Wednesday, May 14, 2008

NHL and hockey rumors for May 15, 2008

The Vancouver Canucks have hired former NHLer Scott Mellanby as a consultant to new GM Mike Gillis. "We are pleased that Scott has agreed to join our Hockey Operations department, his experiences in our league over two decades as a player will be a great asset to me and our entire department," said Gillis in a statement. The Canucks are having meetings in Las Vegas, where the fate of coach Alain Vigneault will be decided.

Phoenix Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky shot down rumors that he would be involved in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. He is happy in Phoenix and wants to work with the youth movement there. Meanwhile, Dave Nonis wrapped up his interview with the Leafs today and nothing has been decided. Brochu's take: Rumors that must have come from Toronto and not Phoenix or Gretzky himself. As for Nonis, the Leafs are going to drag this out for most of the summer.

The Edmonton Oilers have signed goaltender Bryan Pitton to a three-year, entry-level contract. Source

The Boston Bruins have re-signed forward Chuck Kobasew a three-year, $7 million contract extension. Kobasew will earn $2 million next, $2.5 million in 2009-10 and $2.5 million in 2010-11. The 26-year old scored 22 goals and 39 points 73 games for the Bruins last year. Brochu's take: A very sensible move on the Bruins part. Kobasew could hit 30 goals next season and should be a bargain.

The St. Louis Blues have signed forward T.J. Oshie to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward T.J. Galiardi to an entry-level contract.

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