With the NHL entry draft coming this Friday, GM bob Gainey has some decisions to make….
This is not a rumor. It is merely speculation.
I expect to see Wade Redden shipped out of Ottawa on draft day in order to move Ottawa up in the selections to one of the top 6 picks.
According to TSN.ca the Ducks might be losing Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne to retirement. It will sure be interesting to see what transpires over the next period of time. Both Selanne and Niedermayer are huge pieces of the puzzle for the Ducks.
The Edmonton Journal reports with Kimmo Timonen now off the free-agent market, that leaves defensemen Brian Rafalski and Roman Hamrlik as the prime targets left for the Oilers to pursue.
In the not very surprising announcement of the day category Minnesota Wild G.M. Doug Risebrough has announced that goalie Manny Fernandez is available at the right price.
The Edmonton Journal reports an interesting little tid-bit. They are rumoring that there is a possibility that Columbus may buy out Sergei Fedorov and his huge 6 million dollar contract.
Detnews.com is reporting that the Red Wings are looking to meet with Todd Bertuzzi’s agent in the hopes of reaching an agreement on a new contract. Apparently they were set to meet last week but the plans were sidetracked when flights were delayed.
The News&Observer is very observant as they report that Scott Walker is set to become an UFA on July the first. Apparently the Carolina Hurricanes tried to re-sign Walker in the past few days but came up far short on an agreement.
Rumor has it that the Maple Leafs are looking for senior help within the organization. John Muckler would fit perfectly as team president, look where he has taken Ottawa, he knows hockey and has ton of experience. If the Maple Leafs are smart they should sign Muckler as President which would bump Peddie right out of hockey duties and possible JFJ down the road pending what he does this off-season. Bottom line Muckler would be perfect as Leafs president.
The Fourth Period reports that the Boston Bruins have hired Claude Julien as their head coach for next season. Julien was fired from a winning Devils team near the playoffs and will try to stick with Boston
Also, the Bruins have extended Brandon Bochenski’s contract to one year.
According to TSN.ca, the Nashville Predators have allowed the Philadelphia Flyers to negotiate with Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen and signed both to long-term deals. Hartnell is expected to get $25.2M for six years and Timonen $37.8M for six years. In return, the Predators regain the 1st round draft pick previously traded to the Flyers as part of the deal involving Peter Forsberg.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel is providing a ton of speculation regarding the Florida Panthers. Although the panthers are saying that they are comfortable with their goaltending situation they are reporting that the Panthers have their sites set on Vesa Toskala and Bryzgalov who are both unrestricted free agents in 2008.
According to published reports out of Europe, Antti Laaksonen has decided to sign a one year contract in Switzerland with Fribourg.