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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Detroit Red Wings got a query or two this weekend from other teams looking to acquire the rights to pending unrestricted free-agent forward Marian Hossa.
“Yeah, I have been approached about acquiring his rights,” Wings GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com on Saturday as the NHL draft wrapped up.
But for now, the answer is no as Holland keeps trying to re-sign the star winger.
“But obviously if it appears that we can’t get anything done in the next 48 hours, then ... you’d rather get something than nothing,” said Holland. “So right now, I’m just in a holding pattern.”
read on for more Wings and other NHL teams too…
With the draft completed, we now look forward to teams trying to sign their own UFAs and all the chatter that comes ahead of July 1st.
It is an exciting time for hockey fans and we here at KK will be providing you with the latest hockey news.
Thanks to Erin, Patrick and SENSHobo for providing live coverage from Montreal and to Alanah for all her work at KK yesterday.
Remember to check back often, you never know when news will break!
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Sutter will have to knock the socks off Bouwmeester’s agent, Bryon Baltimore, to keep him from exploring free agency on July 1, the course of action the pair has planned all along. That means something like a decade-long deal with an average cap hit somewhere in the $6.5-$7 million range. That’s a hefty chunk of change in and of itself, but even more problematic considering what looks to be a tight cap situation in Calgary.
It appears as though the Flames will have at least $9.3 million coming off the cap on July 1 when the contracts of Adrian Aucoin ($4 million), Mike Cammalleri ($3.35 million) and Todd Bertuzzi ($1.95 million) expire. That creates enough room for Bouwmeester, but creates several other holes, especially up front where the Flames have just four legitimate top-six forwards…
added 1:12pm, Calgary clears some cap room by trading Vandermeer to Phoenix for Prust. Trade clears almost $2M in cap space.
via Kevin Allen’s Twitter,
Just told that Teemu Selanne has called Anaheim GM Bob Murray to say that he is going to play next season.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that Teemu Selanne has elected to return to play for the club next season (2009-10). Selanne, already under contract for the 2009-10 campaign, informed Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray of his decision this morning.
“This is obviously great news for the Ducks,” said Murray. “Teemu is still playing at a high level, brings passion and energy to the locker room and is a loyal member of this franchise. It’s fantastic he’s chosen to continue his playing career.”
“I’m very happy to play another season in Anaheim,” said Selanne. “The way we played toward the end of last season, I’m excited about our chances. We definitely have what it takes to win.”
via Darren Dreger of TSN,
Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis met with Henrik and Daniel Sedin’s agent, JP Barry late Friday night following round one of the NHL Entry Draft.
The Canucks did not table a counter proposal to the Sedin’s recent, 12-year, $63 million dollar pitch, and sources say Gillis gave no indication a counter offer is coming.
Both Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams will be filing reports for KK today. Their observations will be posted below as the day progresses and SENShobo is at the draft too, using Cover It Live.
added 1:54pm, from Erin,
A lot of speculation, but not many surprises were the order of the day for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Whether we’ll experience a true first-round bust or sixth-round gem remains to be seen. Obviously we all put an enormous amount of research and stock into the picks and where they fall, but at the end of the day, it’s still very much a crapshoot.
We’ve had a lot of fun here—much thanks to Kukla’s Korner and to all of the readers. Hope to see you next year!
added 1:48pm, from Patrick,
Fittingly, Montreal picked up the 211th and final pick of the Draft from Pittsburgh. With the pick, the Canadiens took Finnish junior goalie Petteri Simila.
The son of Ray.
Panthers get Jordan Leopold (ufa July 1st) and a 3rd round pick.
added 10:29am, via Flames Insider,
So Sutter has a week to convince Bouwmeester to join the Flames.
It also means that the Flames must lose some salary somewhere.
In other words, it’s just starting.
Want to know who was taken in the NHL Entry Draft today? May I point you to the TSN Draft Tracker and The Hockey News pick-by-pick tracker. Draft starts at 10:00am ET today and can be seen on the NHL Network.
If stories come out of the draft, I will be around all day and of course, informing KK readers about all the talk.
added 10:04am, Watch NHL Network streamed below…
from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,
“I made it sort of clear [and the end of the season] I would like to get a hammer, a guy who makes life miserable for the other team. This is one of those guys,” said the general manager. “I think we’ve made some strides in terms of revamping our defense over the last few years. You put Chris in our mix, and it makes our defense a good group.”
Pronger, who admitted he was not shocked at the trade, also thinks he will fit in perfectly with his new team.
“The style of the play that the Flyers have been known to play certainly fits my game,” he said via conference call. “They’ve got some great young talent and I hope to help not only develop the team into being one of the top teams in the league, but winning a Stanley Cup. I think that’s why we all play the game, is to win, and certainly the Stanley Cup is the pinnacle for our sport.”
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