Monday, March 31, 2008

NHL rumors for April 1, 2008

There's a rumor from Russian paper Sport-Express that RSL club Vityaz Chekhov is close to signing Minnesota Wild forward Chris Simon to a contract for 2008-2009. Brochu's take: There may not be many NHL teams that would want Simon and his baggage. Plus, anytime you can play for a team with the name "Chekhov", you take it. Source

Rumors are that the Toronto Maple Leafs may decide to keep defenseman Pavel Kubina instead of trading him. The small window where his NTC is no longer valid has opened up after the Leafs were officially eliminated from the playoffs. Brochu's take: His good play down the stretch will get the Leafs more in return. He's good as gone this summer.

The Boston Bruins tried to move forward Peter Shaefer at the trade deadline, but found no takers. Brochu's take: They'll try again this summer, or may consider a buy-out.

The Phoenix Coyotes have signed top prospect Kyle Turris to an entry-level contract. He will join the Coyotes for their final three games. Brochu's take: Turris will be the front-runner for the Calder Trophy next season. With the great young talent in Phoenix, Wayne Gretzky's team has a chance to make the playoffs in 2008-2009.

The Florida Panthers have signed forward Andrew Sweetland to an entry-level contract. Sweetland’s success at the University of Maine garnered interest from several NHL clubs. The Calgary Flames scouted him extensively while he was rumoured to be close to a deal with the San Jose Sharks two weeks ago. Source

Sunday, March 30, 2008


Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News is reporting that the Buffalo Sabres should trade forward Maxim Afinogenov. Gleason notes his eight years of relative sub-par productivity and his contract ($3.5 million for another season) as factors to get rid of him. Brochu's take: Maybe Afinogenov would benefit from a change of scenery. He has speed to burn, but his hands have never caught up to him. Source

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed forward Jon Kalinski from Michigan State University to an entry-level contract. He will join the AHL Philly Phantoms for the remainder of the season.

The Boston Bruins have signed defenseman Jeff Penner from the Unversity of Alaska-Fairbanks to an entry-level contract. He will join the AHL Providence Bruins next week.

Brochu's European rumor roundup:

According to Swedish sources, Linköping forward Tony Mårtensson is rumoured to be signing with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Brochu's take: Martensson led the SEL in points with 17 goals and 50 assists. He could provide the Blue Jackets with some much needed offense. Source

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Travis Roche will leave the organization and play for SC Bern of the Swiss Nationalliga A for 2008-2009.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Micki DuPont will leave the organization and play for EV Zug of the Swiss Nationalliga A for 2008-2009.

There's a rumor that Detroit Red Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja might sign with SEL club Malmo. Brochu's take: This might be an option more than anything. Lilja will probably sign with the Wings this summer.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Leafs to buy out Tucker, Blake?

On the intermission program "The Hotstove" during CBC's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, Al Strachan stated that the Toronto Maple Leafs will definitely buy out Darcy Tucker's contract and will likely buy out Jason Blake's contract as well. Scott Morrison speculated that Blake could be traded sometime this summer, as well as Bryan McCabe, who is rumored to accept a trade to the New York Islanders. Brochu's take: The buy-out is the new buzzword in Toronto. Tucker's contract is relatively manageable and I doubt that he would get bought out. Moving Blake and McCabe's contracts would be easier and better off in the long run.

The Leafs also signed forward Kyle Rogers to a two-year, entry level contract. He will the AHL Toronto Marlies for the remainder of the season and playoffs. Brochu's take: Rogers was pursued by many teams, and is a good step for the re-building Leafs. Source

Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero is unsure if he could re-sign forward Marian Hossa. When asked about the situation, he responded
"I don't know. If I had to look into a crystal ball, it would be a little cloudy." Brochu's take: Hossa knows he is the top free agent this summer and could get a better contract if he goes to free agency. I can only see Hossa re-signing with the Pens if they make a deep run in the playoffs. Source

The newspapers in Florida speculate that the Florida Panthers will be making several important decisions this summer. GM and head coach Jacques Martin and franchise forward Olli Jokinen have butted heads this season, and one or both of them could be gone. Brochu's take: My feeling is Martin is good as gone. As for Jokinen, several teams will make a run for him and the Panthers will have to seriously address if the packages are enough to trade him.

