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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Brian Rolston made one thing crystal clear Wednesday night: While the three-time Wild 30-goal scorer still thinks he can get a deal done to finish his career in Minnesota, Rolston is not going to give the Wild a hometown discount because he wants to play in Minnesota.
“They made me a decent offer [Friday], but we’re not there yet,” Rolston, 35, said in a phone interview. “I’m looking for my market value. What is my market value? I don’t want to state it, but I think we have a good understanding of what it is.
from Lightning Strikes,
And superstar Vinny Lecavalier was thrilled his good friend and linemate with whom he has had so much success has a chance to be back on the MVP line with him and Marty St. Louis. And that is probably most important.
The Lightning has said since February it wants to sign Lecavalier to an extension. That rhetoric was turned up earlier this month when Lecavalier’s agent, Kent Hughes, said he believes the organization is shooting to keep Lecavalier on the team for his entire career. Not that Prospal, 33, will be around that long, but getting Prospal sends a definite message to Lecavalier that the organization cares what he thinks.
via Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Feaster would not confirm the various two-month-old reports that Barry Melrose will be installed as the Lightning’s new bench boss, but did admit the new coach will be hired by the new ownership group.
“It’s not my search. I think that the owners have some real ideas in where they want to go,” said Feaster, who jokingly added, “one of the reasons I showed up [at the coach’s dinner last night] was to see who sits down, so I can find out who is my new coach.”
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
So here’s how Cliff Fletcher proves he’s not yesterday’s man.
For the Maple Leaf general manager – let’s drop the interim tag, shall we? – to demonstrate he has a true sense of vision beyond finding a way just to get the club back into the playoffs, he needs to do something other than contradicting himself and hiring old friends.
So how about coming away from this weekend’s draft in Ottawa with not one, but two quality first-round picks?
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Penguins are trying to make a blockbuster move before tomorrow night’s NHL draft at Scotiabank Place.
League sources say Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero offered all-star centre Evgeni Malkin to the Kings for the No. 2 overall pick in the draft and a player, possibly centre Mike Cammalleri….
Kings GM Dean Lombardi told Sun Media yesterday that he’s had two solid offers for the No. 2 pick, but after meeting with his ownership group decided to stay the course by building with young players.
Also from Garrioch,
There’s a lot of talk the Leafs are going to make a Group II offer to Flyers restricted free-agent C Jeff Carter on July 1. Toronto GM Cliff Fletcher tried to deal for Carter at the trade deadline in February, but couldn’t when Leafs D Tomas Kaberle refused to waive his no-trade clause
more rumor talk…
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
They were slow to realize Crawford lacked the patience to help kids make the huge leap from junior or college hockey to playing defense in the NHL. Decent coaches are plentiful. Gifted, puck-moving defensemen are rare, but every Stanley Cup-winning team in recent memory has had one or more.
Lombardi will keep the pick, though his phone will ring until the Kings’ turn comes up. He can see the rationale for trading it for immediate help and letting someone else take Drew Doughty or Zach Bogosian, but he can’t take that chance now.
“In the end there’s no right or wrong answer,” he said. “But it would be a change of course, and that’s not the orders I was given.”
from Tariek El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
“I’m sure we’ll have a chance to reconvene and continue our discussions,” Bartlett said in a telephone interview. “The flow back-and-forth has been pretty steady.”
Bartlett declined to divulge specifics, but he did indicate that Huet, 32, is seeking a three-year deal. If the negotiations hit a snag, he said, it likely would be over money, not length of contract.
Bartlett’s comments come a day after Huet said in an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe that his first priority is to remain in Washington.
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
Wade (Not So Crimson) Redden may be headed for a reunion with his favorite mentor Jacques (Call Me Marty) Martin. Other clubs reportedly seeking a swim in the Wade-ing Pool are: Chicago, Nashville, Vancouver and Philly. …
The two Pats – Quinn and Burns – still want to coach in the NHL. Are there any takers? … In case you’re interested, Chris Osgood has three more years on his pact in Detroit. There’s a fair chance that his back-up in 2008-09 will be once-highly-touted prospect, Jimmy Howard. …
from Empty Netters,
Several media outlets have reported that the Penguins extended a contract offer of between $50-52 million over seven years to Marian Hossa, but Hossa’s agent Ritch Winter said those reports were completely off base.
“Olli wants to play hockey, and if the Florida Panthers want him to play for them, that’s great. He’s more than willing to do that,’’ Gandler said. “It’s up to the Panthers. If they want to trade him away, that’s their business. There’s nothing we can do about it. Olli is going to play hard for someone next season, that’s all I can tell you.’‘
- Mark Gandler, agent for Olli Jokinen
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