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June 27, 2011 News and Rumors

Minnesota Wild turn attention to free agency market, which opens Friday

Blue Jackets turn their attention to defense

New York Rangers likely won’t find a taker on NHL trade market for defenseman Wade Redden: sources

Jets weighing their options

Panthers ready to trade and add free agents this week

While the Panthers’ front-office honchos flew home Sunday morning feeling content after adding 10 building blocks, there is still more work to do.

With just 10 signed players on the active roster and the free-agency period starting Friday, the Panthers, who have about $26 million to shop for nine players, are trying to make some early-week trades with cash-strapped teams looking to shed payroll.

Richards on the way, if Rangers pay

If I heard it once, I heard it a dozen times during this Entry Draft weekend in Minnesota: “[Brad] Richards told [X] he wants to come to New York.”

And this, too: “Slats [general manager Glen Sather] is going to blow his brains out to sign Richards.”

To which I respond: If Richards “wants to come to New York,” $32.5 million over five years — starting at $11 million this year to protect against a potential future rollback — should be enough money and enough of a commitment for him to achieve his dream.

Heat on Leafs to land No. 1 centre

With July 1 free agency looming, the heat will be on to add an impact player from a pool of available talent that isn’t nearly as deep as Toronto general manager Brian Burke would like it to be.

“We don’t know what July 1 is going to look like yet,” Leafs vice-president of hockey operations, Dave Nonis, said Friday night before the draft got under way at the Xcel Energy Center. “We might make some deals between now and then that determine how aggressive we are on that front.

NHL Update – June 25, 2011


Flames trade Regehr, Kotalik to Buffalo

Smyth trade not a done deal