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For Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, the heavy lifting began Thursday, when he really got down to the business of signing Tampa Bay’s free agents.
Yzerman said he is working off a list “because every contract I do is going to affect the next one.”
No surprise, then, the list begins with the players who will command the most money: center Steven Stamkos and top-four defenseman Eric Brewer.
While the new franchise in Winnipeg continues to take shape, Atlanta Thrashers head coach Craig Ramsay remains in limbo.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ramsay was contacted by a representative of the Winnipeg organization for the first time on Thursday but still does not know if he will be back next season.
“It’s very unnerving not knowing what the future holds,” Ramsay told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Vancouver Canucks are so close they can almost taste that champagne they hope to sip from the Stanley Cup.
It could happen as soon as Monday night when the Canucks will have a chance to finish off the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden, end four decades of frustration and hoist that elusive silver chalice toward the heavens.
It appears Andrew Ladd was a tad surprised at his first real look at his potential new home.
The captain of Winnipeg’s new NHL team, fiancee in tow, poked his head into the ’Peg, Thursday, and much to his amazement didn’t find an isolated, mosquito-infested shantytown with one coffee shop and gravel roads that roll up every night.
More than two months have passed since the Devils’ season ended without a playoff appearance and it’s been nearly eight weeks since general manager Lou Lamoriello said he’d try to re-sign Zach Parise, “as expeditiously as possible.”
Yet, Parise remains unsigned today and says, “nothing” has happened so far with his contract. While this raises questions about whether the Devils’ ownership situation (partners Mike Gilfillan and Ray Chambers want to sell their share) is impacting business, the intention appears clear.