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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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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.
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