The Dallas Stars have signed forward
Raymond Sawada to a two-year, entry level contract and assigned him to the AHL Iowa Stars.

The Washington Capitals have signed center Mathieu Perreault to a three-year contract, entry level contract.

Shremp rumor update, Jagr to Russia?

According to to Oilers blog The Pipeline Show Blog, Rob Schremp's agent Scott Norton has denied that Schremp has had any real contact with Swedish teams. Norton believes that a person on the internet contacted Shremp about the possibility of playing in Europe in general terms, but there has been no official contact from any club. Norton did admit that Schremp is "not happy" with his current situation. Brochu's take: The Edmonton Oilers may have to deal with Schremp sometime this summer, and may have to decide if he is part of their future. Schremp could be used as a trading chip in the off-season, as he is pursued by several teams.

New York Rangers forward Jaromir Jagr is scheduled to meet with Russian team Avangard Omsk this weekend to discuss a contract for next year. Rangers GM Glen Sather is already scheduled to meet Omsk GM Anatoly Bardin about prospect Alexei Cherepanov coming to North America. With Jagr scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer because he failed to meet performance bonuses, he may be too pricey for the Rangers to re-sign. Brochu's take: This could be a bargaining tactic by Jagr to get a better contract, but he does genuinely like playing in Russia. Cherepanov stated in a previous interview that he would remain in Russia for another year, but it's possible that the Rangers could arrange an agreement to get Cherepanov out of his contract with Omsk. Source

The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenseman Cody Wild to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The Oilers also inked center Tim Sestito to a two-year contract extension. Source

The Atlanta Thrashers have signed forward Spencer Machacek to a three-year, entry-level contract. The Thrashers are also trying to sign prospect Angelo Esposito to a contract before the summer, but GM Don Waddell says negotiations are "not close". Source

The Minnesota Wild have signed Colton Gillies to a three-year, $2.625 million deal, beginning with the 2008-09 season ($87,500 signing bonus each year). Gillies also signed an amateur tryout contract to finish the season with the AHL Houston Aeros. Source

The Minnesota Star Tribune is also reporting that the Wild will offer defenseman Kurtis Foster a one-year, $1.025 million contract. Brochu's take: Foster has more things to worry about than a contract after that horrific leg injury. At around $1 million, that's a bargain.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Nick Holden to a three-year, entry-level contract. Brochu's take: The Jackets stole one here. Holden is going to be a good player in the NHL.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Schremp, Parenteau to play in Sweden?

According to a Swedish source, Edmonton Oilers prospect Rob Schremp is rumored to play in Sweden next year. The Malmo Redhawks of the Swedish Elite League has apparently offered Schremp a contract for next year, somewhere in the 170, 000 Kronor a week (approximately US $28, 500). Brochu's take: Something tells me that this could be the work of Schremp's agent, who's seen his client overpassed by several other young Oiler prospects. There may be room for Schremp on the Oilers' roster next season, but if he doesn't make it, I don't think he will be satisfied playing in the AHL for another year. Source

The same source is saying the Redhawks have also offered a contract to New York Rangers prospect Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau. Brochu's take: Parenteau is having a great season with the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack, scoring 31 goals and 42 assists in 68 games. This rumor may be a bargaining chip to remind the Rangers that he's there.

The Edmonton Oilers also have signed University of Alberta Golden Bears defenceman Harlan Anderson to an AHL amateur try-out contract. The Alberta team captain will join the Springfield Falcons this week. Source

The San Jose Sharks have signed forward Matt Jones to a two-way, entry-level contract. Jones just finished his second season with Merrimack College.

