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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
No hard feelings.
That was the message conveyed by Andrew Brunette on Saturday when asked if he wanted to return to the Wild if it comes calling when free agency begins Tuesday….
“I don’t know what their interest level is. But if they’re interested and it falls into place, if everything was comparable, if they were in range, definitely, that’s one place I’d love to play.”
Wild officials declined to comment. The Avs plan to let Brunette test free agency, but the Wild is still not allowed to talk about other teams’ players until Tuesday.
But it’s believed the Wild is very interested in bringing Brunette back to Minnesota.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Jackson said he is seeking a right-handed right wing with scoring ability. However, he added that the team is on a budget and won’t spend to the salary cap of $56.7 million. So they might have only $2 million to $3 million for unrestricted free agents.
“We won’t be bidding on any of the big free agents,” Jackson said.
Part of the reason for that is the Stars have already acquired big names. In trading for Brad Richards last season, the Stars have taken on a $7.8 million contract for each of the next three seasons.
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
What matters to us is just how big a splash our locals will make. Or, to put it another way: will Glen Sather match his 2007 spree that landed Scott Gomez and Chris Drury in an astonishing one-day Double Dip?
D-Day is Tuesday and between now and then you’ll hear rumors galore of which about one-tenth of one percent will be on target.
No question, Sather, Lou Lamoriello and Garth Snow are entranced by Brian Campbell, but his asking price is likely too ridiculous for any of the trio.
One fascinating subject has to be lifetime Devil, Jay Pandolfo. Lou apparently is trying to lure JP back to Newark but one of Jay’s best buddies happens to be Scott Gomez
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
From high-end forwards to a decent mix of mid-range and lower salary players, this years unrestricted free agent class has a little bit of everything.
A dozen NHL general managers, coaches and player agents have submitted their choices for the top unrestricted free agent forwards and the consensus top two picks are Marian Hossa and Mats Sundin.
While he’s used to a certain amount of celebrity as a professional hockey player, he said the attention he has received in Newfoundland is beyond what he expected.
“We all know a certain level about privacy,” Cleary said. “This is a whole new level. This is like Steve Yzerman privacy level. I’m trying to relax and go with the flow. It’s not easy. I know it sounds stupid, but I’m very inexperienced.”
more from George Sipple at the Detroit Free Press on Cleary back home, and the Cup isn’t even with him until Monday/
The Atlanta Thrashers made a move on Saturday, placing defenceman Alexei Zhitnik on waivers. The 15-year veteran was acquired from Philadelphia for defenceman Braydon Coburn on Feb. 24, 2007.
both Bertuzzi and Raycroft have cleared waviers too, more at TSN...
from the Tampa Bay Lightning,
The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired the rights to left wings Ryan Malone and Gary Roberts from Pittsburgh in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2009, owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie announced..
“We said earlier this week we would be aggressive in our pursuit of free agents in order to win and compete,” Koules said. “This trade today doesn’t guarantee anything, but we believe it gives us a leg up in our attempt to sign these two impact players.”
Update 2:05pm ET (alanah): Link above has been fixed (it was changed at the team’s website after publication). Info also available at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
added 2:35pm, via Lightning Strikes,
Roberts is 42 and had just three goals in 38 games last season while suffering from a broken leg and high ankle sprain. He has 434 goals in his career. he also wants to be closer to his family in Canada and is expected to want to sign with the Maple Leafs or Senators. But he has been a god leader throughout his career, so perhaps Melrose and owner Oren Koules can pursuade him to take a chance on the Lightning. And, in fact, Roberts had to waive a no-trade clause, so there might actually be some interest.
added 3:41pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
On Saturday, when the Lightning announced that they’d paid a heavy price to acquire the free-agent rights to Ryan Malone and Gary Roberts for a weekend from the Pittsburgh Penguins, it was the new owner, Koules, quoted in the press release, not general manager Jay Feaster.
More and more, it looks as if Feaster is a lame duck, with the crazed, hands-on pair of owners seizing control of the Lightning’s hockey operations department.
more on the deal…
from Brian Cosetllo of the Hockey News,
Many teams rushed to lock up pending RFAs this season because they worried the Oilers or some other adventurous team was going to attempt to scoop up the best RFAs this summer. That’s not likely to happen for a couple of reasons.
First, the stronger teams are, for the most part, too close to the salary cap to be offering the likes of RFAs Corey Perry, Mike Green or Jay Bouwmeester $5 to $6 million per season. We might see one of them go, but not the entire top three.
Second, the weaker teams realize it’s largely folly to hand out that kind of money and the three or four first round draft picks as compensation it’s going to take to pry away an RFA. Sure, Edmonton did it last year, but they’re mavericks.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Here’s hoping Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey and agent Don Meehan have settled the monetary portion of Andrei Kostitsyn’s contract, because the Philadelphia Flyers have set the bar a bit higher for forwards who score 53 points.
The Flyers and Jeff Carter have reportedly agreed on a three-year deal worth $15 million. Carter, a centre, had 29 goals and 24 assists last season and was a plus-6, while Kostitsyn had 26 goals and 27 assists and was plus-15.
a little more and some Leafs talk…
“People are lying if they’re saying money’s not a part of it, but it’s not all ‘let’s go to the highest bidder.’ It’s also a case of going somewhere where you’re happy, where you want to be and where they’re committed.”
more from Campbell at Working the Corners…
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