According to the Boston Globe, three NHL teams will make a serious move for impending UFA Marian Hossa: The Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers. It's believed that the Pittsburgh Penguins will make attempt to sign the forward, but it's unlikely given the other free agents the Pens have to sign. Brochu's take: The Pens want to sign Malkin as soon as possible, and they still have to lock up other young talents like goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. They'll give a half-hearted offer to Hossa, but they know he is a pure rental.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun is reporting that Alexei Yashin is ready to return to the NHL but teams should hurry since he has already received an offer to return to his RSL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. Garrioch reports that the Minnesota Wild and Montreal Canadiens have contacted Yashin's agent. Brochu's take: There's a reason why 30 NHL teams didn't touch him last summer. If someone is stupid enough to offer what he wants, ($4 million or more) than by all means go right ahead.
Brochu's European rumor roundup:
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Andreas Karlsson has signed with Frolunda of the SEL for the 2008-2009 season. Source
The Detroit Red Wings have signed goalie Daniel Larsson to an entry-level contract. Source