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from Chip Alexander of Lord Stanley’s Blog,
Carolina Hurricanes general Jim Rutherford said today that the team hoped to sign star forward Eric Staal to a long-term contract in the next week to 10 days.
Rutherford would not disclose the financial figures being discussed, but it is believed Staal could receive a seven- or eight-year contract that will pay him between $7 million and $10 million a year.
“We’re continuing to talk and have talked more of late,” Rutherford said. “I would expect us to get a deal done soon. We’re getting to the point we’re just trying to fine-tune it.”
via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
Lombardi and Hextall made it clear at the GM breakfast that the Kings are still actively pursuing a veteran defenseman. From what I’m hearing, those talks could get particularly intense this week, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a deal get done.
The names? Anaheim’s Mathieu Schneider is one the Kings are seriously considering. Other names under consideration would be San Jose’s Kyle McLaren, Florida’s Karlis Skrastins, Nashville’s Greg de Vries, St. Louis’ Jay McKee and Pittsburgh’s Darryl Sydor.
added 6:44pm, This also from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
The Kings are still looking at a trade as their best option to add a defenseman, but should they shift their focus to the free-agent route, the names they’re looking at would include Jassen Cullimore, Bret Hedican, Keith Carney, Marek Malik and Nolan Pratt.
From Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider:
I also asked Nylander about all of the trade rumors (Vancouver, New York, New Jersey, etc.) that surfaced over the summer. He acknowledged that he heard them, but he said he’s not worried. And for good reason:
“I have a no move clause in my contract,” he said. “So it’s really up to me if I want to move. I want to stay here and I’m looking forward to the season. There’s lots of rumors about lots of players all the time.”
With NHL training camps getting under way next week, ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun answer these 10 Burning Questions as we count down to the Oct. 4 season opener:
Will there be a Stanley Cup hangover in Detroit?
Burnside: Yes. As good and deep as the Red Wings are, there is always a little hitch in the step of the defending Cup champions. Watch for Marian Hossa to take some time to fit into the Red Wings’ lineup, and there will be a ripple effect in terms of who gets power-play time and prime minutes among the team’s forwards with Hossa’s arrival.
LeBrun: No. Too much is being made about the post-lockout Cup-hangover effect. Carolina got hammered by injuries, and that’s why the Hurricanes plummeted after their Cup win in 2006. Anaheim began its title defense without its most important player, Scott Niedermayer, and top goal scorer, Teemu Selanne.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Eleven days until the Blue Jackets take the ice for the start of training camp in Nationwide Arena. The coming season is even more in focus now, so I got to thinking. It won’t surprise me if ...
—Kristian Huselius (No. 1 unit) and Jakub Voracek (No. 2) are on the point of the power play
—R.J. Umberger has 50-plus assists
—Raffi Torres isn’t his old self again until December or January
—the Blue Jackets trade a defenseman (or two) before the start of the regular season
from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,
Coming off a week that put me in a fighting mood, I figured it was a good time to have some fun and look at 10 of the NHL’s top pugilists.
Milan Lucic, Boston (13 fights in ’07-08)
He probably can’t throw with the heavyweights, but watching the young buck prior to concussion problems last season was still a true treat…oh, and he has the potential to develop into a top power forward, too.
continue for the other nine…
from Jim Boone at the Hockey News,
My fantasy hall of fame does not use the same selection criteria as the HHOF. My hall emphasizes players’ community contributions, longevity in the game and dedication to one team, as well as skill on the ice.
So, who are the charter members of my hall? The very first inductee would be Steve Yzerman. This guy is truly amazing. I won’t rant about all my memories of Stevie ‘Y’ and his generous spirit and amazing on-ice talent. I will, however, tell you a quick story about the size of this guy’s heart.
At a year-end beach party during the final days of my 11th grade in high school, a group of my friends were clowning around on a local Ottawa beach. An accident occurred and one of my peers was left paralyzed and wheelchair bound for his remaining days.
from The Hollywood Reporter,
New Line Cinema will presumably answer that question in a film about professional hockey player Sean Avery’s experiences as a summer intern at the fashion bible Vogue.
New Line, which is developing and will produce a big-screen account of his experiences in the fashion world and the relationships he made there, has hired Stan Chervin to write the screenplay. Contrafilms’ Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson, who were behind New Line’s sleeper hit “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” will produce.
In other hockey related news from The Hollywood Reporter,
Julie Andrews has earned her wings.
The actress will join Dwayne Johnson and Ashley Judd in Fox’s family comedy “Tooth Fairy.”
The film centers on Derek Thompson (Johnson), a minor-league hockey player whose nickname is the Tooth Fairy because of his ability to knock out opposing players’ teeth. Judd plays his girlfriend.
from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,
The slick Slovak was rookie GM Mike Gillis’s highest profile free-agent signing in July and inked a two-year deal worth $8 million.
He will be expected to fill the offensive void created by captain Markus Naslund’s departure.
Demitra is not coming off a stellar season himself. He had only 15 goals in Jacques Lemaire’s suffocating Minnesota Wild system. It was one of the reasons he opted to move on.
The Canucks, of course, have not been an offensive juggernaut since head coach Alain Vigneault’s arrival in 2006 but Demitra has put his faith in Gillis, his former agent.
“Obviously I was working with Mike Gillis for many years and I know what he’s like,” said the 33-year-old forward. “I’m hoping they’re going to try and change it here and play a little more offence.”
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
“I’m doing great,” said Blake. “I was actually at the doctor last week. Everything is definitely managed. I’ve put it behind me. It’s good to be back and I’m ready to play. My mind is totally clear.
“It’s the best I’ve felt in 10 years. I worked hard this summer. I did a couple of different things to get ready for this year and hopefully it will pay off.”
That Blake seems to be winning his battle with chronic myelogenous leukemia is perhaps the best news of all. He was assured from the beginning it was a beatable form of cancer. Still, the news came as a blow.
“I didn’t think it would take that big of a toll on me. It did,” said Blake. “It’s unfortunate that had to happen.”
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