Friday, October 17, 2008

NHL and hockey rumors for Oct 18, 2008

The Boston Bruins have signed forward Jordan Knackstedt to a contract. Terms were not disclosed.

The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Matt Greene to a 5-year, $14.75 million contract extension that will begin next year. The Kings have also signed defenseman Andrew Campbell to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The Vancouver Canucks have placed forward Kyle Wellwood on waivers.

The Colorado Avalanche have placed forward Scott Parker on waivers.

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman David Tanabe has retired from hockey. Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said today that the team had reached a settlement with the defenseman that will pay the former first-round draft pick $850,000 over the next three years. Source

According to Bob McKenzie on the Team 1040 radio, there are rumors that Tampa Bay Lightning ownership are not happy with the way coach Barry Melrose has been playing with Steven Stamkos playing time. There's also speculation that Melrose uses outdated tactics in practise and many of the players are "bored" with the same drills. Brochu's take: Make no mistake, owners Koules and Barrie are not patient people, and if Melrose doesn't get this team going, he's good as gone.

Rumors are still floating around that the Colorado Avalanche have some interest in Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin.

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