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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Imagine the surprise of J.P. Barry, the agent for the Sedin twins, when he hopped on a plane headed to Stockholm on Sunday evening and saw none other than Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis on the same flight.
Surprise because the agent figured talks were likely dead after a weekend meeting in Montreal that didn’t produce anything. Barry arrived in Stockholm on Monday to prepare his star clients for free agency.
“We met at the draft with [Gillis], there was no counter-proposal and we basically wished each other good luck,” Barry told ESPN.com on Monday from Sweden. “It was like, ‘Call me if you want to.’”...
n Stockholm, Barry and CAA Sports Stockholm-based agent Claes Elefalk were set to meet with the twins later Monday.
“We’ll discuss the state of our negotiations and also our preparation for free agency at the same time,” Barry said.
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
The Canucks don’t care where Gaborik lives because he won’t be playing for them. Not unless the winger decides he needs to re-establish himself in the NHL and signs a Teemu-Selanne-just-back-from-knee-surgery contract of $3-million for one year.
Other than that, the Canucks have no interest in him. None.
And that is hard to fathom, especially with the strong possibility the Canucks could lose first-liners Daniel and Henrik Sedin this week.
I mean, what’s not to like about Gaborik?
He has played 103 games fewer than the Sedins in the last three seasons.
He has played close to a full campaign only once in the last five seasons, while the slacker Sedins have missed seven games between them during that time.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
The Sedin’s agent, JP Barry, will spend the next few days in Sweden preparing the 28-year old twins for their next step, unrestricted free agency.
Barry says there has been no progress in contract discussions, including a meeting this week in Montreal with Canucks gm Mike Gillis that failed to encourage a counter offer to keep the Sedin’s in Vancouver.
On the open market, the Sedin’s will command upwards of $7 million and will draw interest from a number of teams, including Toronto, Montreal, Minnesota and Los Angeles.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
Saturday was a wonderfully disgusting tour of Gary Bettman’s hockey world for fans of the Vancouver Canucks if they were paying attention, espeically those who might be season-ticket holders.
Follow us while we explain. As everyone knows, the Calgary Flames acquired the negotiating rights to Jay Bouwmeester in a trade with the Florida Panthers whereby they gave up a player they weren’t going to re-sign in Jordan Leopold and a third-round pick. That’s fair enough. But in order to clear the cap space to have even a ghost of a chance to sign Bouwmeester, they first off-loaded the $2.3 million U.S. cap hit of defenceman Jim Vandermeer to, of all teams, the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a forward named Brandon Prust who was making just $500,000.
That’s right. The Phoenix Coyotes, whose bills are being paid by the NHL, felt free to expand their payroll by taking on an expensive Flames defenceman. That means the Flames now have the best chance to sign a player the Vancouver Canucks might liked to have signed, by off-loading a cap liability in Vandermeer to the Coyotes, a team whose bills are being paid partly by the Aquilini family through revenue sharing and most recently by league dues.
via Darren Dreger of TSN,
Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis met with Henrik and Daniel Sedin’s agent, JP Barry late Friday night following round one of the NHL Entry Draft.
The Canucks did not table a counter proposal to the Sedin’s recent, 12-year, $63 million dollar pitch, and sources say Gillis gave no indication a counter offer is coming.
from the CP via TSN,
Sundin said he is still pondering about his future in the NHL and did not rule out playing another season with Vancouver.
“Absolutely,” he was quoted as saying when asked if he might play again with the Canucks. “I will think about my future the next couple of weeks. I will make a decision in the summer. I can’t say more right now.”
more including Mats say he will not be playing for Team Sweden in the upcoming Olympics…
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
...But the issue isn’t whether the Canucks will collapse if they fail to sign the Sedins. The issue is whether they will be better positioned to win the Stanley Cup if they don’t sign the twins. That, after all, is supposed to be the goal here and, to that end, things become pretty clear.
If the recent history of the NHL has taught us anything, it’s that any attempt to assemble core players through free agency is a loser’s game. This was true in the pre-cap world when the Detroits, New Jerseys and Colorados were largely home-grown enterprises. It’s certainly true in the salary-cap world, where it’s a given that free agency represents the most inefficient, and dangerous, method of team-building.
Teams might be able to fill one or two holes in their lineups by dipping into the free-agent pool.
But no one in their right mind would try to sign their best players that way.
It appears as thought the Vancouver Canucks will have to break the bank if they want to hold on to the Sedin brothers.
According to a report on Swedish website expressen.se, Daniel and Henrik Sedin are looking for identical 12-year contracts worth $63 million each, similar to the one signed by fellow countryman Henrik Zetterberg with the Detroit Red Wings.
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
A smart betting man would wager that Kesler, not goaltender Luongo, will be the first Canuck to sign a long-term extension this summer.
Canuck general manager Mike Gillis said before leaving for Vegas that he’d be speaking with both to get an idea how they might like to proceed on July 1, when teams are eligible to extend contracts due to expire after next season.
Luongo is due to become an unrestricted free agent 12-and-a-half months from now. Kesler would be a restricted free agency with, likely, a load of leverage in salary arbitration. He’ll make $1.75 million US next year, Luongo $7.5 million US.
“We’ve had some preliminary discussions with him,” Gillis said of Luongo, who has said he’ll stay in Vancouver if he feels the Canucks have a chance to win the Stanley Cup. “Very preliminary.
Some great pictures from the Las Vegas Sun of Alexander Ovechkin and Ryan Kesler skating at outdoors at Caesars Palace. Both players were there to participate in a NHL 2K10 outdoor motion capture session.
Also some video of AO in action…
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