Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/19/08 at 11:51 AM ET
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
• Martin Gelinas’s goal of playing 20 NHL seasons is on hold, and he’s not going to let things drag out much longer than another couple of weeks.
He’s been skating with the University of Calgary Dinos and says he’s in great shape, but nobody’s craving a 38-year-old winger.
“I talk to my agent (Steve Kotlowicz) in Edmonton and he says ‘I’ve got nothing, I’ve got nothing’ so you get a little frustrated and you wonder if I’m just spinning my wheels,” said the former Oiler forward, who finished last year in Nashville.
• Teams are growing leery of Gaborik’s injuries and the risk that would bring to paying him something in the $9-million neighbourhood. Maybe the Montreal Canadiens will offer Chris Higgins and a hot prospect (Mac Pacioretty or Ryan McDonagh, two first-round picks in ‘07) and a first-round pick for Gaborik.
As good as Gaborik is, the face of the Wild these days might be Saku Koivu’s brother, Mikko. He’s a stud centre. And their second-best player might be Brent Burns on the back-end.
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