The Detroit Red Wings have signed Ferris State University goalie Mitch O'Keefe to an AHL try-out contract.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

NHL rumors for March 27, 2008

Erik Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail speculates on what's next for Calgary Flames forward Kristian Huselius. Coach Mike Keenan made Huselius a healthy scratch for the crucial game between the Flames and the Vancouver Canucks. Duhatschek believes that "it now seems almost certain that Kristian Huselius will not be back with the Calgary Flames next season." Brochu's take: With Keenan as head coach of the Flames, Huselius doesn't have much of a future with Calgary. The Flames have already spent money on Miikka Kiprusoff, Dion Phaneuf and Jarome Iginla, leaving Huselius and Daymond Langkow as their key UFAs. Huselius could easily make +$5 million on the open market, especially with teams like the Canucks, Islanders and Blue Jackets desperately looking for offense.

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed forward Brandon Sutter to a three-year, entry-level contract. Under terms of the deal signed Wednesday, Sutter has a contract that begins with the 2008-09 season. It will pay him $787,500 per season at the NHL level, or $65,000 if he is sent to the minor leagues. Brochu's take: Sutter should spend 1-2 years at the AHL to acclimatize to the pro game. If his father Brent is any indication, he will have the determination to make the Hurricanes roster in the future.

The Washington Capitals have signed forward Jay Beagle to a two-year, entry-level contract. Beagle, 22, has scored 18 goals and 14 assists in 54 games in his first season with the Hershey Bears of the AHL. Source

Reported yesterday, the Buffalo Sabres have officially signed forward Derek Whitmore and defenseman Mike Kostka to contracts.

Brochu's European rumour roundup:

Defenseman Jim Fahey will leave the AHL Rockford Icehogs (Chicago Blackhawks affiliate) at the end of the season and will play with the Krefeld Pinguine of the DEL in Germany. Source

According to Swedish paper Aftonbladet, Florida Panthers defenseman Magnus Johansson wants to stay in the NHL, despite rumors that he would return to play for Linköpings HC in Sweden.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

College free agents rumor update

Niagara University forward Kyle Rogers has drawn a lot of interest from NHL teams, but after leading his team the Purple Eagles win the College Hockey America conference tournament, he's become a hot commodity for several NHL clubs. He’ll land a two-year contract that will likely include a $175,000 signing bonus with the idea he would start in the AHL. Scouts from the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Buffalo Sabres, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins have been watching him closely. Brochu's take: Scouts say that the 23 year old forward is a good skater with above-average hands. Expect him to be signed shortly after the NCAA tournament. Source

The Buffalo Sabres are rumored to be close to signing Bowling Green University forward Derek Whitmore. Under NHL rules, because of his age, Whitmore must sign a two-year NHL contract. It will kick in next season. Also, the Sabres are close to signing defenseman Mike Kostka from UMass-Amherst. Brochu's take: They'll both be given their chance to show their stuff in the AHL this season. GM Darcy Regier is hoping he can mine the NCAA in hopes of finding players like Dustin Penner and Kevin Bieksa. Source

The Florida Panthers are rumored to be close to signing defenseman Jason Garrison from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Source

Monday, March 24, 2008

Senators owner in trouble?

Biovail founder and Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk appears to be in trouble again with securities regulators. Securities regulators in both Ontario and the U.S. have charged Mr. Melnyk and three other former Biovail officers with accounting fraud. Without admitting or denying the allegations, Biovail agreed to pay a $10-million penalty, but the payment does not settle the charges against Mr. Melnyk and the other three former Biovail officials. Brochu's take: These are pretty serious allegations. The worst case scenario is that the NHL may force Melnyk to sell the Senators. Source

The Ottawa Senators have signed free agent forward Jesse Winchester to a one-year contract. Brochu's take: The Senators are hoping he could become another NHLer from Colgate University, just like St. Louis Blues forward Andy McDonald. Source

According to the Camden Courier-Post, Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren have begin contract negotiations with forward Jeff Carter, who is due to be a RFA on July 1. A new contract is not imminent. Brochu's take: Carter could easily receive offer sheets from teams looking for a 23-year old power forward with 28 goals. Look for a deal to be in the $4-4.5 million dollar range. Source

Brochu's European rumor roundup:

According to Russian website, Alexei Cherepanov will stay with Avangard Omsk for one more year before joining the New York Rangers. Brochu's take: Cherepanov could benefit with another year in the RSL (or the new KHL).

