NHL News and Rumors – Thursday June 25, 2009

Panthers dangling Bouwmeester

Koivu’s on the outside looking in

Wild ideas about Heatley

Panthers dangling Bouwmeester

Steve Gorten | South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Panthers dangling Bouwmeester
If club has its way, you can expect another blockbuster trade at draft

By Steve Gorten | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 24, 2009

The Panthers have made a big splash at the NHL Draft with blockbuster trades the past three years. If they have their way,

they will do so again this week with the draft Friday and Saturday in Montreal.

Panthers Assistant General Manager Randy Sexton and alternate governor Bill Torrey have been on the phone with the league’s

general managers hoping to deal exclusive negotiating rights to Jay Bouwmeester before the All-Star defenseman leaves the

team without compensation as an unrestricted free agent July 1. The Panthers, who hold the No. 14 pick in this year’s draft,

have made trades at the draft throughout this decade, starting with the acquisition of two of the future faces of their

franchise — Roberto Luongo and Olli Jokinen — in 2000.

Among those interested in Bouwmeester: former Panthers GM Jacques Martin, who was hired as coach of the Canadiens earlier

this month.

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Koivu’s on the outside looking in

PAT HICKEY, The Gazette

With eight days remaining before he can become an unrestricted free agent, Canadiens captain Saku Koivu is in limbo.

Koivu’s agent, Don Baizley, said yesterday that he and Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey have talked, but the club has not

extended an offer.

“Saku would like to stay in Montreal, but we’re waiting to see what the team has in mind,” Baizley said.

Gainey said this week that he has talked with several of the 10 unrestricted free agents on the roster, but that any serious

talks were on hold until after this weekend’s draft.

Koivu made his debut with the Canadiens in 1995 and has been the captain since 1999. He has never had any problem reaching a

contract agreement with the team but, this time around, there may not be an offer.

Gainey’s decision to wait until after the draft has heightened speculation that the Canadiens are targeting a long-term need

– a dominant centre with some size.

But fans who are hoping that Vincent Lecavalier is on his way home will probably be disappointed.

While there has been a running feud between Tampa Bay Lightning owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie, there appears to be a

consensus that trading Lecavalier would deal a serious blow to the Lightning’s marketing efforts.

The latest speculation has the Canadiens targeting Patrick Marleau or even Danny Brière, who has been mistaken for a big man.

Even if Lecavalier were available, it would be difficult for the Canadiens to satisfy the Lightning’s needs. Tampa Bay is

looking for a package that includes a front-line defenceman and that means Andrei Markov.

The Canadiens and Tampa had a brief discussion about a deal for Lecavalier last winter, but the talks ended abruptly when

Lawton asked for Josh Gorges, Christopher Higgins and Tomas Plekanec.

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Wild ideas about Heatley

Murray, good friend Fletcher, Minnesota’s GM, in serious talks

Allen Panzeri, The Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray and Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher are close. Fletcher, just

recently appointed to the Minnesota job, worked for Murray in both Florida and Anaheim.

Under normal cir*****stances, then, they would ordinarily talk often, but they’ve been speaking even more frequently in the

past few days.

The topic?

Dany Heatley.

According to several sources, the Wild are serious players in the Heatley sweepstakes (along with the New York Rangers and

the St. Louis Blues, but more on them later).

With unrestricted free agent Marian Gaborik out the door (possibly to Los Angeles or Vancouver), the Wild would like to add a

scorer. There are few better than Heatley.

There are obstacles, though. Murray would like a top player to present to Ottawa’s fans, but the Wild aren’t about to trade

either 26-year-old centre Mikko Koivu ($3.2 million) or 24-year-old defenceman Brent Burns ($3.550 million).

What might Murray take, then? One suggestion is that the Wild might part with 21-year-old centre James Sheppard, their first

draft choice (No. 9 overall) in 2006, and Ottawa 67’s defenceman Tyler *****a. Throw in a draft pick and everyone’s happy.

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12 Responses to NHL News and Rumors – Thursday June 25, 2009

  1. HABSSTAR says:

    Oh GOD!  Please not Briere…. please! 

    If the choice is between him and Marleau I'd sooner Marleau.  Yeah, he's a playoff dog but another small, injury prone player is the last thing the Habs need.

  2. habswinthecup-again says:

     The only way that Montreal takes Brierre is if Philly sends us their 1st round pick as well and we give them a 6th.

  3. reinjosh says:

    and people laugh at leafs fans
    you would never get that deal
    while briere is a bad contract
    he is still a top line center
    maybe breire and phillys 2nd rounder for a prospect from you or a 3rd rounder
    and even then i doubt that the NHL would approve the deal
    something tells me if it were as simple as giving up a 2nd rounder plus briere to get rid of him
    he would be gone
    teams dont want, NHL i doubt will allow a trade like that

  4. wayne2 says:

    Minesota does'nt want to part with either Koivu or Burns and for that i cant blame them so how about:

    To Minesota:Heatley
    To Ottawa:Bouchard, Shepperd and 2009 1st round pick

  5. habswinthecup-again says:

     I know they wouldn't get him for that, you genius! I am in my own way saying that Gainey better the hell not get Brierre.

  6. bodangles87 says:

    J-Bo's rights will be traded to the Canucks by tommorow morning

  7. reinjosh says:

    a habs fan who thinks straight
    im impressed

  8. reinjosh says:

    you read hockeybuzz.com run by eklund
    dont you
    its crap and the man has no idea what hes talking about
    he spouts pointless bullshit all the time
    if you think that will happen then my bad
    but if you are getting this from eklund
    never again report it on this site

  9. reinjosh says:

    I predict on July 1st that Bouwmeester will not be signing with these teams and will not be in western canada
    He will not sign in Edmonton because they already have 3 highly paid offensive defensman
    He will not sign in Calgary because they dont have the cap space
    He will not sign in Vancouver because  they have a solid defence and will be spending money on forwards come free agency

  10. Ducksfan says:

    Vancouver has a solid defense?

  11. careyprice31 says:

    i wouldn't take neither of those guys they are both losers

  12. UWSensFan says:

    I've always been a fan of P-M Bouchard, but Tyler *****a would definitely be a nice addition also 🙂

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