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from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN the Toronto Maple Leafs have received what the team considers to be a significant offer for defenceman Tomas Kaberle.
There are few details available, however the offer arrived unexpectedly Thursday afternoon and is believed to be from one of the teams who may have been in the hunt, trying to acquire the negotiating rights to Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester.
from Michael Russo’s Twitter,
Appears L.A. Kings team to beat for Heatley; Alex Frolov, another & the fifth overall pick I’m hearing.
from Paul Branecky of CarolinaHurricanes.com,
Based on what was said at the conclusion of the season, it seemed as though Erik Cole and Chad LaRose, the team’s top two internal priorities, would be back in the fold with time to spare. However, there is still some considerable ground to make up before that happens.
“It doesn’t look like it now,” said Rutherford when asked if he expected to sign Cole and LaRose before they can shop their services freely to other teams. “We’re not making a lot of progress with any guys at this point. I do have some meetings set up this week, so I’ll have a better idea when I get back to the office on Monday as to where we are on these contracts.”
Although those players could still be signed by Carolina after July 1, Rutherford said that he viewed that day as a hard deadline, making it unlikely that those players would return if talks don’t move forward rather quickly..
Ken Holland was just on NHL Live, here is a recap.
Until the Wings know what the cap figure is, they really cannot make any moves.
Regarding Hossa, he has talked with Hossa’s agent this week, and believes the Wings are Hossa’s first choice. If he can get a cap number that satisfies both parties, then they will sign it. No official offer has been made, waiting for the hard cap number.
Regarding the draft, Wings will take a skater that fits into the Wings philosophy. The person they draft is probably 4-5 years away from the NHL and they are looking at the skill of the player.
The LA Kings are Twittering from the draft,
Just spoke with Hexy about what OTT is asking for in exchange for Heatley. He said “1 or 2 players and our fifth pick.”
Also, SENShobo is updating thru twitter at his blog on KK.
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
Now that the 2008-09 season is over, it’s time for a developing Screen Shots tradition: the year-end column in which, with the aid of RottenTomatoes.com, we decide on a real-life movie title for each NHL team’s season, as well as a genuine review of that film that also works as commentary on their fortunes. (For scrolling’s sake, we’ll do the Eastern Conference this week and the Western side seven days from now.)
Movie: I Love You, Man
Summary: The Capitals take another step forward in their team evolution. Still, the focus remains on No. 8. Who doesn’t love the hot stick-touching, “I-SWEAR-A-GAWD”-uttering, commercial-jingle-warbling Alex Ovechkin? (Besides Sidney Crosby.)
Real Review: “Great for men, excellent for women and perfect for a metrosexual man-date.” – Colin Newton, Courier Mail
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
The Florida Panthers are closing in on dealing star defenceman Jay Bouwmeester’s negotiating rights.
Five teams remain in the mix with the asking price just to talk to Bouwmeester, according to source, believed to be a third round draft pick.
Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks are in discussions with a couple of teams, with Sharks forward Ryan Clowe the centre of trade talks.
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
...it certainly appears as if the Wild is about to lose Marian Gaborik for nothing. I ran into a million NHL types yesterday who asked me about Gaborik, and each one said the same thing — losing an asset like that for nothing back is the type of thing that takes years to recover from.
...the Wild might be into Kessel now, but if Chiarelli’s waiting until Friday, who knows what Fletcher dips his toes into by then? And right now Fletcher’s in on a lot of different things, from Heatley to countless other things (lots of rumors, but I only report what I know from sources, not what’s just floating around) to talking with Toronto, Edmonton, Colorado, Detroit, St. Louis and Philly about Josh Harding.
(I was told last night that the Blues are very interested in Harding, and few teams are as overstuffed with young assets as the Blues). So it’ll be interesting to see if Fletcher gets something substantial done with so few tradeable pieces to dangle.
from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,
A native of Richmond Hill, Ont., Cammalleri is expected to seriously consider signing with the hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. The Flames could, in the coming days, trade Cammalleri to another team interested in the exclusive rights to negotiate a new contract before July 1.
Other pending Flames free agents, of the unrestricted variety, include Todd Bertuzzi, Adam Pardy, Jordan Leopold, Adrian Aucoin, Andre Roy, Anders Eriksson and Rhett Warrener. Centre Dustin Boyd is a restricted free agent.
“It may be time for our top players who are under contract to make lesser players better,” Sutter said.
more on the Flames…
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
With eight days remaining before he can become an unrestricted free agent, Canadiens captain Saku Koivu is in limbo.
Koivu’s agent, Don Baizley, said yesterday that he and Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey have talked, but the club has not extended an offer.
“Saku would like to stay in Montreal, but we’re waiting to see what the team has in mind,” Baizley said.
Gainey said this week that he has talked with several of the 10 unrestricted free agents on the roster, but that any serious talks were on hold until after this weekend’s draft….
The latest speculation has the Canadiens targeting Patrick Marleau or even Danny Brière, who has been mistaken for a big man.
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