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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Brendan Shanahan wants to play this season and he wants it to be with the New York Rangers. All that’s missing now is a contract.
The 39-year-old free agent has been skating with members of the Rangers over the past week but remains without a contract. There has been interest from other teams but Shanahan wants to re-sign with the Rangers.
“We’re continuing to have discussions with the Rangers with the hope of Brendan being able to play there,” Shanahan’s agent Rick Curran told ESPN.com on Tuesday evening. “Unless and until that changes we’re not interested in talking to anybody else right now.”
continued... and that should answer a few of the emails I have received from KK readers. All along I have said Rangers and not to pay any attention to the made-up rumors.
from Damien Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
The agent for Mats Sundin confirmed Tuesday the Lightning has contacted him about perhaps signing the star free agent, if Sundin decides to play and if Tampa Bay is an appealing situation.
“That’s been essentially their message,” Calgary-based agent J.P. Barry said. “There have been a few teams lately who weren’t initially calling on a regular basis, but said, ‘Look, this is our team. We think this is a good team and, obviously, a player like Mats will make it a Stanley Cup team. So, if we’re someone you’d look at, we would try to find a way.’ “
Barry said Sundin will not talk about specific teams until he decides to play, and that may not come until October.
from the CP,
He feels at home in St. Louis now and is ready to assume a leadership role with a young Blues team that has parted ways with veterans Jamal Mayers, Mike Johnson, Ryan Johnson and Bryce Salvador since last season’s trade deadline.
“I’ve always felt comfortable in junior in (a leadership) role and in the minors after a couple years,” said (Brad) Boyes. “I think that I’m getting to that point now where I’ve learned from some great players and I’ve sat and watched a lot.
“We’ve got our leaders, our head guys, but there’s no reason why I can’t help out too.”
From George Richards at On Frozen Pond
The Panthers just called to tell me that defenseman Keith Ballard has signed a six-year contract extension. Ballard, the key part of the Olli Jokinen deal, was set to become a restricted free agent after the coming season.
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…
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