Tuesday, May 26, 2009

NHL and Hockey Rumors for May 27, 2009

The Edmonton Oilers have named Pat Quinn as head coach and Tom Renney as associate coach. Both Quinn and Renney agreed to 3-year contracts with an unwritten understanding, assuming all parties remain employed at the end of their contracts, Renney will have an opportunity to take over as head coach if Quinn retires. The move reunites the pair with GM Steve Tambellini, who along with Quinn and Renney spent time with the Vancouver Canucks organization. Brochu's take: Tambellini definitely looked up his rolodex to fill these jobs. This brings up an even more intriguing rumor. We all know Jaromir Jagr would love to play with the Oilers. Could the hiring of Renney, his old coach in New York, expediate the process? Only time will tell.

Meanwhile, a few hours down Highway 2 in Calgary, GM Darryl Sutter admits that if he can't find someone better than himself, he will become the next coach of the Calgary Flames. Sutter revealed that he's looking at three candidates, but all are currently employed by NHL teams. Sutter also announced that assistant coaches Rich Preston and Rob Cookson and goalie coach David Marcoux will not have their contracts renewed when they expire June 30. Brochu's take: A clean house! Meanwhile, Jim Playfair gets the shaft once again.

Jim Balsillie's offer to buy the Phoenix Coyotes comes with an expiry date. The Canadian billionaire is only willing to put up US$212.5-million for the NHL team until June 30, according to documents filed in a U.S. bankruptcy court on Tuesday.

Geoffrey E. Molson, vice-president of marketing for the Molson Coors Brewing Co., said in a statement Tuesday he's interested in submitting a bid to buy the hockey team.

The St. Louis Blues have re-signed forward Jay McClement to a multi-year contract. Terms were not disclosed.

The Washington Capitals have signed undrafted free agent forward Jake Hauswirth to a three-year entry-level contract. The 21-year old Hauswirth has spent the last two seasons with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL).

The New York Rangers have signed defenseman Michael Del Zotto to a three-year, entry-level contract. Del Zotto was the Rangers 1st round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Source

Brochu's European rumor roundup:

According to RDS, Washington Capitals forward Viktor Kozlov has signed a deal with Salavat Yulaev of the KHL. Source

RDS is also reporting that eporting that Caps forward Sergei Fedorov is about to agree to a two-year, $7.6 million contract with Russia's Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Fedorov would be joining his younger brother Fedor on the Metallurg Magnitogorsk roster. Brochu's take: I smell another Fedorov brothers rap album! Source

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Radek Smolenak has left the organization and signed with KHL team Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk of the KHL. Brochu's take: That Russian team is serious need of vowels. Source

Anaheim Ducks forward Petri Kontiola has left the organization and signed with KHL team Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Source

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