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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.
Sheldon Souray’s agent Paul Theofanous says he has yet to hear from the Edmonton Oilers on whether they plan to buy out the last year of his client’s contract and salary-cap hit with the buyout window opening next Wednesday. But it’s likely coming.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly provided a glimpse into the name game of Winnipeg’s new NHL franchise, Thursday.
Daly, in town for meetings with True North Sports and Entertainment, saw some of the possibilities for the team name, but wouldn’t divulge them.
A crescendo is building as the calendar creeps toward the two most important stretches on the NHL off-season schedule — the entry draft and free agency. After making news the last two days, the drumbeats are getting louder around the Blue Jackets, with a bigger flurry possible.
On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Flyers acquired the rights to goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the Phoenix Coyotes with the hope of signing Bryzgalov to a long-term contract before he hits free agency on July 1.