Morrison wants 4-year contract?

Vancouver Canucks forward Brendan Morrison is looking for a 4 year contract. GM Dave Nonis saids he intends to re-sign Morrison, but Morrison understands he may get more lucrative offers in the open market. Source

Brochu's European rumour roundup:

There's a rumour that Columbus Blue Jackets forward David Vyborny will join Swedish Elite League team HV71 next season. Source

Sunday, March 23, 2008

NHL rumors for March 23, 2008

The latest from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:

The Toronto Maple Leafs could possibly buy out forward Darcy Tucker's contract in the summer if Tucker continues to not waive his no trade clause. Tucker has 3 years and $9 million left on his contract, but if the Leafs bought him out it would only be a $1 million cap hit for 6 years.

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Andre Roy, who returned to the team after being sent home to "think", are rumored to be targeted by the Ottawa Senators in the off-season.

The Senators are believed to be negotiating with impending UFA Wade Redden. Apparently, the San Jose Sharks offered him a 3 year, $16.5 million contract extension if he had agreed to waive his no trade clause to got to San Jose.

Garrioch speculates that Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak could get some offer sheets from around the league. Teams that could be in the mix include the Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers.

Garrioch continues that if the Boston Bruins miss the playoffs, they will surely trade Glen Murray. The unloading of Murray's contract could give the Bruins enough money to sign impending UFA Marian Hossa.

The Toronto Sun is reporting that the Detroit Red Wings are very happy with defenseman Brad Stuart and are negotiating a contract extension.

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that defenseman Chris Chelios will likely be back next season.

The St. Petersburg Times is reporting that coach John Tortorella said defenseman Paul Ranger is "untouchable" this offseason.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

NHL rumours for March 21, 2008

The latest print edition of The Hockey News is reporting that there is talk that several Russian teams will take a serious run at Montreal Canadiens forward Andrei Kostitsyn. Kostitsyn is due to be a RFA in the summer, and the teams in the new KHL could offer the young Belorussian a very lucrative offer.

The Hockey News is also reporting "some rumblings" that the Los Angeles Kings could offer forwards Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Evgeni Malkin. There's been some speculation on what the Penguins will do with the Malkin affair in the summer.

The Dallas Stars have signed forward Tyler Shelast out of Michigan Tech University to a two-year entry-level contract and signed goaltender Matt Climie out of Bemidji State University to a one-year deal. Both contracts begin next season.

The New Jersey Devils have signed defenseman Tyler Eckford from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Oilers to look for grit in offseason?

The Edmonton Journal is reporting that the Edmonton Oilers may try to get grittier in the off-season, and there are several options. Due to be unrestricted free agents are Florida Panthers forward Wade Belak, San Jose Sharks forward Jody Shelley, Nashville Predators tough guy Darcy Hordichuk and Minnesota Wild enforcer Todd Fedoruk. Source

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed goaltending prospect James Reimer to a three-year entry level contract. Source

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed forwards Rob Bellamy and Matt Clackson to entry level contracts. The Flyers also officially announced the signing of Michael-Lee Teslak, which was reported on this blog yesterday. Their NHL contracts do not kick in until July 1, 2008. Source

The St. Louis Blues have signed forward Julian Talbot to a contract. Talbot had been playing for the Blues AHL affiliate in Peoria this season, scoring 20 goals and 21 assists in 65 games. Source

Brochu's European rumor roundup:

According to European sources, St. Louis Blues goaltender Hannu Toivonen may be signing with HPK of the Finnish SM-liiga. Toivonen is due to be a RFA at the end of the season.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Jason Smith to sign with Devils?

