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Sather Talks Jagr & Avery

from John Dellapina of the NY Daily News,

Glen Sather yet again pledged his affection for Jaromir Jagr Saturday. And with just 10 days remaining until Jagr can hit the NHL’s open market, the Rangers’ general manager is at least exploring ways to keep him from getting there.

“I know that Jaromir would like to come back,” Sather said. “I’ve met with his agent two or three times now. I met with him here the other day. He told me he wants to come back. I’ve said that I want to have him back. And that’s where it is.”

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Also from Dellapina at the NY Daily News,

Rangers GM Glen Sather spent the entire, 30-minute seventh round of the NHL draft sitting with Avery’s agent Pat Morris Saturday. And after Morris made his pitch, complete with a folder full of statistical evidence, he emerged all but convinced that Avery won’t be re-signed before becoming an unrestricted free agent at noon on July 1.

“We had an interesting dialogue, and there appears to be disagreement over what Sean’s value is to the New York Rangers,” Morris said.

read on

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr, sean+avery

Afternoon Line

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“Their (scouting staff) job is to find players; I’m busy working the floor,” said Holland. He didn’t seem to be working the floor too hard at this stage in a quiet second day of the NHL draft. “You know what? You can’t watch 10 amateur games and have an impact on the draft. You either live it – or you don’t. I can’t help out by watching Guelph play 10 times in a year.”

more on the Wings…

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  Tags: ken+holland

Rolston Contract Negotiations Update

Now that the draft is over, get ready for more of these types of reports…

from Russo’s Rants,

Negotiations with the Wild’s Brian Rolston is at a sensitive juncture.

The Wild has grown frustrated with Rolston’s agent, Steve Bartlett. GM Doug Risebrough says the Wild has not received a single counteroffer from Bartlett.

Talks are in such danger of halting, the Wild has begun to receive and weigh offers from teams for the right to negotiate exclusively with Rolston, who can become a free agent July 1.

read on

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  Tags: brian+rolston

Trashing Olli

From Brian Biggane at the Palm Beach Post,

The word was out about Olli Jokinen. And it wasn’t good.

One league executive, who team was rumored to be among those pursuing Jokinen, called the former Panthers center “a dog” late Friday night and said any talk of sincere interest on the part of his team was “a plant.”

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  Tags: olli+jokinen, trade+rumors

Hossa to Test Free Agency

From Rob Rossi at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Marian Hossa has declined an offer to sign a long-term deal with the Penguins and will test free agency.

General manager Ray Shero said today after the NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place that Hossa, a star right wing acquired Feb. 26, will offer his services to other teams as an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

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  Tags: free+agency, marian+hossa, ray+shero

Beach Ready To Move On

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

We watched pretty closely and we’re almost positive that when Kyle Beach walked up to the podium shortly before 9 p.m. and pulled on a Chicago Blackhawks jersey, there were no horns sticking out of his head. Neither was there a pointy tail dragging behind him.

Not that you wouldn’t have fully expected to see either the way the 18-year-old from Kelowna, British Columbia, has been demonized in the weeks leading up to the draft. In an interview a few hours before he became the 11th overall selection in the 2008 draft, Beach admitted that in all of the 28 interviews he had, teams were much more interested in his head space than his foot speed.

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  Tags: kyle+beach

The Latest Rumor Talk

from Spector,

Get the latest on Evgeni Malkin, Vincent Lecavalier, Patrick Marleau, Brian Campbell and more.

read on

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Let Stamkos Settle In

from Joe Henderson of the Tampa Tribune,

Seen Stamkos? Those billboards are all over town, touting the virtues of the 18-year-old the Bolts chose Friday with the No. 1 pick in the draft.
I have a better idea, at least for incoming owner Oren Koules.

Seen Jordan?

That would be Michael Jordan, who has never played hockey (so far as we know). That didn’t stop former Bolts owner Art Williams from declaring 10 years ago on a night just like this that Vinny Lecavalier would become “the Michael Jordan of hockey.” Then, as now, the Bolts built the kid into Superman without bothering to wait for him to grow.

They made Vinny the savior of the franchise before he even knew his way around town.

read on

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  Tags: steve+stamkos

Flames Will Have A Different Look

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Alex Tanguay got his wish.

Of course, he played a major role it making it come true.

The frustrated former Calgary Flames left-winger was traded to the Montreal Canadiens last night along with a fifth-round pick for the Habs’ 25th overall pick and a second-rounder next year.

Covering his bases, Flames general manager Darryl Sutter first made sure he got a star to fill the space that would be left by Tanguay by picking up the crafty Mike Cammalleri, plus the 48th overall pick in this year’s draft, from the Los Angeles Kings.

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Sharks Still Talking To Campbell

from Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

Wilson said he has more conversations scheduled over the next couple days with Brian Campbell’s agent, Larry Kelly. And, yes, he said, any reports that say that Campbell has told the Sharks he will not return continue to be inaccurate — “outside speculation.”

So with nothing really to write about for tomorrow’s print edition, let me just say I was delighted when Wayne Gretzky used the 28th pick to select Viktor Tikhonov — who grew up in Los Gatos when his father, Vasily, was with the Sharks as an assistant coach and in other capacities between 1993 and 1995.

Suddenly I had a different angle, even it was only tangentially Sharks-related.

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  Tags: brian+campbell

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