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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,
Knowing the panicked proclivity of teams seeking a PR splash, Marian Hossa, Bryan Campbell, Ryan Malone, Sean Avery and even Mr. Huselius will find themselves rich boys by the time September rolls around. Given the fulsome praise heaped on him every night of the Stanley Cup final by Don Cherry, Gary Roberts should break the UFA mint as well. (No? How could Don be wrong?)
Once again, the NHL has achieved the neat trick of creating scarcity in free agents, a sure recipe for overpaying the likes of Hossa, Huselius, Pavol Demitra or Avery.
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
The Coyotes’ two first-round draft choices from a year ago have a chance to benefit from the trade that brought Olli Jokinen from Florida for defensemen Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton.
Center Kyle Turris, the third overall pick in 2007, will be able to gain a lot of insight from one of the high-powered centers in the NHL and not have to rush his learning curve.
Defenseman Nick Ross, the 30th pick, has a better opportunity to work his way onto the roster at training camp.
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
A report saying Scotty Bowman, the legendary coach and now consultant to the Detroit Red Wings, is close to taking a job in the Blackhawks organization as the head of hockey operations was making the rounds Tuesday but appears to be unfounded.
“As long as I’m healthy and there’s no change in ownership in Detroit, there will be no change,” Bowman told the Detroit Free Press.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
“We had a real good talk about what I saw as his role,” Holland said. “He wants to come back for another year, so I would say we’re very close on a contract. The biggest thing was discussing his role—the contract is not an issue.
“It’ll be in the ballpark of what Chris made last year. We’re going to get something done. It’s just a matter of when and how much.”
Chelios, the NHL’s oldest player, made $850,000 this past season.
more on the Wings…
from Brad Schrade of the Tennessean,
The Nashville Predators’ second-largest investor, William J. “Boots” Del Biaggio III, owes nearly $35 million more than he has, and he lists his $23.5 million stake in the team as his most valuable asset, according to court documents filed this week.
Del Biaggio lists $88.43 million due to creditors, including $10 million to former Preds owner Craig Leipold, according to a summary of his assets and liabilities filed in federal bankruptcy court in Northern California on Monday. He lists $53.9 million in assets, including $12.1 million in real property, all in California.
The $10 million he owes Leipold is apparently separate from a $10 million loan Leipold made to the team as part of its sale last year. Leipold sold the team in December and then bought the Minnesota Wild franchise.
Former NHL player and ex-player agent Brian Lawton has been hired to be the new vice president of hockey operations for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Sources tell TSN Lawton will oversee all aspects of the Lightning’s hockey operations for new owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie.
General manager Jay Feaster will remain as part of the management team.
Update 11:00am ET: From CBC, notes on Bill Barber’s resignation,
All smiles at the recent NHL draft, Bill Barber knew his time with the Tampa Bay Lightning was running out.
On Wednesday, the former NHL forward tendered his resignation as the team’s director of player personnel. Barber will stay in the role until Tuesday.
“It hasn’t been a secret to anyone in the organization that the travel these past few years has taken a bit of a toll on me,” Barber, who joined the Lightning before the 2002-03 season, said in a statement.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Darcy Tucker’s career with the Toronto Maple Leafs is over.
Maple Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher alerted Tucker of Toronto’s intention to buy him out on Tuesday afternoon.
“Its a business, Darcy knows that,” Tucker’s agent Carlos Sosa told TSN.
from The Colorado Avalanche,
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed forward Scott Parker to a one-year contract through the 2008-09 season.
Parker, 30, appeared in 25 games for the Avalanche last season and finished third on the team in penalty minutes with 70. He skated in his 300th NHL game on Jan. 24 against Minnesota.
“Scott Parker has been part of our team for many years,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere. “We’re pleased to announce that he has decided to remain with our organization.”
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
Prior to Tuesday’s announcement I had a simple question for National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman: will he or will he not suspend Anaheim Ducks owner Henry Samueli?
Now the more complex question is: for how long? A second question would be: who else?
I ask – and no, Gary, I didn’t call your office because, frankly, I know I won’t get an answer— what Samueli did would seem to fall under the same code of conduct regulations that ensnared Toronto Maple Leafs player Mark Bell.
from the CP,
Wade Redden has a backup phone ready to go July 1 just in case his first one is busy.
The soon-to-be unrestricted free agent wants to make sure all lines of communication are open so he can hear all the updates from his agent Don Meehan when the market opens next Tuesday.
“I’m going to be back at my dad’s place in Lloydminster where I’ve got a few phones lined up,” Redden said with a laugh Tuesday. “I will be ready.”
Redden is among the big names that will be available when the flood gates open next week in the NHL’s money season.
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