Category Archives: Free Agents
Whitney mulling future
“TSN’s Darren Dreger and Sportsnet’s Bill Watters said that some of the recent rumors about Toronto being interest in signing the big names of the unrestricted free agent market are just the product of someone’s imagination. They said that it is more likely that someone has a secret agenda out there in an effort to get people belileving things that are not actually true.
The Devils may not have to choose between superstar left wings after all. The Russian campaign is on to lure Ilya Kovalchuk to the KHL, although it is believed no deal is yet done.
A source close to the two-time 52 goal scorer told The Post not to fully accept some Russian reports that Kovalchuk already has agreed to play for St. Petersburg next season.
Matt Cullen hasn’t ruled out a return to the Senators.
The centre, acquired from the Hurricanes in February in exchange for defenceman Alex Picard and a second-round pick, said Monday his agent, Pat Morris, has held preliminary talks with Ottawa GM Bryan Murray about a new contract.
Cullen, 33 , who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, was one of the Senators’ top performers in the playoffs, recording three goals and five assists in their first-round loss in six games to the Penguins.
As mentioned the other day, the Kings will potentially have six unrestricted free agents on July 1: Alexander Frolov , Jeff Halpern , Raitis Ivanans , Randy Jones , Fredrik Modin and Sean O’Donnell. The most intriguing situation, by far, is that of Frolov, whose seven-season career with the Kings has been quite a journey. A first-round draft pick in 2000, Frolov finally reached the playoffs this season. A former two-time 30-goal scorer, Frolov netted only 19 goals this season, his lowest total since his rookie season (14) and he drew the public ire of Terry Murray, who benched him from an early-season game because the coach didn’t like his attitude and play. That said, Frolov brings immense talent to the table, at both ends of the ice, for stretches of time, and there’s bound to be significant debate about whether he should return. A lot of that might be determined by how much of a raise Frolov is seeking from his current $2.9 million.
TSN.ca is reporting that both Rob and Scott Neidermayer could be interested in joining the Canucks as unrestricted free agents this summer.
It is reported that their agent was on the Team 1040 radio show in Vancouver and mentioned that the brothers could be interested in playing for Canada’s West Coast club.
Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun is reporting on the possibility that Burke will make a run to land the Sedins this offseason. He notes that Burke is very loyal to his players and has made moves to bring players who he has worked with in the past into his organizations.
The Edmonton Journal is reporting that the Edmonton Oilers are close to signing Jaromir Jagr who has spent this season playing in Russia to a deal.
Spectors Hockey and Sport Bladet (based in Sweden) are reporting that Peter Forsberg has agreed to a deal with Modo of the Swedish Elite League.
The Denver Post is reporting that Peter Forsberg is on the comeback path.
A bunch of media outlets are reporting that the Mats Sundin situation is drawing near, it is reported that he will make his decision by December the 15th.
The Mats Sundin saga continues to draw on like a tooth ache. Everyone knows that he will return but where and when continues to be the question. The star.com speculates that Sundin mulls a mid December return and indicates that he has been training daily.
Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun is reporting that if the Leafs are truly interested in Brian Burke as their next general manager they had better act very quickly.