Kovalev, Jovanovski searching for Extension
Well, Jovanovski is searching a contract extension, his contract expires July 31st, year 2003, and don’t expect him to sign one any time soon, more on that & other news around the NHL. Ed Jovanovski News
(Oct. 10th) Don’t expect star defenseman Ed Jovanovski to sign a contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks during this season. While there have been preliminary talks between the Canucks and Jovanovski’s agent Pat Morris, the Canadian Press reports that real negotiating will begin after the all-star’s current deal expires July 1. “We had some exploratory talks. They had thoughts of offering an extension. But to date that offer hasn’t happened,” Morris said from his Mississauga, Ont. office Thursday. “But to characterize it as contract negotiations … I think there was some general discussions. Nothing has transpired to date and I’m not optimistic that anything will get done.” The Canucks would like to get pen to paper on a new deal before Jovanovski’s stock continues to rise. Jovanovski, who will earn $2.8 million this season, could probably demand as much as $7 million a season if his play continues to soar.
Jason Arnott News
(Oct. 10th) After being injured at 8:22 into Dallas’s season opener in Colorado on Wednesday night, Stars center Jason Arnott could be out of the lineup for up to 2 weeks with a right ankle sprain. Arnott’s right leg was caught underneath Vaclav Nedorost and bent at an awkward angle as he went down.
Alexei Kovalev News
(Oct. 10th) Alexei Kovalev and the Pittsburgh Penguins have broken off contract extension talks Wednesday until the end of the season. Penguins GM Craig Patrick repeatedly said any negotiations would cease once the season started. Kovalev said Tuesday the talks had all but ended, and the two sides did no serious negotiating over the last week. The Penguins’ final offer was believed to be about $7 million a year over 3-years. Kovalev apparently wanted a longer deal.
Kyle McLaren News
Oct. 10th) Defenseman Kyle McLaren remains in limbo, reports the Boston Globe. GM Mike O’Connell said McLaren’s fate could well be tied to how the Bruins fare in the first 10 games or so. ”If someone offers us something we can’t refuse, we’ll do it,” he said. ”Until that point happens, and it hasn’t, I’m just going to wait and see how we look and what we need if we need anything, or if we need draft picks. At the 10-game mark, I think we’ll probably have a better idea how our team shapes up after the road trip and give ourselves a couple of games at home and we’ll probably revisit that.”