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from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman remains hopeful he can sign veteran wing Ryan Callahan before he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1st.
But while agent Steve Bartlett says both sides have made progress in recent weeks, they don't appear close to an agreement.
"It's at a critical stage where we have to find a way to close the gap," Bartlett said.
It seems all the more likely that Callahan, as expected, will at least be able to test free agency. Bartlett expects teams will reach out to him on Wednesday, the first day they're allowed to make contact. While no offers can be made from other clubs until July 1, it will at least give Callahan's camp an idea of who else is in the running.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Monday that the team has agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension with defenseman Andrei Markov (2014-15 to 2016-17).
“We are very happy to have secured a long term agreement with Andrei. He is an important part of our group of core players. He is healthy, shows a very good work ethic and has great leadership skills. He plays big minutes against the top opponents, and game-changing defensemen of his calibre are hard to find” said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.
“I am very pleased to be a member of the Montreal Canadiens organization for the coming years. I love Montreal and I am very confident in our group of players. I want to contribute to the success of our team,” said Andrei Markov.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
While Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli admitted that the Bruins face some "hard choices" because of their salary cap situation, the GM also confirmed that the team doesn't plan on using either of their compliance buyouts.
The Bruins could be facing close to a $5 million ($4.7 million) cap penalty for player bonuses to Jarome Iginla, Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton and Ryan Spooner that went over their cap limit during the 2013-14 season. That could cancel out the Marc Savard LTI (long term injured reserve) money allotted to the Bruins to go above and beyond the salary cap, and then some for a team that has less than $9 million to re-sign Iginla, Krug, Reilly Smith, Matt Bartkowski as well as find a fourth line winger and backup goaltender.
One option currently available to the Bruins would have been buying out the contract of third line center Chris Kelly, and wiping his $3 million cap hit off the books.
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 23, 2014 – NBCSN will present live coverage of the 2014 NHL Awards and 2014 NHL Draft this week, as the NHL honors the top performers from the 2013-14 season in Las Vegas, and all 30 teams look towards the future in hopes of drafting the next NHL superstar.
2014 NHL AWARDS – TOMORROW AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Coverage of the 2014 NHL Awards begins tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN from the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nev. Awards that will be announced tomorrow include the winners of the Hart Trophy (most valuable player), Calder Trophy (top rookie), Vezina Trophy (top goaltender), and Norris Trophy (top defenseman).
NBC Sports Group’s Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Mike “Doc” Emrick and analyst Eddie Olczyk will announce the cover athlete for EA Sports’ NHL 15. Emrick and Olczyk will be featured as the lead commentary team in NHL 15, slated to be released on Sept. 9 of this year.
added 12:53pm, Trevor Linden, Jim Benning and Desjardins discuss the hiring, watch below...
Columbus press release below...
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
- As we head towards Philadelphia, site of Draft Smorgasbord 2014, who are the teams to watch? Well, Florida is atop the list, because of its willingness to separate itself from the first overall selection. Other teams don't believe GM Dale Tallon will make his final decision until Thursday night, so there might be a lull beforehand. Why show your best offer on Tuesday when it might not matter for 48 hours?
- One team that has definitely made an offer? Vancouver. I believe it included their first pick in this draft (which is sixth overall) and Hunter Shinkaruk, who was taken 24th in 2013. There was at least one other piece, probably off the main roster, but I can't pin it down. It's not Ryan Kesler, who won't go there.
- Two others to watch: Carolina and Winnipeg. When the Hurricanes introduced new coach Bill Peters, GM Ron Francis said, "I don't foresee a major makeover." That may be true, but it would surprise no one if he made one significant move to jolt his group. Not sure his top young players (Justin Faulk, Jeff Skinner) are available, though.
The press conference to introduce Gerard Gallant as the Florida Panthers head coach is scheduled to start at 11:00am ET.
Watch it below...
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Chuck Fletcher has a history of draft-day trades and spent last week working the phones.
“Everyone calls everybody,” the Wild GM said. “You don’t see a whole bunch of trades the week prior to the draft. It’s all about trying to figure out who your likely dance partners can be the week at the draft. It’ll take a move or two to get the ball rolling, and then there’s usually a domino-type effect. We’re not there yet.”
Fletcher has been shopping center Kyle Brodziak, sources say, and may be willing to retain salary and cap space to trade goalie Niklas Backstrom, who is recovering well from season-ending abdominal and hip surgeries.
read on for a look a the Wild schedule...
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