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via John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
NHL free agency begins in a matter of hours, but the Buffalo Sabres’ main focus is re-signing a player with a year left on his contract. General Manager Darcy Regier said today the team has begun preliminary contract talks with goaltender Ryan Miller.
“It’s early, but anytime we have conversations in that area it’s good,” Regier said.
from Blueland Blog,
Last week readers of the Blueland Blog were given the chance to submit questions for new head coach John Anderson. I caught up with him while he was in town (he’s currently in Ontario at a coaching clinic) and asked as many of those questions as I could in the time allotted….
Q. How do you plan on getting the most out of Ilya Kovalchuk?
Open the gate and let him go.
Q. What current hockey coach do you most admire?
Bruce Boudreau. I respect a lot of the things he does.
from Lightning Strikes,
Before we even get into why the Lightning, as it stands at this moment, is in no position to give up one of the league’s best puck-moving defensemen, let’s start with this: Dan Boyle, recently married to a local woman and expecting a child in late November, has a no-trade clause that his agent said Monday Boyle likely is not inclined to waive.
“I haven’t pushed it with Dan other than when we signed,” agent George Bazos said of when Boyle signed his six-year, $40-million deal. “Dan wants to be in Tampa. Nothing has changed as far as that goes. My best guess is that Dan would not want to waive his no-trade clause right now.”
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
The Montreal Canadiens had hoped to sign Mats Sundin by Tuesday but that appears unlikely. Habs GM Bob Gainey exchanged e-mails with the 37-year-old star centre again over the weekend but to no avail.
“After thinking about things for quite a long time, and after listening to what Bob had to say, Mats still has not made a decision on whether he will play next season,” Sundin’s agent J.P. Barry told The Canadian Press on Monday. “He knows that there was a wonderful opportunity in Montreal and he’s very appreciative of the way that Bob handled the discussions over the past week.”
So Sundin, still unsure about his playing future, hits the unrestricted free-agent market Tuesday with Detroit and the New York Rangers among the teams expected to chase him along with Montreal.
“Mats has not closed any doors and will simply listen to all the options that are presented to him over the next while,” added Barry.
read on for the latest update on all the talk today…
As I stated last week, Mats decides to go the UFA route. Nothing earth shattering, but I am one for one, so I am quitting while ahead of the game!
From the CP (via Slam),
Hockey’s greatest prize arrived in Canada’s youngest province on Monday, greeted by the first man from Newfoundland and Labrador to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup.
Newfoundland hockey hero Dan Cleary and a mob of fans welcomed the Cup on its arrival at the St. John’s airport. Cleary became the first Newfoundland-born player to win the Cup when the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL finals earlier this month.
“You don’t forget where you came from,” Cleary said.
We’ve had a ton of email requests from KK readers for more info on Dan Cleary’s time with the Stanley Cup (who knew you all loved Newfies so much?!) so let me send you off to Puck Daddy, who has a great selection of photos.
Update 4:22pm ET: Check out MLive for video of today’s activities.
Update 5:10pm ET: Kenn Oliver at The Telegram has a story up.
from Lightning Strikes,
The Lightning announced it traded for Flyers minor league defenseman Janne Niskala, and sent the Flyers a sixth-round 2009 draft pick.
Niskala, 26, was acquired by Philadelphia on June 25 from Nashville for forward Triston Grant and a seventh-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
I’ve been told that the Blue Jackets will be in hot pursuit of “four or five” players as of 12:00:01 Tuesday. First is the phone calls, then out go the faxes with offers. My guess—Redden, Morrison, Brooks Orpik, Kristian Huselius, Radim Vrbata. Maybe Niklas Hagman. Maybe Mike Commodore. Wait, that’s seven.
from Spector at Fox Sports,
History, however, has shown that a major free-agent signing can sometimes turn into a disastrous move.
Mark Messier was already a living legend when the Vancouver Canucks signed him in 1997 to a three-year, $20 million contract, expecting his leadership, skills and experience to lift them into Cup contention.
Alas, Messier by then was becoming a spent force no longer capable of carrying a team as he’d done with the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers. The Canucks missed the playoffs in each of his three seasons with them.
read on for more examples…
from Lightning Strikes,
Perhaps it was just posturing. Perhaps he just didn’t want to give anything away. Or maybe Brian Rolston is so committed to exploring his worth on the open market, the Lightning is going to have to work like crazy to get him signed.
Whatever the motivations, Rolston’s agent Stephen Bartlett played it close to the vest Monday afternoon when asked how negotiations were going with Tampa Bay.
“We’ve had some discussions,” he said.
from Capitals Insider,
Huet and the Caps, in fact, aren’t that far apart, I’m told. But, as you know, a deal isn’t a deal until it’s signed. If a deal is finalized, look for it to be three-years, as previously reported, in the neighborhood of $5 million per. That’s a lot of money, but the Caps are comfortable with Huet and vice versa.
Green, meantime, has been presented with multiple scenarios, including both long and short-term offers, and his camp is mulling them.
more on the Caps…
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