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After three seasons in the KHL, Jaromir Jagr could be ready to return to the National Hockey League.

According to reports on and the Detroit Free Press on Thursday, Jagr’s agent Petr Svoboda has put out feelers to five NHL teams – the Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens – about the possibility of the future Hall of Famer signing on as a free agent.

Should the Oilers go after Tomas Vokoun?

Tomas Vokoun is still available.

The goalie who turns 35 July 2, will be an unrestricted free agent as of July 1. He told Mlada fronta Dnes, a major Czech newspaper, that he is not thinking of accepting an offer from Avangard Omsk of the Russian KHL, because the NHL remains his preference.

His last seaon, spent with the Florida Panthers wasn’t too shabby either: eighth among goalies with 92.2 per cent save average (on 1,616 saves), in 57 games, GAA 2.55, plus six shutouts.

Oilers likely to deal for another top-10 pick

This is Year 33 of the NHL draft for the Edmonton Oilers and only once have they had two picks in the top 10. That was in 1994, and it turned out to be a good news/bad news scenario.

They swung and missed big-time on Jason Bonsignore with the fourth-overall selection, but recovered after some draft-floor debate to take Ryan Smyth at No. 6. Bonsignore loved everything about NHL life except playing the games and only dressed for 21 in Edmonton before he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning along with Bryan Marchment for Roman Hamrlik; Smyth played 770 games for the Oilers before he was dealt to the New York Islanders in 2007.

First decision for Canucks? What to do with Roberto Luongo

There’s losing, and there’s losing. Which makes the assumption of many that the Vancouver Canucks will get right back to winning once next season begins, at least the kind of winning they did this year before they ran into the brick wall known as the Boston Bruins, speculative at best.

You didn’t hear anybody inside or outside of the Miami Heat organization dare suggest that basketball squad just needed to continue on ahead as is following their stunning loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA final last weekend.

Columbus hot on trail of Hemsky, sources tell Peter Adler

Ales Hemsky to Columbus? Sources in Prague say they heard that Scott Howson, the Blue Jackets GM, is keenly interested not only in Philadelphia’s Jeff Carter, but in the Oilers’ winger, also. No more
details, though.

Staples’ comment: Interesting tidbit from Peter Adler here. This rumour should come as no surprise (and Adler’s sources are excellent, I might add). Howson needs his team to win now, both to save his own job and to keep the NHL flicker alive in Columbus.