In courtesy of TFP.
Leafs will see 67 on ice. Sabres to declare bankruptcy. Osgood rejects long-term deal. Kravchuk coming to the Sunshine state.The Florida Panthers are still interested in signing defenseman Igor Kravchuk. GM Rick Dudley recently made an offer reported to be for one year in the $1 million range to the veteran. “[Coach Mike Keenan] and I know Igor, and we like him very much personally and as a player,” Dudley said. “We’ve assessed what we think we can pay a player of that caliber and we made an offer based on that. Igor hasn’t responded the way we hoped.”
Also with the Cats… The South Florida Sun-Sentinel is reporting that veteran goaltender Damian Rhodes has accepted an offer to tryout with the Florida Panthers to compete with Wade Flaherty for the job of backup to Roberto Luongo. “When you have the opportunity to bring a goaltender of that level in and take a serious look at him, it’s something that doesn’t take a lot of thought,” General Manager Rick Dudley said. Rhodes 33, spent the past three years with Atlanta, but was limited to 81 games as he battled various injuries. “It’s been a frustrating and different summer,” Rhodes said. “Things went very poorly in Atlanta, so it was good to get out of there. But it was hard, being rejected like that. But I’m looking at this as a fresh start.”
The New York Islanders and Chris Osgood are in preliminary discussions, trying to agree on a long term contract extension. Osgood would like to stay with the Islanders but rejected the team’s first offer of four years at just under $4 million a season.
Robert Svehla will give Toronto Maple Leafs fans an imposing reminder of their last Stanley Cup victory everytime he steps on the ice this year. Svehla will wear number 67, the Leafs last won the Cup in 1967. Bryan McCabe wears number 24, Svehla’s number with Florida last year.
Would have been freaky if Graves was still a Ranger playing on Messier’s left (9,11)
The Buffalo Sabres may be forced to declare bankruptcy to settle their $157 debt to Adelphia Communications before a sale of the team is facilitated, The Associated Press is reporting. An NHL spokesman said the league may have to continue operating the team until next spring.