One quick rumor update before today's NHL free agent frenzy begins:
According to Sportsnet, the Tampa Bay Lightning have an offer on the table to Brian Rolston, but Rolston and his agent wants to wait for other offers before accepting or rejecting it. The deal is rumored to be around the same term and a little bit less than what Ryan Malone signed. (7 year, ~$29 million)
TSN is reporting that the Anaheim Ducks and forward Corey Perry are close to a new deal; a contract similiar to similar to the one that Ryan Getzlaf signed last season worth approximately $5.325 million per season. Brochu's take: This should put all the "offer sheet" rumors to rest.
Impending free agent Brian Campbell could be signing with the Atlanta Thrashers, who are rumored to be offering more money than most teams. The Ottawa Senators are in heavy pursuit of the rearguard as well.
The Edmonton Oilers could be offering a huge contract worth $9 million a year to Marian Hossa. The Vancouver Canucks are also interested in signing the winger. Brochu's take: If some team is stupid enough to give Hossa $9 million per, the NHL should implement some kind of rule to stop this silliness. Source
The Detroit Red Wings have signed Peter Worrell...err...Andreas Lilja to a two-year, $2.5 million contract extension.
The New York Rangers have signed goalie Matt Zaba to a contract extension.
The Ottawa Senators have signed forward Jeremy Yablonski to a two-year entry level contract.
The Boston Bruins have re-signed forward Petteri Nokelainen to a two-year, $1.7 million contract extension.