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from Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record,
There are some indications, however, that Lamoriello will try to make a big splash after the free agent market opens at noon on Tuesday in an attempt to propel his team back into the Eastern Conference’s elite.
The big fish would be right wing Marian Hossa….
Although pursuing such big-name players would seem to be out of character for Lamoriello, he suggests otherwise.
“All of that goes on behind the scenes and we don’t talk about it,” he said. “If we can do something that makes our team better, we’ll do that. You try to do that during the regular season, but you can’t always do it.”
Bob McKenzie was just on Team 990 in Montreal and said he expects Rolston to sign with Tampa Bay.
Bob mentioned even though the Tampa management team has dismissed the Dan Boyle trade rumors, he is being shopped and remember, Boyle has a NTC. Bob then wondered what will Tampa do on the defensive end.
The Senators need to sign their own players and Spezza won’t be moved unless something comes up that knocks the socks off of the Sens.
He mentioned Brian Campbell will get between 6.5-7M and Redden in the 6-6.5 salary range. Bob felt at one time Campbell would sign but the family issue he has may force him to sign in the East. Hard to know if he will chase the $$$ or the opportunity.
Bob wonders if Boyle would be a fit in San Jose if they do lose Campbell.
He feels both Theodore and Huet will go the UFA route but could see the Caps signing Huet.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
This is the first skate to drop.
There will be a second skate to drop for Kevin Lowe and the Edmonton Oilers today. It’s almost certain that a blockbuster trade yesterday will result in another trade involving Joni Pitkanen to follow quickly.
The trade of Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene to the Los Angeles Kings for Lubomir Visnovsky - instantly making the Slovakian defenceman the highest paid player on the hockey team - definitely registers on the hockey trade Richter scale.
continued with more on the trade for Visnovsky…
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Free-agent season opens tomorrow but if Canucks’ fans think their team can re-invent itself with a few crafty signings, they’re dreaming in technicolour. Of all the ways to improve an NHL lineup—trades, player development, drafting, etc.—free agency is by far the least efficient and the most dangerous. It can be a useful tool if a team is looking to fill one or two specific needs. Beyond that, you’re generally looking at players whose value has been artificially inflated.
from the Detroit Free Press,
Word spread quickly on the street that the Cup and Osgood were inside the Irish pub. Lines formed outside 821 Penniman Avenue to get a glimpse of North America’s oldest professional sports trophy, which is made of silver and nickel alloy.
And once you gained entrance inside O’Callaghan’s, it was pure bedlam.
“Oh, my God, I just drank out of the Stanley Cup,’’ said one female patron as she exited the bar.
While patrons poured their alcoholic beverages into the Cup for a chance at a celebratory swig, Osgood patiently accommodated, hunched over and standing on top of the bar, while pouring the bulky 34-pound trophy.
Read about the celebration that is about to begin in Harbour Grace N.L., brought to you by the CP via the Globe and Mail…
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.
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