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from On the Islanders Beat,
The handwriting has been on the wall for the past couple seasons regarding the demise of Shawn Bates’ Islanders career. The Islanders are expected to make it official Friday morning when they announce their decision to buy out the remaining year of his contract.
Bates was scheduled to make $1.2 million, but under NHL buyout provisions, he will receiver two-thirds of that amount in equal installments of $400,000 spread over the next two seasons.
from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,
Keep in mind a couple things: 1, I don’t know what the Avs’ exact offer was/is to Theodore before talks broke off and 2, it’s pro sports, where everybody wants the most money they can get while they can get it - and I’m sure I’d be the same way if I was a pro athlete.
But, let’s face it: If the Avs made anywhere near a fair, market-value offer to retain his services, but Theodore turned it down thinking he could get a little more from someone else, then my attitude if I was Francois Giguere would be: don’t let the door hit your padded backside on the way out, Jose.
You have to wonder if there is a market for Theodore right now.
from Scott Morrison at Sun Media,
There has been speculation the Oilers might make a big pitch for unrestricted free agent Marian Hossa. The question is, would he want to go west and endure the travel, or stay east where life is more comfortable? ... Now that Ray Emery has been bought out, a team will take a chance on the former Senators goaltender. Every team thinks it can turn the talented but enigmatic Emery’s career around. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he ended up in Detroit.
more NHL bits…
from Ansar Kahn of Mlive,
Don’t expect Henrik Zetterberg to sign a long-term extension on July 1 like San Jose’s Joe Thornton did last year. Zetterberg has one year remaining on a contract that averages $2.65 million a season, but Holland doesn’t anticipate a quick signing. He said he has had only preliminary talks with Zetterberg’s agent and that no figures have been exchanged yet. His new deal is expected to be in the $7 million-a-year range.
“Over the course of the summer and as we get into camp I’d like to ramp things up,” Holland said. “Free agency is getting more difficult. They got more and more options. It’s going to take a long time.”
much more on the Wings including Drake may retire and Stuart’ shoulder is ok…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
A reliable third party source yesterday told The Post that his connections in the Czech Republic believe that Jagr has recently received a three-year contract offer for the equivalent of $35M after-tax US dollars from Omsk of the Russian Super League. The captain is believed to have received the formal offer this week from Omsk GM Anatoly Bardin after months of conversations.
Jagr, who will become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday, has said that his first choice is to sign a new deal with the Rangers New York Rangers . But Sather yesterday told The Post that he has not heard from No. 68 despite repeatedly telling Jagr’s North American agent Pat Brisson, that he wants Jagr to return.
from Lightning Strikes,
The rumor from Canada’s TSN: Defenseman Dan Boyle could be trade bait this summer in order to free up some salary cap space.
Melrose said it was a case of the Canadian media trying to “make” the news, and added, “Danny Boyle is the guy I’m counting on to play 25 minutes a night.”
Asked about the rumor, Koules said, “I’ll answer anything that’s important” and proceeded not to answer.
From Kevin Dupont at Bruins Blog,
Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman, in line for a big pay boost as a restricted free agent, has filed for salary arbitration, which could affect how the club conducts business around the upcoming free agency period that begins Tuesday.
The action by Wideman, confirmed this afternoon by a source with first-hand knowledge of the on-going negotiations between the Bruins and the defenseman, allows the club not to be concerned about buying out players prior to Monday’s deadline.
continued… with more Bruins personnel updates
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
This summer represents a conundrum for NHL GMs as the free-agent talent pool is especially thin compared to the past two summers. But with the salary cap rising to as much as $56 million, up from last season’s $50 million, it’s entirely likely that GMs will be forced to overpay for those free agents.
Here’s a look at the top forwards who could be available July 1:
Vancouver GM Mike Gillis will be looking to bolster the Canucks’ anemic offense with a winger that can play with the Sedin twins, and Hossa would be a nice fit there.
from the CP via the Miramichi Leader,
The Anaheim Ducks star defenceman will honour the final year of his contract after once again contemplating retirement.
“Scott met with (Ducks GM) Brian Burke today and made it official,” Niedermayer’s agent Kevin Epp of Titan Sports Management told The Canadian Press. “He is coming back.”
From Darren Dreger at TSN:
Sources tell TSN the Maple Leafs approached [Bryan] McCabe’s agent, Ian Pulver before the NHL Entry Draft hoping to encourage the veteran defenceman to waive his no-movement clause to open the door for a trade.
However, this time, whether intended or not, Toronto turned up the heat and according to sources, hinted McCabe may be asked to stay home, rather than join his teammates for training camp if he wasn’t willing to change his mind.
Those close to McCabe say he will not be strong-armed and if attempts are made to force him out, a grievance will be filed with the NHL Players’ Association.
Maple Leafs assistant general manager Jeff Jackson contends there have been no threats. “Neither Cliff nor I have threatened anything,” Jackson told TSN. “We’ve had discussions with Ian Pulver about Bryan’s future in Toronto.”
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