Here are the latest NHL and hockey rumors for April 29, 2008:
According to Swedish website HockeyExpressen.se, SEL team Modo will be talking to Vancouver Canucks forward Markus Näslund this summer to gauge his interest in playing for his hometown team. "We will pursue a dialogue and to speak with him," sporting manager Erik Holmberg said. "I spoke with him last summer before he travelled over and I have spoken little bit with his father. I didn't want to bother him during the season." Brochu's take: Naslund has hinted in the past that he wants to return to Sweden to raise his kids. Speculation has been rampant that Naslund would re-sign with the Canucks with ex-agent and now GM Mike Gillis. It'll be interesting how this story unfolds. Source
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president Richard Peddie has denied rumors that he is preparing a bid to buy English Premier League club Tottenham. "It's complete fiction," Peddie said Monday. "We're not interested in Tottenham at all." MLSE were reported to be contemplating a £250 million offer for Spurs but that figure is understood to be well short of a bid that would be considered by the Barclays Premier League club. Brochu's take: Peddie claims that his trip to England was to observe the business practises of top football clubs. I don't buy that. Peddie knows that English clubs make lots of money overseas and is probably investigating if it would be worth it to buy a team. Source
The Phoenix Coyotes have signed forward Brett MacLean to a three-year, entry-level contract. Source
According to Ottawa sources, former Atlanta Thrashers coach Bob Hartley was in town on Monday for an interview for the head coaching job with the Ottawa Senators.