The Edmonton Oilers have hired Vancouver Canucks assistant GM Steve Tambellini as their new GM, while Kevin Lowe has been promoted to the role of President of Hockey Operations for Rexall sports. Kevin Prendergast, who has been the Oielrs' Vice-President of Hockey Operations, will move in as the new assistant GM. Brochu's take: Maybe those rumors of Tambellini not getting along with new Canucks GM Mike Gillis were true.
The Chicago Blackhawks Scotty Bowman as a Senior Advisor, Hockey Operations. Bowman's son Stan is an assistant GM, Hockey Operations with the Blackhawks. Bowman has spent the last 17 years with the Detroit Red Wings organization, recently as an advisor.
The Ottawa Senators have avoided arbitration with Antoine Vermette and has signed the forward to a two-year, $5.525 million contract. Brochu's take: Hopefully this will keep those stupid Vermette rumors coming from the Ottawa Sun to rest...until Bruce Garrioch comes out with his latest "musings".
The Nashville Predators have signed forward Jerred Smithson to a two-year, $1.475 million contract extension. The Preds announced today that the club signed defenseman Ville Koistinen to a one-year, $700000 contract, which he was awarded through arbitration earlier this week.
According to Newsday, Petr Nedved will be at the New York Rangers training camp, trying to earn a contract with the team. Nedved spent the last season with Sparta Praha in the Czech Republic, where he had 20 goals and 5 assists in 45 games.