July 15, 2009 – NHL News and Rumors Roundup

Zubov’s career with Dallas Stars likely finished

Blackhawks president John McDonough admits recent contract bungle provided catalyst for firing Dale Tallon

Chiarelli says Kessel will be back with Bruins

Source: Shanahan to Sign With Devils or Rangers

Lang and Jagr can be reunited in the KHL
Zubov’s career with Dallas Stars likely finished

MIKE HEIKA / The Dallas Morning News

Sergei Zubov’s 12-season career with the Stars probably will come to a quiet end this summer, a natural progression of age and business in the NHL.

Zubov, the franchise’s all-time leading scorer among defensemen, is recovering from December hip surgery and that is enough to make the Stars cautious about offering him a new contract.

Zubov became an unrestricted free agent July 1 and his agent, Jay Grossman, has been shopping him around the NHL.

Grossman confirmed Tuesday that nine teams have shown interest in Zubov. Grossman believes Zubov, who will turn 39 on July 22, will sign with a new team sometime in the near future.

“We have made good progress in talks with several teams, and I believe we’ll get something done soon,” Grossman said. “I can’t say it’s going to be the end of the week or anything, but there is interest out there and we’re going to pursue that interest and look for the situation that is best for Sergei.”

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/hockey/stars/stories/071509dnspostarslede.3204ecb.html

Blackhawks president John McDonough admits recent contract bungle provided catalyst for firing Dale Tallon

LEN ZIEHM

There might have been other factors involved, but it was clear Tuesday that the recent snafu involving contract procedures with eight unrestricted free agents cost Dale Tallon his job as general manager of the Blackhawks.

In introducing Stan Bowman as the Hawks’ new GM, team president John McDonough was asked if the change in leadership would have been made had it not been for the fiasco last week.

”Probably not,” McDonough said. ”We should be better at doing our business. Ultimately, that’s on me. It’s my mistake. The time frame [for getting qualifying offers to the free agents] was June 15. We could have done a better job. … We’ve got to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

The Hawks filed late, raising the possibility of the eight players being declared unrestricted free agents. Tallon re-signed them all, but he might have overpaid in doing so. Winger Kris Versteeg and defenseman Cam Barker got three-year, $9.25 million contracts that they probably wouldn’t have received had the qualifying offers been processed correctly.

Bowman, who had been the Hawks’ assistant GM, also was involved in what McDonough characterized as ”an organizational error.” He also cited the need for front-office improvement.

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/1666543,CST-SPT-hawk15.article

Chiarelli says Kessel will be back with Bruins

Michael Hurley

It has been a rather busy offseason for Peter Chiarelli. Aside from signing Mark Recchi, David Krejci, Steve Begin and others, he’s had to manage the tricky Phil Kessel situation.

A restricted free agent, Kessel’s name has been thrown into trade rumors since the season ended. Chiarelli, appearing in an interview with NESN’s Kathryn Tappen, did not deny those rumors but said that he expects Kessel to be back with the Bruins next season.

“Yes, yes he will [be back],” Chiarelli said. “I don’t like to talk about negotiations, but he’s a player of impact. [He has] the speed, and he’s still a young player.

http://www2.nesn.com/boston-bruins/2009/07/10/video-chiarelli-says-kessel-will-be-back-with-bruins/


Source: Shanahan to Sign With Devils or Rangers

CSNPhilly.com

The Flyers won’t be signing Brendan Shanahan. But that doesn’t mean they won’t see him quite often next season.

A source close to the negotiations has told CSN’s John Boruk that Shanahan has decided not to sign with the Flyers, choosing instead to join either the Devils or Rangers.

The 40-year-old Shanahan spent last season with New Jersey, recording six goals and eight assists in 34 games, after playing for the Rangers the previous two years.

http://csnphilly.com/pages/landing_09?Source-Shanahan-to-Sign-With-Devils-or-R=1&blockID=63830&feedID=704

Lang and Jagr can be reunited in the KHL

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