Monthly Archives: July 2010

Report: Bab***** says Mike Modano joining Wings is 'inevitable'

Mike Bab***** apparently is not beyond making a little news on a summer’s day, as he raised money for the Children’s Hospital Fund of Saskatchewan.

According to NHL.com, Bab***** said Friday that Mike Modano, the 40-year-old native of Livonia who is a lock for the Hockey Hall of Fame, will inevitably sign with the Red Wings this summer.

Latest on Mike Modano; Demitra to KHL

Mike Modano is 40 years old and his best hockey is behind him, but his All-Star career keeps him at the forefront of fans’ interests.

I can’t tell you how many times a day readers ask about the “latest on Modano.” ESPN.com reached out to him Thursday after hearing a website rumor linking him to Chicago.

Haven’t talked to them at all,” Modano told ESPN.com via text message.

Bruins plans currently on hold

The Bruins ’ big questions remains unanswered: Will the team be able to find takers for Marc Savard and/or Tim Thomas [stats]? If not, what machinations must general manager Peter Chiarelli conjure up to bring the team in compliance with the salary cap?

Simon Gagne moving to the Los Angeles Kings?

Just a quick update here, with the Kings now appearing to be falling out of the Kovalchuk sweepstakes it appears they are now making a play for the Flyers Simon Gagne.

Gagne’s agent has reported to ESPN that he has been given permission to talk trade regarding his client with the Kings. His $5.25 million cap hit would most definitely be more friendly to the Kings future cap situation with players like Drew Doughty coming up for contract negotiations in the next couple years.

Kings and Kovlachuk camp deadlocked in waiting game

After talking to a couple of people tonight, I can shed a little more light on the proceedings this week while unrestricted free agent Ilya Kovalchuk was in Los Angeles visiting with the Kings.

As the Los Angeles Times reported earlier, Kovalchuk left Los Angeles Tuesday while his agent, Jay Grossman, stayed behind for a while longer to meet with Kings general manager Dean Lombardi. Grossman then left Tuesday night without the sides reaching an agreement on a contract.

Kings, Maple Leafs and Rangers are believed to have expressed interest in Gagne

The only NHL team currently operating above the NHL salary cap, the Flyers have until the start of the regular season on Oct. 7 to trim their payroll to $59.4 million. They are believed to be in trade talks with a handful of NHL teams interested in Gagne, who has one year and $5.25 million remaining on his contract.

Kevin Bieksa on a Canucks trade? 'I can put two and two together'

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa, speaking publicly for the first time since July 1, conceded Tuesday he knows he’s a candidate to be traded away.

“I’m not an idiot,” Bieksa said on TSN’s Off the Record program. “I can put two and two together. Anything could happen right now.”

Devils' talks with Ilya Kovalchuk turn cold as deal with L.A. Kings heats u

During one of the snowstorms that blanketed New Jersey last winter, Russian-born Ilya Kovalchuk said it didn’t faze him in the least.

Nevertheless, the 27-year-old left winger seemingly prefers the southern California weather and maybe a beach house in Malibu.

Hawks match Sharks' offer sheet for Hjalmarsson

Niklas Hjalmarsson is a Blackhawk and will be for some time.

General manager Stan Bowman wasn’t about to let the San Jose Sharks — perennial contenders in the Western Conference — steal the Hawks’ promising young defenseman.

So Bowman announced Monday the Hawks are matching the Sharks’ four-year, $14 million offer sheet that Hjalmarsson, a restricted free agent, signed last week.

Ask a former all-star a question

Brian Propp will be stopping by again soon to answer more questions. If you have a question that you would Ike to ask a former all star hockey player please submit it to HTR/Brian Propp in the comments area.

Kings will meet with Ilya Kovalchuk on Monday

Ilya Kovalchuk will meet with Kings executives for the first time Monday, a chance for the Kings to sell him on the merits of living and playing here — and on compromising at the bargaining table.

Kovalchuk’s arrival in Los Angeles on Sunday added a new twist to a saga that began when the NHL’s free-agent period opened on July 1. The Kings had two previous rounds of talks with his agent, Jay Grossman, but walked away each time after Grossman refused to relax his client’s 10-year, $100-million price.

Thoughts on Modano/Gagne Rumors

The Blues have their man in net, signing Halak to a four-year contract. They have their muscle squared away through the likes of Cam Janssen and the newly acquired Vladimir Sobotka. These stories all broke in the past week, but one area – the offense – has remained strangely quiet. Now is the time to start asking the tough questions concerning the team’s forwards and what issues this side needs to address.

Flyers Sign Zherdev, What Does it Mean for Gagne?

The Flyers announced a significant free-agent signing Friday afternoon.

The Eastern Conference champs have inked Ukrainian right wing Nikolai Zherdev to a one-yer deal.

“Nik is a highly-skilled player who, at 25-years-old, we feel will be a good fit to our core of forwards,” Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement.