The Carolina Hurricanes have signed forward Michael Ryan to a one-year contract. He was actually signed to KHL team Dinamo Minsk, but he never made the team.
According to Sport-Express Daily, an English-language paper in Russia, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens are the two teams most interested in Atlanta Thrashers forward Ilya Kovalchuk. Both GMs Cliff Fletcher and Bob Gainey approached Atlanta GM Don Waddell at the general managers meetings in Chicago. Brochu's take: The Canadiens do want to make a splash this season, but unless they have $7 million in imaginary cap space, they are not getting Kovalchuk. And the Leafs don't have anyone in their team or farm system that would interest the Thrashers. Source
The St. Louis Post Dispatch is reporting that the Blues have contacted Brendan Shanahan's agent about his client's interest in signing with the team. The Blues have not made a formal contract offer. Source
The Montreal Canadiens have suspended defenseman Pavel Valentenko without pay on Friday after the prospect left the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League to sign a three-year contract with Dynamo Moscow. The matter has been referred to the IIHF.
The Team 1040 radio in Vancouver reported that Minnesota Wild GM Doug Risebrough was in attendance at Friday's game between the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks. Brochu's take: You have to wonder why he was there, as the Wild don't play the Canucks or Ducks until December. Maybe they were there to talk about a trade...perhaps Marian Gaborik? Just wondering...