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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
It is believed that Sundin will ultimately choose between the Red Wings and Rangers, though he is not expected to make a commitment today….
Would Jagr be more amenable to returning on a one-year contract if Sundin stands to be his pivot? Would the Rangers be a more desirable destination for Sundin if he knows he will play with No. 68? Are they interlocking parts? If so, can Sather pull it off?
Sean Avery, given permission to speak with other teams late last week, is believed to have offers in his asking-price neighborhood of four years, $16M from at least the Maple Leafs, Blackhawks and Canucks, with other suitors expected to emerge.
also from Brooks regarding Brendan Shanahan,
The Post has been told to expect the 39-year-old winger to go home again - home to New Jersey to complete the circle of his first-ballot worthy Hall of Fame career that commenced with the Devils New Jersey Devils in 1987-88.
more at the NY Post…
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said tonight that decisions on Sergei Brylin, Jay Pandolfo and Bryce Salvador will have to “wait until tomorrow.”...
Sosa said Salvador is prepared to start fielding offers from other teams if he isn’t signed before noon. I’d imagine Pandolfo is ready to do the same. If he or his agent had returned any of the many messages I’ve left for them in the last week, I’d let you know what he’s thinking.
I have heard that Scott Gomez and Chris Drury (Pandolfo’s former Boston University teammate) have given glowing recommendations to Rangers’ management about Pandolfo.
a little more...
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.”
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
What matters to us is just how big a splash our locals will make. Or, to put it another way: will Glen Sather match his 2007 spree that landed Scott Gomez and Chris Drury in an astonishing one-day Double Dip?
D-Day is Tuesday and between now and then you’ll hear rumors galore of which about one-tenth of one percent will be on target.
No question, Sather, Lou Lamoriello and Garth Snow are entranced by Brian Campbell, but his asking price is likely too ridiculous for any of the trio.
One fascinating subject has to be lifetime Devil, Jay Pandolfo. Lou apparently is trying to lure JP back to Newark but one of Jay’s best buddies happens to be Scott Gomez
from Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice,
Bryce Salvador is looking for stability. That’s why the 32-year-old defenseman lists contract length and a no-movement clause as his top two priorities in negotiating his next deal.
Salvador will become an unrestricted free agent at noon on Tuesday if the Devils don’t sign him to a new deal before then.
“Definitely, the most important thing is term and then the no-movement (clause),” Salvador said today. “I’m looking for that stability, especially after going through being traded this past season. We have a young son and maybe looking to have another child down the road and that stability is a big thing. After the term and the no-movement clause, then comes the dollars.”
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from Stan Fischler at Game On,
Have the Rangers found the second coming of Marc Staal? Did the Devils pull in another Paul Kariya? And with a relatively high seventh selection, do the Islanders have a third-line forward ready to skate with potential sensation Kyle Okposo?
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
While The Stanley Cup nestles neatly in Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings’ championship performance inspires a question for our Met Area teams: What can the Rangers, Devils and Islanders learn from the magnificent Motown sextet?
Several lessons are available, not necessarily in order of importance since every element factored into the championship. To wit:
from Dan Rosen at NHL.com,
Between the three of them they scored 94 goals and dished out 138 assists. That’s some pretty decent offense for a trio of forwards being recognized for their defensive prowess.
Than again, in Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and John Madden, the three candidates for this year’s Frank J. Selke Trophy, given to the League’s best defensive forward, you have three of the best two-way players in the game.
KK Poll added at 12:29pm
From Dan Rosen at NHL.com,
In one corner is the mainstay, the ol’ reliable in New Jersey Devils’ dynamo Martin Brodeur. Last season, Brodeur captured his third Vezina Trophy in the last four seasons after setting an NHL record with 48 victories. This season he won 44 games.
In another corner, we have the element of surprise, the unlikely candidate in San Jose Sharks veteran Evgeni Nabokov. He has never been a Vezina finalist and had previously never played in more than 67 games in one season. Nabokov played in 77 this time around.
And finally, we have the rising star, the current and future “King” of New York in Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. This is Lundqvist’s third-straight season as a Vezina finalist, meaning he’s been in the final three in each of his three NHL seasons.
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