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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Could the Bruins already be talking contract with superstar winger Marian Hossa?
Asked that question last night, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli offered little in the way of candor.
“Very good question,” he responded in a terse e-mail. “But can’t comment. Cheers.”
It’s highly possible that talks between Boston and Hossa have begun, because it has become a trend for clubs to be granted permission to speak with pending unrestricted free agents well ahead of the July 1 start of the NHL’s open marketplace.
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
Koules and Barrie were able to take a few minutes to speak with The Tampa Tribune to discuss why they wanted to venture into the business of owning an NHL franchise, how they met and shared some of their ideas on what kind of a team the fans can expect to see on the ice….
Q: So does that mean you have a pretty aggressive game plan put together in terms of free agency when it opens July 1?
LB: “We might be camping out at two different spots selling our team, selling our city and selling our passion.”
OK: “We are probably going to be in certain players’ backyards with a tent, seriously, the day of. The day the clock strikes we will probably be at their home. And I don’t want that written because I don’t want anybody stealing our ideas. But we are serious, we are seriously talking about doing that.”
Q: Do you have a payroll in mind of what you want to spend or will you wait to see how that plays out?
OK: “We are going to shoot for the moon and see how everything fits.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
With goaltender Ray Emery officially gone after clearing waivers on Saturday, Murray is expected to bring a goalie to stand behind No. 1 Martin Gerber next season.
Two viable options are Pittsburgh Penguins’ unrestricted free agent Ty Conklin and Edmonton Oilers’ Dwayne Roloson….
Goaltending isn’t the only issue Murray has to deal with: The club is looking for help on the blue line. They’re one of the teams interested San Jose defenceman Brian Campbell, but there’ll likely be a bidding war involving several teams.
more on the Senators…
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Those close to him doubt he will retire, let alone come back to the Leafs. He is said to still be miffed at Toronto management for simply not coming out and saying: “Mats does not want to be traded and will not be traded” weeks before the Feb. 26 trade deadline instead of allowing the speculation to drag out in public as it did.
Keeping that in mind, why would he now want to do the Leafs any favours by coming to terms with the Canadiens prior to the opening of the unrestricted free agent period one week from tomorrow?
Were he to do that, the Leafs would receive compensation from the Habs as part of a conditional deal that already is in place.
Why not, instead, wait to go on the open market July 1?
from NHL Home Ice on XM204,
EXCLUSIVE: NHL DRAFT AUDIO
Here are some hilites from the 2008 NHL Draft in Ottawa. Hear from the Players, General Managers, Head Coaches about being selected, trades, and futures of their clubs.
listen to numerous interviews…
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
If you were to ask Ken Holland, GM of the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings, to identify the quality his scouts look for when it comes to the annual entry draft, his answer would be succinct.
“Skill,” he’d say, just as he’s said it many times before.
Nine teams followed that mantra when it came to making selections with the top 10 picks of the NHL entry draft on Friday night.
One did not.
That team would be your Maple Leafs.
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
The Predators are very close to reaching an agreement with defenseman Shea Weber, and could finalize the deal as early as today, according to Weber’s agent, Don Meehan.
Weber is expected to sign a multi-year deal with the team.
“All I know is that things are going good so far,’’ Weber said of the negotiations. “Hopefully we’ll get something done soon.’’
Updated 1:18pm ET: From TSN:
Defenceman Shea Weber has signed a three-year, $13,5 million contract with the Nashville Predators, avoiding restricted free agency.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
The rest of the NHL, it seems, isn’t keen to have Gillis succeed. More to the point, they’d love to see him fail.
Moving forward, then, the question isn’t so much who the Canucks will bring in as their first-line centre but who will do business with the Gillis administration. That question will also bear repeating in the next little while because the early indications are troubling for Canucks fans.
By now, the circumstances of Gillis’s hiring are common knowledge around the NHL, and let’s just say there are mixed feelings about him. Dave Nonis, for starters, was a popular figure in hockey circles. He’s also a member in good standing of the Pat Quinn-Brian Burke confederacy, and the influence of those two men can be found in several organizations.
from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press via the Santa Barbara News,
‘We’ve got Chris Osgood,’’ Holland said. ‘‘Who is going to be the goaltender with him? We like Jimmy Howard. Do we sign more of a veteran guy? I want to talk to our people about that. I want to give Jimmy Howard a chance to make the team.’‘
On defense, the Wings have 10 players, assuming they can re-sign Brad Stuart, Andreas Lilja and Chris Chelios, but only eight spots.
Holland said he recently spoke to the agents for Lilja and Stuart and plans to meet this week with Chelios.
‘‘I would say we’re close on Lils,’’ Holland said.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In a largely uneventful weekend that featured more tweaking than blockbuster dealing, the Canadiens emerged with top-six forward Alex Tanguay and the possibility of perhaps adding Mats Sundin, two pieces that may help them derail the emerging powerhouse coming out of Pittsburgh.
In the end, the greatest gains may have come in – of all places – Phoenix, where the Coyotes picked up a new No.1 centre, Olli Jokinen, and then landed three prospects with famous pedigrees, one of whom they believe can play almost right away.
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