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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Lightning hired Phoenix pro scout Greg Malone as their head of scouting. A few days later they acquired the rights to his son, Ryan Malone, whom they are poised to sign to a multi-year deal. What a coincidence.
The Rangers should hire Jagr’s father, also named Jaromir and the president of Kladno of the Czech League, as their director of Czech hockey operations. Why not? They should hire Mr. Jagr and then sign No. 68.
The Lightning opened the door. Let the NHL try to close it on Jagr and the Rangers. Just let them try.
more on Jagr…
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).
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…
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…
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.
The Edmonton Oilers have acquired defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Jarret Stoll and defenceman Matt Greene.
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
“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…
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.”
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.
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.
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