Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/14/10 at 11:24 AM ET
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
• The Chicago Blackhawks will have to take a long, hard look at their goaltending at the end of the season.
By sticking with the overpaid, underachieving Cristobal Huet at the deadline, GM Stan Bowman faces a big problem trying to fit all the pieces of his club under next season’s salary cap.
Not only do the Hawks have Huet under contract for two more years at an average of $5.625 million (all terms US), they will try to find a way to sign Antti Niemi, who has taken over as their No. 1 goaltender….
• All they have to do in Edmonton is hang the No. 68 sweater in Jaromir Jagr’s stall. The Oilers are fully expecting the 38-year-old to leave Omsk Avangard of the KHL this summer and sign as a UFA two seasons removed from the NHL. Edmonton scouts attended the Olympics to get a close look at Jagr. He would be welcomed back to the New York Rangers anytime, but Jagr has a close relationship with Oilers associate coach Tom Renney from their days on Broadway….
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