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Theodore Likely To Hit UFA Market

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

The agent for goaltender Jose Theodore, who just completed his second season in Washington, said there have been no discussions regarding an extension for the 33-year-old unrestricted free agent to be.

“They haven’t communicated with me at all,” Don Meehan said this morning from his Toronto area office.

Meehan didn’t want to speculate about the Caps’ plans. But we know this: if there hasn’t been a single discussion of an extension by now, most likely there’s not going to be one.

“Jose can’t control anything as far as his association with Washington,” Meehan added. “It’s a matter of going to free agency on July 1 if Washington chooses not to establish a relationship with him. He’s a veteran, he’s been around a long time, he’s positive.”

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Thoughts From Friedman

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• If Columbus is going to deal that fourth pick, it’s got to address the number one thing missing from the roster - a centre to play with Nash. I’m just spitballing here (Howson makes it tough because he’s so tight-lipped), but I wonder what the Blue Jackets think of Jason Spezza. This is a perfect place for Spezza, tired of being the Ottawa fans’ whipping boy. In theory, the framework makes sense for both teams. But, would McConnell rather eat nails than commit to $35 million US over the next five years?

• If I was a Canadian team’s GM, I’d take a long look at Adam Burish. He’s a UFA making $712,500, so he won’t be ridiculously expensive. One day during the Cup Final, he must have done a 30-minute scrum. I asked him if he saw that as important, and he said yes. “I know (Jonathan) Toews doesn’t really like doing it, so if I can go an extra 10 minutes to lighten his load, it helps.” It’s tougher on a daily basis in Canada, but this country’s teams need players like that.

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Bolts Add Verbeek To Scouting Staff

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning added NHL veteran and Stanley Cup Champion Pat Verbeek to its professional scouting staff, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced this morning. Verbeek joins the Lightning from the Detroit Red Wings where he had spent the previous four seasons as a professional scout.

“Pat brings a wealth of hockey knowledge and experience as a player and a scout to our staff,” Yzerman said. “His ability to identify and evaluate talent will be a great resource as we move forward and we are pleased he elected to continue his career with the Lightning.”

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The Babcock/Bowman Relationship

from Cory Wolfe of the Leader-Post,

“I know about his family and he knows about my family,” said Babcock, the Saskatoon-raised head coach of the Detroit Red Wings. “You build a relationship over time.”

Their relationship fused into a lifelong friendship two years ago when Bowman’s son Stan faced a second battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Babcock—a longtime supporter of cancer charities—connected the Bowmans with Dr. Lennie Sender, one of the world’s foremost oncologists. Babcock met Sender while coaching the Anaheim Ducks….

And like the Hawks’ fortunes, the friendship between the elder Bowman and Babcock continues to flourish. How tight is their bond? Well, consider that Scotty Bowman cancelled plans to attend next month’s British Open so that he could come to Saskatoon to help Babcock raise funds for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan….

Bowman said he’s thrilled to help.

“When you get fortunate—and we’ve had some good bounces on the health side of late—this is at least some way that I can give back,” he said.



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Trades May Be The Only Way To Bolster Wild Roster

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Last season wasn’t a mirage. If you’ve watched the postseason, you know a string of mediocre seasons has left the Wild short on young talent, star power and depth, particularly at center.

General Manager Chuck Fletcher knows this, which is why he’s trying to build on the fly by acquiring youngsters Guillaume Latendresse and Cam Barker last season and signing college free-agents like Casey Wellman and Nate Prosser.

But a lot more has to be done. With limited salary-cap room heading into a weak free-agent market anyway, Fletcher will have to get creative and bold this offseason if he’s going to turn the Wild into a true playoff contender.

The trade route might be the only way, especially with the second-most popular trading time of the year coming up—the June 25-26 draft. But the problem is the Wild owns precious few assets that could draw back the significant pieces needed.


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Wings Make A Two-Year Offer To Bertuzzi

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings have offered a two-year deal to unrestricted free-agent forward Todd Bertuzzi….

The cap is expected to rise $2 million to $58.8 million, leaving roughly $6.5 million in cap space. Besides re-signing Bertuzzi and the five restricted agents, the Wings will use what is left toward a veteran defenseman—possibly Andreas Lilja—and seeing if there’s a gritty forward available via free agency.

more on the Wings…

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Avalanche Will Stay In The Kroenke Family

from Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post,

Stan Kroenke intends to keep ownership of the NHL’s Avalanche and the NBA’s Nuggets within his family, as well as own the NFL’s St. Louis Rams, he made clear in a statement Monday. Kroenke also made his first public comments about transferring ownership of the Nuggets to his son, Josh.

“Our son Josh has been involved with many of our organizations for several years and that family continuity remains a priority,” Kroenke said in a statement to The Denver Post. “My family looks forward to owning the Rams, Nuggets and Avalanche for years to come while being compliant with all stipulations set by the NFL. Our family remains committed to fans in St. Louis and Denver.”


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Scotty Bowman Plays With The Lines

from Chris Stevenson at the Toronto Sun,

On the flight back from Philadelphia, after losing two games and all their Stanley Cup final momentum at the Wachovia Center, Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville had the idea to hand out pieces of paper to advisor Scotty Bowman, general manager Stan Bowman, to his assistant coaches.

“He said, ‘put down some lines,’” said Scotty Bowman, who sat next to Quenneville on the flight.

“It was fun to do,” said the 76-year-old, who is perhaps the greatest all-time strategist in the game when it came to mixing and matching players, sensing who was in full flight on a given night, which combination of skill, speed and grit would present the greatest challenge to the opponent.

Bowman, remarkably, is involved in his 16th Stanley Cup final and has been a part of 11 Cup winners in different capacities (nine as the coach), so it would only figure that he might have a thing or two to contribute to the ’Hawks’ cause.

In making his suggestions, Bowman started with a basic premise: Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Chris Pronger - through the first four games - was dominating the ’Hawks top line of captain Jonathan Toews and wingers Dustin Byfuglien and Patrick Kane. They needed to be broken apart so Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette would be forced to choose against which of the three he would want to play Pronger, leaving the other two more room, perhaps.

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Report- Boucher Will Be The Next Lightning Coach

from TSN,

Guy Boucher, who earlier in the day turned down the head coaching job with the Columbus Blue Jackets, has accepted the head coaching role with the Tampa Bay Lightning, according to Rue Frontenac and CKAC.

Boucher coached the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs this season. At age 38, he would be the youngest coach in the National Hockey League.

The hiring of Boucher comes as the first major decision made by new Lightning GM Steve Yzerman, who took over that title on May 25.


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Goal Scorers Better Than Goaltenders

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

...Instead of applauding the shooters, however, the netminders are being portrayed as lacking in talent.

After all, defence good, offence bad, right?

Well, there’s nothing wrong with a Cup final that goes against form and expectations and delivers a product that might be different from the fare usually offered up by the NHL at this time of year.

Fans in both cities seem to like it fine, as do television viewers in Canada and a good number of them in the United States.

Lots of goals, lots of hitting. And you know, you never see anyone walk out of a building in disgust when a goal is scored or a big hit delivered, do you?

And where are the fights, by the way? None of ’em, yet the buildings are jammed and the TV numbers either excellent or encouraging.


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