The Edmonton Journal is reporting a rumor that Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Jason Smith will sign with the New Jersey Devils. Smith is due to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Source

Rumours are flying that the Philadelphia Flyers will announce the signing of goaltending prospect Michael-Lee Teslak to a contract. Teslak will forgo his senior season at Michigan Tech. Source

The Boston Bruins have signed forward Jeff LoVecchio to an entry-level (ATO) contract. He will be expected to improve his game with the AHL Providence Bruins. Source

The Montreal Canadiens have signed forward James T. Wyman to a two-year contract. Source

Trade Crosby?

Bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is wondering aloud if the Pittsburgh Penguins should trade Sidney Crosby. Smizik rationalizes that the Pens are actually better without Sid the Kid in the lineup, and they could get a lot in return. Source

According to Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, the Montreal Canadiens were willing to send Christopher Higgins and their 1st, 2nd and 3rd round pick in 2008 to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Mats Sundin. Simmons claims that Sundin's no trade clause nixed the deal. Source

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that Thrashers GM Don Waddell has no talks planned with any of their free agents, unrestricted or restricted. The Thrashers have eight potential unrestricted free agents on their roster including Mark Recchi, Johan Hedberg, Eric Boulton, Bobby Holik and Steve McCarthy. Goalie Kari Lehtonen is due to become an RFA this summer. Source

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Jackets eyeing Marleau, Briere, Elias, Gomez?

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that there is "rampant speculation" that the Columbus Blue Jackets will make a draft day run for San Jose Sharks centre Patrick Marleau. The Jackets could also be looking at the availability of Philadelphia Flyers centre Daniel Briere, New Jersey Devils forward Patrick Elias and New York Rangers centre Scott Gomez. The Blue Jackets need a no. 1 centre, as well as a no. 2 centre, and are willing to spend $15 to $20 million this off-season. Source

The same paper is speculating that Calgary Flames centre Matthew Lombardi could be traded to the Blue Jackets in the offseason.

The Raleigh News & Observer is reporting that the Carolina Hurricanes are close to signing draft pick Brandon Sutter to an entry-level contract. Source

The Nashville Predators have signed goaltending prospect Jeremy Smith to an entry-level contract. Source

Bruce Garrioch's latest rumours

The latest from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock could become the next coach of the Ottawa Senators. Babcock has the option for next year, but could become a "free agent" if he chooses to. Senators GM Bryan Murray and Babcock have a close relationship, with Murray hiring Babcock as the coach of the Anaheim Ducks.

The Chicago Blackhawks may be shopping Martin Havlat and his $6 million a year contract in the off-season.

The Columbus Blue Jackets may try to acquire San Jose Sharks centre Patrick Marleau in the off-season.

The Los Angeles Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning could make a pitch for impending UFA goaltender Jose Theodore. Garrioch believes that Theodore needs a strong playoff run with the Colorado Avalanche to boost his stock.

Paul Kelly, the NHLPA's executive director, said yesterday the union would be willing to change the CBA to allow Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke's plan for salary retention. Burke has been floating the idea that teams be allowed to pick up as much as $500,000 of a player's contract if the player is moved to another team.

The likelihood of the Atlanta Thrashers shopping defenseman Alexei Zhitnik in the summer is high. Zhitnik has one year left at $3.5 million and has been a healthy scratch several times this season.

The talk out of Philly is that if the Toronto Maple Leafs had traded Tomas Kaberle to the Philadelphia Flyers at the deadline, Toronto would not only have received Jeff Carter in return, they would have gotten a 1st round pick in the deal as well.

Garrioch also speculates in this article that the Ottawa Senators could buy out Ray Emery. Under the terms of the new CBA, Emery, who is 25 and doesn't turn 26 until September, would only be eligible to receive $2.25 million in a buyout because he's under 26. The Senators would be allowed to spread the cap hit over double the remaining term of the deal which means it would cost the club $562,500 per season for four years.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Yashin back to the NHL?

