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Another rumour that made the rounds Thursday was the Tampa Bay Lightning were set to announce a long-term contract extension for star centre Vincent Lecavalier, who is eligible for unrestricted free agency after next season. That news was jumping the gun just a little.
“We’ve had some conversations and I’m confident we will get a deal done because both parties want to,” said Lecavalier’s agent Kent Hughes. “But it’s premature to say it’s already done. We are in the preliminary stages of negotiations.”
much more on all the talk from today…
One report out of Ottawa had 2008 Hart Trophy candidate Evgeni Malkin on the move from the Eastern Conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins, while Jason Spezza’s name continues to be mentioned as possible trade bait. The latter claim was quickly disputed by the Senators’ chief deal maker.
“You guys make up more stuff than I can ever imagine,” Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray told reporters on Thursday. “I heard a rumour last night that Pittsburgh was moving one of their star players. I talked to their manager today to see if I could be included in the discussions and they kind of laughed at me.”
That should answer most of the emails I received on the above, false rumors that were spread today!
The Anaheim Ducks draft table is expected to have a new face among the group on Friday.
Former Canucks general manager Dave Nonis and Ducks general manager Brian Burke are working on the final details to add Nonis as a senior advisor.
It’s believed Nonis, who worked with Burke in Vancouver, will have the freedom to leave his position in Anaheim abruptly if a more attractive offer from another team comes along.
more coming at TSN…
“We continue to hear that the Leafs want to trade Bryan McCabe. Bryan has a no-move clause in his contract that was negotiated with and agreed to by the Leafs. Bryan is not inclined to waive the no-move clause,” Pulver told Sportsnet.ca. “He enjoys living and playing in Toronto and the team is a first-class organization. Bryan has logged more minutes than any other Leafs player in the past seven years and given his heart and soul to this franchise. If the Leafs want to move forward without Bryan they should buy out the remaining years on his contract.”
- Ian Pulver, agent for Bryan McCabe, via Sportsnet…
It appears the excitement surrounding the Tampa Bay Lightning’s offseason won’t stop after selecting Steven Stamkos at Friday’s NHL Entry Draft.
TSN’s sister station in Quebec RDS reports that the Lightning and centre Vincent Lecavalier have made very good progress on discussions that would see him sign a ‘lifelong’ contract with the club after July 1.
Lecavalier, 28, is entering the final season of a four-year, $27.5 million contract where he will earn $7.167 million.
Original RDS report (in French).
From Bruce Garrioch in Off the Post,
Defenceman Brian Campbell will be going to the unrestricted free agent market. [...]
Campbell has informed the Sharks he won’t be back.
read on… for updates on Shean Donovan and the Sens
Mind you, I’ve not been Garrioch’s biggest fan today.
Update 4:28pm ET: I’ve changed the title of this post to add “Report.” According to David Pollak at the Mercury News Sharks blog, GM Doug Wilson is meeting with Campbell’s agent this afternoon.
Update 9:05pm ET: Pollak updated his blog post with this comment:
Doug Wilson is totally denying the report on the Ottawa Sun blog site that Brian Campbell has told the Sharks he will not be returning. Wilson said he talked with Campbell today and is having dinner with agent Larry Kelly tonight, and that negotiations are continuing.
“Tremendously false,” Wilson called the report that Campbell had told the Sharks he would not re-sign with them. “The accurate report is that we’ve got a scheduled discussion on this negotiation tonight and tomorrow. Nothing has changed that.”
Quite the day Garrioch is having today…
from Working the Corners,
Rumors continue to circulate that Patrick Marleau (whose no-trade clause kicks in on July 1) could be involved in a package that would bring in the No. 6 overall pick from Columbus, which also holds the No. 19 overall selection. “Exploring everything” could fuel those rumors, but Wilson stuck to his overall no-comment policy.
“Any conversations I have are in confidence,” he reiterated. “We get a lot of calls.”
Wilson did shoot down the idea spelled out elsewhere in the hockey universe that Marleau’s availability is tied to San Jose’s ability to re-sign Brian Campbell, that the GM would be in a position where he had to trade Marleau for budgetary reasons.
more on the Sharks…
The first of many trades expected during the NHL draft has taken place. The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired forward Darcy Hordichuk from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2009.
However, Hordichuk is due to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st and if he does not sign with the Hurricanes, Carolina will receive a fifth-round draft pick in 2010.
The Hurricanes have also signed blueliner Tim Gleason for 4 years at an average of 2.75 million per year.
From Adam Kimelman at NHL.com,
The latest attempt to analyze players is psychological examinations. The League provided a five-minute test at the 2008 NHL Scouting Combine, coordinated by Dr. Ralph Tarter of EXACT Sports, with the results made available to all 30 teams. [...]
“What we’re using are three normed and validated, and American Psychological Association-approved, psychological tests that measure normal personalities,” [former NHL player Joe] Day said. “We’re not looking at any pathology. … It’s measuring normal adult behavior. Two of the instruments we use measure traits. Are you a dominant or aggressive person? Are you highly assertive? Another one measures emotional intelligence. So while you could be dominant and aggressive in social situations, with a high level of emotional intelligence you should be able to channel those traits appropriately to the context or situation. So it’s a nice blend.”
read on for a look at how the Blackhawks in particular are expanding their use of psych testing
George McPhee was just on NHL Live and mentioned Mike Green looks like he will be playing the Offer Sheet Game and there isn’t much the Capitals can do about it. They will just wait it out and see where it goes (earlier this week McPhee said he would match an offer sheet in about ten minutes).
He mentioned there is some interest in Sergei Fedorov but it has to be the right fit. Talks with Huet continue but nothing new to report.
George mentioned there are about two or three teams that are trying to make some moves, but it doesn’t seem that active right now.
He was asked if he was concerned about the cap rising and he said yes. He didn’t expect this when the new CBA came about.
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