August 26, 2009 – NHL News and Rumors

McCarty seeks job in Russia

Canucks close to signing Schneider

Thrashers GM optimistic Kovalchuk deal will be completed


McCarty seeks job in Russia

Apparently, the KHL isn’t done raiding the Red Wings. Already having signed Jiri Hudler , the Russian hockey league now is after Darren McCarty .

The rugged, popular veteran forward is in Moscow pursuing possibilities in the league, which begins its season in mid-September.

McCarty, 37, played in 13 games with the Wings last season, with one goal, no assists and 25 penalty minutes. He played in 19 games with Grand Rapids with five goals, six assists and 21 penalty minutes.

The Wings informed him after the season they would not bring him back, and he didn’t get offers from any other NHL team.

http://www.detnews.com/article/20090826/SPORTS0103/908260349/1128/McCarty-seeks-job-in-Russia

Canucks close to signing Schneider

DAN MURPHY

The Vancouver Canucks are very close to signing free agent defenceman Mathieu Schneider to a one-year deal, sources tell Sportsnet.

Schneider split time between Altanta and Montreal last season, recording nine goals and 23 assists in 67 games.

Canucks GM Mike Gillis has been saying he’d like to sign one more defenceman to the roster, and Schneider would also fit the bill of a power-play quarterback the Canucks have been seeking.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2009/08/24/canucks_schneider/

Thrashers GM optimistic Kovalchuk deal will be completed

Chris Vivlamore

Thrashers general manager Don Waddell described the ongoing contract negotiations with star Ilya Kovalchuk as “constructive” and said Monday that he is optimistic that a new deal would be completed. Waddell said the two sides have exchanged contract proposals.

“We’ve had several face-to-face meetings,” Waddell said. “We’ve had some very, very long discussions.”

Kovalchuk, the franchise’s all-time leader in goals, points and games played, is entering the final year of his contract. The earliest the team could begin negotiating a new contract in the offseason was July 1. Waddell has said previously he wanted to get a deal done before the start of the season. The Thrashers report to training camp on Sept. 12 and the regular season opens Oct. 3.

“I feel very confident that at some point — I don’t know when that point will be — but at some point, we will get a contract done,” Waddell said. “I’m OK at this point because of the conversations we are having. If the conversations were broken off or argumentative, I would have a lot more concern.”

http://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-thrashers/thrashers-gm-optimistic-kovalchuk-122778.html