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from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,
The Ottawa Senators and Antoine Vermette are one day away from having their differences over a new contract resolved for them.
Unless they come to an agreement on their own before tomorrow’s arbitration hearing in Toronto, they’ll present their arguments and then nervously wait for the arbitrator’s decision.
If the Senators don’t like the decison, they can exercise their right to “walk away,” but that would allow Vermette, 26, to become an unrestricted free agent. General manager Bryan Murray would be loath to lose such a young, promising player for nothing.
Vermette’s name has also been mentioned in a number of trade rumours, including swaps with Toronto (for Pavel Kubina), Vancouver (Ryan Kesler or Sami Salo), Chicago, Columbus and Florida.
from Russo’s Rants,
L.A.’s under the cap floor, but Terry Murray’s the coach now. Parrish played for him in Florida, so I’m sure it’ll be like, “been there, done that.”
However, Terry’s older bro, Bryan, is the GM in Ottawa, and Bryan traded for Parrish is Florida.
Maybe he goes back to the Islanders? He’s buddies with GM Garth Snow. Vancouver definitely needs offense and has plenty of cap room, so maybe he reunites with Pav. Atlanta and Phoenix are just above the cap floor.
more on Parrish and the Wild…
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
They’d have to start with a trade package of forwards Scottie Upshall ($1.225 million) and Steve Downie ($821,000). Downie played briefly under recently hired Panthers coach Peter DeBoer when both were with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario League.
The Panthers would need a defenseman as part of the package and the Flyers could free another $2.75 million of cap space by trading Randy Jones.
That would give the Flyers plenty of cap room to take on Bouwmeester, who almost certainly would negotiate a long-term extension that takes him well past unrestricted free agency next summer.
But the Panthers would need more for Bouwmeester than Upshall, Downie and an overpriced Jones. A deal maker would be James van Riemsdyk, the second player taken overall in last year’s draft who will play for the University of New Hampshire this season.
from Brad Schrade of the Tennessean,
Two NHL owners who stood to gain if William J. “Boots” Del Biaggio III bought a stake in the Nashville Predators lent the California financier and the team a total of $27 million to help close the deal in December, according to court records, interviews and confidential internal documents obtained by The Tennessean.
The two lenders — sports and entertainment giant AEG, which owns the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, and then-Predators owner Craig Leipold — were in the inner circle of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. However, Bettman says he knew nothing about the loans to Del Biaggio at the time the Predators’ sale was finalized in December.
from Mark Spector of the National Post,
Right now, Sundin is like a guy who has paid $29.95 for brunch, but has no room left after a single plate. He sits in Sweden, knowing he is healthy enough to still play, knowing that the Vancouver Canucks two-year, US$20-million offer is something he should snap up, knowing there is a buffet table there for the pillaging.
But there is just one problem. Sundin isn’t hungry anymore.
Judging by the effect a lack of hunger for the game has had on the games of great players like Niedermayer, Selanne and Forsberg, why would a semi-committed Sundin fare any better?
from the Nashville Predators,
Predators defenseman Ville Koistinen was awarded a one-year contract at $700,000 as part of the NHL’s arbitration process. Koistinen’s arbitration case was heard by an independent arbitrator on Monday (July 28) in Toronto. Koistinen was a restricted free agent this summer and filed for arbitration prior to the July 5 player deadline.
With the award announced, the contract is in the process of being signed by both Koistinen and the Predators and should be finalized by NHL’s Central Scouting in the coming days.
from the Tampa Bay Lightning,
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed center Steven Stamkos to a three-year, entry-level contract today, vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton announced today at a press conference at Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria, British Columbia. Stamkos is currently attending the Lightning’s prospect camp in Victoria.
“It is with great pleasure that we formally announce the signing of Steven today,” Lawton said. “It is obvious to all of our staff in a brief period of time that Steven is a very special young man with great potential. His work ethic and eagerness to learn have been very impressive. We believe with our veteran leadership that Tampa Bay is the perfect scenario for Steven to grow and mature as a player and person on and off the ice.”
from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,
... In other words, the Kings aren’t exactly headed in the right direction.
Or are they?
Take a close look at L.A.’s roster and there’s hope on the horizon.
The Kings already boast a handful of burgeoning stars up front in forwards Anze Kopitar (20 years and 11 months), Patrick O’Sullivan (23), Dustin Brown (23) and Alexander Frolov (26).
from the CP via the Toronto Star,
Charges levied against a Montreal Canadiens defenceman following an incident at a Tampa Bay nightclub last February have been dropped.
Ryan O’Byrne had been charged with grand theft.
State attorney Pam Bondi says the charges against the Victoria, B.C., native were dropped after he read an apology in court to the victim and agreed to do community service in Canada.
From Adrian Dater at All Things Avs
Raycroft ripped the Toronto media some, for taking comments he made about not watching much hockey away from the rink and branding him as a guy who isn’t dedicated to the game. “I made it to the NHL and have spent the last 20 years of my life dedicated to hockey. I think that shows some commitment,” Raycroft said.
He said he’s looking forward to working with a full-time goalie coach in Jeff Hackett, instead of just a part-timer like the Leafs had, in Bob Essensa. He said he’s working out hard this summer, and is currently in Denver looking for a place for the coming year.
His overall assessment of his future: “I know I still have it.”
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