Thursday, May 08, 2008

Brunnstrom sweepstakes are over!

The Dallas Stars have finally won the Fabian Brunnstrom sweepstakes. TSN is reporting that Brunnstrom and his agent J.P. Barry decided that the Stars was the best fit for him. It's expected that he will sign a two-year contract, with bonuses that could raise his salary to $2 million a year. Brochu's take: The media and internet have really propelled this average Swedish prospect into an almost mythical player. The fact is he couldn't make it in the World Championship because the coach didn't think he had a good season. Don't be surprised if he becomes nothing more than a depth player for Dallas. Source

The Toronto Maple Leafs have made contact with Dave Nonis, after having received permission from the Vancouver Canucks. However, the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings have refused permission to allow the Leafs to talk to GMs Doug Wilson and Ken Holland, respectively.

Olaf Kolzig has confirmed that he has played his last game for the Washington Capitals. He remains open to join a contending team for next season. Brochu's take: He could gather a lot of interest from teams looking for a no. 1 goalie or veteran backup. Source

The Florida Panthers have signed defenseman Keaton Ellerby to a three-year, entry-level contract. Ellerby was the Panthers first round choice in the 2007 NHL entry draft.

Brochu's European rumor roundup:

According to Finnish television, there are rumors that forward Ville Leino is close to signing a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

Forward Brett Engelhardt has left the Montreal Canadiens and signed with Augsburg Panther of the DEL for the 2008-2009 season.

Atlanta Thrashers forward Jason Krog and defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski have left the organizationa and signed contracts with Severstal Cherepovets of the Russian Super League.

Poll Results:

Who will win the Hart Trophy?

Alexander Ovechkin
80 (86%)
Evgeni Malkin
11 (11%)
Jarome Iginla
1 (1%)

Total Votes: 92

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