Category Archives: Free Agents
Bill Zito, agent for Tim Thomas, let it be known prior to the June 30 draft that Thomas evinced some interest in returning to the game for the upcoming season. Some three weeks later, still no takers for Thomas, who will turn 40 as the playoffs begin next spring.
Source: Penner to the Ducks could be done as soon as today – 1 year / $2 million range
— Lawrence Dushenski (@LD10) July 16, 2013
— Fred Poulin (@FredPoulin98) July 11, 2013
Here is a brief rundown of the latest UFA buzz:
Here’s a thought floating around on Twitter: Mikhail Grabovski to the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks’ highest-profile agent, Brian Burke, was of course the hockey man so high on Grabo’s talents that the former Maple Leafs shot-caller inked him to a contract cumbersome enough that current Leafs GM Dave Nonis decided to buy it out. Anaheim is looking to upgrade its second-line centre.
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.