According to Darren Dreger of TSN, the father of Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jack Johnson has contacted a KHL team about having his son play in Russia next year. Jack Johnson Sr. reportedly contacted SKA St. Petersburg if they had interest in signing the impending restricted free agent to a one-year deal, and they responded that they did. Dreger is also reporting rumors that the Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning are in trade discussions, and it could be centred around Vincent Lecavalier. Brochu's take: Lecavalier's name is going to pop up everywhere as we get closer to the NHL Entry Draft. There's speculation that Johnson has demanded a trade. Dreger also states that the Montreal Canadiens remain in the running for Lecavalier. Source
The NFL, MLB and the NBA have lined up in support of the NHL's court fight to block the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes and move to southern Ontario. The other major sports leagues statements asking the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to "respect the National Hockey League's rules and procedures regarding ownership transfer and relocation." Brochu's take: We'll find out tomorrow, I suppose. I find it odd that Bettman's "friends" in the other sports have joined in the court matters, I would think this is exclusive to the NHL. I mean, I'm sure the NHL was not contacted when the Seattle Supersonics were moved to Oklahoma City. Source
Patrick Roy has denied speculation that the Colorado Avalanche have offered him the head coaching position. Current head coach Tony Granato has not been notified of the proceedings and still has two-years left on his contract.