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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail, .
..Still, Fletcher has not yet been told no definitively. And Sundin at least acknowledges he is still wrestling with a final decision.
“I have some things to think about, some things to sort out,” he told Hockey Night interviewer Elliotte Friedman.
Then, in the Leaf dressing room, he faced another large media scrum.
“No matter what happens, I’ll always love Toronto and I’m going to love the Toronto Maple Leafs,” Sundin said. “It’s been home for the last 13 years and that’s never going to change.
“I hope people respect whatever decision is going to come out of this.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Risebrough is facing an interesting dilemma with C Pavol Demitra. A soon-to-be UFA, there’s no chance he’ll return to the Wild. Complicating matters, his team is in the middle of a playoff race. It’s believed the Bruins, Devils, Rangers and Stars have shown interest in Demitra, but this would be a tough deal for Risebrough to make. Expect to see Demitra return to the Kings in the off-season.
read much more trade rumors and just think, this will be over by 3pm ET Tuesday…
added 9:41am, Spector gives his take on some of these rumors and others too.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Wasn’t it interesting that season-ticket holders were told that if they committed to renew for next season by Friday — or four days before the trading deadline — they will pay regular-season prices for their seats in this year’s playoffs ... if the Avs make it?
That means the Kroenke Sports folks already have at least a hint of how much their season-ticket base might further diminish for next season. And maybe about how desperate they want Giguere to be as he seeks a means to strengthen the Avs’ chances of just making the playoffs, which might stem a bit of the bleeding.
On Tuesday morning, the Avs still will be at least mathematically in the running for a postseason berth. They still should make a run at Hossa.
more NHL trade speculation from Frei…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
• I am insinuating nothing. I am implying nothing. But if Anaheim GM Brian Burke sends a package of major prospects to the Maple Leafs in order to rent Mats Sundin and then Burke becomes Toronto GM over the summer - the man doth protest his lack of interest way too much - while Sundin returns to Toronto next season, well, how exactly will that look?
• John Tortorella is operating on borrowed time in Tampa, and everyone knows it, including him. Question: Does he wind up in San Jose, Detroit or Philadelphia?
more NHL type talk…
via the Philadelphia Flyers,
The Flyers also learned after the game that All-Star center Mike Richards will be out three weeks with a left hamstring injury. The team’s MVP this season, playing in his 200th NHL game, collided with Bouwmeester in the third period and limped off of the ice. He did not return.
thanks to the KK readers for the pointer…
The Leafs are in Ottawa on Sunday, where Sundin will meet up with his agent and Cliff Fletcher. Talk from the Hot Stove on HNIC was the Leafs are asking him if he would be interested in going to three cup contenders.
Rob Blake may be asked by the Kings if he wants to go to Anaheim, San Jose or Colorado.
The Dan Boyle contract negotiations seem to be going well, but the old and new owners of the Lightning will be meeting with GM Feaster on Monday to discuss the financial outlook of the team. Richards will probably waive his NTC but wants to go to a team that has a shot at the cup.
Bryan McCabe is thinking about waiving his NTC and the Flyers and Rangers were mentioned as possible destinations by the Hot Stove crew.
Nikolai Khabibulin was not held out of the Chicago game today because something was “cooking”. He suffered back spasms yesterday and is being rested.
Marian Hossa may have played his last game as an Atlanta Thrasher tonight.
If you have heard anything from a reputable source, feel free to leave a comment. It is that time of the year and this will soon be over!!!
added 10:03pm, Sundin was just on HNIC and says he still has to go with his “heart” decision, and his situation has not changed, but he does have a few things he needs to sort out. Mentioned this business is all about winning and right now the team is not winning and there will be changes. He feels for all the players in the room.
Per Pierre McGuire speaking on FSN during the Pens/Sens game, a potential landing place for Brad Richards is Montreal.
The Red Wings are listing defenseman Chris Chelios as day-to-day with a contusion in his right leg and a small chip in his fibula, but say that he could be out for several days. Chelios, who was receiving treatment at General Motors Place in Vancouver Saturday morning, is walking with a limp and said he’s in a lot of pain.
via the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
With the asking price for Marian Hossa being a young NHLer, a prospect, and a first-round pick, Kessel could be the first component of a trade for the Atlanta winger. However, Chiarelli made it sound like he’ll hold on to the 20-year-old, although he acknowledged he has listened to offers for every player on his roster, including Kessel.
Chiarelli denied a Toronto Sun report that had Kessel going to Philadelphia for forward Jeff Carter.
from Craig Custance at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
On Saturday morning, Waddell officially closed the book on the possibility of signing Hossa before Tuesday’s trade deadline.
“No, I don’t believe so at this point,” said Waddell, when asked if signing Hossa before the trade deadline was a possibility. “We’re going to look at all our options at this point, look at what the market will pay.”
Both Hossa and Waddell described the meeting as a positive one.
a little more...
Even though most of us expected Hossa would not come to terms with Atlanta, at least we know it is now official.
thanks to a KK reader for the heads-up!
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