Monday, May 19, 2008

NHL and hockey rumors for May 20, 2008

According to The Hockey News' Brian Costello, CBC's Hockey Night in Canada analyst Craig Simpson will be leaving the network and returning to the Edmonton Oilers in some capacity, possibly as an assistant head coach. Source

Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has made it clear that Jeff Carter will be staying with the Flyers organization, one way or another. The Flyers could lose Carter to a Group II offer sheet of $5 million or more. "We'll sign or match," Holmgren said yesterday. "We're not going to lose Jeff." Brochu's take: It will take around $5 to $5.5 million to get Carter under contract. The Flyers are going to be pushing the cap next season, so look for them to unload some players this summer. Source

The Philadelphia Daily News is reporting that the Flyers are unlikely to be signing defensemen Jason Smith and Jaroslav Modry, who are both due to become unrestricted free agents. Source

Brochu's European rumour roundup:

According to Aftonbladet, there are rumors that Florida Panthers defenseman Magnus Johansson could sign with Russian club Lokomotiv Yaroslav. Source

There are rumors that German club ERC Ingolstadt are pursuing two players; Edmonton Oilers defenseman Allan Rourke and Atlanta Thrashers forward Jesse Schultz. Source

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