Friday, April 11, 2008

NHL rumors for April 11, 2008

Jacques Martin will not return as the Florida Panthers coach for the 2008-2009 NHL season. Team owner Alan Cohen confirmed to season ticket-holders that Martin will not return as coach, but may stay as the GM. Possible coaching candidates include Guy Charron, Mike Kitchen, Randy Cunneyworth, Bob Hartley, and Pat Quinn. Brochu's take: With Martin still with the GM job, could Olli Jokinen be on the way out? Or will Martin be able to find a coach that Jokinen can along with? Source

The Edmonton Oilers are rumored to be signing draft pick Taylor Chorney after he finishes the NCAA tournament. His team, the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux, are in the Frozen Four. Source

The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with goaltender Jeff Zatkoff. Zatkoff had finished his junior season with Miami University of Ohio. Brochu's take: The Kings now have an overflow of goaltenders in their system. Both Dan Cloutier and Jason LaBarbera have one year remaining on their contracts, while Cloutier has been rumored to be the recipient of a buyout this summer. Look for the Kings to shop one of these goalies. Source

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