Alexei Yashin wants to return to the NHL for the 2008-2009 season. His agent, Mark Gandler, reports that Yashin is happy playing for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the Russian Super League, but misses the high level of play of the NHL. After his buyout last summer, Yashin wanted to return to the Ottawa Senators, but there was no interest. Three other teams made a bid, but tried to lowball Yashin to a lower salary. He's open to coming back next season, and teams that are rumored to have shown some interest are the Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks. Source

Brochu's European roundup:

Forward Jason Guerriero will leave the AHL Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators affiliate) at the end of the season and play next year for EHC Visp of the Swiss Nationalliga B. Source

Forward Jean-Guy Trudel will leave the AHL Peoria Rivermen (St. Louis Blues affiliate) at the end of the season and play next year for ZSC Lions of the Swiss Nationalliga A. Source

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

NHL rumor update Mar 13

Atlanta Spirit co-owner Bruce Levenson said ownership has no plans to make major changes in the Thrashers front office following the season. Thrashers GM and head coach Don Waddell's job is safe, despite the fact that the Thrashers have taken a step backward this year and a playoff berth is highly unlikely. Source

The Pittsburgh Penguins will play an exhibition game in Finland in October. Pittsburgh will face Jokerit of the SM-Liiga onn Thursday, October 2 at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki. It will be a tune-up before they start the 2008-2009 season against the Ottawa Senators in Sweden. Source

Chris Chelios has heard from people within the NHLPA that the Detroit Red Wings will play the New York Rangers in the much-hyped planned outdoor game at Yankee Stadium in New York. However, GM Ken Holland has only confirmed that it is speculation at this point, while the Boston Bruins are also rumored to be in the running to play against the Rangers. Source

The Rangers have also signed free agent forward Justin Soryal. Soryal, 20, has played in 56 games with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL this season, registering 15 goals and 22 assists for 37 points, along with 140 penalty minutes. Source

The Dallas Stars have signed a trio of players to contracts. The Stars have signed forward Chris Conner and goaltender Tobias Stephan to one-year, two-way contracts for 2008-2009. The club also signed forward Sergei Korostin to a three-year, entry level contract.

The Atlanta Thrashers have placed defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski on waivers.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Cleary, Bishop signed, Cloutier controversy?

The Detroit Red Wings have signed forward Dan Cleary to a 5-year, $14 million contract extension. Source

The St. Louis Blues have signed goaltending prospect Ben Bishop to an entry-level contract. The 6'7, 210 pound St. Louis native will report to the AHL Peoria Rivermen for the remainder of the season. Source

There has been a lot of speculation on what the Los Angeles Kings organization has allegedly done to goalie Dan Cloutier. The Kings apparently pushed Cloutier into playing while injured, and also mistreated him as he went to the minors (refusing to give an apartment to his pregnant wife) to find his game. The Kings have yet to respond to these allegations, so make your own decision. Source

On Team 1040 radio in Vancouver, Vancouver Canucks assistant GM Steve Tambellini hinted that the Canucks would be very active around the draft day and could make a "hockey trade" during that time.

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Grabovski to Russia?

Montreal Canadiens prospect Mikhail Grabovski is rumoured to be headed back to Russia after his contract expires this season. He is a RFA, and could become a chip in the trading market in the summer for GM Bob Gainey. It's possible that Grabovski could be playing in the new Russian league KHL (Kontinetal Hockey League). Source

The New York Islanders have signed forward Jesse Joensuu to a 3-year, entry level contract that will start in the 2008-2009 season. The Finnish forward finished his season at Assat Pori of the Finnish Elite League where he led his team with 17 goals with 18 assists for 35 points in 56 games. Source

The Colorado Avalanche have placed defenseman Jeff Jillson on re-entry waivers. However, it's unlikely he will be picked up by any team. Source

Sunday, March 09, 2008

MacLean involved with Lightning again?

