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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
• A guy nearly as busy as Gainey is Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, who was burning up the phone lines again Thursday trying to make something happen.
“Working on multiple aspects here,” Burke said via e-mail. “Discussing straight player trades, working on three draft scenarios—move up, pick, move down.”...
In the meantime, as Burke pointed out, he’s also looking at traditional player trades. A source told ESPN.com late Thursday afternoon that the Leafs received an offer for veteran blueliner Tomas Kaberle. Things are getting interesting!
• Nothing much new on the Dany Heatley front, meanwhile.
“Unfortunately, nothing has changed,” Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray said via text message Thursday afternoon. “A couple of conversations only.”
The ongoing saga surrounding the Tampa Bay Lightning took another turn on Thursday afternoon, as all NHL general managers and player agents received a short email message from general manager Brian Lawton establishing his role with the club going forward.
“Please be advised that in order to avoid any confusion over the next couple of weeks, as GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning Organization I am the only person authorized to speak on behalf of the team with regard to player transactions,” the email read.
“No other person is authorized to negotiate player transactions. Any questions, feel free to call.”
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN the Toronto Maple Leafs have received what the team considers to be a significant offer for defenceman Tomas Kaberle.
There are few details available, however the offer arrived unexpectedly Thursday afternoon and is believed to be from one of the teams who may have been in the hunt, trying to acquire the negotiating rights to Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester.
from Michael Russo’s Twitter,
Appears L.A. Kings team to beat for Heatley; Alex Frolov, another & the fifth overall pick I’m hearing.
from Paul Branecky of CarolinaHurricanes.com,
Based on what was said at the conclusion of the season, it seemed as though Erik Cole and Chad LaRose, the team’s top two internal priorities, would be back in the fold with time to spare. However, there is still some considerable ground to make up before that happens.
“It doesn’t look like it now,” said Rutherford when asked if he expected to sign Cole and LaRose before they can shop their services freely to other teams. “We’re not making a lot of progress with any guys at this point. I do have some meetings set up this week, so I’ll have a better idea when I get back to the office on Monday as to where we are on these contracts.”
Although those players could still be signed by Carolina after July 1, Rutherford said that he viewed that day as a hard deadline, making it unlikely that those players would return if talks don’t move forward rather quickly..
Ken Holland was just on NHL Live, here is a recap.
Until the Wings know what the cap figure is, they really cannot make any moves.
Regarding Hossa, he has talked with Hossa’s agent this week, and believes the Wings are Hossa’s first choice. If he can get a cap number that satisfies both parties, then they will sign it. No official offer has been made, waiting for the hard cap number.
Regarding the draft, Wings will take a skater that fits into the Wings philosophy. The person they draft is probably 4-5 years away from the NHL and they are looking at the skill of the player.
The LA Kings are Twittering from the draft,
Just spoke with Hexy about what OTT is asking for in exchange for Heatley. He said “1 or 2 players and our fifth pick.”
Also, SENShobo is updating thru twitter at his blog on KK.
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
Now that the 2008-09 season is over, it’s time for a developing Screen Shots tradition: the year-end column in which, with the aid of RottenTomatoes.com, we decide on a real-life movie title for each NHL team’s season, as well as a genuine review of that film that also works as commentary on their fortunes. (For scrolling’s sake, we’ll do the Eastern Conference this week and the Western side seven days from now.)
Movie: I Love You, Man
Summary: The Capitals take another step forward in their team evolution. Still, the focus remains on No. 8. Who doesn’t love the hot stick-touching, “I-SWEAR-A-GAWD”-uttering, commercial-jingle-warbling Alex Ovechkin? (Besides Sidney Crosby.)
Real Review: “Great for men, excellent for women and perfect for a metrosexual man-date.” – Colin Newton, Courier Mail
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
The Florida Panthers are closing in on dealing star defenceman Jay Bouwmeester’s negotiating rights.
Five teams remain in the mix with the asking price just to talk to Bouwmeester, according to source, believed to be a third round draft pick.
Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks are in discussions with a couple of teams, with Sharks forward Ryan Clowe the centre of trade talks.
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