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from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,
Katz said he wants to do something special with the Oilers. Boiled down, he said, his mission is for the Oilers to be an “elite team at the heart of the city.”
“I think the city deserves it, and now is the right time. And I think the Oilers franchise deserves it. This is one of the most storied franchises in the league. This team deserves to be an elite team.”
Dressed in jeans and a track-suit top, Katz took time out from his deal-making to sit down for an interview in his riverbank mansion overlooking Hawrelak Park.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
A rise in the NHL salary cap doesn’t mean the Canucks will publicly commit to spending to the new $56.7 million US ceiling.
General manager Mike Gillis, who now has $21.6 million in cap space heading into the free-agency and contract season, said there are too many variables to accurately predict how much the club will spend….
“I don’t want to be held to that standard and it’s our intention to get the best players,” he said. “It [stating a payroll total] is not a policy matter and that’s why I’m reluctant. It’s dependent on things that happen and at this point I don’t know how things will unfold.”
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.”
from On the Islanders Beat,
The handwriting has been on the wall for the past couple seasons regarding the demise of Shawn Bates’ Islanders career. The Islanders are expected to make it official Friday morning when they announce their decision to buy out the remaining year of his contract.
Bates was scheduled to make $1.2 million, but under NHL buyout provisions, he will receiver two-thirds of that amount in equal installments of $400,000 spread over the next two seasons.
from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,
Keep in mind a couple things: 1, I don’t know what the Avs’ exact offer was/is to Theodore before talks broke off and 2, it’s pro sports, where everybody wants the most money they can get while they can get it - and I’m sure I’d be the same way if I was a pro athlete.
But, let’s face it: If the Avs made anywhere near a fair, market-value offer to retain his services, but Theodore turned it down thinking he could get a little more from someone else, then my attitude if I was Francois Giguere would be: don’t let the door hit your padded backside on the way out, Jose.
You have to wonder if there is a market for Theodore right now.
from Scott Morrison at Sun Media,
There has been speculation the Oilers might make a big pitch for unrestricted free agent Marian Hossa. The question is, would he want to go west and endure the travel, or stay east where life is more comfortable? ... Now that Ray Emery has been bought out, a team will take a chance on the former Senators goaltender. Every team thinks it can turn the talented but enigmatic Emery’s career around. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he ended up in Detroit.
more NHL bits…
from Ansar Kahn of Mlive,
Don’t expect Henrik Zetterberg to sign a long-term extension on July 1 like San Jose’s Joe Thornton did last year. Zetterberg has one year remaining on a contract that averages $2.65 million a season, but Holland doesn’t anticipate a quick signing. He said he has had only preliminary talks with Zetterberg’s agent and that no figures have been exchanged yet. His new deal is expected to be in the $7 million-a-year range.
“Over the course of the summer and as we get into camp I’d like to ramp things up,” Holland said. “Free agency is getting more difficult. They got more and more options. It’s going to take a long time.”
much more on the Wings including Drake may retire and Stuart’ shoulder is ok…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
A reliable third party source yesterday told The Post that his connections in the Czech Republic believe that Jagr has recently received a three-year contract offer for the equivalent of $35M after-tax US dollars from Omsk of the Russian Super League. The captain is believed to have received the formal offer this week from Omsk GM Anatoly Bardin after months of conversations.
Jagr, who will become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday, has said that his first choice is to sign a new deal with the Rangers New York Rangers . But Sather yesterday told The Post that he has not heard from No. 68 despite repeatedly telling Jagr’s North American agent Pat Brisson, that he wants Jagr to return.
from Lightning Strikes,
The rumor from Canada’s TSN: Defenseman Dan Boyle could be trade bait this summer in order to free up some salary cap space.
Melrose said it was a case of the Canadian media trying to “make” the news, and added, “Danny Boyle is the guy I’m counting on to play 25 minutes a night.”
Asked about the rumor, Koules said, “I’ll answer anything that’s important” and proceeded not to answer.
From Kevin Dupont at Bruins Blog,
Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman, in line for a big pay boost as a restricted free agent, has filed for salary arbitration, which could affect how the club conducts business around the upcoming free agency period that begins Tuesday.
The action by Wideman, confirmed this afternoon by a source with first-hand knowledge of the on-going negotiations between the Bruins and the defenseman, allows the club not to be concerned about buying out players prior to Monday’s deadline.
continued… with more Bruins personnel updates
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