Monday, January 28, 2008

Hossa sweepstakes

The Marian Hossa sweepstakes is about to begin. Atlanta Thrashers GM and coach Don Waddell will attempt to sign Hossa to a contract extension this week, or he will begin to shop the forward. It's believed Hossa has already turned down a 5 year, $35 million contract. The Ottawa Sun is reporting that the Anaheim Ducks, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks could be interested. Source

The Denver Post is reporting that the Colorado Avalanche should look at acquiring Hossa, while the Toronto Star is saying the Boston Bruins may have interest.

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun is reporting that Florida Panthers GM Jacques Martin is trying to move defenseman Branislav Mezei and forward Radek Dvorak. Garrioch also claims that league executives insist centre Olli Jokinen will be moved. Source

The Teemu Selanne rumours have finally come true, as the Anaheim Ducks have signed Selanne to a one year, $1.5 million contract. Selanne will receive around $600,000 for the remainder of the season, but performance bonuses could see him earn closer to $2 million. Bob McKenzie of TSN is speculating that the Ducks may have more moves in the future. Source

The Chicago Blackhawks have placed forward David Koci on waivers. The Carolina Hurricanes may make a claim. Also, GM Dale Tallon remains searching for upgrades to his team, and may be making a deal in the near future.

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