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Many Teams Want Campbell

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Sources say the Senators believe they have a good shot at landing Campbell and he will be their No. 1 target tomorrow.

There’s talk Campbell would like to return from San Jose to the Eastern Conference—and Ottawa would be on his list.

“That’s definitely a team I’d consider,” said Campbell, enjoying the holiday weekend at his home near Strathroy. “You hear a lot of rumours and speculation about (the Senators) being interested. I know that city as well as I know Buffalo and probably better than San Jose.”...

The indications are the Rangers, Thrashers, Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Bruins and Blackhawks are all going to make a pitch. And the Sharks can’t be ruled out because Campbell feels a certain amount of loyalty toward them.

A league source said Atlanta GM Don Waddell is so determined to bring Campbell into the fold that the Thrashers might be willing to table a five-year, $42-million US deal (that’s $8.4 million a season).

more

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Sharks Update On Marleau & Clowe

from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

Today, for example, General Manager Doug Wilson could send captain Patrick Marleau to another team before the no-trade clause in his two-year, $12.6 million contract extension takes effect Tuesday. Rumors over the past two months have had Marleau wearing several different jerseys next season.

But a source familiar with the situation said Sunday that Marleau is not the subject of any trade talk, making it all but certain he will remain a Shark….

Campbell isn’t the only Shark with an expiring contract whom other teams might covet. Left wing Ryane Clowe, for example, could become a restricted free agent Tuesday.

But Clowe is staying put. He and the Sharks have reached a tentative agreement on a new deal with only the length of the contract to be determined. And neither side sees that as an obstacle.

more on the Sharks…

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Jarkko Ruutu Understands It Is A Business

from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Ruutu reiterated his desire to remain with the Penguins—“Pittsburgh is a great team and, hopefully, we can work something out”—and said that the Malone-Roberts trade did nothing to change that.

“It’s part of the business,” Ruutu said. “Every team, it happens.”

Ruutu, who made $1.15 million in each of the past two seasons, is one of hockey’s top antagonists and bolstered his bargaining leverage by playing well in the stretch drive and playoffs.

Even if the sides agree on money, the length of a deal could be a point of contention for him.

more on the Penguins…

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  Tags: jarkko+ruutu

Lightning Acquire Rights to Rolston

From the Minnesota Wild (press release):

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough tonight announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired a conditional draft pick in either the 2009 or 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forward Brian Rolston.

Update 11:07pm ET: From Michael Russo at his Star Tribune blog,

The trade is done. It’s for a conditional draft pick with three different conditions apparently depending on whether Rolston signs with Tampa Bay or not. The conditions will be spelled out to me in a little bit.

Update 11:16pm ET: You can see the conditions for the pick at Russo’s site. They’re a bit (shall we say) convoluted, in part dependent on approval of the earlier Malone signing in Tampa.

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  Tags: brian+rolston

Oilers Acquire Visnovsky From LA Kings

From TSN:

The Edmonton Oilers have acquired defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Jarret Stoll and defenceman Matt Greene.

continued…

More details to come at the Edmonton Oilers website and on the LA Kings site.

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  Tags: jarret+stoll, lubomir+visnovsky, matt+greene

Report: Liles & Foote Re-Signed by Avs

From Bob McKenzie at TSN:

Scratch defenceman John-Michael Liles from the list of available free agents.

Sources tell TSN that Liles and the Colorado Avalanche have agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth an average of slightly more than $4 million per year.

Update 10:50pm ET: TSN’s link has been updated to include Adam Foote’s signing,

Sources tell TSN Foote’s deal is believed to be for two years and a total of $6 million, or $3 million per year.

*thanks to Shane in the comments for pointing out the update

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  Tags: john-michael+liles

Evening Line

“If other teams come to the table July 1, obviously we have an obligation to look at those things, but Corey’s instructions are to try to get the best deal done with Anaheim,” said Mark Guy, Perry’s agent. “He enjoys it there, wants to continue and have a chance to win another Cup. I don’t see any reason why we’re not going to be able to get something done with the Ducks.”

via Dan Wood at the OC Register.  more on Perry…

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Appears Rolston Headed Towards Free Agency

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

The sides still have until midnight today (Monday) to complete a deal that would keep Rolston, 35, from testing the free-agent waters, but that isn’t going to happen.

“At this point,” Rolston said in a text message Sunday afternoon, “we are going to July 1.”

more

added 8:22pm, via Russo’s Rants,

I see Rolston on Sidney Crosby’s wing in Pittsburgh. I know Florida, Atlanta, the Rangers, Islanders and Montreal really want him, too. Tampa will sign Ryan Malone to a seven-year, $31.5 million deal, but that doesn’t mean the Lightning’s out of the Rolston hunt, I was just told. The Lightning has interest in Radim Vrbata, too.

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  Tags: brian+rolston

Top UFA Dmen

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

TSN asked a group of 12 general managers, coaches and player agents to submit a list of the 10 defencemen expected to generate the most attention on Tuesday.

Needless to say, Campbell and Redden are 1-2.

The Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks are in on the hunt, however many more teams are expected to join the bidding when the market opens.

Michal Rozsival ranks high among general managers in search of a ‘go-to’ defenceman. Rozsival chews up big minutes and can score, a combination that guarantees he’s a hot commodity.

read on

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  Tags: free+agents

Report- Bolts Sign Malone and Roberts

via Sportsnet,

A day after trading for their rights, The Tampa Bay Lightning are close to signing Ryan Malone to a long-term year deal that will exceed $30 million and Gary Roberts to a one-year year deal that has the potential to reach $2 million, Sportsnet has learned.

An announcement could come as early as Monday.

Update 3:57pm ET (alanah): From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

...and one source, who doesn’t represent either players, but was monitoring the situation, predicted deals would get done for both players before noon on July 1, when they would otherwise hit the open market.

And Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune is also monitoring the situation on his blog.

Update 4:30pm ET: From Damian Cristodero at Lightning Strikes,

If things keep going at the current pace, the Lightning could announce contracts for both Ryan Malone and Gary Roberts by later today. If that happens, give the Lightning credit for turning a tide that, for a while, seemed to be going against it.

Update 6:39pm ET: Again, from Damian Cristodero,

Mike Liut, the agent for left wing Ryan Malone, said his client has not signed a contract but a deal with the Lightning “is going to get done. ... I think we’ll finish it today.”  That doesn’t mean it will be announced today, of course.

Update 9:29pm ET: The deal is signed, says TSN. Their headline currently reads, “MALONE INKS SEVEN YEAR DEAL WITH LIGHTNING”

Ryan Malone has agreed to a seven year, $31.5 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Malone, who would have drawn considerable interest from around the NHL as an unrestricted free agent, will earn between $7 and $8 million in each of the first two years of the deal.

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  Tags: gary+roberts, ryan+malone

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