Ducks interestred in Kevin Bieksa?

• Why hasn’t first-line Ducks winger Bobby Ryan accepted the Ducks’ five-year, $25 million offer?

Ryan already has said he’s not worth more than linemates Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, both of whom earn an average of $5.3 million a year, so what’s the hold-up?

Is Ryan’s agent trying get another team to make a bigger offer to the restricted free agent, forcing the Ducks to match? My guess is Ryan believes he’ll be worth more than $5 million in the final years of the contract, so he would prefer to sign for, say, only three years.

Report: Bab***** says Mike Modano joining Wings is 'inevitable'

Mike Bab***** apparently is not beyond making a little news on a summer’s day, as he raised money for the Children’s Hospital Fund of Saskatchewan.

According to, Bab***** said Friday that Mike Modano, the 40-year-old native of Livonia who is a lock for the Hockey Hall of Fame, will inevitably sign with the Red Wings this summer.

Latest on Mike Modano; Demitra to KHL

Mike Modano is 40 years old and his best hockey is behind him, but his All-Star career keeps him at the forefront of fans’ interests.

I can’t tell you how many times a day readers ask about the “latest on Modano.” reached out to him Thursday after hearing a website rumor linking him to Chicago.

Haven’t talked to them at all,” Modano told via text message.

Bruins plans currently on hold

The Bruins ’ big questions remains unanswered: Will the team be able to find takers for Marc Savard and/or Tim Thomas [stats]? If not, what machinations must general manager Peter Chiarelli conjure up to bring the team in compliance with the salary cap?

Simon Gagne moving to the Los Angeles Kings?

Just a quick update here, with the Kings now appearing to be falling out of the Kovalchuk sweepstakes it appears they are now making a play for the Flyers Simon Gagne.

Gagne’s agent has reported to ESPN that he has been given permission to talk trade regarding his client with the Kings. His $5.25 million cap hit would most definitely be more friendly to the Kings future cap situation with players like Drew Doughty coming up for contract negotiations in the next couple years.