In an interview on Team 1040 radio in Vancouver, new Canucks GM Mike Gillis admitted he was aware that Minnesota Wild forward Pavol Demitra was in town and having a look around the city. Gillis did not divulge that he had contact with Demitra. Demitra is now an ex-client of the now ex-agent Gillis. Brochu's take: Expect a whole lot of Gillis' ex-clients to be rumored heading to Vancouver. Demitra might enjoy a new up-tempo system, if the Canucks do indeed change playing styles.
The Canucks also named Laurence Gilman as director of hockey administration.
The Edmonton version of the Metro News is reporting that impending free agent Curtis Glencross is seeking a $2 million contract from the Edmonton Oilers. Brochu's take: Lowe would be stupid to overpay a third-liner like that. If Glencross thinks he can make that much money in the NHL, he's dreaming. Source
The Florida Panthers have re-signed forwards Wade Belak and Kamil Kreps to two-year deals. The Panthers also agreed to terms with defenseman Luke Beaverson on an entry level contract. Brochu's take: Belak's found a home in Florida. Kreps should continue to improve on his stellar season. Source
The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with Finnish free agent goaltender Antti Niemi. For more on Niemi, check my previous post here.
The Calgary Herald reports sources that claim the Flames will re-sign defenseman Mark Giordano to a three-year, one-way contract (worth around $1 million a year) this summer. Giordano signed with Moscow Dynamo this past season because of contract troubles. Source