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With the NHL’s 2007-08 campaign in the books, the drama now shifts from the ice to the front office as the league’s 30 teams begin their mad scramble to prepare for next season.
As of Friday, half a dozen teams are still in need of a new head coach, with the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Atlanta Thrashers, San Jose Sharks and Ottawa Senators conducting searches. And the list of ‘free agent’ bench bosses is impressive to say the least.
Names being circulated over the last month include…
read on for an overview of the coach quest, and other matters on the NHL summer agenda
from Dennis Chase of the Traverse City Record-Eagle, “
It was a dream come true season,” the Traverse City area resident said. “You dream about having the chance of carrying the Stanley Cup around the ice, over your head. My dream was no different than a lot of other kids.”
Drake said the opportunity to win a Stanley Cup was a major reason he signed with the Wings, even though it meant time away from his family, who remained in Traverse City during the season.
more on Drake…
From John Dellapina at the NY
“Do I have an offer from Russia? Probably,” Jagr said, refusing to discuss details of what Bardin promised him when he flew to New York to meet with him and with Sather on March 30.
But when asked whether it was now a case of seeing whether the Rangers would match the offer or come close, Jagr replied: “No, it’s not that at all. I just want to know if I feel any interest from New York. That’s what I want to know first.
“I told (the Omsk representatives) I didn’t want to talk to anybody before I talked to the Rangers. They know that.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
An NHL source said yesterday that Panthers GM Jacques Martin—a former coach of Redden with the Senators—is going to take a hard run at signing the veteran defenceman off the open market.
The Panthers’ top priority in the off-season is signing a puck-moving defenceman and Redden, who struggled last year as the Senators’ highest-paid player, fits the bill.
The Panthers won’t be alone in their pursuit of Redden, who will likely have to take a cut anyway to sign with another NHL club, although only to the $5-million range. It’s believed the Blackhawks, Canucks, Predators, Flyers and, possibly the Maple Leafs have an interest in Redden.
From Steve Simmons at the Toronto Sun,
...there is a brewing problem between coach Michel Therrien and some of his players—a number of them despise playing for him.
No one will choose the Stanley Cup final as a forum to call out their coach but there are far too many whispers out there that too many players can’t stand working for—or with—Therrien.
If that isn’t an issue to be dealt with immediately, it is certainly something that will grow with time. Brooks Orpik, the free agent defenceman who will be coveted by many teams after July 1, has told people he will not re-sign in Pittsburgh if Therrien is the coach. Jordan Staal, the terrific young player who lives in the shadow of Crosby and Evgeni Malkin—but is poised to bust out as one of the most complete centres in hockey—is another Therrien complainer.
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
General manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday that Bret Hedican has told the team he’s moving on, and although there’s a chance he could end up back with the Canes at some point later in the summer as a free agent, he no longer figures in their plans at this point.
The 37-year-old defenseman and his wife, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, have said they plan to leave Raleigh and move to Northern California.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Henrik Zetterberg’s days of anonymity are over.
Well, folks in Detroit would tell you Zetterberg hasn’t been a secret to them for a long, long time. But on a Red Wings team loaded with talent, it’s also fair to say that the Swedish version of Doug Gilmour – superb offensively, superb defensively – has flown under the radar for the most part during his NHL career.
from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,
Spoke with JM today at The Bank, got a little bit of news from him regarding the coaching search—among other things.
First off, the Panthers have asked for and been granted permission to speak to Paul Maurice (Toronto) and Perry Pearn (Rangers assistant). Martin has already had a conversation with Maurice, done when JM was at the team’s development camp outside of Toronto….
JM says he has spoken with Jay Bouwmeester’s agent, but there has been no progress in talks for a contract. He says he expects talks to continue. When I asked him if he could foresee trading Bouwmeester at the draft if something isn’t reached, he said “I would doubt that. We’re not at that stage yet. We’re at the begining stages of the negotiations.’‘
via TheFan 590,
Jim Kelley joins Bob McCown to discuss the shady situation between Jim Balsillie, Williams Del Biaggio, the Nashville Predators, and the National Hockey League.
listen now and you will get a little Wings talk too…
added 7:03an, from Theresa Tedesco of the National Post,
Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie attempted to buy an interest in the Nashville Predators from troubled financier William “Boots” Del Biaggio two weeks ago but the National Hockey League cautioned against the plan, sources say.
WDIV in Detroit will be streaming their Wings parade coverage beginning at 9:00am ET this morning.
The parade is scheduled to kick-off at 11:00am and it promises to be a hot one, temps in the 90’s today in Detroit!
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