NHL Trade Rumors and News Rumor Roundup – June 12, 2009

Laperriere nixes offer, likely to leave Avs

STARS HIRE CRAWFORD AS NEW HEAD COACH

Tampa to deal Lecavialer?Laperriere nixes offer, likely to leave Avs

By Adrian Dater The Denver Post

Ian Laperriere’s days with the Avalanche appear to be over.
The popular Avs forward is expected to test the NHL’s free agent market July 1, unless the team makes a much better offer than it made to him Thursday. With the Avs having salary cap problems for next season as it is, that does not appear to be likely.

NHL sources said the Avs offered Laperriere, 35, a one-year contract at less than the $1.15 million he made last season, an offer that was quickly rejected.

“Ian is a reliable player who has brought dependability, leadership and results on the ice for Colorado. I would hope they would see that and want him back, but if not, July 1st is right around the corner and other teams will be interested in him,” said Laperriere’s agent.

http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_12573949

STARS HIRE CRAWFORD AS NEW HEAD COACH

Tsn.ca article

”I am very excited that we have been able to secure Marc Crawford as head coach of the Dallas Stars,” said Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk. ”Marc is a winner with extensive experience in this league, and I am confident he will get the most out of our hockey club.”

This will be Crawford’s fourth assignment behind an NHL bench. He began his career with the Quebec Nordiques-Colorado Avalanche franchise, and also coached the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings.

”I’m very excited and honored to have been selected as head coach of the Dallas Stars,” said Crawford. ”This is a winning organization and I look forward to building upon the success that it has earned over the years. This club has a great deal of potential, and I’m eager to get to work in restoring the franchise to among the league’s elite.”

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=281531

Tampa to deal Lecavialer?

Adrian Dater

Keep an eye on Tampa Bay in the next two and a half weeks too. Might they deal Vincent Lecavalier by the draft, and take either Tavares or Duchene to fill his void? Could happen. What about this scenario: Tampa deals Lecavalier to the Avs for the No. 3 pick, and they pick 2 and 3 in Montreal? Or, how about this: Tampa deals Lecavalier and the No. 2 pick to Colorado for the No. 3 pick and a Ryan Smyth or Wojtek Wolski (or both), with the handshake agreement that the Avs take Victor Hedman at No. 2, leaving Duchene to the Lightning? Why not?

Remember how much Pierre Lacroix lusted after Vinny in 1998? He offered all four of his first-round picks to Phil Esposito, then the Lightning GM, for the rights to take Vinny at No. 1 that year.

http://blogs.denverpost.com/avs/2009/06/08/odds-and-ends/


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