According to the Puck-rakers blog on the Columbus Dispatch website, Doug MacLean could once again be involved with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Apparently, MacLean is back in good graces with Lightning majority owner Oren Koules, even though MacLean and Florida real estate developer Jeff Sherrin sued Koules for $50 million when the group's Absolute Hockey Enterprise's venture fell apart in November. It's rumored that he could become the new president or GM (or both). Source

The same blog is saying that the Columbus Blue Jackets will be active around the NHL Entry Draft in June, as the team will be looking for a top line centre. The Jackets will probably use their 1st round pick acquired from the Adam Foote trade in a package to acquire that centre. Source

The New York Post is reporting that New York Rangers GM Glen Sather rejected a trade that would have involved sending Sean Avery to the San Jose Sharks for Steve Bernier. Writer Larry Brooks suggested that this rejection spurred the Brian Campbell trade, as well as the Marian Hossa trade, as the Pittsburgh Penguins were pursuing Bernier as well. Source

On CBC's Hockey Night in Canada intermission program "The Hotstove", panelist Pierre LeBrun suggested that there might be some interest in Alexei Yashin. Yashin wrapped up the RSL season with his team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, where he scored 15 goals and 41 points in 54 games.

Toronto Maple Leafs forward John Pohl is rumoured to be signing with HC Lugano of the Swiss Nationalliga A for next season. Source

Friday, March 07, 2008

NHL rumour update Mar 8

The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed forward Andrew Murray to a 3 year, $1.87 million contract extension. Source

There are rumors that the Blue Jackets may begin extension talks with defenseman Jan Hejda.

The Gazette's Pat Hickey says Montreal Canadiens forward prospect Mikhail Grabovski, upset at being a healthy scratch against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night, left Phoenix before the team on Thursday to fly to Los Angeles to meet with his agent, Gary Greenstin. Source

Thursday, March 06, 2008

The latest NHL rumors from the Ottawa Sun

The latest from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:

The Ottawa Senators would like to target San Jose Sharks defenseman Brian Campbell in the summer, but he appears to really like the Sharks organization. The Senators tried to bring Campbell in at the deadline, but Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier would not deal him to anyone in the Eastern Conference.

The Los Angeles Kings may be targeting Senators defenseman Wade Redden in the summer. He is due to be a UFA this July.

The Kings may be signing defenseman Rob Blake to a one-year contract extension.

Red Wings talked to Morozov?

Aleksey Morozov has no interest in returning to the NHL. Morozov scored 30 goals and 63 points this season for Ak-Bars Kazan in the Russian Super League and is leading his team into the RSL playoffs. In an interview with Sport Express, he expressed that he is happy in Russia and has no desire to return to the NHL. "I am not interested of returning there. Last summer, I negotiated with Detroit and with a pair other teams, but of some reason so seems we not to speak same language. The best for myself is to stay here in Kazan and I do not know what that would may with wanting to return to NHL," said Morozov. Source

The NHL is looking to host a game outdoors at Chicago's Wrigley Field. The Chicago Blackhawks are among a list of teams bidding to host an outdoor game next season, and commissioner Gary Bettman's "guess" is that there will probably be one. New York, Boston, Detroit, Colorado, Montreal, Toronto, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have also expressed interest in hosting an outdoor game. Source

The Florida Panthers suspended winger Chad Kilger on Wednesday, only a few days after obtaining him in a trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Kilger asked Florida for a leave of absence, which was granted. The Panthers apparently expected him back by now, and the suspension is without pay. Source

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Cleary to sign 5-year extension?

The Detroit Red Wings blog on is reporting that the Red Wings and forward Dan Cleary have agreed on a 5-year contract extension, and are working out the details for the dollar value. Cleary wants to get a deal done before he becomes a UFA on July 1. The deal is rumored to average around $2.5 million to $3 million a year. Source

The rumor around Buffalo is that goaltender Ryan Miller could become the future goalie of the Detroit Red Wings. With the Sabres allowing its' big free agents walk (or traded), Miller could be headed to his home state of Michigan. The goaltender is due to be an UFA in July 2009. Source

According to Swiss newspaper Blick, Travis Roche could be leaving the AHL San Antonio Rampage and sign with SC Bern of the Swiss Nationalliga A. Roche is property of the Phoenix Coyotes. Source

There's been some more fuel added to the Adam Foote controversy. Foote had allegedly "threatened to be a bad teammate" if he stayed with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Also, the Columbus Dispatch Blue Jackets "Puck-rakers" blog reported that Calgary Flames coach Mike Keenan knew ahead of time that Foote would be traded to the Colorado Avalanche and his equipment guys helped sew "52" and "Foote" on an Avs jersey before the trade was "officially" announced.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Avery breaks off contract talks

