NHL News and Rumor Roundup – June 27, 2009

Dany keeps up hopes for trade

Burke all talk and no action

NO COUNTER OFFER FROM CANUCKS GM GILLIS IN TALKS WITH SEDINS

Dany keeps up hopes for trade

By DON BRENNAN

Agent J.P. Barry is not ready to discuss the what-ifs surrounding the possibility the Senators won’t be able to trade Dany

Heatley.

In an interview with Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes yesterday, Barry said Heatley remains hopeful the Senators will get a deal done

before July 1.

GM Bryan Murray has stated that if he can’t move Heatley before then, “this (trade) probably isn’t going to happen.”

That is not something the Heatley camp wants to consider at the moment.

Read the full article from

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Ottawa/2009/06/27/9954901-sun.html

Burke all talk and no action

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

The first salvo has been fired in the new chapter of the Battle of Ontario.

Thanks to Brian Burke.

As the Maple Leafs were preparing to make the seventh overall pick in Friday’s 2009 entry draft at the Bell Centre, the

Toronto general manager was seen chatting with Bryan Murray, the personable GM of the hated Ottawa Senators.

Burke asked Murray if the player the Sens were looking to pluck two picks later was London Knights forward Nazem Kadri.

When Murray acknowledged that, yes, the Sens liked Kadri, Burke replied, without sarcasm: “Well, we’re taking him.”

Give Burke this much: He accomplished one thing last night- he added some spice to a Senators-Leafs rivalry that, let’s face

it, has lacked some teeth the past few seasons.

Thirst for skill

Make no mistake, Kadri is a good player. He scored 25 goals in each of his past two Ontario Hockey League seasons and 93

total assists.

And for a Leafs franchise desperately thirsting for an influx of skill, he will be welcomed on to the roster with open arms.

Yet, there will be many in Leafs Nation who will be disappointed this morning because Burke was not able to land a bigger

fish- namely, John Tavares, who just happened to be Kadri’s roommate on the road with the Knights during the final couple of

months of the 2008-09 OHL season.

Heck, he could not even move up to the fifth spot to fulfil his Plan B, which was Brandon forward Brayden Schenn, brother of

Leafs defenceman Luke Schenn.

Read the full article from

http://www.ottawasun.com/sports/hockey/2009/06/27/9951296-sun.html


NO COUNTER OFFER FROM CANUCKS GM GILLIS IN TALKS WITH SEDINS

DARREN DREGER

Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis met with Henrik and Daniel Sedin’s agent, JP Barry, late Friday night following round one of the NHL Entry Draft.

The Canucks did not table a counter proposal to the Sedin’s recent 12-year, $63 million dollar pitch, and sources say Gillis gave no indication a counter offer is coming.

The Sedins are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

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http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=283055


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