off-ice shenanigans and immature responses by Price and now the locals are looking at him through a prism of petulance more so than promise. All this and the fact that Halak’s heroics are freshest in mind.
Still, did anyone really think this would turn out any differently?
From the Toronto Globe and Mail’s Sean Gordon:
With the NHL draft looming and the hockey world humming with trade talk, Jason Spezza of the Ottawa Senators can be added to the list of players who may soon have new addresses.
Though the Senators would clearly prefer to retain the stylish centre’s services, general manager Bryan Murray confirmed weeks of speculation on Monday, saying that Spezza is open to trade discussions. “He said he wouldn’t object to one, he didn’t come in and say ‘I have to be traded.’ He didn’t object to, ‘Maybe it’s time,’” Murray said.
The GM added that, “We will look at everything that will help our hockey team, but I’m not going to make a bad trade.”
Per various sources, the Minnesota Wild have obtained enforcer Brad Staubitz from the San Jose Sharks for a 2010 5th-round draft pick.
From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo:
Brent Flahr seems like a quiet, innocent, unsuspecting guy, but when you work with him, you learn awfully fast to never turn your back.
Take Shep Harder, the Wild’s director of hockey administration. He’s allergic to mayonnaise, so during a recent meeting, when Harder asked for “no mayo” on a sandwich, Flahr made sure it had extra mayo.
Luckily, Flahr didn’t kill Harder. But it made for a lot of laughs when Harder ran out minutes later with indigestion.
From the Calgary Herald’s Vicki Hall:
Jarome Iginla plans to flick on his television Friday night and take in the soap opera better known as the NHL Entry Draft.
In doing so, the Calgary Flames captain predicts his annual round of sympathy pains for the young men in starched suits and breath-constricting neckties.
“I remember my draft day,” Iginla says via telephone from his off-season home in Kelowna, B.C. “I don’t think I’ve ever been that nervous — or that excited — in my whole life.”
From the Detroit Free Press’ Lee Snider:
Former NHL great Dino Ciccarelli amassed 608 goals in a 19-year career that included four seasons in Detroit (1992-96).
Yet, the scrappy, prolific scorer isn’t in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Minneapolis Star Tribune hockey writer Michael Russo thinks this might be Dino’s year.
From the Chicago Tribune’s Sam Roe:
Go ahead: Touch it, hug it, give it a big wet kiss.
The Stanley Cup isn’t the germ bomb you might suspect.
The NHL champion Blackhawks’ beloved trophy stopped by the Chicago Tribune newsroom Thursday, and so we took the opportunity to do something the Cup’s keeper said had never been done: We swabbed it for germs.
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford:
The old adage in hockey is that a team never can have enough defensemen. Well, the Blues are proving that wrong, at least when it comes to stockpiling young defenders.
Of the club’s last seven first-round picks, four play on the blue line. With the trade of forward Lars Eller last week, the team’s highest remaining draft pick in each of the past four years is a defenseman: Erik Johnson in 2006, Ian Cole in ‘07, Alex Pietrangelo in ‘08 and David Rundblad and Brett Ponich in ‘09.
With the 14th pick in this week’s NHL draft, which begins with the first round at 6 p.m. (St. Louis time) Friday in Los Angeles, the Blues aren’t expected to be in the running for another defenseman in the first round.
From the St. Pete Times’ Damian Cristodero:
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman has sent a message to Vinny Lecavalier.
“We’re going to challenge him to be better,” Yzerman said.
But Yzerman also apparently assured the captain, who is coming off two disappointing seasons, he still is part of the plan.
“I’m not going to go out and start shopping Vinny Lecavalier around,” Yzerman said recently at the St. Pete Times Forum.
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