Category Archives: Free Agents
While “several” NHL teams have shown an interest in Mikhail Grabovski, the just-married centre remains in no hurry to decide his fate, according to his agent.
“I have several teams talking to Grabovksi,” said agent Gary Greenstin. “We’ll see what direction we go.
“He’s not worried.”
Hard as it is to picture, it is possible Colorado Avalanche fans will see Milan Hejduk playing in another NHL uniform next season.
As the dust settles, we look at who remains without a contract. Here are the best of remaining free agents:
Cleary remains likely to return, at a rate of around $2.5 million to $2.75 million per for three years, but the Wings need to get someone off their roster of forwards, first. Alfredsson and Weiss have put Detroit at 14 forwards, a number that will grow by two when restricted free agents Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist get new deals.
We know that Jaromir Jagr is going to play in the NHL during the 2013-14 season, we just don’t know where.
One team that seems to be emerging as a favorite, at least in Jagr’s eyes, is the Montreal Canadiens.
While Grabovski was not snapped up during rush hour of Friday’s free agency and is still available as of Sunday, Gary Greenstin says that is partly because he and the player are fielding multiple offers. “I never comment on negotiations, but several teams are interested,” Greenstin said Saturday.
Asked if that meant, say, three, four or five, Greenstin repeated “several.”
Teams that could use Tim Thomas, assuming he’s not completely lost his body and mind: Colorado, Edmonton, Calgary, Florida, Dallas and maybe Pittsburgh
Former Vancouver Giants defenceman Jon Blum, an unrestricted free agent after playing out his contract with the Nashville Predators, says that a “few teams,” have called his agent Johannson to express interest and admits that the Vancouver Canucks are one of them.
And he’s openly keen on playing here. He did also say, “I’m going to let me agent do his job,” as well, for what it’s worth.
“I would love it,” said Blum, 24, who suited up for 248 regular season games with the Giants from 2005-09. “It’s like my second home.
#RedWings are working on deal with C Stephen Weiss.
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 5, 2013
— JermainFranklin (@TSNJFranklin) July 5, 2013
NJ and Montreal were among several suitors for Ryane Clowe. Told Habs are out now. Devils very interested in Clowe.
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 4, 2013
Danny Briere is not likely to hear many more boos at the Bell Centre.
The free agent from Gatineau, Que., has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens.
Alfredsson's decision: Ottawa, Boston or Detroit.
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 4, 2013
On the day Mikhail Grabovski officially takes himself off the open market, the former Toronto Maple Leafs centre is also likely to become a NHL free agent.
What a turn of events.
The Leafs placed Grabovski on unconditional waivers Thursday with the intention of using a compliance buyout on him if he clears Friday – which just happens to be the day the 29-year-old will marry his longtime girlfriend in Toronto, according to agent Gary Greenstin.
Forward Nathan Horton, one of the top NHL free agents available this summer, was in Columbus today to visit with the Blue Jackets and tour Nationwide Arena, The Dispatch has learned.
The Blue Jackets were among the first NHL clubs to take advantage of a two-day window in which players can visit and negotiate with clubs. The two sides can agree to terms, but no contracts can be signed until Friday.
The NHL’s free agent period doesn’t start until noon on Friday, but the activity heats up on Wednesday, when clubs are permitted to begin talks with players poised to hit the market.
Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said he plans to reach out to about a half-dozen forwards.
For Ottawa’s hockey fans it is downright unfathomable to consider Daniel Alfredsson wearing any other jersey than the Senators’, but Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli isn’t letting that get in the way of trying to make it a reality.
TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reported today that Chiarelli – a former Senators executive himself – reached out to Alfredsson’s camp and spoke with them “at great length” in hopes of luring the pending agent to Boston for the coming season.
There’s about a 1 in 8 chance those Daniel Briere jerseys stuffed in the closets of Sabres fans will come back in style.
The free agent center, who was bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers, tells The Buffalo News he’s had contract chats with Buffalo.
The decision to select Finnish teen center Sasha Barkov with their second pick in Sunday’s NHL Draft may have had a domino effect as the Panthers showed they were willing to part ways with two of their four starting centers from last season in Peter Mueller and franchise stalwart Stephen Weiss.