July 26, 2009 – NHL News and Rumors Roundup

Chris Chelios to the Big Apple

Lundquist will play in Sweden

Satan Back to the Isles

Heatley no talk, no action
Chris Chelios to the Big Apple

We can tell you this much about a potential bid to buy the Coyotes that would include a proposal to move a handful of games out of Phoenix to a different city — that city would not be Hamilton, Ontario, no how and no way.

When Jere-Me Roenick is right, he’s right: The Coyotes’ rink should have been built in Scottsdale, not Glendale, and Chris Chelios does want to play in New York, the latter of which Glen Sather has known since July 1.

NHL is awaiting word from the Players’ Association on the league’s proposal to amend the CBA as relates to performance-enhancing drugs. The proposal would mandate playoff and offseason testing, among other adjustments. The PA is taking up the matter with the athletes during its summer meetings.


Lundquist will play in Sweden

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As I said in the comments section, I don’t speak Swedish and I kind of push outgoing players to the out box.

Joel Lundqvist has tested NHL free agency and decided he will play next season in Sweden for Frolunda (Ulf Dahlen’s team).

I really liked Joel and I really thought he had great potential, but he just never seemed to find the consistency he needed. Obviously, the NHL apparently felt the same way, as he is not an expensive player and he could not find a taker. He will be very successful in Sweden, and hopefully he’ll be happy there.


Satan Back to the Isles


Heatley no talk, no action


As expected, Dany Heatley remained in hiding Saturday.

The unhappy Senators winger was a no-show at teammate Jason Spezza’s wedding in downtown Ottawa, but sooner or later Heatley is going to have to come out of the B.C. wilderness to explain his trade request.

While some might say Heatley’s decision not to attend Spezza’s marriage to Jennifer Snell was noble so as not to turn it into a media sideshow, a simple explanation about 50 days ago would have been much easier.

Next month, if he leaves his summer home in Kelowna, Heatley won’t be able to avoid the media during the Team Canada orientation camp in Calgary.

Sure, he can remain mum about his situation in Ottawa, saying he’ll only talk about Olympic-related topics, but do you think that will stop the media from peppering him about the Senators?

Of course not.

So out with it, Dany.

His agents, J.P. Barry and Stacey McAlpine, have confirmed that Heatley was disgusted with how he was used once Cory Clouston took over as coach of the Senators in February, but is that really enough to demand a trade out of a place where you are going to make nearly $40 million (all terms US) over the next five years?

So how about it, Dany?

The word in NHL circles is that Heatley fancies himself a leader, who feels he doesn’t get enough credit for what he’s accomplished in Ottawa, but is harshly judged when things aren’t going well for the Senators.

Though his camp denies it, there’s speculation Heatley would like to be a team captain, but knows he has no chance of getting the role with the Senators.