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from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
Apparently one of the reasons why the Blackhawks and Martin Havlat haven’t yet agreed on a new contract is the length of the deal.
According to a source, the Hawks’ initial offer to Havlat was for a one-year contract. It’s not known if the team has moved off that negotiating position.
Havlat likely would receive a multiyear deal should he reach unrestricted free agency on July 1.
Signing Havlat for just one year would assure the Hawks of having more money to spend next summer when Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane are up for new contracts.
The Boston Bruins are in pursuit of Tomas Kaberle and a top 10 pick in today’s draft.
Sources tell TSN the Bruins have offered restricted free agent Phil Kessel to Toronto in exchange for Leaf defenceman Kaberle and Toronto’s No. 7 pick in today’s draft.
The Leafs are apparently canvassing the league to see if there are any better offers out there.
added 8:08am, Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe posted this last night,
The Leafs this afternoon received at least one solid offer for veteran defenseman Tomas Kaberle, and according to a source familiar with added offers that Toronto is fielding this evening, the Bruins could be among the suitors.
Some of the rumors from yesterday that proved to be false and please note, none were pointed out on KK…
Bouwmeester Will Be Traded Thursday, Bouwmeester Gone Within 2 Hours, Bouwmeester Will Be Traded Tonight
Kaberle About to Move
Luongo Agrees To Contract Extension
When real news is about to break, we will be here, providing you with the information you seek and want.
from Kevin Allen’s Twitter thsi morning,
Heard this morning that unless offers significanly improve the Senators may keep Dany Heatley. His $7.5 million cap too much for most teams.
added 8:17am, via Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
A well-placed source reports Ottawa GM Bryan Murray, under pressure to move Heatley before a $4 million up-front payment on his $8M salary for 2009-10 comes due on Wednesday, acknowledged yesterday he hasn’t received an offer of close to equal value for Heatley, who has five years and $35M remaining on a contract that comes with a $7.5M annual cap hit.
Though GM Glen Sather has backed himself into a corner with the cap that will remain within a couple of hundred thousand dollars of last year’s $56.7M following the NHLPA’s vote to trigger a five-percent bump to counteract a decline in revenue, the Blueshirts could absorb Heatley’s contract by moving Michal Rozsival ($5M cap hit) and not qualifying Nik Zherdev ($3.25M). Qualifying offers are due by 5 p.m. Monday.
from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,
Hakan Andersson was sitting at a Stockholm-area mall, having lunch with a friend when a 16-year-old boy walked up to him and said something quite unusual.
“Are you Hakan Andersson, the scout from Detroit?”
If you’re in the line of work that Andersson is, fame is nice, but a hurdle in getting the job done.
“First-time ever it’s happened to me in my entire life,” said Andersson of being recognized. “I think people around the rinks might know me, but that’s about it. I buy my ticket, walk in, stand in a corner, watch. I don’t want anybody to know. If you’re on what I call a little mission, watching a guy in a lesser-known league, then you want to be in the corner. You don’t want anyone to say, ‘I saw the Red Wings scout here last game.’”
from the CP via The Hockey News,
Vincent Lecavalier, Dany Heatley, Chris Pronger, Jay Bouwmeester, Tomas Kaberle, Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
The list of players involved in trade rumours on the eve of the NHL draft could easily have been taken right from an all-star game program.
While scouting departments went through their final preparations on Thursday, the league’s 30 general managers were busy working the phones. And judging by some of the rumours, there could be a lot of fireworks at the Bell Centre during the first round of Friday evening’s draft.
“It heated up pretty well today,” said Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke. “Not just on the draft front, but on some other trade issues.”
from Dan Wood of the OC Register,
In the wake of the club’s seven-game loss to the Detroit Red Wings in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Murray requested answers from Niedermayer and Selanne “before the draft.” Technically, that means by 4 p.m. (PDT) .
“I’ll know when I get to the draft,” Murray said. “If I don’t, I’m going to be upset. I’ll hear from Scotty. He’s supposed to tell me — that’s all I know. Then I’ll call Teemu.”
Selanne has a contract set to pay him $2 million next season but could choose to retire, and Niedermayer stands to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday….
Veteran defenseman Chris Pronger continues to be the Ducks player bandied about most in trade speculation, though his availability, like many other things, could depend on Niedermayer.
“I wouldn’t say he’s on the market, but like every other player we have, if someone calls, we’re going to listen,” Murray said.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
“It hasn’t been a secret that we’ve always been in the market for a big, strong, first-line centre and wherever that player may be, that’s where we’ll be looking,” Gainey said Thursday regarding the Canadiens’ plans for the draft.
“I think it’s going to require some patience, maybe a little bit of luck,” Gainey said about the search for a centre. “We feel we have some of the assets needed to put a deal together if we have a partner who really wants to move in that direction.
“We’re staying available and we’ll be available until a deal is done.”
The name most commonly mentioned is that of Tampa Bay Lightning star Vincent Lecavalier, who grew up in suburban Montreal, but there are questions as to whether Tampa Bay is willing to trade him and whether the Canadiens can meet the Lightning’s price.
Gainey said he believes that the best chance of landing a big centre was through a trade, rather than waiting to see who’s available when the free-agent signing period begins July 1.
from Sun Media,
The sale of the Montreal Canadiens to the Molson family continues to raise questions, with many believing the sale process happened too quickly.
Quebec’s Argent news agency has learned that the speed at which Gillett wanted to sell the team didn’t impress NHL brass, notably league commissioner Gary Bettman.
“Bettman wasn’t pleased with the first few steps in the selling (process),” a source said.
Sources close to the sale suggest Bettman put a halt to the whole process at one point in April to attempt to re-organize the situation. On May 4, Bettman is said to have invited prospective buyers of the team to New York to try and find out exactly what Gillett was seeking.
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