Forward Sean Avery has broken off contract talks with the New York Rangers. It's believed that Avery is looking for a multi-year contract worth $2.5 million a year. Source

The Dallas Stars have placed forward Toby Petersen on re-entry waivers. The process involving re-entry waivers changes after the trade deadline, as a team can claim Petersen for half price and place him on their NHL roster, but they cannot play him in the regular season or in playoff games for the remainder of the season. That allows teams to make call-ups like this without much risk of losing a player. Source

Sunday, March 02, 2008

NHL rumor update Mar 3

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune is reporting that the Minnesota Wild were willing to deal forward Benoit Pouliot at the trade deadline. This could be because the 21-year-old forward has not had a very good season, scoring only 9 goals and 21 points in 42 AHL games. Apparently, teams were asking for the availability of James Sheppard, Mikko Koivu and Colton Gillies. Source

The Montreal Canadiens have signed forward Ben Maxwell to an entry level, 3-year contract. Terms were not disclosed. Source

The Ottawa Senators are reportedly close to signing forward Jesse Winchester to a free agent contract. The 6'1, 205 pound forward plays for the Colgate University Raiders. Source

Brochu's European rumor roundup:

The Ottawa Senators are rumoured to be close to signing prospect Peter Regin to a contract. The Danish forward is having a good season with Timrå of the Swedish Elite League. Source

There is a rumor that an NHL team is interested in Regin's teammate, Mika Pyörälä. "There is an NHL team that has spoken with me about Mika," Pyorala's agent Juuso Pullianen said. Pullianen also said that several other teams have shown interest in the free agent. Could he be the next over-hyped European free agent to come over to North America? Source

Oleg "Freakin" Saprykin is reportedly interested in returning to the NHL. He led his team CSKA Moscow in scoring with 26 goals and 46 points, according to Sovietsky Sport. (Translation via the New York Times Slap Shot blog) Source

Foote stinks?

Adam Foote's sudden departure from the Columbus Blue Jackets to his old club in Colorado has left a bad taste in a lot of people's mouths in Columbus. The Columbus Dispatch's Michael Arace reports that Foote wanted $4 million a year for 2 years, while the Jackets offered $3.5 million. Foote had a jet ready to take him to Calgary if a trade happened, something that he had expressed "shock" about, but knowing full well he wanted to go back to Denver to retire. Source

The Miami Herald is reporting that Florida Panthers owner Alan Cohen is upset about another losing season and things could be changing very soon. "I thought we made progress every season, but I can't say that about this season. It's been a major disappointment to date,'' Cohen said. Not making the playoffs this year is simply unacceptable to management, to our fans, and it should be to our players.'' GM and head coach Jacques Martin looks to be on the chopping block in the very near future. Source

The CBC Hotstove panel on Hockey Night in Canada is speculating that Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mats Sundin is leaning towards retirement this summer, and will make a decision sometime in June.

The St. Louis Blues have re-signed forward Brad Boyes to a 4-year, $16 million contract extension.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

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NHL rumor update Mar 1

The Team 1040 radio in Vancouver reported these two rumors, citing sources close to the negotiations:

The Florida Panthers wanted both Daniel and Henrik Sedin fom the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for forward Olli Jokinen.

The initial offer for Brad Richards from the Canucks was Luc Bourdon, Cory Schneider and a 1st, 2nd and 3rd round pick in 2008. The Tampa Bay Lightning counter-offered with Ryan Kesler, Alex Edler, Mason Raymond and the three draft picks.

Both TSN and Rotoworld is reporting that Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke will accept a position in June as the President and GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Source

The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired right wing Nate DiCasmirro from the Phoenix Coyotes for right wing Steve Goertzen and assigned him to Syracuse of the American Hockey League. (Trades can still be conducted after the deadline, but the players are ineligible for the NHL playoffs.) Source